12/04/2023, 09.24
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Today's news: Red Crescent volunteers also among victims of new Israeli bombings in northern and southern Gaza; Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party have won three of the four state elections, a prelude to the 2024 general election; 11 people are confirmed dead and 12 missing following the eruption of the Marapi volcano in Indonesia

PHILIPPINES

Philippine police have identified at least two suspects in the bomb attack on a Catholic church during mass that killed four people. The attack was claimed by Islamabad by a group affiliated to the Islamic State and the police confirm that one of the attackers was affiliated to the fundamentalist cell. 7 injured remain in hospital. The bomb exploded Sunday during a service at a university gym in Marawi, a city left in ruins in 2017 by a five-month military campaign to end a bloody occupation by Islamic State military groups.

ISRAEL - PALESTINE

In the last few hours at least three members of the civil defense in Gaza have been killed and several injured following an Israeli attack in the eastern part of Gaza city. Overnight, the Palestinian Red Crescent said that two of its paramedics had been injured when Israeli forces fired on their ambulance in the al-Faluja area of northern Gaza. One later died. Meanwhile, Israeli bombings have continued since dawn in the northern tip of Gaza, as well as in Khan Younis, in the south of the Strip.

INDIA

Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won three of India's four key state elections ahead of next year's crucial general elections. The BJP retained power in Madhya Pradesh and won Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The opposition coalition defeated a regional team by conquering the southern state of Telangana. More than 160 million people voted, or a sixth of India's electorate. Today the votes are expected to be counted for a fifth state, Mizoram.

INDONESIA

Eleven hikers were found dead near the crater of Indonesia's Marapi volcano after its eruption on Sunday. This morning three people were rescued by rescuers while the search for the other 12 missing hikers continues. At the time of the eruption there were 75 people on a trip to the area. The authorities imposed the second level of alert and also banned residents from coming within 3 km of the crater.

CHINA - RUSSIA

The Baikal-Amur railway line, one of the most impressive railways in the world, which connects China to Russia over a distance of over 4000 km, was the subject of two terrorist attacks in one day. First a 50-wagon freight train caught fire inside the tunnel on the crucial Severomuysk artery, then a fuel load exploded on the alternative route.

RUSSIA-JAPAN

A public demonstration of several hundred people was held in Tokyo to ask Russia to return the four Kurile islands which the Japanese call "the northern territories". Among the demonstrators were several former residents of the islands, who had been taken away as children during the Soviet occupation and now live mostly on Hokkaido.

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