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Around 40 migrants drown in shipwreck off Mauritanian coast

DAKAR (Reuters) - A boat carrying around 40 migrants and refugees has sunk off the coast of Mauritania, leaving only one survivor, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday.


Tanzania's weather agency issues 5-day severe weather alert

DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's weather authorities on Thursday issued an alert over a five-day severe weather impact of strong winds and large waves along the entire east African nation's coastal line.


Two rescue workers killed in South Korea floods after boats capsize - Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two rescue workers were killed and five were missing in South Korea on Thursday after their boats overturned in floodwaters, Yonhap news agency reported, as heavy rain across the Korean peninsula threatened to bring new floods and landslides.


Exclusive: Fauci says regulators promise politics will not guide vaccine timing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have assured scientists that political pressure will not determine when a coronavirus vaccine is approved even as the White House hopes to have one ready ahead of the November presidential election, the country's leading infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.


China Focus: Wide BDS system application leads to better life

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- With the commissioning of China's self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), the concept of "BDS plus" is catching on. The navigation system's wide application in agriculture, transportation, and environmental protection is leading ordinary Chinese people to a better life.


Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 5

COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya on Wednesday said that the parliamentary elections held during the day ended peacefully as the voting concluded at 5 p.m. local time with over a 70 percent voter turnout reported from across the country.


'It came alive:' Astronauts recount wild ride home on SpaceX's Crew Dragon

(Reuters) - U.S. astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, home two days from a landmark mission as NASA's first crew to fly a privately built vehicle into orbit, recounted on Tuesday the loud, jarring ride they experienced through Earth's atmosphere before a safe landing at sea.