Israeli helicopter conducts fresh airstrike against blockaded Gaza Strip

An Israeli combat helicopter has carried out an overnight aerial attack on the southern parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming that the airstrike was conducted in response to a purported rocket attack from the impoverished enclave. The Israeli military said in a brief statement on its twitter account in the early hours of Saturday that an Israeli “attack helicopter targeted a Hamas military post in southern Gaza.” There was no immediate report of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted in the Israeli airstrike. The Israeli regime military…

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Jewish sect members accused of kidnapping children in New York

Four members of a Jewish sect have been charged with kidnapping a young brother and sister in New York state. Prosecutors say the men belong to the ultra-Orthodox Lev Tahor group, which is based in Guatemala. They are accused of abducting a 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother from the village of Woodridge, which is north of New York City. The men planned to take the pair back to Guatemala after their mother fled the sect six weeks earlier. The woman had reportedly feared for her children’s safety and felt…

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Egypt police ‘kill 40 militants’ in raids after tourist bus blast

Police in Egypt have killed dozens of militants during security raids on their hideouts, the interior ministry has said. The raids killed “40 terrorists” in Giza and North Sinai on Saturday morning, according to a statement from the ministry. It said the militants were planning a series of attacks on tourist sites, churches and military personnel. The raids followed Friday’s roadside bomb attack on a tour bus in Giza. No group has yet said it was behind the blast, which killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide, but Islamist…

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Russia completes fence between Crimea and Ukraine

Russian authorities say they have completed construction of a “defensive” fence dividing the Crimean Peninsula, which rejoined Russia in a 2014 referendum from Ukraine. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said the construction of the 60-kilometer-long fence on the Crimea-Ukraine border had been completed and that the barrier would help to prevent possible border violations and strengthen cross-border security. The barrier, starting in 2015 at a total cost of $2.9 million, is equipped with sensors and CCTV cameras to protect Russia’s southern border against “reconnaissance and sabotage groups.” “The fencing anti-intruder…

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Golestan exports fish food for first time

According to Arash Jeyran, in line with the plans to increase the share of agricultural and fishery exports, domestic producers have embarked on shipping foods for aquatic animals to the international markets. In less than a week, around 250 tons of the nutrients (mainly for the common carp) were exported to Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, he noted. Golestan is one of the main hubs for producing and breeding aquatic animals and seafood, especially shrimp, in the country. The green province enjoys high capacity in shrimp farming. About 80% of the shrimp…

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English medium primary school students in UP don’t want to switch over to Hindi after Class 5

Students enrolled in government-run English medium primary schools say they do not want to switch over to Hindi as a medium when they begin lessons in upper primary school after finishing Class 5. Their demand to convert some of the upper primary schools from Hindi to English medium is growing louder with every passing day. Kajal Kumari, a student of English medium primary school Gejha in Gautam Buddh Nagar said, “Switching back to Hindi will not be easy. I request the authorities to please do something so that we may…

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Amroha custodial death: Victim’s family sold jewellery for cops’ bribe

Family members of 30-year old dalit Balkishan Jatav, who died in police custody in Amroha district of west UP on Wednesday, alleged they had to sell their jewellery to pay the bribe demanded by policemen for Balkishan’s release. “When I reached Dhanaura police station on Monday, I was asked to pay a bribe of ₹ 5 lakh and was threatened that if the money was not given, Balkishan would be charged under serious sections of the IPC and sent to prison. They also told me that they would release Balkishan…

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Why are more boys than girls born every single year?

Every year, there are always more baby boys than girls born in England and Wales. Fact. Why? Since records began in 1838, the cries of babies born every year have been predominately male. In not one year, stretching back to the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, have girls outnumbered boys at birth. In 2017, in England and Wales, for example, there were 348,071 live male births and 331,035 live female births – a difference of roughly 17,000. And that higher tally of males compared to females born each year is…

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Following UAE, Bahrain set to reopen diplomatic mission in Syria

Arab states are preparing to restore their presence in Syria after years of absence following the outbreak of a foreign-sponsored conflict more than seven years ago, with Bahrain being the next in the line of countries to reopen its embassy in Damascus. Diplomatic sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that Bahrain’s mission in the Syrian capital would resume its activities next week. Bahrain decided to shut down its embassy in Damascus and to withdraw all diplomats and staff on March 15, 2012.…

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Egyptian soccer star threatens to quit Liverpool over Israeli player

An Egyptian soccer super-star playing for British football club Liverpool, Mohamed Salah has threatened to leave the premier league club over an Israeli player joining the team. Salah threatened to quit Liverpool if Moanes Dabour joined the team, media reported on Wednesday. According to the report, Salah said that he will leave Liverpool should Dabour be signed. The Egyptian footballer in the past refused to shake hands with Zionist footballers. Salah has had a very good debut season in Liverpool history, helping the club reach the Champions League final. He also represented his…

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