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23 killed as lightning strikes Bihar again

At least 23 people were killed after being struck by lightning in Biharon Saturday, officials said. The fatalities were reported from five districts, with Bhojpur accounting for the highest number of nine deaths, the Disaster Management Department said. The other districts affected by the lightning striked are Saran, Kaimur, Patna and Buxar, it said. The incident came a day after ...

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4 killed, including 1 soldier, 4 wounded in Philippine shooting

A soldier, two militiamen and a civilian were killed in a shooting in Basilan, an island province in the southern Philippines, on Friday evening, a military spokesman said on Saturday. Army Major Arvin Encinas of the military’s Western Mindanao Command said four others were also wounded in the shooting that happened around 9:30 p.m. local time on Friday in a ...

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14 feared dead at flooded nursing home in Japan: governor

Fourteen people were feared dead after a nursing home was flooded in western Japan on Saturday as record heavy rain hit the region, a local governor said. The victims were found “in cardio-respiratory arrest” at the facility for elderly people that was inundated after a nearby river broke its banks, governor Ikuo Kabashima from the western region of Kumamoto told ...

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Pakistan foreign Minister Qureshi tests positive for Covid-19

Pakistan foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but was feeling “strong and energetic”. In a tweet, Qureshi said that he had a slight fever earlier Friday and had immediately quarantined himself at home. “I have now tested positive for Covid-19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and ...

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, his government resign

The French government led by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and his government have submitted their resignations, which President Emmanuel Macron has accepted, according to the Elysee Palace. No reason was given in the short statement issued on Friday, but a cabinet shuffle had been widely expected after Macron promised to chart a new course for the last two years of ...

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Coronavirus: Quarantine scrapped for arrivals from ‘low risk’ countries to England

People arriving in England from countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer need to quarantine from 10 July, the Department for Transport has confirmed. A full list of exempt countries posing “a reduced risk” from coronavirus will be published on Friday. Most travellers to the UK currently have to self-isolate for two weeks, BBC reported. The Foreign ...

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Coronavirus: Texas governor mandates wearing of face masks

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered face coverings to be worn in public as coronavirus cases rocket in the state of US. The directive applies to counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases, which covers most of Texas’ 254 counties. Texas hit a record of more than 8,000 virus cases in a day on Wednesday, up from about 2,400 two ...

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Eight Indian cops killed in encounter with criminals

Eight policemen, including a deputy superintendent and three sub-inspectors, were killed during a raid to nab a criminal in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district of India early on Friday. The police team were out to look for Vikas Dubey, a dreaded gangster, accused of attempt to murder by a villager. They were about to conduct the raid on the basis of ...

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Myanmar jade mine landslide death toll rises 162

At least 162 bodies have been found after a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, officials say. Rescue work has continued all day for people still missing at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. A wave of mud and rock triggered by heavy rain engulfed those collecting stones, the fire service said. Myanmar is ...

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US passes Hong Kong sanctions as nations condemn new law

The US House of Representatives has approved new Hong Kong-related sanctions, after Beijing imposed a security law that was condemned by countries around the world. The measure, which was passed unanimously, penalises banks that do business with Chinese officials. It will have to be approved by the Senate before going to President Trump. Critics say China’s law ends freedoms that ...

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