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The gurudwara in Kabul that was bombed in March | Photo: ANI

DNA test shows Kabul gurdwara bomber was Afghan, not Indian from Kerala’s Kasargod

Indian intelligence agencies and the NIA have been informed by Afghan authorities that the man who was part of the 25 March attack is not ‘Abu Khalid al-Hindi’.
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Russia registers world’s first Covid vaccine, Putin’s daughter among first recipients

The Covid vaccine is developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute and medics could begin receiving it by the end of the month.
A lab worker boxes up test tubes of patient samples in a virology research labs | Geert Vanden Wijngaert | Bloomberg

Russia, China cut corners in vaccine race, fire and virus rage in Brazil & other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A Police officers inspect a damaged Best Buy store after parts of the city had widespread looting and vandalism, on August 10, 2020 in Chicago. | Bloomberg

Chicago looting and vandalism spurs over 100 arrests, restricted access to downtown

Caravans of looters descended on major commercial areas, smashing windows, damaging storefronts and stealing merchandise. Two people were shot amid the melee.
File photo of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson | Photographer: Leon Neal | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Boris Johnson wants kids back in school so their parents can get back to work

Parents are bearing the brunt of the economic costs of the pandemic as they were forced to look after their children full time under lockdown in the UK.
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UK localises Covid contact tracing with pivot to door-to-door approach

The locally-based teams will start work from 24 August amid fears that the tracing programme hasn't been effective and the virus is at risk of spreading rapidly again.

Thai students risk jail with calls for greater democracy and curbing monarchy’s power

Demonstrators gathered Monday as part of near-daily gatherings across Thailand, which have gained momentum after the arrests of top leaders who have since been released on bail.

Donald Trump abruptly escorted out from briefing after shooting near White House

US Secret Service escorted Trump out of a live Covid briefing as a precautionary measure. The president returned minutes later and said things were under control.
File photo of Steve Easterbrook | Bloomberg

McDonald’s accuses ex-CEO of lying about sexual relationships with multiple employees

McDonald’s said it uncovered sexually explicit photos in email account of Easterbrook, who was sacked last year, and other evidence of his affairs.
Protesters wave Lebanese national flags during a demonstration close to parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 | Bloomberg file

Lebanon govt resigns as outraged public demand accountability for Beirut port blast

Decades of governmental malfeasance and the explosion — the biggest peacetime catastrophe in the nation’s history — have resulted in the current outpouring of public anger.

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People stand in a queue at a food distribution point during the nationwide lockdown in Navi Mumbai on 24 April 2020 | PTI

Why even herd immunity may not fully protect us from coronavirus

Herd immunity might be a temporary state of affairs. The coronavirus-induced economic & social changes may induce a rotation of potential superspreaders.
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Dubai businesses start growing again for the first time after coronavirus struck

Businesses in Dubai are benefiting from lifting of lockdown restrictions, with foreign visitors allowed to enter. However, a weaker outlook hasn't stopped job losses.

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IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.