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Twin blasts in Syria’s Tartus ‘kill 30’

At least 30 people were killed and 45 injured in a double bomb attack in Syria's coastal Tartus province on Monday, state media said in a new toll. State media said the attack involved an initial car bomb that detonated on a bridge outside the provincial capital, with a suicide bomber then setting off an explosive belt when people gathered to help casualties of the first attack. ...

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Media reports on Farakka water ‘misleading’: India

India has termed the media reports on release of water from Farakka Barrage contributing to floods in Bangladesh as “erroneous” and “misleading”. “The Ministry of Water Resources of India has clarified that the Gates of Farakka Barrage are operated to smoothly pass the flows of Ganga (Ganges) river. The Farakka barrage gates remain open during the monsoon for smooth passage of flows of Ganga river which is ...

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US rapist student released

A student at a top US university whose six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015 was widely criticised for being too lenient has been released from prison. Brock Turner, 21, who was a swimming champion, assaulted the woman outside a Stanford University fraternity house, reports BBC. He was freed from the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, California, after serving t ...

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Italy quake toll rises to 247

Rescuers worked into the early hours of Thursday in a desperate search for survivors after a powerful earthquake shook central Italy, leaving at least 247 people dead and devastating several mountain villages. With 368 people injured, some critically, and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the death toll from Wednesday’s pre-dawn quake was expected to rise further, officials warned. Amid scenes of carn ...

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Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio's sometimes shaky 2016 instalment. After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carried the flag at a ceremony at the city's Haneda airport. "I strongly feel a heavy responsiblity" for the next Olympics, Koike told the cr ...

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Floodlight failure mars India’s pink ball debut

India’s experiment with the pink ball in the Duleep Trophy domestic championship met with major embarrassment after floodlight failure interrupted play for over an hour in the day-night match on Tuesday. The Duleep Trophy, a four-day triangular competition which traditionally heralds the start of the Indian cricket season, is seen as a possible precursor to day-night Tests in cricket’s biggest market. But t ...

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6 killed in Italy earthquake

At least six people are believed to have died following a strong earthquake in central Italy, officials told state broadcaster RAI on Wednesday. "Four people are under the rubble, but they are not showing any sign of life. Two parents and two children," mayor Stefano Petrucci told RAI television. A strong earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse “with re ...

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John Kerry arrives on Aug 29

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives here on a brief one-day visit on August 29 to discuss bilateral issues with his Bangladesh counterpart, reports the UNB. However, there is no official announcement of the visit neither from Dhaka nor Washington. The US Secretary of State will be here on the morning of August 29 by a special aircraft and leave for New Delhi later in the evening, a diplomatic source to ...

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Boy killed in Sweden grenade accident

An eight-year-old boy was killed Monday when a grenade was thrown into the apartment in Sweden where he was sleeping, police said, adding he was likely the victim of an underworld feud. The child was sleeping in the living room of an apartment in the working class neighbourhood of Biskopsgarden in Gothenburg, on Sweden’s west coast, when a unidentified attacker threw a hand grenade through the window, polic ...

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Pakistani protesters attack TV stations, 1 killed

Pakistani protesters attacked TV stations and clashed with police in the southern city of Karachi on Monday, leaving one person dead and eight others wounded, including three media workers, officials said. Supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, known as the MQM, accuse the media of failing to cover a six-day hunger strike protesting the recent arrest of party members. After a speech Monday broadcast fr ...

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