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Hackers warn Iran

DUBAI – Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centres in Iran where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday.

Hungary election

BUDAPEST – Hungarians are set to re-elect Viktor Orban, a hard-liner on immigration, for a third straight term in a Sunday election that could help solidify anti-migrant positions in Central European governments.

Oil spill

The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest US inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report on Saturday said.

Helicopter crash

WASHINGTON – Two US soldiers died in a helicopter crash during training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the Army said on Saturday, marking the fourth US military aircraft mishap in less than a week. The crew of the AH-64E Apache helicopter were conducting routine training exercises when the crash occurred.

Russian ex-spy

LONDON – Britain is considering offering poisoned Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia new identities and a fresh life in the United States in an attempt to protect them from further murder attempts, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Salman gets bail

MUMBAI – Bollywood star Salman Khan, jailed on Thursday for five years for poaching, was granted bail by a court on Saturday in a case being followed by tens of millions of fans and a movie industry that banks heavily on his popularity. The actor will be freed from jail on Saturday.

Submarine project

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has approved the marketing licence required for American manufacturers to sell technology to Taiwan that would allow for building domestic submarines, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported on Saturday.

Child porn probe

ATICAN CITY – The Vatican said on Saturday its police had arrested a monsignor who worked as a diplomat at its embassy in Washington and is suspected of possessing child pornography in the United States and Canada.

Air France strike

PARIS – Air France grounded just under a third of flights on Saturday as staff staged a walkout over pay, and travellers also braced for a fresh wave of train strikes starting later in the day, crippling much of France’s transport network.