Death toll rises to 49 in Kuwait building fire



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The death toll from a fire at a building in Mangaf, southern Kuwait, has risen to 49. However, the nationalities of the deceased have not yet been disclosed by the local authorities.

The news agency Reuters reported the information on Wednesday (June 12) according to sources in the country's state media.

The country's Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Subah, alleged that such deaths occurred due to violations of the law by building owners.

Indian media reported that 40 of the dead were Indian citizens. Indian Ambassador to Kuwait visited various hospitals in Mangaf to see the workers injured in the fire.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijay wrote a letter to Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar regarding the accident. It said that some Indians, including residents of the southern Indian state of Kerala, died in the fire in Kuwait.

A Kerala government agency said a total of 41 Indians, including 11 from Kerala, had died in Kuwait, according to Indian nationals living in the Middle Eastern country. However, this figure of casualties in the fire incident in Kuwait could not be objectively verified, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives of Indian workers in the fire in Kuwait. In a post on social media X, he termed the incident of fire as tragic.

Imran Khan acquitted from illegal marriage case



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Imran Khan acquitted from illegal marriage case

Imran Khan acquitted from illegal marriage case

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Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan and his third wife Bushra Bibi have been acquitted by a court in the country of illegal marriage. On Saturday (July 13), the District and Sessions Judge Court of Islamabad gave the verdict.

The court convicted the former prime minister of the country last February, alleging that there was a violation of the Islamic marriage law by marrying Bushra Bibi to Imran Khan without observing the Iddat after separating from her previous husband. Later that time the court sentenced the couple to seven years imprisonment. They appealed against the court's verdict.

According to a report by the British news agency Reuters, the court accepted the appeal filed against the sentence of Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi in the Iddat case and ordered their immediate release.

Reuters says they have been ordered to be released immediately unless they are required to be detained in another case. The trial stated that the charges filed against the couple failed to prove. As a result, there is no case left to keep PTI founder and former cricket star Imran Khan in jail.

Imran Khan's PTI said that after the arrest of the PTI founder in May last year, PTI activists carried out violent attacks on the military and other state institutions. Fresh arrest warrants were issued against Imran Khan on Saturday in three other cases related to the violent incident.

An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad canceled bail last week in a case filed against Imran Khan and thousands of his supporters in connection with the May 9 violence last year. However, PTI alleged that this order of cancellation of bail was given to prolong Imran Khan's imprisonment in jail.

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Shots fired at Trump rally in Pennsylvania, 1 dead



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Shots fired at Trump rally in Pennsylvania

Shots fired at Trump rally in Pennsylvania

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Donald Trump was shot at a campaign rally in the US state of Pennsylvania. As soon as the shots rang out, Trump sat on the stage. Later, when the intelligence agency pulled him up, he was seen bleeding from his ears and face. In this incident, the gunman himself was killed by law enforcement forces.

The incident happened on Saturday evening (July 13) local time in the United States. CNN reported this information in a report on Sunday (July 14).

Reports said multiple gunshots were heard at the rally in Butler, Pennsylvania shortly after Trump began his speech. And as soon as he heard this word, Secret Service agents quickly took him down from the stage.

CNN reported that Trump was injured. However, it is not clear how or what kind of injuries he sustained. A video from the scene showed Trump bleeding from his right ear and the right side of his face. From this it is assumed that Trump is "injured".

In a statement, Trump's campaign team said he (Trump) is doing well and is being checked out at a local hospital.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden condemned the attack on Trump. In a statement, he said, the violence in Pennsylvania should be condemned by all.

Biden also said he had been briefed on the attack. He tried to contact Trump.

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Iran and Pakistan sent 9,500 Afghan refugees back to the country



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Iran and Pakistan sent 9,500 Afghan refugees back to the country, Photo: Collected

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Iran and Pakistan have reportedly sent back at least 9,730 Afghan refugees in 4 days.

On Saturday (July 13), Afghanistan's media Amu TV published news about this.

Afghan refugees seeking refuge in Iran have been sent back to Afghanistan through the Silk Route in Nimroz and the Islam Kala border in Herat, the report said, citing the Taliban-run Ministry of Refugees.

Besides, Afghan refugees who have taken refuge in Pakistan have been sent home through Spin Boldock and Torkham border.

According to the Ministry of Refugee Affairs of Afghanistan, 532 members of 95 families and 821 Afghan refugees from 152 families were sent back to the country in 3 days through the Torkham border.

Besides, 4 thousand 797 Afghan refugees have been sent back through Islam Qala border in Herat. Along with this, 3 thousand 580 Afghan refugees were sent through the Nimroz border silk route.

Meanwhile, the previous week UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met with Afghan refugees taking refuge in Pakistan and Pakistani officials.

At this time, he requested the Pakistani authorities not to send the Afghan refugees back to their country.

However, Pakistan's foreign ministry rejected the UN High Commissioner's call and said it would continue to send unlisted Afghan refugees back to their home country.

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After withdrawal of the army, 60 dead bodies were recovered in two cities of Gaza



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After withdrawal of the army, 60 dead bodies were recovered in two cities of Gaza

After withdrawal of the army, 60 dead bodies were recovered in two cities of Gaza

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At least 60 bodies have been found in initial searches in two towns in the Gaza Strip after the Israeli army withdrew.

The Hamas-run Gaza Civil Defense Agency reported this on Friday (July 12).

Meanwhile, Hamas has called for international accountability for the killings in Gaza's Tal al-Hawa area. Qatar-based media Al-Jazeera reports.

Hamas said in a statement, "After the withdrawal of the occupying Israeli army from Tal al-Hawa in the south-western Gaza city, intense remote bombing continued for several days. Besides, the Israeli troops are infiltrating and carrying out small attacks. This is an attempt at genocide and ethnic cleansing.'' In the statement, Hamas called on the United Nations and the international community to take immediate steps to end the war.

Mahmoud Basal, spokesman for Hamas' civil defense, said the bodies were found in Tal al-Hawa and al-Sina districts. Israeli troops withdrew after days of fighting with Hamas fighters.

"At least 60 bodies have been counted," Basal said. Gaza Civil Defense teams rushed to rescue survivors. Most of the victims were women and children. There are still many bodies under the rubble. Israeli forces are stationed nearby and rescue operations are regularly disrupted.'

On the other hand, Amnesty International has called for a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of prisoners. The agency said in a statement, "All sides should agree to a ceasefire to reduce civilian casualties, prevent loss of life and ensure the safety of all civilians."

The organization called on Hamas and other armed groups to immediately release the civilians held hostage in Gaza. As prisoners' families protest in Israel

"Hostage-taking is a war crime," said Erica Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International's senior director of research, policy and campaigns. Those still alive spent more than nine months as hostages away from their loved ones. There can be no justification for inflicting such emotional pain on them and their families.”

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