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Devastated Venice braced for third major flood

Venice: Venice was braced Sunday for an unprecedented third major flooding in less than a week, with sea water due to swamp the already devastated historic city where authorities have declared a state of emergency. The city forecast “acqua alta”, or high water, of 160 centimetres (over five feet) for 1200 GMT, lower than Tuesday’s 187 centimetres — the highest …

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Iran issues warning to fuel price hike protesters

​Tehran: The Iranian government has warned that security officials will step up action against protesters who have taken to the streets across the country against the government’s decision to ration gasoline and increase petrol prices. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli, speaking during an interview with state television on Saturday, warned that law enforcement and security officials will have “no choice” but …

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Ailing Sharif to travel to London for medical treatment

Lahore: Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for London on Tuesday by an air ambulance for treatment after the Lahore High Court allowed him to travel abroad for four weeks for medical care on his plea and rejected the Imran Khan government’s condition of furnishing an indemnity bond. A two-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) …

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Hong Kong officer hit by arrow as activists vow to ‘squeeze economy’

Hong Kong: A police officer was struck in the leg by an arrow shot by a Hong Kong activist on Sunday, the city’s force said, as fierce clashes raged at a university which has become a fulcrum of pro-democracy protests. Images showed the arrow embedded in the calf of the police officer, who was working with the force’s media liasion …

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Protests erupt in Iran over fuel price hike

IANS Tehran Protests have erupted across Iran after the country began rationing on the purchase of gasoline and substantially increased the price of fuel in a move aimed at assisting the needy, media reports said. The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a litre of regular gasoline had gone …

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Pak court allows ailing Sharif to travel abroad for treatment

PTI Lahore In a major relief to Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, a court on Saturday allowed him to travel abroad for four weeks and ordered the Imran Khan government to remove his name from the Exit Control List without any conditions. The Lahore High Court, in its order seen as a setback to the government, also said …

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Britain’s Prince Andrew has ‘no recollection’ of Epstein sex accuser

AFP London Britain’s Prince Andrew has said he does not remember meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, who claims she was forced to have sex with the royal. But Andrew admitted in an interview with the BBC due to be broadcast on Saturday that his decision to remain friends with Epstein after he was …

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China deploys PLA troops in Hong Kong

PTI Beijing China on Saturday deployed its troops in Hong Kong for the first time since the unprecedented pro-democracy protests began in the former British colony more than five months ago over a proposed extradition law, with soldiers in plain clothes clearing the roadblocks. Soldiers from the Hong Kong Garrison of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — the world’s largest military …

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Car bomb kills 19 in northern Syria

AFP Beirut A car bomb killed 19 people, 13 of them civilians, in the Turkish-controlled town of Al-Bab in northern Syria on Saturday, a war monitor said. The bomb, which struck a bus and taxi station in the town, also wounded 33 people, some of them seriously, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Turkey and its Syrian proxies …

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‘India seeks Israel’s help to ensure tap water to every Indian by 2024’

Tel Aviv: India is seeking Israel’s help to ensure functional tap-water to every Indian household by 2024 with a senior minister visiting the country next week to fulfill the government’s mission, India’s envoy here has said. During his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent in the coming years …

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