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Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe exceeds 15 mln

More than 213,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide on July 21, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 14.56 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin. …

Seven countries with big (and small) population problems

A major new study published in the Lancet medical journal suggests falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century, and warns of a "jaw-dropping" impact on societies. As …

26 killed in new lightning strikes in India

Twenty-six people were killed after being struck by lightning across India's Bihar yesterday, officials said. They added that more than 100 people have died due to lightning strikes in the state in the last week, Hindustan …

Uzbekistan becomes US moderator in inter-Afghan process

The United States will finance several transport and communications projects linking Afghanistan with Central Asian countries. This was discussed at the talks in Tashkent by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov with US Special …

Twenty Indian troops killed in Ladakh fighting

At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in a disputed Himalayan border area, Indian officials say. The incident follows rising tensions, and is the first deadly clash in the border area in at least 45 …

Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passes away

Top Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, a scion of Bollywood’s most famous Kapoor family, has died. He was 67 and had leukemia. Kapoor was hospitalized in Mumbai on Wednesday and died on Thursday, according to a family statement. …

Russia among top-5 world's largest arms producers

Russia moved to fourth place in the sales of arms ranking, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In 2019, 3.9% of Russia's GDP went to military spending, amounting to $65.1 billion. …