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3 killed, 9 injured in building collapse in India

25 July, New Delhi: At least three people were killed and nine others injured in a building collapse near India’s financial capital Mumbai Tuesday, officials said.The death toll may go up as over 30 people are trapped under the debris of the four-storey residential building that collapsed at Damodar Park in Ghatkopar, an eastern suburb of Mumbai. Fire brigade personnel and civic officials are carrying out rescue work, Mumbai’s Chief Fire Officer P. Rahangdale told the media. “Three bodies have been found. Also nine people have been pulled out of the debris alive and rushed to a nearby hospital...

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Israeli PM vows to bring home Israeli guard from Jordan

25 July, Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that an Israeli security guard who shot dead two Jordanians after being stabbed outside Israel’s embassy in Jordan will be brought home to Israel. In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu said he called the guard over the phone and promised him that Israel “has experience in dealing with such situation” and would “bring him home.” The guard opened fire after he was stabbed with a screwdriver outside the Israeli embassy in Amman on Sunday night. Local media reported that Jordanian authorities refuse to allow the...

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German president warns against turning back on U.S.

25 July, Berlin: German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier has made a plea for maintaining close ties between Berlin and Washington despite recent irritation caused by the Trump administration. Appearing on television channel ZDF for a “Summer Interview” on Sunday night, Steinmeier emphasized the historical debt his country owed to the United States. “We certainly have no reason to assume a posture of moral superiority,” the president warned. He said German democracy would not exist if it were not for the United States and the country’s booming post-war economy could not have flourished if it were not for aid provided by...

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Dozens dead after Kabul bomb attack

24 July, Kabul, Afghanistan: At least 24 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Monday morning, according to an Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman. At least 42 others were injured in the blast. The blast occurred around 6:40 a.m. local time (10:10 pm ET), when a Toyota Corolla exploded in the city’s Police District 3, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told CNN. The target of the blast was not immediately clear, Danish said. No claim of responsibility has yet been made. The bombing is the latest in a long line of attacks in the Afghan...

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China shuts down over 3,900 illegal websites

23 July, Beijing: A total of 3,918 illegal websites were shut down by China’s Internet watchdogs from April to June this year, official media reported today. The websites included those that published content that jeopardised national security, and those that spread violence, vulgarity or ungrounded rumours, according to the statement by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued last night. Up to 316 cases related to illegal websites were handed to judicial organs in the same period, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. More than 810,000 illicit cyber accounts were also closed in the second quarter of the year, the...

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Egypt sentences 28 to death over prosecutor killing

22 July, Cairo: An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 28 people to death for involvement in the killing of a top prosecutor two years ago, security and judicial officials said. Hisham Barakat was killed in 2015 when a car bomb struck his convoy in Cairo after jihadist calls for attacks on the judiciary to avenge a crackdown on Islamists. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but police later said they had arrested the perpetrators, charging they were members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The court also sentenced 15 defendants to life in prison in the same case, while...

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Paris spotlight on latest in AIDS science

22 July, Paris: Some 6,000 HIV experts gather in Paris from Sunday to report advances in AIDS science as fading hopes of finding a cure push research into new fields. In their 36-year battle, researchers have always come up short against the virus’ guerrilla tactics — hiding out in human cells and playing dead only to reemerge and attack as soon as treatment is stopped. Today’s research is about finding ways to keep the virus dormant with as few drugs and side-effects as possible.And, of course, better ways to prevent infection in the first place. “Eradicating the virus from...

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Qatar changes anti-terror law amid Gulf row

21 July, Doha: Qatar has announced changes to its anti-terror legislation, one of the controversial issues at the core of the crisis between Doha and its neighbours who accuse it of backing extremists. The decree from Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani establishes two national lists for individuals and terrorist entities and sets out the requirements for being included on them. It also defines terrorists, terrorist crimes, terrorist entities as well as the financing of terrorism. The decree follows the signing of a US-Qatar agreement to combat terror funding, later dismissed by the Gulf nation’s neighbours. Saudi Arabia, the...

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India gets new president from bottom of Hindu caste system

21 July, New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind was elected India’s new president Thursday, the second time since independence a head of state has been chosen from the bottom of the Hindu caste system. Kovind won the largely ceremonial position with more than 65 percent of the vote by members of India’s parliament and state assemblies, the election commission said. The 71-year-old former lawyer and state governor from the marginalised Dalit community was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party for post. The opposition Congress Party also put forward a Dalit candidate, a former parliamentary speaker Meira Kumar. But...

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Qatar foreign minister in China after visit by UAE official

21 July, Beijing: Qatar’s foreign minister is visiting Beijing a day after his Chinese counterpart told a top official from the United Arab Emirates that China hoped the rift between the Gulf countries could be repaired. China’s foreign ministry says Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China supported calls to fight terrorism, maintain stability in the Gulf and shore up unity among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and cut air,...

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