06/10/2023, 10.11
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A 21-year-old is the 100th victim of violent death among Israeli Arabs

Today's headlines: South Korea is racing to harvest salt and seafood ahead of the release of contaminated water from Fukushima; Isis claims the mosque bombing in northern Afghanistan; An indigenous community in Indonesia against a hyper-connected world calls for an internet blackout; 11% of Indians suffer from diabetes, a population at risk of cardiovascular disease and organ complications; Russian officials and politicians prefer the frontline to trials for corruption and fraud. 

A 21-year-old young man from southern Israel died after a stabbing in the early hours of today, becoming the 100th victim in Israel's Arab community to die of violence since the beginning of the year. A spiral of violence and crime, which has claimed at least eight lives in two days and against which thousands of people in the country demonstrated last night. 

Ahead of Japan's planned release of contaminated wastewater from the Fukushima plant, the scene of the 2011 nuclear disaster, the race is on to buy salt and seafood in South Korea amid fears of future shortages. Seoul ensures strict controls for possible increases in radioactivity levels, but there is strong public health concern among consumers. 

Islamic State (IS, formerly Isis) militias claimed responsibility yesterday afternoon for the bloody 8 June attack on a mosque in northern Afghanistan, in which at least 11 people died. At the time of the explosion, the funeral of the Taliban deputy provincial governor, who also died in a jihadist attack earlier in the week, was taking place. 

An indigenous community in Indonesia has called for an internet blackout in the area to minimise the 'negative impact' of the hyper-connected world. The protagonists of the unusual request are the Baduy, some 26,000 people from the province of Banten, on the island of Java: a part of the inhabitants has embraced modernity, but a 'magic circle' has adopted a total rejection of the 'traps' of modernity. 

11% of Indians suffer from diabetes, a disease that is becoming increasingly common with hypertension and obesity. The government study, conducted between October 2008 and December 2020 in 31 states or territories and a sample of over 113,000 people, shows that 15% are pre-diabetic and 35% suffer from hypertension. A population at risk of cardiovascular disease and long-term organ complications. 

A special category of Russian volunteers in the war in Ukraine, in addition to conscripts and mercenaries, enlisted mainly among prisoners, are officials and politicians. The latter, in their hundreds, prefer to go to the front rather than face charges of corruption or abuse of office, which are wiped out with the stroke of a pen, ahead of them 'returning loaded with medals'.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Džejkhun Bayramov told the OECD that the main obstacles to the normalisation of relations between Yerevan and Baku are 'the illegal presence of Armenian soldiers on the sovereign territory of our country' and government interference 'in the issue of our relations with the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh'.


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