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* Tigray rebels take control of UNESCO site Lalibela

Aug 05 (BBC) Rebels from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, a Unesco world heritage site in neighbouring Amhara region. Lalibela, home to 13th Century churches hewn from rock, is a holy site for millions of Orthodox Christians.
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* MV Asphalt Princess: Ship hijacked off UAE ordered to sail to Iran

Aug 04 (BBC) A Panama-flagged ship has been hijacked by armed men in the Gulf of Oman and ordered to sail to Iran, Lloyds List Maritime Intelligence has confirmed. The bitumen tanker MV Asphalt Princess is heading into the congested approach to the Strait of Hormuz, it said.
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* Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister in Kabul

Aug 04 (BBC) Four people have been killed after militants attacked the home of the Afghan defence minister. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday as gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots near Kabul’s heavily fortified Green Zone.
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* US plans to require Covid vaccine for foreign travellers

Aug 05 (BBC) The US will eventually require almost all foreign visitors to be fully vaccinated, a White House official has said. The unnamed official told several news agencies that the Biden administration had tasked inter-agency groups with creating a phased reopening for international visitors.
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* Belarus sprinter Krystina Timanovskaya flies out of Japan

Aug 04 (BBC) A Belarusian athlete who refused orders to fly home early from the Olympics has left Japan. Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, boarded a flight to Vienna on Wednesday morning.
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