Five killed in attack on South African church, hostages freed

Police arrested around 40 people and seized 40 firearms, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, related to the attack on the International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, police…

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US warns citizens of 'heightened risks of arbitrary detention' in China

The security alert comes as bilateral tensions intensify over issues ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, trade, the new Hong Kong security law and allegations of human rights violations against…

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Turkish President Erdogan rejects criticism over Hagia Sophia's conversion to mosque

Erdogan, who is accused by critics of chipping away at the Muslim-majority country's secular pillars, announced Friday that Muslim prayers would begin on July 24 at the UNESCO World Heritage site…

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Top 10 world news today: North Korea denounces UK for sanction, Trudeau under political firestorm and more

Here are the top stories that made rounds in the world arena today.

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China threatens to sue think tanks and researchers for alleged leaks

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the coercive family planning against Uyghurs and said that continuous repression of minorities in Xinjiang reflects that the Chinese Communist Party (…

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Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not 'highest bidder'

With hundreds of vaccine projects under way and governments in Europe and the United States investing billions of dollars in research, trials and manufacturing, there is concern that richer…

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Cannot afford to shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreak: Iran

The Islamic republic has been struggling since late February to contain the country's COVID-19 outbreak, the deadliest in the Middle East.

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North Korea denounces UK for sanctions against human rights abusers

Earlier, Dominic Raab had unveiled long-awaited UK government sanctions against human rights abusers in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Myanmar and North Korea.

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Canada: Trudeau under political firestorm as parliamentary rivals seize on charity controversy

For the third time in as many years, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday found himself at the center of a political firestorm this time over the awarding of a lucrative government…

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Hong Kong democracts hold primary despite security law warning

Thousands queued in the intense summer heat at unofficial polling stations across the city hours after police raided an opinion pollster helping to conduct the vote.

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Massive protests in Russia after famous governor's arrest

A court in Moscow on Friday ruled to hold 50-year-old Sergei Furgal for two months pending trial for the murders of several businessmen 15 years ago, as he vehemently denied any involvement.

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WHO believes 'unknown pneumonia' in Kazakhstan could be COVID-19

The WHO is studying the quality of local testing conditions in case some pneumonia cases are in fact undiagnosed cases of COVID-19.

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Teen surfer killed by shark, second in Australia in a week

Witnesses told police the boy had been attacked at Wooli Beach, 630 kilometres (390 miles) north of Sydney, New South Wales Police said in a statement.

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NASA's Curiosity rover embarks on Mars road trip

Rover planners, who are commanding Curiosity from home rather than their offices at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, expect to reach the area in early fall.

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Emirates airline to cut up to 9,000 jobs, say reports

The Middle East's largest carrier, which operates a fleet of 270 wide-bodied aircraft, halted operations in late March as part of global shutdowns to stem the spread of the virus. 

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