Briefly World: Iran Revolutionary Guard commander killed in Syria

Iran Revolutionary Guard commander killed in Syria

BEIRUT: An Iran Revolutionary Guard commander has been killed in Syria by rebels, Iran said on Thursday. The Iranian embassy in Beirut named the man as Hessam Khoshnevis and said he ran Tehran's reconstruction aid programme for Lebanon. It said he was killed by "armed terrorist groups" on the highway as he returned to Lebanon from Damascus.

Olympics: Putin orders high alert

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's security services to be on high alert on Thursday to protect against attacks by Islamist militants in the run up to next year's Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

Karzai summons NATO chief

Kabul: Afghan president Hamid Karzai has summoned the new commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan — Gen Joseph Dunford — over an air strike that allegedly killed 10 civilians, according to a statement issued Thursday. Gen Dunford was called in "for explanations" following the air strike in the Kunar province a day earlier.

Nepal: Tibetan who immolated self dies

Kathmandu: A Tibetan man who set himself on fire in Nepal's capital in the latest in a string of self-immolations protesting China's rule over Tibet has died at a hospital, police said Thursday. He succumbed to burn injuries late Wednesday night at Kathmandu University Teaching Hospital.

Tunisia's PM may resign tomorrow

TUNIS: Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said Thursday that he will present the country with a new apolitical government by Saturday or hand in his resignation. Jebali said he will meet with representatives of all political parties Friday, seeking to gain their acceptance for his proposal.

Pink Panther star becomes father at 67

New York: Pink Panther star Steve Martin has become a father for the first time at the age of 67. The comedy legend and his wife, Anne Stringfield, 41, had their first child in December but managed to keep the news under wraps, The New York Post reported.

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