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Groom ‘Beats New Bride To Death’ For “Behaving Incorrectly” With A Guest At Their Wedding Party.

Groom ‘Beats New Bride To Death’ For “Behaving Incorrectly” With A Guest At Their Wedding Party.

October 8, 20200 Comments
A bride was beaten to death by her new husband who flew into a rage at their wedding party, say police. Groom Stepan Dolgikh, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of beating wife Oksana Poludentseva, 36, to death on the day they married. Dolgikh had a previous conviction for murder
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China reports NEW unknown disease spreading across Asian country deadlier than COVID-19

China reports NEW unknown disease spreading across Asian country deadlier than COVID-19

August 13, 20200 Comments
CHINESE officials warned of a fatal “unknown pneumonia” with a death rate higher than the coronavirus COVID-19 which is spreading across an Asian country. Areas in Kazakhstan have seen major spikes in cases of the disease since mid-June. The country’s Health Ministry said it recorded more than 32,000 cases of a
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Blast Horror: Chemical Explosion Tears Through Lebanese Capital ‘Like A Nuclear Bomb’, Killing Dozens

Blast Horror: Chemical Explosion Tears Through Lebanese Capital ‘Like A Nuclear Bomb’, Killing Dozens

August 5, 20200 Comments
A massive explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has killed at least 50 people, left thousands more injured and wreaked devastation on the city. The country’s health minister said more than 3,000 have been wounded following the blast at the city’s industrial port, where hazardous chemicals are stored in
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US Activist Accused of Breaching HK’s Security Law Says He Will Not Back Down.

US Activist Accused of Breaching HK’s Security Law Says He Will Not Back Down.

August 3, 20200 Comments
Samuel Chu, one of six activists now living overseas who Hong Kong has reportedly issued arrest warrants for under its new national security law, has told VOA he will not stop fighting for democracy for Hong Kong. According to China’s state television, Chu, an American citizen originally from Hong Kong
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August 2, 20200 Comments
The Australian state of Victoria was right to impose stricter lockdown measures during the current outbreak because community transmission of coronavirus has become more widespread, a public health expert has said. Maximilian de Courten, an epidemiologist at the University of Victoria, said the outbreak was different to the first phase
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New Zealand Minister Fired for Improper Affair with Staffer

New Zealand Minister Fired for Improper Affair with Staffer

July 22, 20200 Comments
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday she has fired her immigration minister for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Ardern said Iain Lees-Galloway had a consensual affair for about a year with a woman who had worked as a staff member in his
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Assam: Fifty dead and two million hit by India monsoon floods

Assam: Fifty dead and two million hit by India monsoon floods

July 15, 20200 Comments
At least 50 people have been killed and more than two million affected by heavy monsoon flooding in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, officials say. A video of a minister wading into muddy waters to rescue people has highlighted the plight of those hit by the floods. Heavy rain
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New Zealand, Thailand Report Zero New Coronavirus Cases

New Zealand, Thailand Report Zero New Coronavirus Cases

May 13, 20200 Comments
New Zealand and Thailand each reported no new coronavirus cases Wednesday as the governments prepared to further ease lockdown restrictions.  New Zealand has now had four such days during the past two weeks, showing continued success that followed a month of strict stay-at-home orders.  Thursday brings the latest step back
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Coronavirus: How India’s lockdown sparked a debate over maids

Coronavirus: How India’s lockdown sparked a debate over maids

May 6, 20200 Comments
At the weekend, India extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown by another fortnight, but said that domestic helpers can now return to work. The decision has had millions of middle-class homes debating a key question – to let the workers in or not? The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi explains the
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Coronavirus: India Cancels Order For ‘Faulty’ China Rapid Test Kits

Coronavirus: India Cancels Order For ‘Faulty’ China Rapid Test Kits

April 28, 20200 Comments
India has cancelled orders for about half a million coronavirus rapid testing kits from China after they were found to be “faulty”. Delhi has also withdrawn the kits that were already in use in several states. The kits take around 30 minutes to deliver a result and are supposed to
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