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Last Updated = Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 11:45 am SL Time

* Coronavirus: Millions return to lockdown in Philippines

Aug 04 (BBC) Tens of million of people in the Philippine capital Manila are back in lockdown, after doctors warned a surge in new coronavirus cases could push the healthcare system to collapse. Stay-at-home orders are now in effect in Manila and four surrounding provinces on the island of Luzon.
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* Islamic State group claims deadly attack on Afghanistan prison

Aug 04 (BBC) At least 29 people have been killed in an attack on a prison in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad which saw more than 1,000 inmates try to flee. The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), began on Sunday evening when car bombs were detonated at the prison’s entrance by gunmen.
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* Nepal to send updated map to India, international community, says minister

Aug 02 (HT) Nepal government intends to send its recently revised map to India, Google and international community by the middle of August, a minister has said. The revised map includes Indian territories of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani.
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* Beach SOS saves men stranded on tiny Micronesian island

Aug 04 (BBC) Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a tiny, remote island in the western Pacific have been saved after rescuers spotted their SOS message on a beach. The men were found on Pikelot Island in Micronesia by Australian and US military aircraft on Sunday, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said.
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* Spain’s new wave of infections hits the young, middle-aged

Aug 04 (HT) Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after an Covid-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation.
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* Iran says it has arrested head of US-based ‘terrorist group’

Aug 02 (HT) Iran said Saturday it had arrested the head of a US-based “terrorist group” accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing in the southern city of Shiraz and planning other attacks. “Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran, is now in the powerful hands”
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