July 13, 2020

Review Category : People

Alpine melt yields old India headlines: Indira Gandhi is PM

Alpine melt yields old India headlines: Indira Gandhi is PMThe Mont Blanc glacier in the French Alps yields more and more secrets as it melts -- this time a clutch of newspapers with banner headlines from when Indira Gandhi became India's first and so far only woman prime minister in 1966. The copies of Indian newspapers the National Herald and The Economic Times were probably aboard an Air India Boeing 707 that crashed on the mountain on January 24, 1966, claiming 177 lives. The trove of around a dozen newspapers was found last week by Timothee Mottin, who runs a cafe-restaurant, La Cabane du Cerro, perched at an altitude of 1,350 metres (4,455 feet) near the Chamonix skiing hub.


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South Africa re-imposes curfew, booze ban as coronavirus cases spike

South Africa re-imposes curfew, booze ban as coronavirus cases spikeCoronavirus infection numbers had in recent days skyrocketed with at least 12,000 infections recorded daily, translating to around 500 infections every hour, severely straining health care resources. "As we head towards the peak of infections, it is vital that we do not burden our clinics and hospitals with alcohol-related injuries that could have been avoided," Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation. "We have therefore decided that in order to conserve hospital capacity, the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect," Ramaphosa said.


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South Africa reimposes alcohol ban, curfew as coronavirus cases spike

South Africa reimposes alcohol ban, curfew as coronavirus cases spikeSouth Africa will reimpose a ban on the sale of alcohol and a nighttime curfew to reduce pressure on its hospitals as coronavirus infections rise rapidly, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. Ramaphosa's government imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world in late March and delayed a surge in infections, but it has since eased many restrictions over fears for its struggling economy. Ramaphosa said in a televised address that the country could not afford for its hospitals and clinics to be burdened with avoidable alcohol-related injuries.


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Two killed in Azerbaijan-Armenia border clashes

Two killed in Azerbaijan-Armenia border clashesArch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of launching a military offensive using artillery fire along their shared border on Sunday, with Baku reporting two troops killed. Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Armenia's "offensive" from its northern Tavush region was met with a "counterstrike" and retreated. "Two Azerbaijani servicemen were killed and five more wounded," it added.


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'Our war was clean and just' says Kosovo's Thaci

'Our war was clean and just' says Kosovo's ThaciKosovo President Hashim Thaci on Sunday defended his record, a day before flying to The Hague to be questioned by war crimes prosecutors over his role in the 1998-99 conflict. "Our war was clean and just," said Thaci, now 52, who was the political leader of an ethnic Albanian guerrilla group when it rebelled against Serbian rule. While the rebels of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) had "perhaps committed political errors", they had "in no circumstances violated international law", he told Albania's Top Channel television station.


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