Car bomb explodes at entrance to Iraq’s northern Tikrit

Displaced Iraqis wait next to their vehicles as they get ready to return home to Tikrit in this July 22, 2015 photo after government forces retook the city from Daesh a few months earlier. (AFP)
Updated 08 January 2019

Car bomb explodes at entrance to Iraq’s northern Tikrit

BAGHDAD: A car bomb killed at least two police officers and injured five civilians in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday, a hospital source said.
The blast - described by the military as a terrorist attack - went off at a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad.


Lebanon to continue repatriation of coronavirus-stranded citizens abroad

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Lebanon to continue repatriation of coronavirus-stranded citizens abroad

DUBAI: The Lebanese government will continue with its repatriation of stranded citizens from abroad because of tighter travel restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Flights scheduled for next Monday to bring back the Lebanese abroad were still on, according to Michel Najjar, the country’s minister of Public Works and Transportation, in a report by state news agency NNA.

The second stage of expats’ return would be in light of the first stage’s assessment, he said.

“We cannot repatriate all the Lebanese abroad; this is a massive issue considering the huge number of emigrants,” Najjar commented.

Two Middle East Airlines flights, one coming from Doha with 122 nationals on board and another from Frankfurt, landed on Thursday in Beirut as part of the repatriation process of Lebanese emigrants and students abroad.