Friday, 10 July 2020

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Ethiopia to begin filing Nile hydroelectric dam

NILE: Ethiopia will start filling its $5 billion hydroelectric dam on the Nile in two weeks, the government said on Saturday. The announcement came after an online summit of the leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt convened by the African Union (AU) for negotiations on guidelines for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance ...

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Australia facing a major cyber attack

SYDNEY: Australia said Friday it is facing a major cyber attack but stopped short of formally blaming it on China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said public and private organizations and businesses were “currently being targeted by a sophisticated foreign state-based” hacker, ABC news reported. He did not name the hacker. The ...

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Indian troops crossed border, ‘broke consensus’: China

BEIJING: China again accused Indian troops of breaking “consensus” and violating territorial limits in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. “Indian front-line troops broke the consensus and crossed the Line of Actual Control [LAC], deliberately provoking and attacking Chinese officers and soldiers, thus triggering fierce physical conflicts and causing casualties,” ...

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World now has nearly 79.5 million refugees: UN

MANCHESTER: The UN Refugee Agency said an unprecedented 79.5 million people were displaced as of the end of 2019, with Turkey hosting the highest number of people forced to leave their homes. “UNHCR has not seen a higher total,” Filippo Grandi, UN high commissioner for refugees, said at a news ...

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George Floyd, whose death led to change, laid to rest

George Floyd, the 46 year-old black man whose fatal arrest prompted international protests and renewed calls for a major overhaul to the US criminal justice system, was eulogized Tuesday. Hundreds of mourners attended Floyd’s funeral at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas, paying their final respects to the ...

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Bangladesh starts releasing prisoners amid pandemic

DHAKA: Bangladesh has started releasing prisoners convicted of minor offences as a precautionary action to control infection among the overcrowded prisons in the country, said an official. Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General Mustafa Kamal Pasha told Anadolu Agency: “The jail authority will release 2,884 prisoners across the country in ...

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Coronavirus cases around the globe surpassed 3.5 million

LONDON: The number of registered coronavirus cases around the globe surpassed 3.5 million, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University. With 1.15 million cases, the US stands as the country with the most officially confirmed cases. Both Spain and Italy have over 210,000 cases, whereas the UK has so far ...

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Uzbekistan: 70,000 evacuated after dam wall collapses

TASHKENT: Some 70,000 people have been evacuated from eastern Uzbekistan as hundreds of houses were submerged under waters from a collapsed dam, said government officials on Saturday. Agricultural lands and some residential areas in the region were flooded, hundreds of houses were damaged, and 56 people were injured in the Sirdaryo ...

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