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Russian tourist killed in shark attack in Egypt

Russian tourist killed in shark attack in Egypt

A Russian tourist was killed in a shark attack in the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Hurghada. The Consulate General of Russia in Hurghada confirmed the death of the 24-year-old man as "a result of a shark attack" on Thursday. The Consulate posted a warning on its Facebook page to Russian nationals currently in Hurghada to remain vigilant when they are in the sea and to strictly follow the Egyptian authorities' instructions in terms of swimming and diving ban.

Massive flooding due to Ukraine dam breach kills 9

Massive flooding due to Ukraine dam breach kills 9

Massive flooding due to the breaching of a major dam in southern Ukraine earlier this week, has killed nine people in the town of Oleshky, Mayor Yevhen Ryshchuk confirmed. While confirming the fatalities on Thursday, the Mayor said that "we believe that these are not the last victims of this flooding." Hundreds of people remained on rooftops of flooded houses waiting to be rescued, he added.

Children, among 8, injured in mass stabbing attack in France

Children, among 8, injured in mass stabbing attack in France

At least eight people, including children, were injured in a mass stabbing attack in the French town of Annecy on Thursday, the Interior Ministry confirmed. According to the Ministry, the attack took place at around 9.45 a.m. in a park.Three of the injured children were reportedly in a life-threatening condition

New study shows less seismic activity of San Andreas due to drying lake

New study shows less seismic activity of San Andreas due to drying lake

The southern San Andreas fault in California has seen less earthquakes in the past hundreds of years, a new study said, while suggesting that the lack of seismic activity may be due to the drying of the nearby lake, Salton Sea. Hydrologic loads can stimulate seismicity in the Earth's crust. However, evidence for the triggering of large earthquakes remains elusive, according to the study published in Nature.

Czech President signs defence spending of 2% of GDP into law

Czech President signs defence spending of 2% of GDP into law

Czech President Petr Pavel has signed a law that raises the country's annual defence spending to at least 2 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), his office said in a statement. The legislation, which will come into force in July and apply to next year's state budget, aims to provide stable funding for costly defence projects to modernize the military, citing the statement as saying.

Erdogan calls for promoting dialogue over Turkey's accession to EU

Erdogan calls for promoting dialogue over Turkey's accession to EU

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan highlighted the necessity of promoting dialogue for his country's accession to the European Union (EU) in a phone talk with Charles Michel, the president of the European Council. "It is necessary to increase contacts at all levels with a concrete and positive agenda in the direction of Turkey's full membership to the EU, which has great strategic value for Europe," an official statement quoted Erdogan as saying.

PTI vice chairman's advice of stepping back irks Imran

PTI vice chairman's advice of stepping back irks Imran

A meeting between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and the party's Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi ended in bitterness. After the meeting, Qureshi left for Karachi to look after his ailing wife without addressing a press conference as announced by him after his release from Adiala Jail. The PTI vice chairman was released from Rawalpindi jail on May 6.

China, Pakistan, Iran hold 1st-ever anti-terror talks

China, Pakistan, Iran hold 1st-ever anti-terror talks

China, Pakistan and Iran held their first counter-terrorism dialogue in Beijing in a move that suggests new alignments in the region, the Foreign Office in Islamabad confirmed. The Office issued a statement confirming the first meeting of Pakistan-China-Iran Trilateral Consultation on counter terrorism and security was held at Directors General level on Tuesday in Beijing.

24 dead in Afghanistan after minibus plunges into ravine

24 dead in Afghanistan after minibus plunges into ravine

At least 24 passengers were killed after a minibus plunged into ravine in Afghanistan's Sari Pul province, a police spokesman said on Thursday. The deadly accident took place on Wednesday evening in Sayad district due to reckless driving and the victims comprised 12 women, eight children and four men, the spokesman said, adding that only a woman survived but was badly injured.

Head-on collision between truck-bus in B'desh kills 14

Head-on collision between truck-bus in B'desh kills 14

At least 14 people were killed and 12 others injured following a head-on collision between a truck and a pickup van in Bangladesh's Sylhet district on Wednesday, a senior police official said. Md Abul Hossain, inspector at Sylhet's Dakshin Surma Police Station, told that all of the deceased were construction workers. Some workers were also critically injured in the road accident that occurred at around 6 a.m. in the district, some 240 km northeast of capital Dhaka, said the official.

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