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Army deploys to clean up cyclone-ravaged Kolkata

Army deploys to clean up cyclone-ravaged Kolkata

The Indian Army has been mobilised to help with the clean-up after a devastating cyclone hit the eastern city of Kolkata, as thousands again protested yesterday again over power and water shortages.

Politicians issue appeal as Italy lifts lockdown

Politicians issue appeal as Italy lifts lockdown

As the weather warms up and restrictions to contain the novel coronavirus are lifted, Italy’s politicians advised citizens to take care and maintain health precautions, warning that otherwise they could risk another wave of infections.

Madrid residents eager ahead of reopening of facilities this week

Madrid residents eager ahead of reopening of facilities this week

Residents of Madrid and Barcelona are eagerly anticipating the opening of parks, museums, churches and outdoor seating at bars this week, as Spain prepares to ease some of the strictest lockdown measures in Europe.

Pakistan goes wild for blockbuster Turkish drama

Pakistan goes wild for blockbuster Turkish drama

Dubbed the Muslim Game of Thrones, a drama about the makings of the Ottoman Empire sent Pakistan wild during Ramadan this year, smashing television records but exposing the country’s lack of original content.

As people return to St Peter’s Square, Pope urges defence of environment

As people return to St Peter’s Square, Pope urges defence of environment

The public returned to St Peter’s Square yesterday to receive Pope Francis’s blessing from his window for the first time in nearly three months as he convoked a year of reflection on the environment.

Alligator that survived Berlin WWII bombing dies at 84

Alligator that survived Berlin WWII bombing dies at 84

An alligator that survived a bombing raid on the Berlin zoo in 1943 and found itself east of the iron curtain after World War II, has died of old age at 84, the Moscow Zoo has announced.

PM backs Cummings despite calls to resign

PM backs Cummings despite calls to resign

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday backed his senior adviser Dominic Cummings despite calls from within his own Conservative Party for the aide to resign for travelling 400kms during the coronavirus lockdown.

Bolsonaro joins demonstrators as scandal heats up amid pandemic

Bolsonaro joins demonstrators as scandal heats up amid pandemic

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro yesterday hailed supporters rallying in the country’s capital to back his administration as an unfolding political scandal adds to the public health crisis driven by the coronavirus outbreak.

N Korea leader vows to bolster N-deterrence

N Korea leader vows to bolster N-deterrence

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hosted a meeting to discuss the country’s nuclear capabilities, state media said yesterday, marking his first appearance in three weeks after a previous absence sparked global speculation about his health.

Thousands protest in HK over security law proposal

Thousands protest in HK over security law proposal

Police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered yesterday against a controversial security law proposed by China, in the most intense clashes for months.

SpaceX set to launch astronauts into orbit for the first time

SpaceX set to launch astronauts into orbit for the first time

In the beginning, everyone was sceptical. But Elon Musk’s SpaceX defied expectations — and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two Nasa astronauts into space, the first crewed flight from US soil in nine long years.

Americans soak up sun as toll nears 100,000

Americans soak up sun as toll nears 100,000

Americans sunbathed on beaches, fished from boats and strolled on boardwalks this holiday weekend, but the occasional person wearing a mask was a constant reminder that the world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic.

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