Lebanon’s capital Beirut shaken by massive explosion

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China faces worst floods in 30 years

Floods across large swaths of central and eastern China have left more than 140 people dead, affecting 38 million others and destroying 28,000 homes, according to government tallies.It is the worst floods in China in more than 30 years, as regions across the country brace for another "grim" week of torrential...

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Monsoon floods wreak havoc in South Asia

South Asia is battling torrential monsoon rains which have pounded the region for weeks, causing widespread flooding, killing more than 250 people so far.At least 81 people have died in flood-prone Bangladesh, where almost one-third of the impoverished nation is under water in one of the worst deluges...

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Heavy rain takes Mumbai past July average already

Mumbai city witnessed a day of heavy rains on July 15, surpassing the meteorological department’s estimate which escalated its orange alert for coastal Maharashtra to red by the afternoon in light of the severity of the downpour. After a relatively slow start in June, the season has picked pace this...

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Flood Waters Submerge Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam

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Lockdown inspires gardening boom in India’s Nagaland

Two healthy pots of coriander and two of spinach are enough to provide a sense of achievement for Theyiesinuo Keditsu, a young English professor and mother of four.Keditsu, who claims she has the "thumb of death," planted the seeds and was amazed at how they grew.The indigenous Naga people in India's...

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Moroccans swim, sing, reconnect as lockdown lifts

In the Moroccan capital Rabat, people welcomed the end of more than three months of coronavirus lockdown with the joy of a religious holiday.They met friends, played at the beach and visited relatives on Thursday.The pandemic, however, has left its scars on the country's economy and Moroccans' well-being...

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Russia shows off military might at grand WWII parade

Columns of tanks and troops paraded through Red Square on Wednesday as President Vladimir Putin oversaw grand World War II commemorations.Forced to postpone the country's traditional May 9 Victory Day celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic, Putin rescheduled the parade for just a week ahead of a July...

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India witnesses celestial sight in ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse

The first solar eclipse of this year taking place on the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere was visible a little after 9 am in India. This solar eclipse is also known as the “ring of fire” as the moon is unable to cover the entire sun, leaving a small surface exposed.[gallery...

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New cases force lockdown around Beijing food market

China's capital raced to control a new coronavirus outbreak on Monday, as 75 cases appeared, linked to a wholesale food market in Beijing where authorities locked down neighbourhoods and launched a massive test-and-trace programme.The outbreak in China, where the disease first emerged last year, had largely...

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