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CHINA Albanian police say they have arrested a Chinese man wanted in his country for illegal earnings as part of an organized crime group.

CHINA Forty-nine people have died and 14 others remain missing since heavy rainfall hit southern China in early June, authorities said yesterday. More than 7,000 houses have collapsed and 300,000 people have been evacuated.

PHILIPPINES The defense secretary says an anchored Filipino fishing boat has sunk in the disputed South China Sea after being hit by a suspected Chinese vessel, which then abandoned the 22 Filipino crewmen.

THAILAND Officials said they discovered 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees who were shipwrecked and stranded in southern Thailand. The navy took the group away to be processed by immigration officials.

INDIA Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir stopped Amnesty International from holding an event yesterday announcing a report on detention of activists in the disputed region under a law that allows people to be held for up to two years without trial.

ISRAEL The military says it has overhauled its air-raid warning system in order to minimize disruptions to the general population. It has divided the country into 1,700 alarm zones, up from the current 255 zones.

UGANDA A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood became the first cross-border victim of Ebola in the current outbreak on yesterday, while two more people in Uganda tested positive for the highly contagious disease that has killed nearly 1,400 in Congo.

PANAMA A court has ordered former President Ricardo Martinelli to be transferred from jail to house arrest.

FRANCE Six environmental activists have been convicted of theft for removing an official portrait of President Emmanuel Macron to protest his climate change policies.

USA Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires such reporting, says a watchdog report due today that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.

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