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Call to evacuate thousands in Aus over fires

sydney: Australian authorities on Sunday asked thousands of tourists and residents to evacuate a popular natural area in the southeast of the country due to forest fires. Victoria state fire chief Chris Hardman urged anyone in the East Gippsland forests to leave the area immediately in the face of the danger of fires amid high temperatures, reports Efe news. “The …

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Boat containing human remains washes up in Japan

Tokyo: Five corpses and two human heads have been discovered inside a shipwreck on the coast of Japan, it was reported. The boat washed ashore on Japan›s Sado Island on Friday and authorities gained access on Saturday, reports the BBC. The heavily damaged vessel had Korean lettering painted on its side. The police could not confirm whether the two heads …

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Johnson can allow Huawei to provide 5G networks

London: Despite espionage fears, UK security chiefs have given the green light for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to provide Britain’s 5G networks, a media report said on Sunday. A senior security source told The Mail newspaper on Sunday that “the balance between national security and the economic benefit to the UK is something we …

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475 weddings held in Mexico City prisons this year

Mexico City: Some 475 weddings were celebrated in Mexico City prisons during 2019, the Penitentiary System of the Mexican capital reported this Saturday. Explained in a statement was the fact that the Penitentiary System, in coordination with the general management of the Civil Registry, permitted that number of marriages to be performed, the Efe news reported. “In this way we …

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Malaysian Senate chief asks Mahathir to introspect before criticising India

New Delhi: Malaysia’s Senate President and Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) chief, Vigneswaran Sanasee, has strongly criticised the Mahathir Mohamad government’s interference in India’s internal affairs and urged him to grant greater democracy and equal rights to his own non-Muslim citizens first. President Mahathir’s criticism of India’s new citizenship law, Sanasee said, “is not in sync with established diplomatic practice of …

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Pakistan tight-lipped about its ISIS operatives in Afghanistan

New Delhi: Even as the majority of over 600 ISIS Khorasan operatives, who, along with hundreds of their family members, surrendered in Afghanistan last month, are from Pakistan, the Imran Khan government has remained tight-lipped about it. Sources based in Kabul told IANS that Islamabad made no attempt to take back the women and children of the Pakistani ISIS operatives, …

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Cold-related diseases affect 4,196 people in Bangladesh

Dhaka: Various cold-related diseases have affected 4,196 people across Bangladesh in the last 24 hours, the government said on Saturday. Data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room showed that 668 of the patients received treatment for acute respiratory infection, The Daily Star newspaper reported. Another 1,639 were treated for diarrhoea, and 1,889 for diseases including jaundice, …

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Indian students in Israel protest against CAA, NRC in front of embassy

Tel Aviv: About two dozen Indian students from various research institutes in Israel staged a silent protest in front of the Indian embassy here on Friday against the amended citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens, terming them acts of “state-sponsored instrument of class and religious persecution”.  According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), members of Hindu, Sikh, …

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More than 2,35,000 flee northwest Syria flare-up: UN

Beirut: More than 2,35,000 people have fled the Idlib region over the past two weeks, the UN said Friday, amid heightened regime and Russian attacks on Syria’s last major opposition bastion. The mass displacement between 12 and 25 December has left the violence-plagued Maaret al-Numan region in southern Idlib “almost empty”, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA. AFP correspondents …

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Israel’s Netanyahu wins Likud party’s leadership race

Jerusalem: Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told supporters Friday he would win a March general election after scoring a landslide victory in the leadership primary of his right-wing Likud party. Israel’s longest-serving premier, who faces a corruption indictment as well as a third general election in 12 months, was expected to beat rival Gideon Saar in the leadership primary. …

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