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LONDON -- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Wednesday that the accusation that she "acted with malice or plotted against" her predecessor Alex Salmond is "absurd".

Speaking at a Scottish Parliament hearing in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said she acted "properly and appropriately" in the handling of sexual harassment claims against her predecessor. (UK-Scotland)

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BEIRUT -- One Lebanese citizen was killed on Wednesday and four others were wounded when an unidentified metal object exploded inside a scrap metal yard in Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli, north of Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.

Ambulance teams rushed immediately to the scene and transported the wounded to a nearby hospital. (Lebanon-Explosion)

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TOKYO -- A Japanese court on Wednesday greenlighted prosecutors' request to detain two Americans accused of aiding former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn to escape Japan for Lebanon while awaiting trial in 2019.

The Tokyo District Court approved the detention of Michael Taylor, 60, a former member of Green Beret, and his son Peter Taylor, 28, until March 12. (Japan-Ghosn-Americans)

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THE HAGUE -- An explosion occured near a COVID-19 testing center in the town of Bovenkarspel in the Netherlands on Wednesday morning.

The blast caused no casualties, but did shatter windows. According to police in North-Holland where the town is located, the testing center was probably the target. The explosion of a metal pipe outside the building occurred at 6:55 a.m. local time (0555 GMT), when the center was closed. (Nertherland-Explosion)

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