BRIEFLY

Bomb kills 5

BENGHAZI – At least five people were killed and six wounded when a suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives into a checkpoint in the eastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya late on Thursday.

The explosion hit the eastern exit of Ajdabiya, a town south of Benghazi.

Militants killed

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said on Thursday that a US military strike in Yemen killed four al Qaida militants, the seventh such strike in the country this month.

The Pentagon said the strike against Yemen’s al-Qaida branch, known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was carried out near al-Bayda.

Turks arrested

ISTANBUL – Six Turkish nationals arrested in Kosovo over links to schools financed by the Fethullah Gulen movement that Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup have been extradited to Turkey.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said he was not informed about the operation to deport the six, which he said was carried out by the secret service agency and police.

Refugees return

MOSCOW – Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura on Thursday that refugees could begin returning to Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Sunday or Monday, RIA news agency reported.

US grants visa

NEW YORK – The US State Department granted a visa to a man in Iran hoping to donate bone marrow to his US citizen brother with blood cancer, obtaining a rare waiver to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Mahsa Khanbabai, a lawyer based in Massachusetts, said she received a call on Thursday from the consulate in Yerevan, Armenia where Kamiar Hashemi had applied for a visa in February after he learned he was a rare 100 per cent match for a transplant that could potentially save his brother’s life.