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Beirut blast: Heartbreaking pictures show how the massive explosion tore up thousands of homes

The gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else. Within a few tragic seconds, more than a quarter of a million people of the Lebanese capital’s residents were left with homes unfit to live in. Around 6,200 buildings are estimated to be damaged.
Japanese city Nagasaki urges nuclear weapon ban on 75th anniversary of US Atomic bombing

A man and his daughter pray for the victims of U.S. atomic bombing at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Nagasaki marked the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Sunday.
14-year-old patient raped in India's largest Covid-19 facility
The First Information Report (FIR) filed by the Delhi Police in Covid centre rape case has revealed that while a minor patient was being raped by a man, another stood there and filmed it on his mobile camera.

The police on Thursday revealed that a 14-year-old girl, who was undergoing treatment at the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre in south Delhi's Chhatarpur, was allegedly sexually assaulted by another coronavirus patient in the washroom.

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Palestinian Man Scales Hospital Wall to Bid Final Goodbye to His Mother Who Died of Covid-19
A Palestinian man scaled the high walls of a hospital to see his mother for one last time before she succumbed to coronavirus.

A viral image shows Jihad Al-Suwaiti, from the town of Beit Awa in the West Bank, sitting by the Intensive Care Unit's (ICU) window of Hebron State Hospital where she was being treated for COVID-19.

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Mum Demands Woman In Bikini Cover Up Because Her Sons Are Staring
A TikTok user was left baffled when a mum demanded she cover up her bikini-clad body because her sons were staring.

Aurea, from Mexico, was filming a video at the public beach of Freedom Lake, LaGrange in New York City when she was approached by the unidentified mother.

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Nude protester dubbed 'Naked Athena' flashes Portland police and gets pepper balls shot at her feet
A protester in Portland put on a stark display in front of cops as she sat with her legs apart on Friday night.

In a video posted on Twitter, the naked protester was seen walking along the sidewalk before laying down in the road, kicking up her feet and doing multiple yoga and ballet poses.

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Iran estimates it has 25 million Covid-19 cases, expects 35 million more infections
Iran's president Hassan Rouhani on Saturday estimated as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak's beginning, as he urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Rouhani also said about 30 to 35 million will be infected to the virus in the coming months. “We have to estimate that 30 to 35 million people will be exposed to the virus, which is very important”, Rouhani added. Iran's population is around 81 million people.
INDIA: 40-year-old woman raped at quarantine centre in Navi Mumbai
In a shocking incident, a 40-year-old woman was raped at a coronavirus COVID-19 quarantine centre in Navi Mumbai on July 16 (Thursday) night.

A case has been registered at Panvel Taluka Police Station and the accused arrested. He has tested COVID-19 positive.

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Russia says coronavirus vaccine is safe; clinical trials to be completed by July-end
The Russian defense ministry on Wednesday said it had developed a "safe" coronavirus vaccine. According to the ministry, 18 people had participated in the research and were discharged without "serious adverse events, health complaints, complications or side effects." In a statement, the ministry said the results of the trials "allow us to speak with confidence about the safety and good tolerability of the vaccine."

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"Their immunity is working well, antibodies are being created, they are protected against the coronavirus," researcher Svetlana Volchikhina said in a video released by the defence ministry. The ministry further said that it expects the clinical trials to be fully completed by July-end.
Satellite images show previously undeclared N.Korean facility
New satellite imagery has revealed a previously undeclared North Korean facility that experts suspect could be used to build nuclear warheads, a media report said on Thursday.

The images, captured by Planet Labs and analyzed by experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, show an active facility in the village of Wollo-ri near Pyongyang, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency quoted the CNN report as saying.
UN Sex Scandal: Official filmed with alleged sex worker in car; probe launched after video goes viral
The UN says it is investigating a possible case of sexual misconduct by staff after a video surfaced of a woman straddling a man in a car with UN markings in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. 

The 18-second video, filmed at night from a building alongside a busy road, shows a female figure in red moving astride a man in casual clothing on the back seat of a Toyota 4x4 vehicle. Another man is visible in the front passenger seat. The driver cannot be seen.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told The New Humanitarian that the world body was “shocked and deeply disturbed by what is seen on this video”.

“The behaviour seen in it is abhorrent and goes against everything we stand for and have been working to achieve in terms of fighting sexual misconduct by UN staff,” said Dujarric.  

By identifying landmarks and comparing the video with images of the street, TNH has determined that the video was taken on HaYarkon street in Tel Aviv.
Scotland: Police officer stabbed, suspect shot in Glasgow
A police officer in the Scottish city of Glasgow was stabbed and a male suspect shot by an armed officer in the heart of the city Friday.

Emergency services attend the scene of an incident in Glasgow, Scotland

Police Scotland said the incident, which took place around 1:15 p.m., has been contained and that there is no threat to the wider public.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident and that the police officer who was injured is receiving treatment in a hospital.

According to Sky News, there have been a number of people injured.
Eiffel Tower reopens after a three-month coronavirus break
The Eiffel Tower on Thursday welcomed back visitors after the coronavirus outbreak forced the Paris landmark into its longest period out of action since World War Two.

A general view shows the Eiffel Tower as she gets ready to re-open to the public following the coronavirus outbreak, in Paris.

Strict hygiene and safety measures have been put in place for the re-opening.

Visitors can access the 324 meters high (1,062 feet) tower only via staircases until early July, with elevators off-limits for the time being because of safety considerations.

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Pilots on Pak plane that crashed were 'discussing coronavirus during landing'
The Airbus A320 aircraft of the national carrier had 91 passengers and a crew of eight when it crashed into the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir on Friday, minutes before its landing. One girl died on the ground after suffering burn injuries.

In this photo taken on May 24, 2020, security personnel stand beside the wreckage of a plane at the site after a Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crashed in a residential area days before, in Karachi. (AFP)

The pilots of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane that crashed last month were not focussed and they were discussing coronavirus during the flight, the country’s aviation minister told Parliament on Wednesday as he pointed out their “overconfidence and lack of concentration” as some of the reasons for the tragedy that killed 97 people on board.

The domestic flight from Lahore to Karachi crashed in a residential area near the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on May 22.
China's annual dog-meat fair opens; activists hope for last time
China’s notorious dog-meat festival has opened in defiance of a government campaign to improve animal welfare and reduce risks to health highlighted by the novel coronavirus outbreak, but activists are hopeful its days are numbered.

The annual 10-day festival in the southwestern city of Yulin usually attracts thousands of visitors, many of whom buy dogs for the pot that are on display in cramped cages, but campaigners said the numbers this year have dwindled.

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Alhambra Palace in Spain reopens to visitors
The Alhambra Palace in the southern Spanish city of Granada reopened its doors to visitors on Wednesday as the country is slowly returning to normal after the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo taken on June 17, 2020 shows a view in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

Once home to the Moorish kings, the Alhambra is one of Spain's most visited monuments, with 2.75 million people visiting its gardens, fountains and palaces every year.

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North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office as tensions rise with South Korea
North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the heavily armed border with South Korea on Tuesday in a dramatic display of anger that sharply raises tensions on the Korean Peninsula and puts pressure on Washington and Seoul amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy.

Smoke rises in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, seen from Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

The demolition of the building, which is located on North Korean territory and had no South Koreans working there, is largely symbolic. But it’s still likely the most provocative thing North Korea has done since it entered nuclear diplomacy in 2018 after a U.S.-North Korean standoff had many fearing war. It will pose a serious setback to the efforts of liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in to restore inter-Korean engagement.

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Advert shows naked pornstars telling mum her son has been looking for porn online in bizarre safety campaign
A bizarre advert has caused a stir after it showed two naked pornstars telling a mother that her son had been searching for porn online, in a bid to get parents to open up about sex.

The advert is part of the Keep it Real Online series - a New Zealand government campaign designed to protect children from online harm.

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Death toll in Pakistan building collapse rises to 19; several injured
As many as 19 people died after a multi-storey building collapsed in Pakistan on Sunday. The residential building in Karachi's Lyari area collapsed on Sunday night.

The residents of the building said the six-storey structure collapsed with a loud "thud", which was followed by a power outage making rescue operations difficult.

Death toll in Pakistan building collapse rises to 19

Till Monday, rescue teams had pulled out eight bodies and on Tuesday 11 more bodies were found on the first floor of the collapsed building. Twelve people were injured in the incident.

A man, who was rescued alive from the rubble after 24 hours, died due to his injuries in the hospital, Geo TV reported.
Officials urge Floyd protesters to get coronavirus tests
With New York City poised to reopen after a more than two-month coronavirus shutdown, officials on Sunday lifted a curfew that was in place amid protests of police brutality and racial injustice. But they also urged that demonstrators be tested for Covid-19.

New York has been the epicenter of the US outbreak, with black communities hit especially hard.

“Get a test. Get a test,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told people who have been participating in rallies and marches in memory of George Floyd.

He said the state would open 15 testing sites dedicated to protesters so they can get results quickly.

“I would act as if you were exposed, and I would tell people you are interacting with, assume I am positive for the virus,” Cuomo added.
Plane crashes in rural Georgia; 2 children among 5 dead
A small plane crashed Friday in rural Georgia, killing all five on board, including four members of a Florida family who were traveling to a funeral in Indiana.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA31-T was flying from Williston, Florida, to Newcastle, Indiana.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told local news outlets no one survived the afternoon crash about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.
Hong Kong legislature votes for law banning insults to China's national anthem
Hong Kong’s legislature voted for a Beijing-backed law banning insults to China’s national anthem on Thursday, a move critics say further stifles dissent in the restless semi-autonomous financial hub.

Lawmakers approved the bill with 41 in favour and one against, but the chamber’s pro-democracy faction refused to cast their votes and instead shouted slogans denouncing the law.
Heartless 'animal abuser horrifically burned nine kittens by putting them in a box and setting it on fire'
Nine innocent kittens were dumped in a box that was then set on fire by a sick animal abuser.

The babies, aged between four and six weeks old, were discovered in the burning box near a homeless encampment.

These two kittens suffered the worst injuries from the attack

Miraculously, all nine kittens survived, but suffered agonizing pain, with one cat losing most of the fur on its forehead.

They were taken to Animal Rescue League of Iowa and on Thursday the two most injured animals will undergo surgery to remove burned tissue.

Since Animal Rescue League of Iowa shared the video on their Facebook wall, they have received hundreds of donations to help the kittens' recovery.
After 78 days, Manila eases world's longest coronavirus lockdown
Thousands of people returned to work and the public transport was back on the Manila roads on Monday as the government began relaxing the 78-day strict stay-at-home orders – the longest lockdown in the world – to restart the economy of the Philippines.

A woman wearing a protective mask looks as traffic builds up during the first day of a more relaxed lockdown that was placed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Manila, Philippines on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The government allowed the opening of more non-essential services even as the COVID-19 infection curve continues to rise across the country, reports Efe news.

Almost all establishments were allowed to open – except beauty salons, barbershops, and massage parlours. However, restaurants can only offer takeaways.
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Speaking at a government meeting Tuesday, Putin said that the vaccine has undergone proper testing and is safe.
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The gigantic explosion in Beirut on Tuesday tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else. Dozens were trapped under the wreckage and those who survived still cannot believe that they did.
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