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       HEADLINES: Bodies of siblings who went missing in sea found                                              Plus Two additional batches: Court seeks copy of govt order                                              No sexual harassment incident in Mukkam orphanage: Crime Branch                                              Three killed in cloudburst in Tehri district                                              Libyan militants take main military base in Benghazi, ex-deputy PM abducted in Tripoli                                              China to allow 100 million people in cities in new reforms                                              50 more killed as Israel shells Gaza, death toll hits 1,283                                              Anti-graft probe against ex-security czar boosts Xi's image                                              32 killed, several wounded in Xinjiang terror attack                                              Wrestlers steal shooters' thunder                                              India win one more medal after Nigerian lifter fails dope test                                              England take overall lead to 319 at lunch on Day 4                                              Weightlift Mali wins bronze; disappointing day for boxers                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         32 killed, several wounded in Xinjiang terror attack    
BEIJING: At least 32 people were killed and several others wounded in a major terror attack by a mob armed with knives and axes in northwest China's volatile Xinjiang province on the eve of Eid, in the latest violence blamed on Islamist militants.

         Anti-graft probe against ex-security czar boosts Xi's image    
BEIJING: Emerging as China's most powerful leader in the last three decades, Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated his powerbase with the ruling Communist party launching an anti-graft probe against former security czar Zhou Yongkong who could face a suspended death sentence.

         50 more killed as Israel shells Gaza, death toll hits 1,283    
GAZA: At least 50 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN school, in relentless Israeli bombardment in Gaza, a day after one of the bloodiest days in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, taking the death toll to 1,283.

         China to allow 100 million people in cities in new reforms    
BEIJING: China plans to permit about 100 million people without urban ID records to settle in towns and cities by 2020 in an effort to reform its dreaded household registration system which barred citizens from settling in places of their choice.

         Libyan militants take main military base in Benghazi, ex-deputy PM abducted in Tripoli    
BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI: Militant fighters overran a Libyan Special Forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people. A Special Forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the southeast of Benghazi after coming under sustained attack from a coalition of Islamist fighters and former rebel militias in the city.

         Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed    
GAZA CITY: Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the war so far.

         Indian nurses now caught in Libyan conflict    
NEW DELHI: In a near replay of the incidents in Iraq, a large number of Indian nurses are caught amid spiralling violence in Libya, where rival militias seek to control the capital's international airport, and have approached the Indian mission for aid and even help in evacuation.

         Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US    
WASHINGTON: Russia has violated the landmark 1987 nuclear missile treaty by testing a new ground-launched cruise missile, the US has said, describing it as a "very serious matter".

         Karzai's cousin killed in suicide attack in Kandahar    
KANDAHAR: A suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result.

         Iran's supreme leader calls Israel 'rabid dog', says Islamic world must arm Palestinians    
DUBAI: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a "rabid dog" for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

         Quake strikes Papua New Guinea    
SYDNEY: A moderate 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea early Tuesday, US seismologists said. The quake struck at 9 am local time (2300 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) 70 kilometres southwest of the nearest city of Ialibu, the United States geological survey said.

         Australia, Netherlands plan fresh attempt to reach MH17 site    
SYDNEY: A team of Dutch and Australian police will today again attempt to reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a senior Australian official said, although he warned the situation was volatile.

         N Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House    
SOUL: A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.

         Downing of MH17 'may amount to a war crime: UN    
KIEV: The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 "may amount to a war crime", the UN said on Monday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1,100 lives with both government and rebel forces using heavy weaponry in built-up areas.

         Tension between Israel and US flares even as Gaza fighting abates    
AZA/JERUSALEM: Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, the military said, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire.

         Disaster-struck Malaysia Airlines to change name: Report    
KUALA LUMPUR/LONDON: Reeling under the pressure of two catastrophic aviation tragedies, Malaysia Airlines is mulling a name change and restructuring of routes in a bid to repair its reputation, a media report has said. The Malaysian flag carrier, majority-owned by the government, is likely to change its name as part of a radical overhaul and also seek new investors to rebuild its business after two major tragedies within six months killing 537 people, UK's Telegraph reported.

         Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce in Gaza    
GAZA CITY: Hamas said on Sunday it has agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war ahead of Ramadan. Israel had offered a 24-hour truce late Saturday, but Hamas rejected it, firing more rockets on Israel. In response, Israel’s military resumed operations in Gaza.

         Typhoon Matmo kills 13 in China    
BEIJING: Thirteen people have been killed and about 2.5 million civilians affected as Typhoon Matmo swept through eight provinces of China, officials said on Sunday. Nine deaths were reported in east China’s Jiangxi province and four were reported in south China’s Guangdong province, Xinhua reported.

         Israel resumes Gaza strikes, Indian-origin soldier killed    
GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israel Sunday resumed its military offensive on Gaza after Hamas militants continued to fire rockets rejecting a 24-hour humanitarian truce requested by the UN as the 20-day conflict killed 1,050 Palestinians and 46 Israelis, including an Indian-origin soldier.

         Gaza death toll mounts to 940 amid fragile 12-hour truce    
GAZA: A 12-hour "humanitarian window" began today after Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza agreed to a UN request for a pause in fighting, even as 76 more bodies were recovered taking the Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to over 940 with 38 Israeli deaths.

         Swaraj meets Nepalese counterpart; discusses a range of issues    
KATHMANDU: Looking at further expanding bilateral ties, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held talks with her Nepalese counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey here on a range of issues and resolved to push for more cooperation in areas such as trade, investment and security.

         US Congressman mistakes Obama officials for Indian babus    
WASHINGTON: In an extremely awkward incident, a newly elected member of the US House of Representatives mistook two senior Indian American officials of the Barack Obama administration to be from India and asked them questions about "your country" and "your government".

         US disappointed over India's stance in WTO    
WASHINGTON: The US today expressed disappointment over India's stand on worldwide reform of trade facilitation rules saying "backsliding" on commitments has brought the WTO to the brink of crisis.

         Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce; death toll at 884    
JERUSALEM: The Israeli military and Hamas said on Saturday that they would observe a 12-hour ceasefire from 8:00am (0500 GMT), but a longer-term truce remained elusive for now. Hamas said that it and other militant groups in Gaza had reached "national consensus on a humanitarian truce" and Israel later confirmed that it would observe what it called "a humanitarian window in the Gaza Strip".

         Pak govt to hand over security of capital to army from Aug 1    
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government will hand over security of the capital Islamabad to the army from the beginning of next month, it was announced today.

         Gaza toll reaches 800    
GAZA: The toll in the coastal enclave of the Gaza Strip in the ongoing Israeli offensive has escalated to 800, with no signs of a ceasefire to halt the violence.

         Wreckage of missing Algerian airliner found in Mali    
OUAGADOUGOU: The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said. "We have found the Algerian plane. The wreck has been located ... 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the Burkina Faso border" in the Malian region of Gossi, said General Gilbert Diendiere of the Burkina Faso army.

         ISIS jihadists order genital mutilation of all women in Iraq    
GENEVA: Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said Thursday. The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, "It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers."

         60 prisoners killed in Iraq attack    
BAGHDAD: Up to 60 prisoners were killed in a bomb and gunfire attack on a convoy transferring prison inmates near Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Thursday morning, a police source said.

         Afghanistan market bombing kills six    
KABUL: A bombing in a market in northern Afghanistan killed six people on Thursday, including a young girl, while a separate attack in the east killed a local police commander and his bodyguard, officials said.

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