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India Thousands of students and visitors were fleeing Indian-controlled Kashmir over the weekend after the government ordered tourists and Hindu pilgrims visiting a Himalayan cave shrine “to curtail their stay” in the disputed territory, citing security concerns.

South Korea-Japan Waving banners and signs and chanting anti-Japan slogans, thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul to express their anger at Japan’s decision to downgrade South Korea’s trade status amid an escalating diplomatic row.

Japan A strong earthquake has struck northeastern Japan, but authorities say there is no danger of a tsunami, and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Afghanistan July saw the highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan in a single month since 2017, the U.N. mission said.

Sudan The pro-democracy movement signed a power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council yesterday aimed at paving the way for a transition to civilian rule following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

Germany The government is calling on Russia to release the protesters detained during a rally for independent and opposition candidates in Moscow.

Libya A humanitarian group says 40 migrants rescued at sea off the coast of Libya have been successfully transferred to Maltese military boats to be brought to port.

Portugal Authorities say around 500 firefighters are combating a wildfire that started in a central area some 100 kilometers northeast of Lisbon, the capital.

France Single women and lesbians in France won’t have to go abroad to have babies anymore under a proposed new law that would give them access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time.

Vatican City Pope Francis has sent a letter to priests worldwide offering encouragement in light of the global sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.

USA A gunman armed with a rifle opened fire in an El Paso shopping area packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school season, leaving 20 dead and more than two dozen injured, police said. 

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