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27 dead as rain batters India’s Bihar

Twenty-seven people have died in Bihar after incessant rain in the state left many parts, including capital Patna, flooded. The weather office has warned of more rain in the 24 districts in state in the next 24 hours. Schools in Patna are closed till Tuesday anticipating heavy rain, NDTV reports. Patna was brought to a standstill over the weekend after ...

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Fire kills eight infants in Algeria hospital

Eight infants died in a fire in a hospital in Algeria’s El Oued early on Tuesday the fire service was quoted as saying on state media without giving any further details. The government has opened an inquiry into the causes of the fire, it added. The quality of government services has often been a cause of frustration and anger in ...

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Hong Kong riot police curb airport protest after clashes

Hong Kong riot police took up position at the main rail station serving the airport on Sunday to prevent a new anti-government protest targeting air travel after a night of violent street clashes in the Chinese-ruled territory. Protesters have targeted the airport before, occupying the arrivals hall, blocking approach roads and setting street fires in the nearby town of Tung ...

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Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles: Tasnim

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were within range of Iranian missiles after the US accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants, raising tensions in the Middle East. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two Saudi Aramco oil plants on Saturday at the heart of Saudi ...

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Typhoon knocks out power in S Korea as North braces for storm

A powerful typhoon slammed into South Korea early on Saturday, killing at least one person and disrupting power to 57,000 households before turning toward North Korea, authorities said. Typhoon Lingling struck the island of Jeju and southern port cities overnight, knocking out power and damaging buildings as it moved north at 49 kph (30 mph), the Ministry of Interior and ...

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Hong Kong leader says China backs her ‘all the way’

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday that China “understands, respects and supports” her government’s move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of measures she hoped would help the city “move forward” from months of unrest. In a press conference, Lam was repeatedly questioned on why it took her so long to withdraw the bill that would have ...

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Robert F Kennedy assassin is said to have been stabbed

Sirhan Sirhan, who is serving a life sentence for the 1968 assassination of Sen Robert F Kennedy, was in stable condition at a Southern California hospital Friday night after reports that he had been stabbed in prison by another inmate, the state prison system said. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would not confirm that Sirhan, who is now ...

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Queen allows British PM Johnson to suspend parliament before Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will limit parliament’s ability to derail his Brexit plan by cutting the amount of time it will sit between now and EU exit day on Oct 31, infuriating opponents who urged Queen Elizabeth to intervene. In his boldest move yet to take the country out of the European Union with or without a divorce deal, ...

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G7 offers emergency aid to fight Amazon forest fires

Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday offered $20 million of emergency aid to help battle wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, a gesture Brazil slammed as colonialist. Despite record wildfires in the Amazon and President Jair Bolsonaro previously saying his government lacked the money to fight the blazes, it was not clear if Brazil would accept the ...

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Banks in Hong Kong condemn violence, urge restoration of ‘harmony’

Some of Hong Kong’s biggest banks published full-page newspaper advertisements on Thursday calling for the preservation of law and order in the Chinese territory and condemning violence, as weeks of pro-democracy protests show no sign of abating. HSBC, Standard Chartered and Bank of East Asia, which published the advertisements in major newspapers in the Asian financial hub, all urged the ...

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