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Death toll from Israeli bombing on Gaza school rises to 35 (2nd Ld)

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Gaza, June 6 (IANS) At least 35 Palestinians were killed and dozens of others injured in an Israeli air strike targeting a school housing displaced people in the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip, the media reported on Thursday.

An Israeli fighter jet bombed at least three classrooms with several missiles, medical sources told Xinhua news agency.

Hamas-run media office in Gaza condemned Israel’s attack on the school as a “terrible massacre” in a statement, calling it “clear evidence of the crime of genocide committed against civilians”.

The office said that Israel and the US “should bear full responsibility for these crimes that endanger humanity and violate international law”, Xinhua news agency reported.

Israel Defense Forces attacked a Hamas compound inside a school in the Nuseirat area during Wednesday night, eliminating many saboteurs who participated in an attack on October 7, 2023, said Avichay Adraee, Israeli military spokesperson, in a statement on Thursday.

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Negotiations underway on sale of surplus renewable energy to India: Lankan President

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New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday that negotiations are currently underway regarding the sale of surplus renewable energy to India.

“A feasibility study is currently being conducted on establishing a power line connection between Sri Lanka and India, with further discussions expected during the upcoming visit of the Indian Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka,” the Lankan President’s Media Division (PMD) said in a statement.

President Wickremesinghe also mentioned that a pre-feasibility study for a land connection between Sri Lanka and India has been completed, and a full feasibility study will be conducted soon.

The Lankan President was in New Delhi last week to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During the visit, he also held discussions with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, who is expected to visit Colombo soon, to oversee the progress of development projects initiated in the country with Indian investments.

“The discussions also covered India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy. Minister Jaishankar highlighted plans for an industrial zone in Trincomalee, to be established by the Indian government, which will attract numerous Indian investors and potentially investors from other countries,” the PMD had said in a statement on June 10.

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Mongolia: Democratic Party member assassinated amid parliamentary election campaign

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Ulan Bator, June 16 (IANS) A member of Mongolia’s Democratic Party was killed amid the ongoing campaign for the country’s regular parliamentary elections, the country’s National Police Agency (NPA) announced on Sunday.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the chairman of the Democratic Party’s Committee of Sant Soum (administrative subdivision) in the central province of Uvurkhangai was beaten to death by a man on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency, citing the NPA.

The attacker is reportedly an election campaigner for another party, according to the police.

With a population of 3.5 million, Mongolia has set June 28 as the date for its next parliamentary elections for the State Great Khural, the country’s unicameral Parliament.

The Asian country’s General Election Commission has registered 1,294 candidates from 19 political parties, two coalitions, and 42 independents for the parliamentary elections.

According to the law on the elections of the State Great Khural, the election campaign, which started on June 10, is expected to halt 24 hours before polling.

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Sri Lanka Navy seizes 702 kg of Tendu leaves

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Colombo, June 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka Navy said on Sunday that it seized 702 kg of Tendu leaves smuggled into the country and arrested two suspects during a search operation.

The Navy added that it conducts regular search operations and patrols in the coastal areas of the island, to prevent the influx of a wide range of illegal items into the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

As part of these ongoing efforts, staff vessel SLNS Thambapanni, under the Northwestern Naval Command, conducted a search operation on Saturday in the Daluwa area leading to the seizure.

The seized consignment was packed in 19 sacks.

Additionally, the operation led to the confiscation of a three-wheeler used in the illegal activity, according to the Navy.

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2 killed, 4 injured in explosion in Pakistan

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Islamabad, June 16 (IANS) Two people were killed and four others injured in an explosion of an improvised explosive device in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday, official sources said.

The incident happened in the Kurram district of the province, where a vehicle carrying civilians was hit by a roadside planted device, the sources told Xinhua news agency.

The injured people were shifted to a nearby hospital, where four of them were in critical condition.

The vehicle was completely destroyed in the explosion, and the police cordoned off the area for investigation.

No group or individual has claimed the attack yet.

Further details are awaited.

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Pride march in Kyiv for the first time since Russian invasion

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Kyiv, June 16 (IANS/DPA) About 500 demonstrators protested on Sunday in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv under heavy security for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

It was the first Pride march since the Russian invasion of Ukraine more than two years ago.

Due to the martial law in place, permits for demonstrations are difficult to obtain.

The first Pride demonstration took place in 2013 and was held regularly between 2015 and 2021.

On Sunday, the protesters demanded the legalisation of civil unions and harsh penalties for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

For security reasons, the march was only allowed to proceed for a few dozen metres.

The participants were directed to the underground metro after a few minutes.

Several Ukrainian soldiers and diplomats from Western embassies also took part.

Local media reported that hundreds of partially masked supporters of far-right organisations simultaneously marched through the centre of Kyiv and tried to prevent the LGBTQ demonstration from going forward.

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The police reportedly separated the two demonstrations.

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