TEHRAN — Iran’s rescue and firefighting vessels have rescued 22 crew members from a foreign ship that caught fire near the southern Iranian port city of Assaluyeh in Bushehr province, Iran’s IRIB news agency reported Friday.

The fire started around 3:30 PM local time (1200 GMT) on Thursday in the engine room of the Panama-flagged tanker named White Pearl, the report said. (Iran-Tanker-Fire-Rescue)

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ADEN, Yemen — The high-stakes oil transfer from a decaying tanker off the coast of war-torn Yemen has been safely concluded, the United Nations announced Friday, avoiding what the global body warned could have been a devastating environmental catastrophe.

UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement that the two-week-long ship-to-ship operation to pump more than 1 million barrels of crude oil from the dilapidated FSO Safer tanker to a temporary storage vessel was finished successfully on Friday. (Yemen-FSO Safer-Oil Transfer)

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ANKARA — Turkish security forces killed at least 12 members of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, Türkiye’s Defense Ministry said on Friday.

In a statement, the ministry said the Turkish armed forces “neutralized” the YPG members when they were “preparing for an attack” in northern Syria. (Türkiye-Syria-Kurdish Militants)

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KHARTOUM — The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) announced on Friday that it had killed 26 members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in clashes near the city of El-Obeid in North Kordofan State, about 330 km southwest of capital Khartoum.

The SAF said in a statement that its special forces launched an attack on RSF militants in the Farajallah district near El-Obeid, killing 26 of them and destroying two combat vehicles. (Sudan-Clashes-Death Toll)