Dismissing "fake news"
Tehran roundly denies the entry of the Iranian Armed Forces into ships in the Persian Gulf or the Sea of Oman.Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saied Khatib-zadeh also cautioned against fake news spread by some Western and Israeli media. Separately, a spokesman for the Iranian military dismissed anti-Tehran allegations. Brigadier general Abolfazl Shekarchi said Israel and its allies from the region and beyond are waging a media war against Iran, using psychological warfare and creating pretexts for adventurism. The remarks came after a British maritime trade agency reported a potential hijack of a Panama-flagged vessel off the coast of the UAE.
Afghanistan's defense minister says the massive explosion in Kabul on Tuesday was a terrorist attack aimed at him.Bismillah Mohammadi vowed that such incidents cannot shake the will of Afghan security forces and their determination to defend the country. This came after a car bomb explosion followed by several blasts and rapid gunfire rocked the Afghan capital. The Interior Ministry said coordinated strikes targeting the defense minister and several lawmakers in the capital had been repelled and all the attackers were killed.
Cuomo scandal inquiry
An independent probe finds that New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, sexually harassed multiple women.The five-month investigation also found that Cuomo and his senior staff took retaliatory action against at least one former employee for coming forward with her story. In recent months, 11 women have accused Cuomo and his staff of misconduct and harassment. The Democratic governor, however, has issued a denial and dismissed calls for his resignation. The White House called the findings abhorrent. US President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have called on Cuomo to resign.