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10 Killed In Jolo Twin Bombings In Southern Philippines

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10 Killed In Jolo Twin Bombings In Southern Philippines

At least 10 persons have on Monday been killed and several others injured after a twin blasts struck the southern Philippine town of Jolo.

According to authorities, the two explosions, including one reportedly carried out by a female suicide bomber, struck the Jolo in Sulu province of autonomous Bangsamoro region in southern of the country.

Philippines military officials said five soldiers and four civilians were killed and more than 40 persons, including civilians, were injured.

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Local media reports said a motorcycle loaded with improvised explosive device went off near a military truck. As authorities were cordoning off the area, a second explosion reportedly carried out by a female suicide bomber hit, killing one person.

A third unexploded bomb was reportedly found in a public market. Jolo was immediately placed in a security lockdown by troops and police.

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According to state-run PTV channel, the blasts happened not far from the site of a major explosion that killed more than 20 persons inside a Catholic church in early 2019.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

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Since 1991, the island in Sulu province has been a stronghold of the terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, an armed group that has allied itself with ISIL (ISIS) and has been carrying out bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and extortion in a self-determined fight for an independent province in the Philippines.

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Navalny Tells Magazine Putin Was Behind Poisoning

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Navalny Tells Magazine Putin Was Behind Poisoning

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has told a German magazine that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind his suspected poisoning.

In late August, 44-year-old Navalny who is a staunch critic of Putin was airlifted to Berlin for treatment after falling ill during a flight in Russia’s Siberia region. Having spent 16 days in a coma he was discharged from inpatient care.

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According to an extract of an interview due to be published later on Thursday, Navalny told Der Spiegel, “I claim that Putin is behind the crime and I don’t have any other versions of what happened.”

The anti-corruption campaigner also confirmed to Der Spiegel that he plans to return to Russia after his recovery, saying “my job now is to remain the guy who is not afraid. And I’m not afraid!”

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European countries including Germany and France have called for a Russian investigation into the suspected poisoning. The UK also called for a “full and transparent” investigation.

The Kremlin has consistently dismissed accusations that Russian president Putin was involved in the suspected poisoning of opposition critic Alexei Navalny after the German hospital treating Navalny said he appears to have been poisoned.

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Disney Lays Off A Quarter Of U.S. Theme Park Workers

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Disney Lays Off A Quarter Of U.S. Theme Park Workers

Disney’s California-based Theme Parks says the company will lay off twenty-eight thousand staff members as a result of prolonged closures of the parks.

In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, the company’s head of parks, Josh D’Amaro said the company’s shares fell less than 2% after the closing bell on Tuesday.

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The statement further revealed around 67% of the 28,000 laid off workers are part-time employees.

While Disney’s Theme Parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan and Hong Kong have reopened with limited capacity, both California adventure and Disneyland have remained shuttered.

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The company has promised to provide severance packages for the employees and also offer other services to help workers with job placement.

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Coronavirus: Belgium Death Toll Passes 10,000

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Coronavirus: Belgium Death Toll Passes 10,000

Belgium remains one of the hardest hit countries with covid-19.  With a population of more than eleven million, the country has now recorded ten thousand fatalities.

Belgium had more than 250 deaths daily during the peak of the pandemic in April.

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The Belgian government says testing capacity has been stepped up, which has led to a sharp rise in the number of positive cases recorded, particularly now that people have returned to work and school after the summer holidays.

Meanwhile, Romania, too, has witnessed a spike in coronavirus infections by a record twenty-one hundred in the twenty-four hours between Tuesday and Wednesday.

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This brings to more than one hundred twenty-seven thousand, the total number of infections in the country.  Forty-eight hundred twenty-five infected persons have died so far. The government has extended a state of alert until mid-October.

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Since the government eased lockdown restrictions in May, protective masks have become mandatory in public transport and indoor public spaces.

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