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Malaysia PM to resign on Monday

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will resign on Monday after he lost his majority due to infighting in the ruling coalition, reports Reuters quoting local news portal MalaysiaKini. The resignation, if confirmed, would end a tumultuous 17 months in office for Muhyiddin but also bring more uncertainty to Malaysia as the country grapples with a COVID-19 surge and economic downturn. ...

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At least 20 killed in Lebanon fuel tank explosion

At least 20 people were killed and nearly 80 others injured when a fuel tank exploded in Lebanon’s northern region of Akkar, the Red Cross and state media said Sunday. The tragedy overwhelmed medical facilities and spurred a search for the missing, heaping new misery on a country already suffering from an economic crisis and severe fuel shortages that have ...

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July world’s hottest month ever recorded – US agency

July was the world’s hottest month ever recorded, a US federal scientific and regulatory agency has reported. The data shows that the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.93C (1.68F) above the 20th Century average of 15.8C (60.4F). It is the highest temperature since record-keeping began 142 years ago. The previous record, set in July 2016, was equalled in 2019 ...

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Three US educators die of Covid in 24 hours – union

Three educators in Florida’s second-largest school district have died from Covid-19 within two days of each other, teachers’ union officials say. The deaths come just days before Broward County schools are due to reopen on August 18. Florida’s Republican governor has threatened to withhold pay from school leaders who require masks for pupils, BBC reported. School virus protocols have become ...

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US issues new terrorism threat warning ahead of 9/11 anniversary

The US Department of Homeland Security issued a new terrorism threat advisory on Friday ahead of the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks and amid a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic, reports AFP. The National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin said the United States faces a “heightened threat environment” from both domestic terrorists “and those inspired or motivated by foreign ...

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Taliban close in on Kabul as US scrambles to evacuate

The Afghan Taliban tightened their territorial stranglehold around Kabul on Saturday, as refugees from the insurgents’ relentless offensive flooded the capital and US Marines returned to oversee emergency evacuations. With the country’s second- and third-largest cities having fallen into Taliban hands, Kabul has effectively become the besieged, last stand for government forces who have offered little or no resistance elsewhere. ...

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Taliban sweep across Afghanistan’s south; take 4 more cities

The Taliban completed their sweep of the country’s south on Friday as they took four more provincial capitals in a lightning offensive that brught them closer to Kabul, just weeks before the U.S. is set to officially end its two-decade war. In just the last 24 hours, the country’s second- and third-largest cities — Herat in the west and Kandahar ...

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US sanctions Cuban officials, military unit for protest crackdown

The United States imposed new sanctions on senior Cuban officials and a military unit on Friday, the latest in a series of actions in response to the crackdown on anti-government protestors on the island. The penalties from the Treasury Department hit two Interior Ministry officials and the “red beret” military unit for their role in suppressing the recent rare demonstrations ...

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Ex-Myanmar strongman Than Shwe hospitalised with Covid

Than Shwe, the former head of a junta that ruled Myanmar for nearly two decades, has been hospitalised Nay Pyi Taw and is in a stable condition after being tested for the coronavirus, reports Reuters, quoting local media reports. Although the ex-general crushed dissent and kept the country isolated for most of his rule, he also ushered in a transition ...

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US sending 3,000 troops for partial Afghan embassy evacuation

Just weeks before the U.S. is scheduled to end its war in Afghanistan, the Biden administration is rushing 3,000 fresh troops to the Kabul airport to help with a partial evacuation of the U.S. Embassy. The move highlights the stunning speed of a Taliban takeover of much of the country, including their capture on Thursday of Kandahar, the second-largest city ...

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