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Toronto shooting: Gunman kills woman and child in Greektown

Police say a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada's largest city.Thirteen other people, ranging in age between 10 and 59, were injured in the attack in the Greektown district of Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told reporters.
The suspect, 29, had an exchange of gunfire with police officers before being found dead nearby.The motive for the shooting is unknown.

The new Brexit secretary says a deal with the European Union can be reached by October

New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab says a deal with the European Union can be reached by October. He says however, the UK is preparing for the possibility of no deal. He said he would return to Brussels for talks this week and strain "every sinew" to get "the best deal". Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey said a no deal scenario would be "catastrophic" for business.

India scraps tampon tax after campaign

India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods - including the 12% duty on menstrual hygiene products. Campaigners argued the tax would make them even more unaffordable in a country where an estimated four out of five women and girls already have no access to items like sanitary pads. The news was welcomed by campaigners.

Former FARC rebels take seats in Colombia congress

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has welcomed former FARC rebels, as they took their seats at the opening session of Parliament.
The new members of congress took their seats yesterday, as part of a peace deal reached in 2016.
The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is now a political party known as: The Revolutionary Alternative Common Force.
It has five seats in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives.

India's Lok Sabha discusses No-Confidence Motion against the government while Japan's No-Confidence Motion is voted down

India's Lok Sabha is discussing a No-Confidence Motion against the government. The motion was moved by the Telugu Desam Party. Participating in the debate, Congress President: Rahul Gandhi accused the government for giving only "lofty promises" to the people. He alleged that farmers, Dalits, women and youth have been victims of the Government’s "empty promises".
As ruling members objected to these remarks and created noisy scenes, the Speaker adjourned the House for ten minutes.

Meanwhile,

Japan's Lower House has voted down a No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet. The motion was submitted by six opposition groups, and was seen as a last ditch effort to block the passage of a controversial Casino Bill.
The leader of the main opposition party accused the Cabinet of focusing on the Casino Bill, instead of concentrating on efforts to help people in western Japan recover from the recent floods and landslides.
The motion was voted down by lawmakers from the ruling coalition, who hold the majority in the House.
Coalition lawmakers are expected to pass the bill, legalizing casinos in Japan, for the first time.

Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit

US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election.After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and said there had been no reason for Russia to meddle in the vote.Mr Putin reiterated that Russia had never interfered in US affairs.

Police in Chicago clash with protesters after an officer fatally shoots a black man

Police in Chicago, USA have clashed with protesters after an officer fatally shot a black man who was suspected of carrying a gun. A crowd of about 150 people shouted "murderers", threw objects and jumped on police cars during the confrontation in Chicago's South Side area. Officers armed with batons traded punches with the protesters. Three officers sustained minor injuries and there were four arrests. A string of police killings of black men, some unarmed, has caused outrage and led to protests in cities across the US.

South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth

South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth this week, with a flagship speech by Former US President Barack Obama.
Mandela, who died in 2013, remains a global icon for his long fight against white-minority rule, and for his message of peace and reconciliation when he was released after 27 years in prison.
His birthday on July 18th is marked annually around the world.
Obama will set the tone for the celebrations with a speech in Johannesburg on July 17th, which will be his most important public address, since leaving the White House last year.

Cave rescue: Elation as Thai boys and coach freed by divers

Joy and relief have greeted the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves in northern Thailand after divers completed a daring operation to bring them out. Seventeen days after they got trapped underground, the last five members of the group emerged on Tuesday. Their plight and the complex three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention. Celebrations have swept the South East Asian nation and further afield. There were cheers around the Tham Luang cave system in the country's Chiang Rai province as a rescue operation involving dozens of divers and hundreds of other rescue workers came to an end on Tuesday evening. Offers of hospitality for the boys, the coach and their rescuers have come in from international football clubs including Manchester United and Benfica. (BBC)

Cave divers ready to rescue last five

Divers are preparing to resume a high-risk rescue operation to free the last five members of a group who became trapped in a vast cave system in northern Thailand last month.The health of the four boys and their football coach is said to be good as they ready to be guided through the narrow flooded passages of the complex.Eight boys have been brought out of the caves over the past two days.The operation inside the Tham Luang caves has attracted global attention.The group became trapped on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding. They were found last week by divers.

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