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13 killed, 100 injured in Spain terror attacks

According to reports, 13 people were killed and over 100 were injured in two separate attacks in Spain. On the first attack, a white van sped through a street full of tourists in central Barcelona leaving 13 dead. While, in the second attack, an Audi A3 car hit the pedestrians in the seaside city of Cambrils, injuring six civilians. Police claimed that the first incident was a ‘terrorist attack’. Reportedly, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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Malala Yousafzai to study in Oxford University

Women and children’s right activist Malala Yousafzai took to Twitter to express her joy in getting a place at Oxford university. She had reportedly secured A-level results. The Nobel Prize winner will be studying philosophy, politics and economics in Oxford University. She was shot by Taliban before 5 years and was staying in Birmingham ever since she underwent a surgery for the same.

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Emma Stone is 2017's best paid actress: Forbes

Hollywood actress Emma Stone has been named as the best paid actress as she earned $26m over a 12-month period from June 2016 to June 2017, says Forbes. 28-year-old Emma's earnings increased by 160% on 2016. Jennifer Lawrence, who topped the list in 2016, came third with earnings of $24m. Notably, Jennifer Lawrence has topped the Forbes list for the past two years.

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Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers: Trump

In a severe criticism against e-commerce giant Amazon, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter to accuse the firm of doing “great damage” to retailers and causing job losses. With this single tweet, Trump briefly wiped around $5.7bn off the stock market valuation of Amazon on Wednesday, as the shares of the company fell 0.3 % to $980.

 

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US designates Hizbul Mujahideen as Foreign Terrorist Organisation

The US State Department on Wednesday reportedly designated Pakistan-based militant group Hizbul Mujahideen as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. The designation would mean freezing of any assets that the organisation may hold in the US, and it also prohibits US citizens from any dealings with it. The State Department, in a statement, reportedly said, “These designations seek to deny Hizbul Mujahideen the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks.”

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Japan becomes fastest growing economy in the G7

Japan, the world's third largest economy, expanded at an annualised rate of 4% in the April-June quarter, making it the fastest growing economy among the G7 nations. This was the country's fastest growth in over two years, and the sixth straight quarter of expansion, official data showed. Notably, this is Japan's longest uninterrupted run of growth in a decade.

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Man gets S$4m in compensation after bad reference denies him new job

A man named Ramesh Krishnan has got S$4 million in compensation as he lost opportunities to work else where following a bad reference from his former employer. The man worked with AXA Life Insurance as an adviser and agent from 2005 until 2011, filed filed a defamation and negligence suit against his former employer. The Singapore High Court on Monday ruled in favour of Ramesh Krishnan.

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Doctors remove large hairball from girl’s stomach

According to reports, doctors in China have removed a 16-centimeter long hairball from the stomach of a young girl who suffers from a disorder that involves eating her own hair. The girl had been living in discomfort for a year as her parents refused surgery since she was “too young”. Qinqin, the six-year-old child, ate cotton from the sofa when she was two, reportedly said Qinqin's father. “She would then eat her hair at night,” he added. The girl is under medical observation.

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Colleague shoots hotel maid mistook gun for a toy

A hotel maid in Italy was shot in the abdomen after her colleague mistook a hand gun left by a guest as a toy. The incident took place when the gun was found, and her colleague called her to check if it was a toy. Reportedly the maid is now stable after undergoing surgery. The police tracked down to the customer living and accused him of carrying unlicensed gun and charged with possession of Cocaine.

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‘Game of Thrones’ leaked again, gets aired on HBO

According to reports, the sixth episode of 'Game of Thrones' has been leaked four days before its official broadcast, after the episode was mistakenly aired by HBO's Spain division. However, an HBO official said they've no knowledge of a new leak. This comes a day after the Mumbai Police arrested four people for leaking the show's fourth episode.

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Indian-origin man gets $2.9 million compensation from ex-employer

Indian-origin man, Ramesh Krishnan, has received a compensation of over $2.9 million from his ex-employer in Singapore for writing a bad reference that had cost him a job opportunity. Krishnan lost the suit in Singapore high court in 2015 but the Court of Appeal later ruled in his favour claiming the company breached its 'duty of care' to him.

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Bitcoin crosses $4,000 milestones for the first time ever

Digital currency Bitcoin has surpassed $4,000(Rs.2.56 lakh), reaching its latest milestone and setting a new all-time high. By hitting this latest milestone, Bitcoin has surged over 300% year-to-date, rising from less than $1,000 (Rs. 64,000) at the start of 20 to break through key price levels of $2,000 , $3,000 , $4,000 . Notably, Bitcoin is world's largest crypto currency by market capitalisation

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Over 300 killed in Landslides

As many as 312 people were killed on Monday due to a mudslide caused by heavy rains in Sierra Leone, according to the humanitarian organisation Red Cross. Adding that a number of buildings had been erected illegally in the area, officials said the military personnel have been deployed to help in the rescue operation.

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India, Pakistan exchange sweets at Wagah border on Pak's Independence day

Pakistan and Indian military officials exchanged sweets at the Wagah-Attari border in Amritsar on Monday to celebrate Pakistan's 70th Independence day. Earlier, Pakistan commenced the Independence Day proceedings boy hoisting its highest national flag at the border at midnight on Sunday. The 400-foot-high flag is reportedly the highest in South Asian and eighth highest in the world.

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UK Queen Elizabeth to resign from throne aged 95: Reports

According to reports, the 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II of UK is planning to resign from her throne at the age of 95. Reports also added that the Queen's eldest son Prince Charles will become the King in all but name, upon her abdication. At the age of 25, when she became the Queen, Elizabeth II vowed to never renounce her title, say reports.

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At least 179 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: Red Cross

The Red Cross on Monday reportedly said at least 179 bodies have been brought to the central morgue in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, after a mudslide in the outskirts of the city on Monday morning. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered, Red Cross spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie reportedly said.

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8 foreigners among dead in Burkina Faso attack: Minister

The “terrorist” attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso killed at least 18 people including eight foreigners and seven locals, the country’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry said Monday. The foreigners killed in Sunday’s attack included one Frenchman; one Canadian woman; male victims from Senegal, Niger, Lebanon and Turkey; and two Kuwaiti women, while three victims remain unidentified, he said.

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Pakistan hoists 400-foot-high flag at Wagah border

Celebrating the 69th Independence, Pakistan hoisted a 400-foot-high flag at the Attari-Wagah border at midnight on Sunday. The move comes after India again hoisted its 360-foot-high flag at the border, which was first hoisted in March. The Pakistani flag, the country's highest, is reportedly also the highest in South Asia and the 8th highest in the world.

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Hackers leak episodes of another HBO series

According to reports, hackers have leaked fresh episodes of another HBO series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’. Reportedly they have released the episodes from the ninth season of comedy series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’. The same hackers had earlier leaked an episode of Game of Thrones series and HBO offered $250,000 as a ransom.

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Burkina Faso: 17 dead in ‘terrorist attack’

The Burkina Faso government on Monday reportedly said, at least seventeen people have been killed and eight injured in a “terrorist attack” on a restaurant in its capital. Three gunmen arrived at a Turkish restaurant in a pickup truck on Sunday evening and opened fire on customers seated outside, witnesses reportedly said. The nationalities of the victims are yet to be ascertained, say reports. Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation bordering Mali and Niger.

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