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Australian authorities are searching for a missing radioactive capsule

A radioactive capsule used in mining was lost en route to Perth, the state's capital, prompting a radiation alert in parts of Western Australia on Saturday. Reuters reported that authorities in Australia's largest state issued an alert on Friday concerning a "radioactive substance risk" in several regions, including Perth. During transport from…
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Pakistan economy in danger of collapsing due to loan defaults

There is a grave economic crisis facing Pakistan, with a possible loan default looming in the future and the IMF prepared to provide financial assistance under tough monetary conditions. There is fierce political rivalry between former prime minister Imran Khan and the current government in Pakistan. This rivalry makes it difficult for the country…
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OPEC fund loans $120 million to Panama to tackle climate change

To support Panama's climate action, adaptation, resilience, and mitigation policies, the OPEC Fund is providing a $120 million loan. "Panama Support Programme for the National Climate Change Policy" aims to mitigate, contain, and reverse the effects of climate change, supporting Panama's long-term climate change commitments. With an additional…
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Ship carrying 22 sinks off Jeju, 14 rescued, 9 unconscious

The Coast Guard reported that a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship carrying 22 crew members sank off the southern island of Jeju on Wednesday. Fourteen crew members were rescued, while a search is underway for the others. At 3:07 a.m., fourteen Chinese and eight Myanmarese crew members were on board the Jin Tian, a 6,551-ton wood-carrying vessel, when…
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Transport halted across Japan by heavy snow, deep cold

As a result of the heavy snowfall that blanketed much of Japan on Wednesday, traffic was snarled, hundreds of flights were cancelled, and train travel was disrupted. A person has been confirmed dead as a result of the heavy snowfall. According to Reuters, an unusually cold front and the presence of extreme low pressure systems have caused snow to…
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Pakistan suffers major power outage following failure of the grid

A "major breakdown" of the national grid caused nationwide power outages in Pakistan on Monday morning, affecting factories, hospitals, and schools. A voltage fluctuation in the grid between Jamshoro and Dadu in southern Sindh province caused the breakdown at 7:34 am (0234 GMT), power minister Khurrum Dastagir said. In response to voltage…
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Rapid and concrete EU expansion is sought by Germany and France

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized that they wanted to see rapid and concrete progress in the EU enlargement process. This was in a guest article for the German broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "At the same time, we must ensure that an enlarged European Union remains capable of action, with more…
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Lebanon loses voting rights in the 193-member UN General Assembly

Lebanon has been stripped of its UN General Assembly voting rights, according to its state-owned National News Agency (NNA). In a letter on Thursday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Lebanon, Venezuela, South Sudan, Gabon, Dominica and Equatorial Guinea will lose their right to vote for not meeting minimum contributions. According to…
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GCC, Egypt and Jordan leaders meet with Sheikh Mohamed

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Wednesday held a fraternal consultative meeting with leaders of a number of brotherly countries. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed held the meeting with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq of Oman; King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain; Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar; King Abdullah II…
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One dead, eight missing after a tanker explodes in Thailand

The Mae Klong river dockyard in Muang district, in Thailand was damaged by an oil tanker explosion Tuesday morning, leaving eight workers missing. Police were notified of the explosion aboard the tanker Smooth Sea 22 at approximately 9:17 a.m. local time, according to the Bangkok Post. It is believed that the tanker, which has a capacity of 6,500…
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