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Aussie sheep sheds huge coat after years on the lam

Melbourne - A wild sheep found wandering the wilderness of the Australian bush has been sheared of a huge 35-kilogram (77-pound) coat after an estimated five years of unchecked growth.

Bulgaria scraps vaccine priority lists after low take-up

Sofia - Bulgarians of all ages, some as young as 20, joined long queues at hospitals this weekend after low uptake on priority lists led the government to open up vaccinations to everyone.

China denies using Covid-19 anal swabs on US diplomats

Bejing - China on Thursday said it had never asked US diplomats to undergo Covid-19 anal swabs, following American media reports that State Department personnel had complained of being subjected to the intrusive test.

Nuclear issue key as Iran readies for Rouhani replacement

Tehran - Iran will vote in June for a successor to President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate-reformist government, but politics in the country is dominated by the nuclear issue and no frontrunner has emerged.

German man charged for spying at parliament for Russians

Berlin - German prosecutors said Thursday they have filed spying charges against a man suspected of passing floorplans of parliament to Russian secret services, in a new case that risks further inflaming tensions between Berlin and Moscow.

Germans turn to hunting to 'ethically' source food

Aspisheim - With her dreadlocks and nose piercing, Shanna Reis doesn't exactly look the part of the camouflage-clad hunter tracking game in the forest.

EU leaders' summit confronts vaccine rollout woes

Apo - EU leaders meet Thursday under pressure to speed up Europe's coronavirus vaccine rollout, and divided over border closures and what introducing vaccine travel certificates could mean.

Xi boasts of Chinese 'miracle' in tackling poverty

Bejing - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday declared his country had achieved the "human miracle" of eliminating extreme poverty, though questions continue to surround the Communist Party's criteria for making the claim.

Toll climbs in Ecuador prison riot 'massacre'

Cuenca - The body count from simultaneous riots at four prisons in Ecuador rose to 79 Wednesday as family members arrived to claim the remains of loved ones killed in hours of full-out gang warfare that left inmates decapitated and burnt.

Pakistan, India pledge to end skirmishes along Kashmir frontier

Islamabad - Pakistan and India on Thursday pledged to end all firing along their disputed Kashmir frontier, according to a joint statement from their militaries, after months of violence between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Clashes in Yangon as Myanmar nears a month of military rule

Yangon - Junta supporters wielding knives and slingshots clashed with anti-coup residents in Myanmar on Thursday, the first such showdown between opposing forces as the nation nears a month of military rule.

Another France player tests positive ahead of Scotland match

Paris - The French rugby federation on Thursday reported another player had tested positive for coronavirus ahead of their Six Nations match against Scotland this weekend, and cancelled the day's training.

Biden says has seen intelligence report on Saudi journalist's murder

Washington - US President Joe Biden said Wednesday he has already seen a soon-to-be released intelligence report detailing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Iran promises response to Ukraine plane crash 'ambiguities'

Tehran - Iran will provide "detailed responses" to accusations by a UN expert over Tehran's accidental downing last year of a Ukrainian passenger jet, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

India steps up clampdown on US social media giants

New Delhi - India imposed tough new rules on social media platforms Thursday as it accused US tech giants of "double standards" in taking down disputed content.

Ecuador prison riot toll rises to 79

Guayaquil - At least 79 inmates died in simultaneous riots blamed on gang warfare at four prisons in Ecuador, officials said Wednesday.

Philippine critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war

Manila - Philippine lawmaker Sarah Elago faces a daily barrage of Facebook posts linking her to communist rebels trying to overthrow the government. She says the claims are false, but they could get her killed anyway.

Smuggled photos used against Syrian regime in landmark torture trial

Koblenz - Thousands of images of dead Syrians smuggled out of the country by a photographer known as "Caesar" showed the world the horrors detainees allegedly suffered at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Two charged with supplying bomb that killed Maltese journalist

Valletta - Two men have been charged in Malta with providing the bomb that killed anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
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