World News Briefs — February 26, 2021 (Night Edition)


Reuters: Saudi de facto ruler approved operation that led to Khashoggi's death – U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the United States imposed sanctions on some of those involved but spared the crown prince himself in an effort to preserve relations with the kingdom.
Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote opinion columns for the Washington Post critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies, was killed and dismembered by a team of operatives linked to the prince in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
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MIDDLE EAST
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved operation to 'capture or kill' journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US intelligence report says.
Saudi Arabia rejects US report on Khashoggi's murder.
U.S. air strikes in Syria target Iranian-backed militia – Pentagon.
US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia.
Syria condemns 'cowardly' U.S. air strikes on Iran-backed militias.
Iran condemns US airstrikes in Syria.
Iran threatens to end deal with IAEA over U.S.-led push to criticize it.
Iran probes border shooting deaths that sparked protests.
Officials: Heavy fighting kills 27 people in central Yemen.
Arab coalition intercepts, destroys Houthi drones targeting Saudi Arabia.
Explosion strikes Israeli-owned cargo ship in Mideast amid tension.
ASIA
Myanmar protesters injured as police escalate use of force.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi moved to undisclosed location.
Myanmar's UN ambassador defies junta, calls for global action to overturn coup.
U.N. rights chief decries arrests in China, abuses in Xinjiang.
Kashmir villagers hopeful but wary after India and Pakistan agree to ceasefire.
North Korea enslaves prisoners in producing coal for export, report says.
Coronavirus digest: South Korea launches vaccination drive.
Sir Michael Somare, first prime minister of Papua New Guinea, dies at age of 84.
AFRICA
Kidnappers abduct 317 schoolgirls in Nigeria in armed night-time raid.
Police and army mobilise after hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction.
Several soldiers killed in central Mali attack.
Pictured: ‘Mass grave holding hundreds of bodies from Ethiopian massacre’ at ancient town that is home to Ark of the Covenant.
Hunger-striking Ethiopia politicians ‘deteriorating’ in jail.
Algerian protesters march for a second time this week.
Libyan PM-designate proposes unity government plan.
Rwanda court says it has jurisdiction to try 'Hotel Rwanda hero'.
EUROPE
Armenian leader says he's facing "coup attempt" amid rage over "painful" deal to end war with Azerbaijan.
Armenian PM slams ‘coup attempt’ as political tensions rise.
Armenian opposition leader urges army to rebel after PM's coup accusation.
Biden says U.S. will hold Russia accountable over Crimea.
Kremlin critic Navalny sent to prison outside Moscow.
EU leaders vow to speed up vaccine production at Covid-19 summit.
Paris eyes three-week Covid-19 lockdown in bid to then ‘reopen everything’.
Belgium slow to distribute Oxford vaccine doses as Covid cases rise.
Georgians take to the streets to protest at opposition leader's detention.
AMERICAS
U.S. CDC says trend of decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling.
Biden faces bipartisan backlash over Syria bombing.
Militia attack groups want to ‘blow up Capitol’ during Biden speech, police chief warns.
Biden visits disaster-hit Texas as Cruz basks in warmth of Florida right-fest.
Brazil death toll tops 250,000, virus still running rampant.
Haiti prison breakout left 25 dead as 400 escaped: official.
Honduras leader warns drug cooperation with US endangered.
Weapons, cellphones seized after deadly Ecuador prison riots.
TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR
Senegal, Morocco, Caymans added to terror finance watch list.
Britain risks creating new Guantánamo in Syria, says rights group.
ISIS bride who fled as teen to Syria loses bid to return to U.K..
ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS
Nasdaq finishes higher, tech stocks retrace some losses.
U.S. SEC suspends trading in 15 securities due to 'questionable' social media activity.
U.S. drops 'safe harbor' demand, raising hopes for global tax deal.
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