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31 bodies, some decomposing, found at Indiana funeral home, officials say

Authorities in Indiana are investigating the discovery of 31 bodies, some in advanced stages of decomposition, and other post-cremation remains at a funeral home. The bodies were found on Friday after reports of a foul stench coming from the Lankford Funeral Home and Family Center, where some of the remains were kept since March. “We …

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Sri Lanka limits fuel to essential services with supplies set to run out in days

Sri Lanka’s energy minister has said the country’s fuel supplies will run out in a few days, forcing nationwide school closures and prolonged power cuts, as the worst economic crisis in its history continues. Kanchana Wijesekera said fuel stocks were enough to last less than a day under current demand, and petrol and diesel was …

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Gunfire from Israeli military positions likely killed Shireen Abu Akleh, US says

A US-led investigation found that gunfire from Israeli Defence Forces positions most likely killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the State Department said Monday. The State Department said the “extremely detailed forensic analysis” conducted by “independent, third-party examiners, as part of a process overseen by the U.S. Security Coordinator” was unable to form a …

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Shangri-La Dialogue highlights Singapore’s role in international diplomacy: Ng Eng Hen

SINGAPORE: The strong participation in this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue highlights the role Singapore can play in international diplomacy to “keep the peace”, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Monday (Jul 4).  The security conference enhances Singapore’s role in providing “an open and inclusive meeting place” for countries to resolve their differences, Dr Ng added.  …

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Fox and friends face billion-dollar US lawsuits | First Thing

Good morning. In the months after the 2020 US presidential election, rightwing TV news in America was a wild west, an apparently lawless free-for-all where conspiracy theories about voting machines, ballot-stuffed suitcases and dead Venezuelan leaders were repeated to viewers around the clock. There seemed to be little consequence for peddling the most outrageous ideas …

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South Africa: Wildlife hunter shot ‘in cold blood’ next to car

A wildlife trophy hunter who killed elephants and lions and uploaded photos of himself next to their carcasses has been shot dead in South Africa. Riaan Naude, 55, was gunned down “at close range” when a car pulled up next to his truck in Marken Road, Limpopo – an area which includes part of the …

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Spanish fighter plane intercepts easyJet flight after false bomb threat

An easyJet flight was intercepted by a Spanish fighter plane after a bomb threat was allegedly made by a British teenager onboard. Video footage taken by a passenger on the commercial flight appears to show an F18 fighter warplane flying closely beside the easyJet flight from London Gatwick to Menorca on Sunday. The Civil Guard …

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Covid-positive hospital patients in England now over 10,000

More than 10,000 Covid positive patients are now in hospital beds across England, new figures show. The latest figures for Covid hospital admissions show the number of positive patients in hospital was up by 37 per cent on Monday compared to the week prior. The number of new admissions increased to 1,374 on 2 July …

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