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Italy ordered to restore migrant charity rescue vessel

An Italian court has ordered the state to restore a German charity vessel seized in 2017 over migrant rescues in the Mediterranean, a lawyer told AFP Friday.. On Friday, Corso ruled port authorities must "see to all maintenance works necessary to restore and maintain the condition of the (Iuventa) vessel as it was at the time of the seizure".

UK sanctions 10 Iranians as part of global offensive

Britain on Friday announced wide-ranging sanctions against 30 targets worldwide, including officials in Iran accused of pursuing "egregious sentences" against anti-regime protesters. . "This includes six individuals linked to the Revolutionary Courts that have been responsible for prosecuting protestors with egregious sentences including the death penalty," the government in London said.

War of attrition: Russia's stubborn fight for Ukraine's Bakhmut

For months, Russian forces have attacked the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut with frontal assaults, artillery barrages and air strikes in a stubborn battle for a settlement deemed strategically irrelevant by many observers.  . The assault follows a well-worn pattern eked out by Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, where cities are pummelled under withering assaults at great cost until the Ukrainian military retreats. 

UK media returns fire at 'Harry the Nasty' over Netflix doc

Britain's media, the main focus of criticism so far in Netflix docuseries "Harry and Meghan", on Friday hit back at the estranged prince and his wife, accusing them of lying and insulting Queen Elizabeth II. The royal family was largely spared during the first three episodes of the show, which aired on Thursday, with the focus more on Harry's early life and his resentment towards the media, which he blames of the death of his mother Diana.. The left-wing Guardian newspaper was more supportive of the couple, and focused on Prince Harry's criticism that the royal family did not protect Meghan against racially charged reporting. 

Iran faces condemnation, more protests after execution

Iran faced international condemnation Friday after carrying out its first known execution over protests that have shaken the regime for nearly three months, leading to calls for even more demonstrations.. His execution has triggered fresh protests and calls for more demonstrations.

Ukraine fight brings Russia's nationalists in from the cold

Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine has done wonders for the career of nationalist  blogger Roman Antonovsky, whose air time has spiked since fierce fighting broke out in February.. Two of his friends, he told AFP, took a year off from studying to fight in Ukraine. 

The art teacher who showed the world China's protests

Just a few months ago, he was an ordinary Chinese art teacher who posted his personal thoughts and paintings online.. Used to sharing his personal thoughts or art online, Li began venturing into social issues -- which, like politics, can be sensitive topics in China.

Global economic chiefs laud China's 'decisive' zero-Covid reversal

Global economic leaders on Friday hailed China's move away from its hardline zero-Covid policy, with the IMF chief saying the "decisive actions" would help revive growth both in the country and globally.. "We welcome very much the decisive actions taken by the Chinese authorities... to recalibrate the Covid policies so as to create a better impetus for the revival of growth in China," Kristalina Georgieva said at a press briefing with the heads of other major economic institutions.

One killed in massive fire in Moscow shopping centre

One person died Friday in a massive blaze the size of a football pitch which broke out overnight in a sprawling shopping and entertainment centre in a northern Moscow suburb.. Russian media later reported that one person had been killed in the fire at the Mega Khimki shopping centre, about seven kilometres (four miles) from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. 

China's Xi meets Arab leaders on 'milestone' Saudi trip

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Arab leaders in the Saudi capital on Friday for summits he has described as "milestone events" at a time of economic uncertainty and geopolitical realignment.. "China looks forward to working with Saudi Arabia and Arab countries to make the two summits milestone events in the history of China-Arab relations and China-GCC relations," Xi said on Thursday in remarks carried by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The Gulf countries, strategic partners of Washington, are bolstering ties with China as part of an eastward turn that involves diversifying their fossil fuel-reliant economies.