Briefly World: Iran detains more journalists over links with BBC

Iran detains more journalists over links with BBC

TEHRAN: Iran's official news agency reported that authorities arrested another group of local journalists accused of links with the BBC. The report by IRNA quotes a statement by the Intelligence Ministry. It did not say how many were detained.

France: Four held over extremist links

PARIS: French authorities detained four people Tuesday in a counter-terrorism operation targeting those suspected of trying to join Islamist extremists in Mali.

N Korea video shows US city under attack

Seoul: North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test any day now, posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack. The footage was uploaded by official website Uriminzokkiri.

Chinese toddler killed in 'confrontation'

BEIJING: A Chinese toddler died after being run over by a van belonging to family planning officials engaged in a confrontation with his parents, the Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, in a case that is likely to provoke public outrage. Eleven officials in Mayu were threatening to detain the 13-month-old boy's mother if she did not pay a fine for bearing an unauthorized third child.

Afghan troop report angers Lankan media

Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday said he had rejected a US request to send Sri Lankan troops to Afghanistan but retracted his remarks soon, triggering angry responses on the social media about the government's credibility.

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