Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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Anger in India as lychee-linked brain fever kills 113 children

PATNA: Ten more children died Tuesday from a mysterious brain fever potentially linked to lychees, officials said, taking the death toll to 113 this month and sparking angry protests in India s poorest Bihar state. Sixty children, mostly under the age of 10 and malnourished, are undergoing treatment after an ...

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Record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018: UN

GENEVA: More than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, a record that underestimates the real number of refugees and asylum seekers, the UN said Wednesday. In its annual global trends report, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) described the figure of 70.8 million at ...

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China earthquake kills 12, injures 134

BEIJING: The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 12 dead and 134 injured as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings. More than 4,000 people were relocated as a large number of structures were damaged or collapsed following late Monday’s earthquake outside Yibin in ...

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New Zealand man jailed for sharing Christchurch shooting video

CHRISTCHURCH: A New Zealand man who shared a livestream video of the Christchurch mosque attacks has been jailed for 21 months. Philip Arps sent the video to 30 people and to a friend, asking for it to be modified to include a “kill count”. Christchurch District Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said ...

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Population of Earth to reach 9.7 billion in 2050: UN

UNITED NATIONS: The world population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today, with the population of sub-Saharan Africa doubling, a United Nations report released Monday said. The population could then grow to 11 billion by 2100, according to the United Nations Department of Economic ...

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Brazil Supreme Court criminalizes homophobia

BRASILIA: Brazil’s Supreme Court voted to criminalize homophobia, an important step for sexual minorities in one of the most dangerous countries for LGBT people in the world. The Supreme Federal Court (STF), which voted eight to three in favour of the measure, classified homophobia as a crime similar to racism, ...

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Egypt’s Morsi dies in court during trial hearing

CAIRO: Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s former president who was ousted by the military in 2013, died in court during his trial, according to local reports. The state TV says the 67-year-old Morsi was attending a session on Monday in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. ...

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Accidental cat filter derails live press conference

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s KPK Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai’s live-streamed press conference descended into farce when a cat filter was switched on by mistake. Shaukat Yousafzai was briefing journalists last Friday when the setting was accidentally turned on. Facebook users watching the video live commented on the gaffe, but Shaukat Yousafzai carried ...

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Pentagon approves deployment of additional 1,000 troops to Middle East

US Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan said in a statement that the Pentagon has authorized the deployment of an additional 1,000 troops for defensive purposes “to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East “. According to Shanahan, “the recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence ...

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Trump in new attack on London’s mayor Khan

LONDON: US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack Saturday on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, backing a right-wing British columnist who has been widely accused of Islamophobia and once called migrants “cockroaches”. Trump attached his latest denunciation of the mayor to a retweet by Katie Hopkins about crime in “Khan’s ...

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