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March 2, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials have been accused of committing crimes against humanity in a criminal complaint filed in Germany by Reporters without Borders (RSF), the press freedom group. The 500-page complaint, filed with the German public prosecutor in general in the federal court of justice in Karlsruhe, centers on the “widespread and systematic” persecution of journalists in Saudi Arabia.

March 2, 2021 | Via NBC News

Nigerian Governor Says 279 Kidnapped Schoolgirls are Freed

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last week from a boarding school in the northwestern Zamfara state have been released, the state’s governor said Tuesday. Gunmen abducted the girls from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe town on Friday, in the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the west African nation.

March 2, 2021 | Via Politico

France Allows AstraZeneca Vaccine for People over 65

The French authority for health (HAS) will recommend the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people of all ages, including people aged 65 and over, HAS announced Tuesday. In a statement, the HAS, which initially recommended the vaccine only for people under 65, cited “encouraging” preliminary results of a large-scale study on the impact of the vaccine on COVID-19 hospitalizations among the Scottish population as the reason for its change.

March 2, 2021 | Via Reuters

Tokyo Asks China to Stop Anal Swab Tests for COVID-19

Tokyo has requested Beijing to stop taking anal swab tests for COVID-19 on Japanese citizens as the procedure causes psychological pain, a government spokesman said on Monday. China’s foreign ministry denied last month that U.S. diplomats in the country had been required to take anal swab tests for COVID-19, following media reports that some had complained about the procedure.

March 2, 2021 | Via BBC

US Father and Son Extradited to Japan over Ghosn Escape

An American father and son have been handed over to Japanese authorities for allegedly helping former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee the country. The two were charged last year with helping Mr Ghosn flee Japan, hidden in a box and on a private jet. Mr Ghosn escaped to his childhood home, Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.

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