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Explosions heard across Ukraine amid missile attacks

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Kiev, April 27 (IANS) Explosions were heard in several Ukrainian regions late on Friday amid Russian missile attacks, local media outlets reported.

In particular, blasts have rocked Ukraine’s central Vinnytsia region and the western Ivano-Frankivsk region, the government-run Ukrinform news agency said.

Several explosions also rattled Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Mayor Ihor Terekhov.

The Ukrainian Air Force said on Telegram that Russia launched cruise missiles and aeroballistic missiles at Ukraine during the air strike.

Separately, Ukrainian Telegram channels warned that Russia was likely preparing a new missile attack on Ukraine as a group of Tu-95 strategic bombers had taken off from Olenya airfield in Russia’s northwestern Murmansk region.

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Germany bans local Salafist Muslim group with large internet reach

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Berlin, June 12 (IANS/DPA) Authorities in Germany have moved to ban a Muslim association based in the central city of Braunschweig, accusing the group of spreading extremist views.

Police also launched several raids aimed at the Braunschweig-based German-Speaking Muslim Association (DMG) on Wednesday morning, which sources told dpa also included searches of two apartments in Berlin.

The Interior Ministry in the state of Lower Saxony, which includes Braunschweig, moved to prohibit the DMG, claiming it conflicts with Germany’s constitutional democratic order.

“We do not tolerate associations in which supposed non-believers, women and Jews, as well as our social order as a whole, are regularly devalued and followers called upon to fight them,” said Lower Saxony’s interior minister, Daniela Behrens. “The ban on the DMG is a hard blow against the Salafist scene in Lower Saxony and beyond.”

Behrens said that no arrests were made in the raids, but that assets belonging to the DMG were confiscated.

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A report from Lower Saxony’s domestic intelligence agency in June 2023 alleged that the Braunschweig-based DMG had become a nationwide meeting point for Salafist preachers, and had significantly expanded its online presence with content on YouTube, TikTok, Spotify and Telegram.

“Every week, the appearances of these nationally known Salafist preachers are also made accessible to a large number of viewers via the various online channels of the DMG Braunschweig,” the state’s Interior Ministry said in a statement at the time.

According to the ministry, the DMG Braunschweig’s YouTube channel alone had around 70,000 subscribers as of May 2023.

“The risk of self-radicalisation is and remains high, especially in light of the digital possibilities for information and communication,” the ministry said at the time.

The group’s website includes postings for numerous opportunities aimed at children and young people. These include Koran camps, children’s camps, youth conferences and study circles.

–IANS/DPA

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Kuwait building fire: Indian Ambassador meets injured in hospital

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Adarsh Swaika, Ambassador of India to Kuwait, visited the Farwaniya Hospital in Kuwait city where many Indian workers injured in Wednesday’s fire incident have been admitted.

“Ambassador Adarsh Swaika visited Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, where 11 workers injured in today’s fire have been admitted. 10 of them are expected to be released today & one in hospital is reportedly stable. He met with patients still in hospital & assured them of Embassy’s full support,” the Indian Embassy in Kuwait posted on X.

The Indian diplomat met a number of patients and assured them of full assistance from the Embassy.

Swaika also visited the tragic fire-incident site in Mangaf to ascertain the situation, assuring that the Indian Embassy is in constant touch with relevant Kuwaiti law enforcement, fire-service and health authorities for necessary action and emergency medical health-care.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar expressed deep shock over the tragic fire incident, which he said has resulted in several deaths.

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“Deeply shocked by the news of the fire incident in Kuwait city. There are reportedly over 40 deaths and over 50 have been hospitalised. Our Ambassador has gone to the camp. We are awaiting further information,” Jaishankar said on X.

“Deepest condolences to the families of those who tragically lost their lives. Wish early and full recovery to those who have been injured. Our Embassy will render the fullest assistance to all concerned in this regard,” he added.

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has also put out an emergency helpline number in connection with the tragedy.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Health also released a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“The Ministry of Health has so far dealt with 43 cases through the accident departments in a number of hospitals, in a building fire incident in Mangaf, of which 4 cases arrived dead,” it said.

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2 die of suspected meningococcal meningitis disease in Vietnam

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Hanoi, June 12 (IANS) Two people in a family in Vietnam’s northern region died of suspected meningococcal meningitis disease while two other family members were in critical condition, according to the National Tropical Disease Hospital on Wednesday.

A 38-year-old male patient being treated at the hospital’s emergency department said within only five days, two members of his family, his 22-month-old daughter, and mother, had died after showing symptoms like high fever, headache, and diarrhoea, Xinhua news agency reported.

He and his 11-year-old son were diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis disease a few days later.

Tran Van Bac, deputy head of the hospital’s emergency department, said the cause of death had not been determined, but there is a high risk that the deceased were infected with meningococcal meningitis disease.

According to doctors, meningococcal disease is transmitted from human to human through the respiratory tract. It is difficult for early diagnosis as the disease progresses quickly.

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Dozens, including several Indian workers, dead in Kuwait building fire

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Wednesday expressed deep shock over the tragic fire incident in Kuwait city which has resulted in dozens of deaths, including of many Indian nationals.

“Deeply shocked by the news of the fire incident in Kuwait city. There are reportedly over 40 deaths and over 50 have been hospitalised. Our Ambassador has gone to the camp. We are awaiting further information,” Jaishankar posted on X.

“Deepest condolences to the families of those who tragically lost their lives. Wish early and full recovery to those who have been injured. Our Embassy will render the fullest assistance to all concerned in this regard,” he added.

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has also put out an emergency helpline number in connection with the tragedy, confirming that it involved Indian workers.

“All concerned are requested to connect over this helpline for updates. The Embassy remains committed to render all possible assistance,” it said.

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Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Ministry of Health also released a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“The Ministry of Health has so far dealt with 43 cases through the accident departments in a number of hospitals, in a building fire incident in Mangaf, of which 4 cases arrived dead,” it said.

–IANS

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More than 35 killed in fire in Kuwait

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Kuwait City, June 12 (IANS/DPA) More than 35 people died when a fire broke out in a building housing workers in Kuwait early on Wednesday, officials said.

At least 35 bodies were still inside the building after the fire was put out, head of the criminal evidence department at the Interior Ministry, Major General Eid al-Owaihan, said.

The Health Ministry said at least 43 people have been transferred to hospitals for treatment and four have died.

Search teams continue to inspect the building to look for other victims and investigations are ongoing into the reason behind the fire.

Local media said the fire broke out in a six-floor building overcrowded with workers in al-Mangaf area, south of the capital.

Details are awaited.

–IANS/DPA

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