North Korea appoints first female Foreign Minister

KOREA: North Korea has appointed veteran diplomat Choe Son-hui as its first female Foreign Minister, state media reported Saturday, as Pyongyang pushes ahead with a blitz of sanctions-busting weapons tests and ignores US calls for talks. - ARAB NEWS


Venezuela, Iran sign 20-year cooperation agreement

IRAN: Iran and Venezuela signed a 20-year “cooperation road map” as the two oil-rich countries reeling under US sanctions pledged to boost bilateral ties.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Saturday.



Two rescued after falling into chocolate tank

US: Two people were rescued after they somehow fell into a partially filled chocolate tank while doing maintenance work at a candy factory in Pennsylvania.

It’s not clear how they fell into the tank. Emergency responders were able to free the pair by cutting a hole in the bottom of the tank, officials said.



Ivory from 80 slaughtered elephants seized

D.R. CONGO: The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have seized 1.5 tonnes of elephant ivory - one of the largest hauls in Africa in recent years.

The smuggled tusks - indicating the slaughter of at least 80 elephants - were discovered on trucks in the south-eastern city of Lubumbashi.



4 killed in Afghan minibus bomb attack

AFGHANISTAN: A bomb blast on a minibus killed at least four people and injured several others in the Afghan capital on Saturday, police said.

The explosion in an eastern district of Kabul was the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have rocked Afghanistan in recent months, a little under a year since the Taliban takeover. - NDTV


Minor earthquake shakes Kathmandu

NEPAL: A 4.7-magnitude earthquake shook Kathmandu in the early hours of Saturday, jolting many out of their sleep and forcing them to run outside. The earthquake was recorded by the National Seismological Centre at 2.36 am, with the epicentre being in Bhaktapur district, 15 km east of the capital city.



Helicopter crash leaves seven dead

ITALY: The bodies of seven people were found on Saturday, two days after a helicopter crashed in northern Italy. Five bodies were initially found, according to the National Alpine Cliff and Cave Rescue Corps (CNSAS), but the bodies of two others on board were found later on Saturday.

- FRANCE 24 

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