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Online funeral set for Seoul mayor

SEOUL: The official funeral for Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will be held online this week over coronavirus concerns, his funeral committee said Sunday. The announcement comes amid a heated social debate over how big a funeral should be arranged for Park, who was found dead on Friday. He reportedly had been embroiled in sexual harassment allegations.

British IS inmate killed in Syria

LONDON: A Briton who left London to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Syria has died while being held in prison in the country, according to a media report citing sources. One source told the BBC that Ishak Mostefaoui, previously from east London, was killed while attempting to escape custody. Another said Mostefaoui died during serious disorder in a jail in Hassakeh, which houses IS prisoners from various countries.

Thousands march in UK in support of BLM

LONDON: Some 5,000 people took to the streets of UK’s Brighton city in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the media reported. Large crowds of demonstrators set off from the city’s Palace Pier on Saturday afternoon, with many carrying signs that read “Decolonise everything” and “Defund the police”, the Metro newspaper reported. 

Biden wins Louisiana primary

WASHINGTON: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the primary in the state of Louisiana, a media report said. The former Vice President won with 82.2 per cent of the vote, leading Senator Bernie Sanders, who received 5.3 per cent, with 1 per cent of precincts reporting, The Hill news website quoted the New York Times as saying on Saturday. The win on Saturday comes as he continues to march toward his formal nomination at the Democratic convention in August.

Five dead after ‘hostage situation’ in SA church

JOHANNESBURG: Five people have been killed after attackers stormed a South African church, reportedly amid an argument over its leadership. South African police said they had rescued men, women and children from a “hostage situation” on the outskirts of Johannesburg on Saturday morning, the BBC reported. They have also arrested at least 40 people, and seized dozens of weapons.

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