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Paris - Iran on Saturday said its armed forces had "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian airliner which crashed outside Tehran.The admission came a day after the country's civil aviation chief had denied that the plane was brought down by a missile.

Iran denies missile downed Ukrainian plane

Tehran - Iran's civil aviation chief denied Friday that a missile downed a Ukrainian airliner which crashed killing all 176 on board, dismissing claims of a catastrophic mistake by Tehran's air defences.

Canadian PM says Iranian missile brought down airliner

Ottawa - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday "multiple" intelligence sources indicate that Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner after it took off from Tehran, killing all 176 on board, including 63 Canadians.

Iran says Ukrainian plane turned back before crashing

Tehran - Iranian authorities have said a Ukrainian airliner, which crashed outside Tehran with the loss of all 176 people on board, had turned back after suffering a problem, as Ukrainian experts joined the investigation Thursday.

Iran finds black boxes from crashed plane: aviation authority

Tehran - Iranian search and rescue teams have found the black boxes from a Ukrainian airliner that crashed Wednesday soon after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, the country's civil aviation authority said.

Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

Paris - NASA's Parker Solar Probe, having survived its closest encounter so far with the Sun, has sent back a "spectacular trove" of data on its corona, the super-hot outer edge of its atmosphere, scientists said Wednesday.

Khashoggi fiancee slams international 'passivity' to Saudi

Apo - The Turkish fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi denounced on Tuesday the international community's passivity towards Saudi Arabia, 14 months after the journalist's murder.

German police offer half a million euro reward for stolen jewels

Berlin - Investigators in Germany on Thursday offered a half-a-million-euro reward for information about the spectacular heist in which robbers snatched priceless diamonds from a state museum in Dresden.

Sudan PM orders probe into protesters' killing

Khartoum - Sudan's new prime minister has formed a committee to probe an armed June crackdown on a weeks-long protest camp in Khartoum that killed and wounded hundreds of demonstrators, state media reported.

UN sends experts to probe Saudi blasts, warns on escalation

New York - UN experts have left for Saudi Arabia to probe weekend blasts at oil installations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, as he warned of "devastating" consequences if the crisis escalates.

Saudi says oil attacks from north, sponsored by Iran

Apo - Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that strikes on its oil infrastructure came from the "north" and were "unquestionably" sponsored by Iran, but that the kingdom was still investigating where exactly they were launched from.

Reconsider Saudi G20 after Khashoggi killing, UN expert says

Washington - World powers should reconsider holding the next Group of 20 summit in Saudi Arabia without accountability over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert who probed his death said Tuesday.

UN 'paralysis' delaying justice for Khashoggi murder: expert

Geneva - UN "paralysis" has prevented accountability for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a rights expert said Wednesday, accusing Secretary General Antonio Guterres of failing to act in pursuit of justice.

Khashoggi fiancee says US 'ethically' responsible to seek justice

Geneva - The Turkish fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi insisted in an emotional interview Tuesday that Washington has the ethical responsibility to initiate an international investigation into his killing.

'Urgent' need for international probe on Khashoggi killing: fiancee

Geneva - The Turkish fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday appealed for an international investigation into his "premeditated" killing amid evidence of high-level Saudi involvement.

UN Khashoggi report piles pressure on Saudi crown prince

Apo - Saudi Arabia has sought to move on from the scandal triggered by journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, but a UN expert's report implicating its crown prince has heaped global pressure back on the kingdom, analysts say.

'Sacrificial animal': UN expert report details Khashoggi murder

Geneva - A UN expert has published a bombshell report about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying there is "credible evidence" linking the Saudi crown prince to the killing and cover-up.

US says Saudis can do more after UN Khashoggi probe

Washington - A US official said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia should do more to ensure accountability over the death of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi but stopped short of blaming the crown prince after a UN probe linked him to the killing.

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expert

Geneva - There is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince's foreign assets.

Platini released in 2022 World Cup probe, denies wrongdoing

Nterre - The banned ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini was released from custody on Wednesday after hours of questioning in connection with a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Turkey opens inquiry into alleged visits by New Zealand mosque killer

Istanbul - Ankara on Friday opened an inquiry after it emerged that the man alleged to be the New Zealand mosque gunman made several visits to Turkey, an official said.

Democrats' probe a 'big, fat, fishing expedition:' Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday furiously branded a sweeping new investigation by Democrats of his inner circle a "big, fat, fishing expedition.

17 Palestinians hurt in border clashes with Israel: Gaza ministry

Gaza - Israeli troops on Friday shot and wounded 17 Palestinians during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border, where rallies have been held for nearly a year, the enclave's health ministry said.

Spain probes North Korea embassy incident

Madrid - Spain is probing an incident linked to the North Korean embassy in Madrid, the interior ministry and police said Wednesday, which Spanish media described as a break- in by people who stole computers.

Zuma ally took monthly bribes from S.Africa company, inquiry hears

Johanesburg - A South African former executive on Monday told a corruption probe that his old company had paid monthly bribes for years to a minister who served under scandal-tainted ex-president Jacob Zuma.

Kidnap suspect picked out US teen target at bus stop: charges

Washington - An American 21-year-old arrested for holding a teenaged girl captive after murdering her parents chose his victim after seeing her get on a school bus, according to a charge sheet filed on Monday.

Kidnapped American teen found alive months after parents' murder

Gordon - A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering the parents of an American teen as part of a calculated plot to kidnap her, police said Friday, after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive following three months in captivity.

Two Kosovo ex-commanders summoned to Hague in war crimes probe

Pristina - Two top Kosovo independence fighters are among the first to be summoned for interviews by special war crimes prosecutors in The Hague, their lawyers said Wednesday.

Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

Probe into Russian filmmaker Sokurov closed after Putin 'intervenes'

Sanktpeterburg - Russian police on Friday closed a probe into alleged embezzlement by a foundation set up by acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov to help young filmmakers, after President Vladimir Putin reportedly intervened.
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