False report published after Saudi site hacked
RIYADH • Hackers from outside Saudi Arabia seized control of a major newspaper website in the kingdom and published false news about the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, the paper said.
The false report on the Al-Watan newspaper site on Thursday cited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as saying the Saudi-led military coalition's operation in Yemen had gone on longer than expected, comments which the paper said were "not based on any reality". It was picked up by Arabic news sites loyal to Shi'ite-dominated Iran, the regional rival of Sunni Saudi Arabia.
US unveils near-total ban on ivory trade
WASHINGTON • The United States has announced a near-total ban on the trade of African elephant ivory, finalising a years-long push to fight the poaching of the threatened animals.
Conservation groups welcomed the move by the US, the world's second-largest consumer of illegal ivory after China, even though it comes with notable exemptions.