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Earthquake strikes Central Italy

An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has struck central Italy, leaving at least 13 people dead and others trapped under rubble. The USGS said the quake hit at 03:36 a.m.
local time, 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, at the very shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The mayor of one town told Italian radio that "half the town is gone".
In Rome, some buildings shook for 20 seconds. A family of four had been found under rubble in the town of Accumoli. Meanwhile the Police said two people had died in the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto.

Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods.

Figures show that attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a big fall in tourism in Paris. There were a million fewer visitors, a 6.2 percent drop, between January and June compared with the same period in 2015.


Sushma asks jobless in Saudi to return

The Indian government has asked stranded Indian workers in Saudi Arabia to return without waiting for unpaid salaries from their Saudi employers.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj used the social media to reach out to the affected Indian nationals asking them to return without waiting for their dues.

The issue erupted on July 30 when External Affairs Minister announced from her Twitter handle that 10,000 Indian nationals were facing a “food crisis” in Saudi Arabia as they had not been paid salaries for several months. The crisis was due to non-payment of salaries for Indian nationals.

Following the Indian initiative, the Saudi government pitched in with food, medical and transport support for the jobless workers and promised to give “exit visas” to those without no-objection certificates.

PM Dahal directs transport authorities for effective services

In Nepal ,Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed the concerned authorities to make transport-related government services effective and efficient as well as friendly for service-seekers.

Issuing directives to Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport PM Dahal urged them to develop three more transport service centres in the Kathmandu Valley – two in Kathmandu and one in Bhaktapur – for the purpose.

The new centres would help ease the process of issuing driving licences, renewing bill books and receiving route permits.

He had also directed Minister Lekhak and Secretary Karki to manage online registration system and utilise school and college buildings for driving licence examinations.

Germans told to stock up for a disaster

For the first time since the Cold War the German government is advising citizens to stockpile food and water for use in a national emergency. Some opposition MPs said the new civil defence concept, to go before ministers, was scaremongering.


Modi promises full central support to 5 flood-hit states

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern over the worsening flood situation in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and promised total support from the centre in rescue and relief operations.


Flood misery returns to parts of India.

Large parts of India have been flooded after a number of rivers started flowing above danger level. At least 17 people have been reportedly killed in flood-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh state. In the eastern Bihar state, at least 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after a "flood-like situation" in a dozen districts.


US election: Trump campaign spending still lags far behind Clinton

Donald Trump's election campaign doubled its spending last month but still lagged far behind US presidential rival Hillary Clinton, figures show. The Trump campaign spent 18.5 million US dollars in July, compared to his Democratic rival's 38 million US dollars.


Kurdish wedding massacre blamed on IS

So-called Islamic State is likely to have carried out a deadly bomb attack on a wedding in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The death toll in the attack in the southern city of Gaziantep has now risen to 50, the local governor's office said, with almost 100 wounded.


Afghan troops 'retake Kunduz district from Taliban'


Afghan government forces have recaptured a key district of the northern province of Kunduz from the Taliban, the provincial governor says. Asadullah Omarkhel's announcement came hours after Khanabad district was seized by Taliban fighters. But local sources told the BBC that Taliban fighters were still present near the district headquarters.


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