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Australia condemns China over fake war crime tweet

Australia's prime minister has demanded an apology for a fake image tweeted by a senior Chinese Foreign Ministry official. The doctored image shows an Australian soldier holding a knife to a child's throat. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said a fake image that was tweeted by a high-ranking ... Read full article »

Iran accuses Israel at funeral for slain military nuclear scientist

Iran has marked the death of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, with a high-profile funeral. The physicist was killed in an attack that Iran has blamed on Israel. Iran on Monday held a funeral service for the scientist who founded the country's military ... Read full article »

Sri Lanka: 8 dead in coronavirus prison riot

A riot at a Sri Lankan jail has left at least eight inmates dead and more than 50 injured. Prisoners had been protesting over surging coronavirus infections in the country's overcrowded facilities. At least eight inmates were killed and dozens more injured in clashes with guards at a high-security prison ... Read full article »

UK to ban installation of new Huawei 5G kit from September

British telecom companies will not be allowed to install new Huawei 5G equipment after September 2021, the UK government has announced ahead of a debate on new telecom legislation. The UK government on Monday announced that it will ban British telecommunication companies from installing new Huawei 5G ... Read full article »

Serbia reverses decision to expel Montenegro ambassador

Serbia has canceled its decision to expel the Montenegrin ambassador over a diplomatic row. The reversal comes days before a new, pro-Serb government takes charge in Montenegro. Serbia on Sunday reversed its decision to expel Montenegro's ambassador a day after both countries declared each other's ... Read full article »

Indonesia: Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts

Thousands of Indonesians have been forced to flee as Mount Ili Lewotolok pumps ash and noxious gas into the air. The volcano is one of three to erupt recently, prompting panic among local residents. Indonesia's Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted on Sunday sending 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of ash and smoke ... Read full article »

Joe Biden picks all-female senior White House communications team

President-elect Biden has chosen top campaign aides to fill senior positions in his White House press team. For the first time in US history, the entire senior communications staff will be women. US President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday named a historic all-female senior White House press staff, tapping ... Read full article »

Hungary culture head criticized for comparing George Soros to Hitler

A Hungarian cultural commissioner has retracted an op-ed in which he said George Soros was "the liberal Fuhrer." The article was lambasted by Jewish and Holocaust memorial groups in the country. A Hungarian cultural commissioner retracted an article on Sunday in which he compared George Soros to Adolf ... Read full article »

Iraq: Rocket attack causes fire at major oil refinery

Operations at the Siniya oil refinery in northern Iraq have resumed following a rocket attack on the facility. The militant "Islamic State" quickly claimed responsibility for the attack which caused a large fire. A rocket attack on Sunday against the Siniya oil refinery in the northern Salahuddin province ... Read full article »

France: Police face charges over beating of Black music producer

Four officers are reported to have been charged in connection with the beating of music producer Michel Zecler. Fresh police brutality accusations arose after arrests were made at security law protests over the weekend. Four officers were reported to have been charged on Monday over the arrest of Black ... Read full article »

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