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Powerful Earthquake hits Indonesia, triggers tsunami warning

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Bali, Sep 28 : A powerful earthquake of 7.7 magnitude rocked the coast of Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning.

The huge 7.7 magnitude quake was recorded near the island of Sulawesi, east of Borneo, the US Geological Survey said.

Earthquakes struck Tibet, Greece,  Philippines and Oklahoma  Friday morning with some major tremors felt in Alaska on Thursday night.Huge tremors struck close to a volcano on the Aleutian island arc.

Earthquakes struck the world on Thursday night and Friday morning with some major tremors touching down in Tibet, Greeece, Alaska, Philippines and Oklahoma.

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Rutog county in Tibet on Friday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC). No casualty was reported.

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Greece on Sept. 27, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

In Greece, local news website Ekathimerini said that there were no reports of injuries or damage. But the tremor was felt among residents in the city of Kalamata.

The tremors were felt around 5 a.m. and its epicentre was at a depth of 6 km.

A 4.3-magnitude quake on Thursday jolted Myanmar’s Sagaing region, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department said.

The earthquake’s epicentre was 48.3 km northwest of Htamanthi town in the region and 169 km north-northeast of Tamu seismological observatory.

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Vietnam resumes int’l flights after 5 months

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Vietnam on Saturday resumed international flights after a five-month suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Saturday morning, a Vietnam Airlines carrying 60 passengers on board took off for Tokyo from the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Most of the passengers are Vietnamese students and workers going back to Japan to continue studying and working.

The flight also carried a number of Japanese nationals, according to state-media.Passengers exiting Vietnam must have a certificate of negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test result issued within 72 hours before departure.

In September, Vietnam Airlines is expected to carry out three more flights to Japan, while the reverse route from Tokyo to Hnaoi will be arranged later.Vietnam suspended all international flights in late March.

The country has recorded 1,068 Covid-19 cases and 35 deaths as of Saturday morning. No local transmission has been recorded nationwide in more than two weeks, according to the Ministry of Health.

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US judge declines to block Commerce Department WeChat order

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NEW YORK : A United States judge in California declined to block the Commerce Department order issued on Friday that will prohibit U.S. app stores from offering Tencent Holding’s WeChat for download starting late Sunday.

Judge Laurel Beeler said the request for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by U.S. WeChat users appeared moot after the Commerce order but said in an written order “the court is available today for a hearing on any emergency motions.” A lawyer for the WeChat users did not immediately comment.

Beeler issued a follow-up order that said lawyers for the WeChat users “will file something by 10:45 a.m. (PDT) about why the motion is not moot.” She tentatively sets a Zoom hearing for 11:00 a.m. (PDT)(1700 GMT).

The Justice Department said Friday in a court filing that Beeler should reject the request, saying President Donald Trump “has invoked his emergency powers to address (the WeChat) threat, and plaintiffs have articulated no legal basis for the Court to take the extraordinary step of enjoining his exercise of that authority.”

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Pakistan reports 752 new cases of coronavirus: Health Ministry

So far 3,090,660 tests have been done across the country, including 33,865 in the last 24 hours.

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Islamabad, Sep 18 : Pakistan has reported 752 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of infections to 304,386, the health ministry said on Friday.

The Ministry of National Health Services said nine more people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours due to which the toll stands at 6,408.

“The coronavirus cases continue to rise with the current figure standing at 304,386. The death toll also has touched 6,408,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said at least 579 were in critical conditions and it showed that 291,683 people have fully recovered so far, which meant that the number of active patients was 6,295.

Sindh reported 133,125 cases, Punjab 98,142, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 37,242, Islamabad 16,033, Balochistan 13,991, Gilgit-Baltistan 3,381 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 2,472 cases.

So far 3,090,660 tests have been done across the country, including 33,865 in the last 24 hours.

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