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Russian air defence intercepts 15 Ukrainian drones

Russian air defence intercepts 15 Ukrainian drones

The Russian air defence systems intercepted and destroyed 15 Ukrainian drones overnight during a series of attacks that caused damage and resulted in one fatality, the Russian Ministry of Defence reported on Thursday.

According to the Ministry, a drone attack caused a fire at an oil depot in the Takhtamukay district of the Republic of Adygea, covering an area of approximately 400 sq mt, news agency reported.

The fire has been fully extinguished, said Murat Kumpilov, Head of the Republic, on his Telegram channel. No casualties or threats to residents were reported in the attack.

3 IS militants killed in airstrikes in Iraq

3 IS militants killed in airstrikes in Iraq

Three Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Thursday in airstrikes in the northern province of Kirkuk, the Iraqi military said.

Based on intelligence reports, Iraqi warplanes carried out an airstrike at 6:30 a.m. local time in the rugged area of Wadi al-Shay, southwest of the namesake provincial capital Kirkuk, leaving three IS militants killed, according to a statement from the Security Media Cell, a media outlet affiliated to the Iraqi Joint Operations Command.

The warplanes carried out another airstrike on the nearby caves and tunnels used by the militants, news agency reported.

Wildfires rage across California, engulf acres of forest

Wildfires rage across California, engulf acres of forest

The fast-growing Sites wildfire in Northern California remained just 5 per cent contained, officials said.

The Sites Fire, about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento, the capital city of the western US state of California, broke out on Monday and is among over a dozen wildfires that have ripped through the state, news agency reported.

The blaze, currently the largest and fastest-growing wildfire in Northern California, has engulfed some 15,656 acres in Colusa County. Evacuations are ongoing, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Putin lauds ties with Hanoi on state visit to Vietnam

Putin lauds ties with Hanoi on state visit to Vietnam

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of expanding his country's strategic partnership with Vietnam, state media reported, at talks with Vietnamese President To Lam on the first day of his state visit to the Southeast Asian country.

The Russian leader also invited Lam to participate in commemorations in Moscow next year, marking the 80th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, the Russian state news agency reported.

Putin arrived in Hanoi late on Wednesday after a visit to North Korea. He is expected to attend a state banquet on Thursday after meetings with Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the country's ruling Communist Party, and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

Five killed in road accident in Gilgit Baltistan

Five killed in road accident in Gilgit Baltistan

Five tourists were killed and one injured in a road accident in northern Gilgit Baltistan region, police said.

The accident happened on Wednesday night in the valley of Naltar, where the tourists were on their way back home after an excursion trip, the region's police told media.

The tourists' jeep fell into a deep ravine when the driver tried to negotiate a sharp turn at the dilapidated road on the mountainous terrain of the valley, reports news agency, citing the regional police.

South Korea voices regret over Moscow-Pyongyang military cooperation

South Korea voices regret over Moscow-Pyongyang military cooperation

South Korea on Thursday voiced regret over a new agreement signed between Russia and North Korea committing the two countries to military technology cooperation "in violation of UN Security Council resolutions". The South Korean Foreign Ministry made the comment after Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed the "comprehensive strategic partnership" treaty after their summit talks in Pyongyang, which Kim hailed as an elevation of the bilateral relations to a new height, news agency reported.

Ukraine's energy infrastructure targeted in Russian attack: Ukrenergo

Ukraine's energy infrastructure targeted in Russian attack: Ukrenergo

Several Ukrainian energy facilities have been hit in a severe Russian aerial attack, Ukraine's national energy provider Ukrenergo said on Thursday, while Ukrainian drones reportedly targeted fuel depots in Russia overnight. Ukrenergo reported damages from the Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Kiev regions, saying that the exact extent was still being investigated. The damage in Ukraine's Vinnytsia region was caused by debris from a downed Russian combat drone, regional Governor Serhiy Borzov said on Telegram.

Death toll rises to 13 as heavy rains, floods hit China

Death toll rises to 13 as heavy rains, floods hit China

At least 13 people died in heavy rains, floods and landslides in southern China, while scores more were missing, state television reported. Continuous rain fell for 24 hours in Shanghang in the south-eastern Fujian province, affecting some 66,500 people, the Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. The situation in other areas of southern China remained tense. Heavy rainfall was forecast for Wednesday in the provinces of Guangxi, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang. Authorities

Heat claims lives of tourists in Greece, Italy forecasts heatwave

Heat claims lives of tourists in Greece, Italy forecasts heatwave

At least five tourists have died in Greece and others are missing as temperatures soar, according to media reports, with a heatwave also set to hit Italy in the coming days. "Many tourists underestimate the effort associated with a walk in direct sunlight," Athens cardiologist Thomas Giannoulis said. "The temperature can rise to 37 degrees in the shade and easily up to 60 degrees in the sun." This increases the risk of dehydration and heatstroke. "And the danger rises the older a person is," Giannoulis said. All of those who have died or gone missing are tourists aged from 55 to 80. 

Russia expresses concern over Argentina's involvement in Ukraine crisis

Russia expresses concern over Argentina's involvement in Ukraine crisis

Russia has expressed deep disappointment and concern over Argentina's recent actions related to military assistance to Ukraine, Russian media cited Dmitry Feoktistov, the Russian ambassador to Argentina, as saying on Friday. Feoktistov specifically criticised the participation of Argentine Defence Minister Luis Petri in the Ukraine Defence Contact Group meeting in Brussels, known as the "Ramstein format," reports news agency. "As for the participation of Argentine Defence Minister Luis Petri in the Brussels meeting within the framework of the Ramstein coalition, there are no official comments from the Argentine side yet. The very fact of rapprochement between Buenos Aires and the military sponsors of Ukraine causes us deep disappointment," Feoktistov told reporters.

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