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Terrorists attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi on Monday and four assailants were killed, police said. The gunmen attacked the building, which is in a high security zone and also houses the head offices of many private banks, with grenades and guns. The assailants had come in a silver Corolla car, Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said.

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12:03 pm on 29 Jun

American biopharmaceutical company Gilead has said that it will charge $390 (₹29,450) per vial or about $2,340 (over ₹1.76 lakh) for a typical five-day course of treatment of its coronavirus-fighting drug remdesivir. The company on Monday said it would offer this price to the US government and other developed countries. The $390 per vial price is for government entities.

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07:21 pm on 29 Jun

Tesla’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk has said that there are a “ridiculous number of false positive COVID-19 tests” in the US after coronavirus cases in the country crossed 25 lakh-mark. “False positives scale linearly with the number of tests. This is a big part of why COVID-19 positive tests are going up while hospitalisations and mortality are declining,” tweeted Musk.

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03:42 pm on 29 Jun

The death toll from coronavirus across the world crossed the 5-lakh mark on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally. The total number of coronavirus cases reported across the world rose to over 1.01 crore, it added. The global COVID-19 death toll has overtaken the number of people who die annually from malaria in just five months, Reuters reported.

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03:55 pm on 29 Jun

After Australia’s Victoria recorded 49 coronavirus cases on Sunday in its biggest single-day rise in three months, Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Some…cases may…have come from people sharing a cigarette lighter.” He added, “Not a wilful breach of anything…but one of those things where an apparently innocent thing can lead to transmitting the virus. That is how wildly infectious this is.”

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11:19 am on 29 Jun

Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli on Sunday alleged that his rivals were being instigated by India with the intention of removing him from power. Oli alleged that “meetings” were being organised in Delhi against Nepal’s decision to amend its Constitution. “Nepal’s nationalism is not that weak that outside forces will be able to topple it,” he added.

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12:11 pm on 29 Jun

A phrase in draft declaration for 75th anniversary of United Nations was changed after India and five other countries raised an objection. They objected to the phrase, “to realise our shared vision for a common future”. They said it must be replaced with, “to realise our shared vision for a better future as envisaged in the preamble of UN Charter.”

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07:00 am on 29 Jun

Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and several others in connection with the drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said. He added Trump and others face “murder and terrorism charges” and Iran has requested Interpol to issue a “red notice” against them.

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05:26 pm on 29 Jun

Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg accused world leaders of taking selfies with her to “look good”. Naming German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greta said Merkel queued for a selfie at an event and asked whether she could post their photo on social media. “Perhaps it makes them forget the shame of their generation letting all future generations down,” Greta added.

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09:40 pm on 28 Jun

The attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi that left 8 dead and 7 others injured was attributed to the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) in a tweet, Sindh Rangers Director General Omer Ahmed Bukhari said. The dead include four militants, three security guards and one police officer, a police statement said. The militants were armed with grenades and guns.

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09:55 pm on 29 Jun

During an interview with ‘The Mail on Sunday’ newspaper, UK PM Boris Johnson did some press ups to prove his fitness following his recovery from coronavirus. “I am as fit as a butcher’s dog now,” he added. “The country is going to bounce forward, and I certainly feel full of beans. Never felt better,” the UK PM further said.

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07:00 am on 29 Jun

New Zealand’s isolation facilities are under “extreme stress” and have failed to keep pace with the increased volume of returnees, a government review revealed. PM Jacinda Ardern ordered the review after two coronavirus positive women were allowed to leave a facility without being tested. They were New Zealand’s first COVID-19 cases after it declared itself COVID-19 free on June 8.

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10:31 pm on 28 Jun

The UK government on Sunday said it’s planning to impose localised lockdowns in some regions reporting a rise in coronavirus cases. “With local flare-ups it is right we have a localised solution in terms of infection control,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said. Leicester, a city with a large Indian-origin population, could be the first place to face local lockdown measures.

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11:23 pm on 28 Jun

UK’s PM Boris Johnson said the coronavirus pandemic has been a disaster for the country. “I mean this has been an absolute nightmare for the country and it has gone through a profound shock,” he added. Johnson further said that the government would look at what went wrong in dealing with the pandemic but it isn’t the right time now.

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08:12 pm on 29 Jun

Bangladesh’s Senior Defence Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, who had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away after suffering from a cardiac arrest, Md Bhasani Mirza, administrative officer at the Defence Ministry, said. Chowdhury was shifted to the ICU on June 18 after his condition deteriorated, Bhasani added. Chowdhury had joined the Ministry of Defence in January.

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03:33 pm on 29 Jun

Unemployment in Britain could drop to a level not seen since the 1980s if the government doesn’t provide support, Labour Party said. If support isn’t provided from August, one million people could be jobless, increasing the total number to 3.8 million from the current 2.8 million. In 1984, unemployment in UK reached 3.3 million when Margaret Thatcher was the PM.

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11:29 pm on 28 Jun

US President Donald Trump claimed that he wasn’t briefed about Russian efforts to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American soldiers after a New York Times report said that Trump was informed about the finding. “Everybody is denying it and there have not been many attacks on us,” Trump tweeted. He urged NYT to reveal its source.

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11:27 pm on 28 Jun

UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the British are “significantly fatter” than any other nation in Europe except for Malta. According to the OECD, nearly one in three adults are obese in the UK, one with the highest rates of obesity globally. If we tackle obesity, we’ll be happier and fitter and more resistant to diseases like COVID-19, he added.

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10:11 pm on 29 Jun

Iceland’s President Gudni Johannesson has been re-elected with 92.2% of the 1,68,821 votes cast in the election, according to final results released on Sunday. “This result of this election is, to me, proof of the fact that my fellow Icelanders…have approved of how I have approached this office,” Johannesson said. The turnout for the election was 66.9%, AFP reported.

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11:31 pm on 28 Jun

US President Donald Trump on Monday retweeted a video showing a white couple pointing guns at protesters who were marching to the mayor’s house to demand her resignation in US’ St Louis city. It comes a day after Trump deleted a tweet he had shared with a video featuring a Trump supporter shouting, “White power! White power!”

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11:17 pm on 29 Jun

Fighting erupted in Taiwan’s parliament after the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers began to remove barricades erected by opposition Kuomintang (KMT) who had occupied it to protest against government “tyranny”. KMT claimed that the DPP was trying to force through legislation and demanded the withdrawal of the ruling party’s nominee to head an independent government watchdog.

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06:25 pm on 29 Jun

China has decided to impose visa restrictions on US individuals with “egregious conduct” on Hong Kong-related issues, a Chinese spokesman said. The move comes after the US imposed visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for “undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy”. The US is attempting to obstruct China’s legislation for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong, he added.

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08:33 pm on 29 Jun

At least 30 people drowned when a ferry carrying over 100 people sank after colliding with another vessel in Bangladesh’s Buriganga river, officials said. Some passengers on the ferry swam ashore but several of them are still missing, reports said. “It appeared to be an accident caused by the negligence of the drivers,” a Bangladeshi water transport authority official said.

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05:30 pm on 29 Jun

A French court sentenced ex-PM Francois Fillon to five years in jail for embezzling public funds in a fake job scandal. Fillon’s wife, Penelope, was also found guilty for her role in the embezzlement for receiving about ₹8.5 crore for work as her husband’s parliamentary assistant. “Penelope was hired for a position that was without use,” a court judge said.

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11:11 pm on 29 Jun

Hong Kong Police said that at least 53 people were arrested after scuffles broke out at a protest against China’s proposed national security law. Chinese lawmakers reviewed a draft of the proposed legislation during a meeting held by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), state media Xinhua reported on Sunday.

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10:55 pm on 28 Jun

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