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S Korea’s death toll from heavy rain rises to 30, with 12 missing

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SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Net) -- South Korea's death toll from heavy rain, which continued over the past seven days, rose to 30, with 12 missing and eight wounded as of 10:30 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters.
The torrential rain spread from the country's central region, including Seoul and its surrounding metropolitan area, to the southern region Friday, leaving 13 more dead, two unaccounted for and one injured for the past three...
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Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks

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WASHINGTON (Net) — Joe Biden's controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating young Black voters who despise President Donald Trump but are not inspired by his Democratic rival.
When pressed by Errol Barnett of CBS News on whether he'd taken a cognitive test, Biden responded that...
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US sanctions pro-China leader of Hong Kong, other officials

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WASHINGTON (Net) — The U.S. on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong officials, including the pro-China leader of the government, accusing them of cooperating with Beijing's effort to undermine autonomy and crack down on freedom in the former British colony.
The sanctions are the latest in a...
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Mauritius declares emergency as stranded ship spills fuel

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JOHANNESBURG (Net) — The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius declared a "state of environmental emergency" late Friday after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.
Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced the development as satellite images showed a...
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Belarus’ leader faces toughest challenge yet in Sunday vote

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MINSK, Belarus (Net) — After 26 consecutive years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is confronting something unfamiliar as he tries to win a sixth term: circumstances beyond his control.
Discontent over a worsening economy and his government's dismissive response to the coronavirus...
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