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Pakistan: 4 killed, 17 missing in boat sinking incident

Pakistan: 4 killed, 17 missing in boat sinking incident

ISLAMABAD: At least four people died and 17 others went missing on Wednesday after three boats sunk in Raghagan Dam, local media reported. A boat carrying 18 people on board sunk in Bajaur district of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when it went to deep water on a recreational trip, reported Xinhua. To rescue them, two boats were rushed to save the drowning tourists, but the rescue boats with seven personnel too sunk in the dam. Another group of rescuers started operation and rescued four persons and took out four bodies from the water reservoir. The bodies and other four…
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25 killed, over 1 million affected as unprecedented floods hit central China; President Xi Jinping calls in PLA

25 killed, over 1 million affected as unprecedented floods hit central China; President Xi Jinping calls in PLA

BEIJING: At least 25 people, including 12 subway passengers, were killed when the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years hit China's central Henan province, prompting President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to deploy the army to rescue those trapped in inundated subways, hotels and public places. A total of 1.24 million (12.4 lakh) people were affected and 1,60,000 evacuated, state-run Global Times reported. The official media quoted local officials as saying that 25 people were killed and seven others listed missing in the massive floods. Twelve people were killed and five others injured when subway stations were hit by the floods, the…
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China’s ‘iPhone City’ relocates 100,000 after floods leave 12 dead

China’s ‘iPhone City’ relocates 100,000 after floods leave 12 dead

BEIJING: Around 100,000 people have been evacuated from the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, as record rainfall caused widespread flooding and economic disruptions to Henan province, home to the world’s biggest production base for iPhones and a major hub for food production and heavy industry. Pictures published by state media showed large sections of roads submerged in Zhengzhou, a city of 10 million, while videos posted on social media showed passengers stuck inside flooded subway cars with water levels up to their shoulders and residents pulled to safety with ropes from fast moving floodwaters. State news agency Xinhua reported that…
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Flooding in central China turns streets to rivers, kills 12

Flooding in central China turns streets to rivers, kills 12

BEIJING: At least 12 people have died in severe flooding in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools, washed away vehicles and stranded people in their workplaces overnight. The already drenched city of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, was hit by 20 centimetres (8 inches) of rain from 4 to 5 pm on Tuesday, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Henan weather agency. The torrent of rain turned streets into rapidly flowing rivers and inundated subways stations and cars. Videos posted online showed entire neighbourhoods covered in waist-deep water and vehicles floating in…
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President Xi promotes PLA commander overseeing India border to rank of general

President Xi promotes PLA commander overseeing India border to rank of general

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted Xu Qiling, Commander of the People's Liberation Army's Western Theatre Command which oversees the borders with India, to the rank of a General, amid the continued standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Xi, who is also Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) - the overall high command of the PLA, promoted 58-year-old Xu to the rank of General - the highest rank for officers in active service in China. The other officers who were promoted to the rank of General included Commander of the Southern Theatre Command…
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Heavy fighting breaks out in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan, 20 Taliban terrorists killed

Heavy fighting breaks out in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan, 20 Taliban terrorists killed

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Twenty Taliban terrorists were killed on Saturday in heavy fighting between Afghan defence forces and the terror group in Badakhshan province. "A total of 20 Taliban rebels and three soldiers have been killed in Badakhshan over the past 24 hours," an army officer in the province Captain Abdul Razaq said Saturday. In the meantime, some locals on the condition of anonymity said that the Taliban fighters had captured the headquarters of Tagab, Kishim, Tashkan and Shahr-e-Buzarg districts of Badakhshan over the past 24 hours, Xinhua reported. Afghanistan is witnessing a surge in violence as the Taliban has intensified…
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18 killed, 16 injured in fire at China martial arts school

18 killed, 16 injured in fire at China martial arts school

BEIJING: At least 18 people were killed and 16 injured when a fire broke out at a martial arts school in central China in the early hours of Friday, according to the local government. Official state news agency Xinhua reported that all victims were boarding pupils, while local media said they were aged between seven and 16. The fire had been extinguished and authorities were investigating the cause of the blaze, a statement from the Zhecheng county government in Henan province, said. Four local officials including the county party secretary were fired over the incident, reported the Henan Daily, a…
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130 Taliban terrorists surrender in western Afghanistan

130 Taliban terrorists surrender in western Afghanistan

HERAT: A total of 130 Taliban terrorists surrendered to the Afghan government in the western Afghan province of Herat on Thursday, a local government spokesperson confirmed. The former terrorists surrendered to the personnel of the Provincial Directorate of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's national intelligence agency, spokesperson Jilani Farhad told Xinhua. They also brought 85 AK-47 guns, five PK guns, five rounds of rocket-propelled grenade launchers together with the amount of ammunition, he said. The official also remarked that with the former insurgents' surrender, peace and stability would be further strengthened in Herat. The Taliban terrorist group…
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