11/08/2023, 09.49
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Explosion in Kabul: at least 7 dead but no claim of responsibility

Today's news: US President Joe Biden does not and will not support the Israeli military occupation of the Gaza Strip; 13 young people have already been killed in collapses in school gyms in the Chinese province of Heilongjiang; For People's Unity Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin presents Patriarch Kirill with the Presidential Award for 2023; A 6.9 magnitude earthquake recorded off Indonesia, but there is no danger of a tsunami; An eruption created a new island in the Pacific one kilometre off the coast of Japan.

AFGHANISTAN

At least seven people were killed and 20 others injured in an explosion that targeted a bus in Kabul's Dasht-e Barchi area, Kabul Security Department spokesman Khalid Zadran says. The number of victims is destined to rise. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.

ISRAEL - USA

US President Joe Biden does not and will not support the Israeli military occupation of the Gaza Strip after the end of the war between Israel and Hamas. This is what John Kirby, White House spokesman, said. Biden believes that “a reoccupation of Gaza by Israeli forces is not the right thing to do.” The comments come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu floated the possibility of Israel taking control of security in Gaza after the war.

CHINA

Chinese people are worried after a school gymnasium collapsed on students, killing three and seriously injuring one in the city of Jiamusi, Heilongjiang province. Authorities said they arrested a gym manager and provided no further details. It is not yet clear what caused the collapse.

SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka - together with Argentina - remains the most economically vulnerable country in the world in a context of worsening global financial conditions. Instead, China has suffered a sharp deterioration in financial resilience compared to pre-COVID. This was revealed by a study by the Washington-based Center for Global Development, which assesses which countries would be most affected economically and financially if an external shock were to materialize. It is based on data published by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and governments.

INDONESIA

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck a sector of the Banda Sea in Indonesia at dawn. The quake occurred 370 km (229.9 miles) southeast of Ambon and is estimated to have occurred at a depth of 146 km. There is no tsunami threat due to the earthquake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PWTC) said.

RUSSIA

Marking People's Unity Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Patriarch Kirill (Gundjaev) with the presidential prize for 2023, with a public ceremony on Red Square, also in response to the accusation of crimes against territorial integrity brought against him by the judicial authorities of Ukraine, for which he is expected to appear in Kiev on November 8 for questioning by the preliminary judge.

JAPAN

A new small island has emerged near Iwoto Island, about 1,200 kilometers south of Tokyo, following underwater volcanic eruptions since late last month, according to a Japanese research team. Fukashi Maeno, associate professor at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute, confirmed that the phreatomagmatic eruptions occurred about 1 km from Iwoto Island and in that area a rocky island with a diameter of approximately 100 metres. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, eruptions occurred in the area between July and December 2022, in June this year as well as those ongoing since October 21.

KAZAKHSTAN

After several tragic accidents at coal mining sites, the Ministry of Industry of Kazakhstan has reached an agreement with the company "Arcelor Mittal Temirtau", nationalized by the Astana government, ensuring that "all rights and commitments" will be respected , including those of affiliated companies and that of Aktau, for which there had been very heated protests from the workers.

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