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Broad Swathe of China Swelters in High Temperatures
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Broad Swathe of China Swelters in High Temperatures

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - Several regions of China including the major southwestern city of Chongqing baked in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on Saturday, while the country's national observatory continued its red alert for high temperatures.In Zhejiang, home to many factories and exporters, a meteorological official said that the eastern province has broken its previous record for high temperature days this year, with 31 days above 35 degrees Celsius and 16 days above 38 degrees Celsius.Along with Chongqing, which saw temperatures up to 42.1 degrees Celsius weather on Saturday, Hubei, Hunan, Shandong, Anhui, Xinjiang, Jiangxi and Fujian were among the provinces and regions where temperatures exceeded 35 degrees Celsius.A thunderstorm appeared to have helpe...
Thai Poll Shows Majority Want PM to Leave Office This Month
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Thai Poll Shows Majority Want PM to Leave Office This Month

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of people in Thailand want Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to leave office this month, according to an opinion poll, which comes amid growing debate about how long the 2014 coup architect should stay in power.Thailand's opposition plans to petition the constitutional court to decide whether Prayuth's time as prime minister in the junta counts towards his tenure as premier, which is limited to eight years.The Aug. 2-4 survey of 1,312 people by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) found 64% wanted Prayuth to leave office on Aug. 23, exactly eight years after he took the post of prime minister in what was then a military government.The survey, released on Sunday, showed 33% preferred to wait for a court ruling.Asked by reporters...
Israeli Airstrike Kills 2nd Top Islamic Jihad Commander
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Israeli Airstrike Kills 2nd Top Islamic Jihad Commander

By FARES AKRAM and ILAN BEN ZION, Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike killed a senior commander in the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, authorities said Sunday, its second leader to be slain amid an escalating cross-border conflict.The killing late Saturday of Khaled Mansour, who led the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad's operations in the southern Gaza Strip, came a day after another Israeli strike killed the militant's commander in the north. Already, the fighting has killed at least 29 Palestinians and seen hundreds of rockets fired toward Israel in the worst violence between Israel and Palestinian militants since the end of an 11-day war in 2021.Meanwhile, tensions could escalate as Jews mark a holy day that will see ultranationalist Israeli lawmakers...
Brazil Police Arrest 5 More in Murder of British Journalist in Amazon
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Brazil Police Arrest 5 More in Murder of British Journalist in Amazon

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's federal police on Saturday arrested five more men in an investigation into the murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira in the Amazon rainforest in June.Police said in a statement that seven arrest warrants were issued for illegal fishing in the Vale do Javari region, the remote area close to the border with Colombia and Peru where Phillips and Pereira disappeared on June 5.The region has been invaded by illegal fishermen, loggers and gold miners. Police say it is a key drug trafficking route.Phillips, a freelance reporter who wrote for the Guardian and the Washington Post, was doing research for a book on the trip with Pereira, a former head of isolated and recently contacted tribes at federal indigenous affairs agency ...
Uganda Suspends Operations of Charity Championing LGBT Rights
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Uganda Suspends Operations of Charity Championing LGBT Rights

KAMPALA (Reuters) - The Ugandan government has suspended the operations of a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) that advocates for the rights of sexual minorities, accusing it of working in the East African country illegally, according to a senior official.Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has for years championed the rights of LGBT people in Uganda, where homosexuality remains illegal and gay people face arrest, ostracism and violence.SMUG's operations have been suspended because "they were operating illegally," Stephen Okello, who heads a government agency that regulates NGOs, said in a statement shared with Reuters on Saturday."SMUG continues to operate without...a valid NGO permit," he said, adding that the group's operations had been suspended with immediate effect.Uganda is a...
Iran Asks Iraq to Help Free National Detained During Saudi Pilgrimage
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Iran Asks Iraq to Help Free National Detained During Saudi Pilgrimage

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is seeking the release of one of its nationals it says was arrested in Saudi Arabia during the haj pilgrimage, as the two regional rivals appear poised to resume contacts aimed at restoring relations.Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian raised the issue during a call with his Iraqi counterpart in which he asked for the incident to be followed up by Iraq, which has hosted several rounds of Iranian-Saudi talks."In this call, our foreign minister (Amirabdollahian) pursued the fate of an Iranian compatriot arrested during the haj in Saudi Arabia and asked that a message be conveyed towards his release," Iranian state media reported on Friday.No details of the reported arrest during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage, which was held in July, were given.Tehran ...
Russia Sees Largest COVID Cases Daily Increase Since April
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Russia Sees Largest COVID Cases Daily Increase Since April

(Reuters) - Russia registered 17,126 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest daily increase since April 2, the country's anti-pandemic taskforce said in a statement.The taskforce said 44 people in Russia died of the disease in the previous day.(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Alison Williams)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link
Junk Food Taxes ‘Are Over’
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Junk Food Taxes ‘Are Over’

LONDON (Reuters) - The frontrunner to become British prime minister, Liz Truss, said she would scrap plans to restrict multi-buy deals on food and drink high in fat, salt, or sugar and would not impose any new levies on unhealthy food.Britain already taxes sugar in soft drinks, and in May delayed until October next year rules banning deals such "buy one get one free" on food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar due to the cost-of-living crisis."Those taxes are over," Truss said in an interview with the Daily Mail. "Talking about whether or not somebody should buy a two-for-one offer? No. There is definitely enough of that."Truss said Britons wanted the government to focus on things like delivering good transport links, communications infrastructure and cutting National Health Service wa...
Women Candidates in Kenyan Elections Endure Abuse and Attacks
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Women Candidates in Kenyan Elections Endure Abuse and Attacks

By Ayenat Mersie and Judy OmondiNAIROBI (Reuters) - Liz Njue, a Kenyan psychologist who wanted to stand for a county assembly seat, had just arrived to vote in her party primary when opponents attacked her, pulling her hair and tearing her blouse. She fled without casting her ballot and lost the race.Njue is one of dozens of female candidates who have been physically assaulted during campaigning for presidential, legislative and local elections on Aug. 9, according to the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association.Such violence deters all but the most determined women from contesting, said Mercy Mwangi, the association's programme coordinator, adding that most cases go unreported."People are saying, 'We want women in politics, we want more women to get these political seats'. But how are the...