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Guatemala City : Guatemala’s president issued a natural disaster declaration Wednesday as 44 forest fires continue to burn across the Central American country. President Bernardo Arévalo said that 80% of the fires were started by people. Farmers often burn stubble and grass in their fields around this time of year in preparation for planting. “The current situation is not a coincidence, 80% of those fires were set,”. Authorities canceled classes across three central provinces to protect students from the prevailing smoke. One of the largest fires is near a suburb of Guatemala City, the capital. The declaration frees up funding…

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Manama : The Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture launched a mobile arboretum initiative during Ramadhan to help raise environmental awareness and encourage citizens to participate in afforestation efforts.  The ministry, in cooperation with the Capital Municipal Council and municipal councils, distributed 4,455 seedlings to citizens and residents through this initiative across 14 areas throughout the kingdom’s governorates. Shaikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture, emphasised that the initiative, the first of its kind in Bahrain, aligns with the kingdom’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, as well as the national…

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London : Bayern Munich striker Harry Kane returned to north London to score his customary goal against Arsenal as the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie ended 2-2 on Tuesday. The former Tottenham Hotspur player, so often Arsenal’s nemesis in north London derbies, stroked home a penalty in the 32nd minute as the Bundesliga side came from behind to lead 2-1. Premier League leaders Arsenal, playing in their first Champions League quarter-final for 14 years, had gone in front early on with a clinical Bukayo Saka strike. But Arsenal were stunned as their former striker Serge Gnabry levelled…

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Brussels : European lawmakers are holding a vote on Wednesday on a revamp of the bloc’s migration system that the pro-EU political centre casts as a proof of its viability against the far right ahead of the bloc’s parliamentary election in June. It promises to cut the times for security and asylum procedures, and increase returns to reduce unwanted immigration from the Middle East and Africa, a high priority on the EU’s agenda. After eight years of feuds between the bloc’s 27 member states, the compromise proposals lay out a balance between the obligations of arrival countries such as Italy…

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Makkah : Thousands of Muslims filled the Grand Mosque in Makkah today for the joyous Eid Al-Fitr prayer marking the end of Ramadan.  The prayer was led by Sheikh Dr. Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid. In his Eid sermon, Sheikh Humaid commended the dedication of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in serving the millions who visit the holy mosques every year, describing the Kingdom as a land blessed with peace, faith, and prosperity. In the celebratory atmosphere, Sheikh Humaid conveyed a powerful message of unity and social connection. He urged Muslims to use Eid Al Fitr as an opportunity to…

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Jerusalem : More than 60,000 Muslim Palestinian worshipers today performed Eid Al-Fitr prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque. A large number of citizens visited the Old City of occupied Jerusalem since the early morning hours to participate in Eid prayers. The Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem indicated that a number of citizens who were not allowed to reach the Al-Aqsa Mosque performed Eid prayers in the streets surrounding the mosque.

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Mogadishu : The Somali National Army with the support of international security partners killed around 50 Al-Shabaab terrorists including their commander Ahmed Jiis in an airstrike in Baraagta Gurguurte near Harardhere district in Mudug region. The terrorist militants were gathering to try an attempt an attack to the local people the areas near Harardhere district but they were destroyed.

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Zimbabwe : A makeshift ferry overcrowded with residents reportedly fleeing a feared cholera outbreak capsized off Mozambique’s northern coast, killing at least 98 people including children, local media said Monday.  The ferry with an estimated 130 people aboard capsized Sunday after it departed the southeastern African nation’s coast for the nearby Island of Mozambique and at least 11 people were hospitalized, state-run Radio Mozambique quoted island administrator Silvério Nauaito as saying. Most of the dead were recovered Sunday, but an additional seven bodies were found Monday, bringing the death toll from 91 to 98, the Noticias newspaper quoted Nauaito as…

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Hong Kong : A fire in a large, mostly residential building in Hong Kong on Wednesday morning killed at least five people and left another 36 injured.  Some 250 residents were rescued from the New Lucky House in Hong Kong’s Jordan neighborhood and the fire was extinguished. The fire services department said that the fire began on the first and second floors of the 16-story building, where a gym and licensed guest rooms were located. More investigation was needed into the cause of the fire, officials said. According to the Associated Press (AP), the five who died were apparently trying…

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Manama : The General Directorate of Verdict Enforcement and Alternative Sentencing has replaced the imprisonment of 210 inmates of the Reform and Rehabilitation Centre after studying the cases and implementing the legal requirements. The move is in line with the royal directives to expand the implementation of the Alternative Sanctions and Measures Law and consider the social and humanitarian conditions of the inmates. The cases have been selected in coordination with the Public Prosecution and the list of the nominated inmates has been referred for the judge for approval. Also, 47 inmates have joined the Open Prisons Programme, bringing the…

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