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Pakistan train accident: 29 people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, killed in train-bus collision
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Pakistan train accident: 29 people, mostly Sikh pilgrims, killed in train-bus collision

A mini-bus carrying Sikh pilgrims, which was returning from Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Punjab (in Pakistan), hit the Shah Hussain Express at Farooqababd

Jeffrey Epstein's aide Ghislaine Maxwell arrested over charges of abetting child sex trafficking
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Jeffrey Epstein's aide Ghislaine Maxwell arrested over charges of abetting child sex trafficking

Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein, allegedly facilitated his crimes by helping him 'recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse' girls as young as 14.

Donald Trump has a fresh Russia problem: Unread intelligence and a missing strategy
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Donald Trump has a fresh Russia problem: Unread intelligence and a missing strategy

US lawmakers on Tuesday emerged from closed briefings to challenge why Donald Trump and his advisors failed to recognise the seriousness of the intelligence assessment.

Mass elephant deaths in Botswana's Okavango Delta region baffle scientists; no sign of poaching
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Mass elephant deaths in Botswana's Okavango Delta region baffle scientists; no sign of poaching

A cluster of elephant deaths was first reported in the Okavango Delta in early May, with 169 animals found dead. By mid-June, the number had more than doubled, with 70 percent of the deaths happening around water holes

Twitterati puzzled over South Carolina video of bird carrying huge fish clutched in talons
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Twitterati puzzled over South Carolina video of bird carrying huge fish clutched in talons

According to a report by New York Post, the incident took place at a South Carolina beach where a bird firmly held a huge fish in its claws and was flying.

French prime minister Edouard Philippe resigns as President Emmanuel Macron readies govt reshuffle
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French prime minister Edouard Philippe resigns as President Emmanuel Macron readies govt reshuffle

Questions over Edouard Philippe’s job had swirled since mid-June when Emmanuel Macron declared he wanted to “reinvent” his presidency.

As KP Oli prorogues Parliament in bid to hang on to power, a look at how Nepal PM finds himself in this position
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As KP Oli prorogues Parliament in bid to hang on to power, a look at how Nepal PM finds himself in this position

Nepal's domestic politics is in some ways comparable to Bihar's internal politics: There are no permanent enemies and no permanent friends

Tesla threatening to fire employees if they don’t return to work at California factory, say workers
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Tesla threatening to fire employees if they don’t return to work at California factory, say workers

Some Tesla workers say they have heard of COVID-19 cases among some at the Fremont factory, but claim that the company is being tight-lipped about the numbers.

Kim Jong-un claims 'shining success' against COVID-19, urges North Koreans to maintain high alert
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Kim Jong-un claims 'shining success' against COVID-19, urges North Koreans to maintain high alert

The North Korean leader stressed the importance of maintaining 'maximum alert without relaxation on the anti-epidemic effort', adding that the virus was still present in neighbouring countries.

Donald Trump's mensis horribilis: Why June was such a disastrous month for the US president
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Donald Trump's mensis horribilis: Why June was such a disastrous month for the US president

As demoralising as June was for many Republicans, what was less visible were the frenetic attempts by top Republicans to soothe Trump and steer him away from self-sabotage, while also manipulating him to serve their own purposes

Egg salad and a basketball star provide one California cafe's coronavirus lifeline
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Egg salad and a basketball star provide one California cafe's coronavirus lifeline

By Ann Saphir OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Each day, employees at Farley's East cafe in Oakland, California fix about 200 turkey, ham and egg salad sandwich lunch plates to be distributed free to the homeless, hungry school-age kids, medical professionals at Covid-19 testing sites, and others in need

U.S. Supreme Court takes up Trump bid to withhold parts of Russia report
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U.S. Supreme Court takes up Trump bid to withhold parts of Russia report

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers are highly unlikely to gain access before the Nov. 3 election to material withheld from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian political meddling after the Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear President Donald Trump's administration's bid to keep it secret

Florida shatters records with over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day
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Florida shatters records with over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day

By Lisa Shumaker (Reuters) - Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally. Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at rates not seen since April

Sierra Leone doctors' strike leaves COVID-19 patients stranded
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Sierra Leone doctors' strike leaves COVID-19 patients stranded

By Cooper Inveen Freetown (Reuters) - Doctors treating COVID-19 patients in Sierra Leone went on strike on Thursday over unpaid bonuses, leaving patients in some of the main treatment centres without care, healthworkers said. The strike marks an escalation in a row between doctors and government over what doctors say is a misuse of funds for the coronavirus response in the small West African country, and a lack of protection and compensation for healthworkers

Trump upbeat on three coronavirus vaccine candidates
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Trump upbeat on three coronavirus vaccine candidates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced optimism the United States would soon come up with a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, saying three vaccine candidates were looking especially good. "Three are really, really looking good," Trump said at an event at the White House, without providing details.

As U.S. coronavirus cases soar, White House touts economic recovery, 'safe' re-openings
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As U.S. coronavirus cases soar, White House touts economic recovery, 'safe' re-openings

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After days of record spikes in new COVID-19 cases and hospitals warning they could run out of beds, President Donald Trump's White House on Thursday sought to convey that all was well in the battle against the coronavirus and efforts to get the U.S. economy moving again. Florida reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally

WHO says there is 'very little risk' that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19
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WHO says there is 'very little risk' that pets can infect their owners with COVID-19

Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and "even tigers" have been infected with the disease.

Canadians wary of COVID-19 spikes in neighboring U.S.
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Canadians wary of COVID-19 spikes in neighboring U.S.

By Steve Scherer OTTAWA (Reuters) - A spike in COVID-19 cases in the United States has become a hot topic for Canadians, who unfurled their maple-leaf flags to celebrate Canada Day this week just days ahead of 4th of July celebrations south of the border. The spread of the novel coronavirus has slowed steadily in Canada over the past eight weeks, but outbreaks are worsening in many U.S.

Botswana investigating mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants
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Botswana investigating mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants

GABORONE (Reuters) - Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday. The dead elephants were first spotted months ago in the Okavango Panhandle region, and the authorities say they have since been trying to discover the cause. Poaching has been ruled out as the cause of death, as the carcasses were found intact.

Attackers on motorbikes kill at least 27 Malian villagers, local officials say
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Attackers on motorbikes kill at least 27 Malian villagers, local officials say

BAMAKO (Reuters) - At least 27 civilians were killed when unidentified armed men on motorbikes attacked ethnic Dogon farming villages in central Mali on Wednesday, local authorities said. The attackers targeted the villages of Gouari, Djindo and Fangadougou in the Mopti region, which has seen dozens of tit-for-tat ethnic massacres as well as jihadist raids over the past few years.