Top 10 world news: Afghan envoy's daughter abducted, warning against Beta variant and more

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New Delhi, India Updated: Jul 17, 2021, 09:06 PM(IST)

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In Islamabad, Silsela Alikhail, the daughter of Afghanistan's envoy to Pakistan, Najibullah Alikhel, was kidnapped for several hours. According to reports the 27-year-old faced torture at the hands of her kidnappers and is currently under hospital care. The identity of her abductors is still unknown. Afghanistan's foreign ministry has called on Pakistan to take "immediate necessary action" following the incident.

In other news, with the Delta variant of coronavirus spreading around the globe, Professor John Edmunds, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has warned that the Beta variant may also prove to be equally dangerous. Warning governments around the world he says that the Covid vaccines might prove to be ineffective against the Beta variant spreading through France. 

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