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Lightning strikes in India kill 147 over 10 days, hundreds have died since May

Nearly four dozen people were fatally struck by lightning on Saturday in northern India, joining the hundreds who have died from strikes in the past two months.

The National Disaster Management Authority told New Delhi Television (NDTV) at least 46 people were killed in lightning strikes in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, located on India’s northern border.

The deadly strikes on Saturday came a day after eight people were killed in lightning strikes in Bihar, according to NDTV.

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Officials said Sunday that lightning strikes have killed at least 147 people in Bihar over the last 10 days, mostly farmers, laborers and cattle graziers.

Heavy rains before the onset of the monsoon season have hit the region in recent weeks. Last month, 83 people were killed in one day as thunderstorms rolled through the region.

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More than 2,300 people were killed by lightning in India in 2018 (iStock)

Bihar agrometeorologist Abdus Sattar told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the thunderstorms in the region have been caused large-scale instability in the atmosphere, fueled by temperature rises and excessive moisture.

Lightning strikes during the monsoon season that runs from June to September are common, but officials said this year’s death toll in Bihar has already surpassed the total number of deaths recorded in the state over the past few years.

Last year, 170 people died over the course of the entire monsoon period in the state.

The Hindustan Times reported 315 people have been killed in the two states since May.

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Rainy conditions in the region have enticed farmers to plant more on their fields, which had led to more people being outside in exposed areas.

“This year the number of lightning incidents and lightning deaths is more frequent over Bihar and eastern UP because the region is seeing intense monsoon rain quite early in the monsoon in June. In previous years this region usually didn’t receive such rains in June. Because of good rainfall this year in June, farmers are out in the field farming,” Sunitha Devi, member of the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ thunderstorm working group, told the Hindustan Times. “Paddy field water also attracts electricity and farmers on the field act as conductors of electricity from the thunderstorm.”

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According to the most recent data available from the National Crime Records Bureau, 2,357 were killed by lightning in India in 2018.

The year before, 2,885 lightning deaths were reported in the country.

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Authorities in the region have unveiled a mobile phone app that claims to help predict lightning strikes, but many farmers and those out on the fields do not own smartphones, according to AFP.

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Groom may have infected 100 people with coronavirus at wedding he wanted put off

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A software engineer who traveled from a Delhi, India, suburb to his home in Bihar for his wedding in June could have infected nearly 100 guests with coronavirus, according to a report.

The 30-year-old arrived in the town of Paliganj the second week of May, ahead of the June 15 event, before he began to present symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and diarrhea. He wasn’t tested for the virus, according to CBS, as his family pushed for him not to reschedule the wedding.

The groom was given over-the-counter medicine for the fever and went on with the wedding as planned. He was dead two days later and the family quickly cremated him without informing authorities. The event hosted more than 350 people in total.

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“Even though he was feeling unwell by June 14 and wanted the wedding deferred, family heads from both sides advised against it, citing huge financial losses if the arrangements had to be canceled,” a relative later told The Indian Express.

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India lifted its nationwide lockdown in June after two months of enforcement, which eased restrictions on business, but large social gatherings are still prohibited, with weddings specifically not allowed to have more than 50 guests.

Officials are instigating the incident.

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Man who beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl to be freed from Pakistani prison

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The British-born man convicted in the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is likely to walk out of jail a free man this week following a surprising ruling by Pakistan’s supreme court.

The country’s high court on Monday refused to overturn a lower court’s ruling exonerating the man who kidnapped and killed Pearl, who had been reporting on extremism in Pakistan in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.

Pearl, who was the WSJ’s bureau chief for South Asia, was killed in January 2002.

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Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is pictured here in this undated photo. (AP)

His parents Ruth and Judea Pearl filed their petition to Pakistan’s top court to hear their appeal after the government of Pakistan also sought reinstatement of the original convictions in the case.

“We’re standing up for justice, not only for our son but for all our dear friends in Pakistan so they can live in a society free of violence and terrorism,” Judea Pearl said in an emotional video message on Twitter in May.

The move to overturn Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh’s murder conviction and death sentence sparked outrage not only from Pearl’s family but from the U.S. government and other media rights organizations around the world.

While the lower court overturned the most serious offenses against Sheikh, it upheld the kidnapping charge which carried a seven-year sentence.

Sheikh has been on death row for nearly two decades.

“For 18 years he hasn’t even seen the sun,” his lawyer Mahmood Sheikh told Reuters. “He has been in solitary confinement on death row.”

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Sheikh and three of his aides, who had been sentenced to life in prison, were acquitted for lack of evidence by the high court in Karachi.

Pakistani authorities ordered the four men to be kept in detention for three months while the matter was sorted in court. The 90-day detention expires this week.

The country’s supreme court also refused to immediately hear an appeal and instead said they would take up the matter on September 25.

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said of Pearl: “We continue to honor his legacy as a courageous journalist and demand justice for his brutal murder.”

Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones also pledged its support for “the Pearl family’s efforts in seeking justice for the kidnapping and brutal murder of their son, Daniel Pearl. Danny was a cherished colleague and we will always honor his memory and service.”

Pearl was kidnapped while working on a story about Islamic militants. A videotape received by U.S. diplomats in February of that year confirmed that the 38-year-old was dead.

He had been beheaded.

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The parents of Daniel Pearl, (l.), who was killed in 2002, said as they signed a condolence book for Pakistani terror victims they believe the Guantanamo detainees must face justice. (AP, FoxNews.com)

In court testimony and emails released during the 2002 trial, Sheikh said he developed a personal relationship with Pearl before he was kidnapped, with both sharing their concerns about their wives, who were pregnant at the time.

Marianne Pearl gave birth to their son Adam in May 2002.

The Pearl Project, an investigative journalism team at Georgetown University, carried out a three-year investigation into Pearl’s kidnapping and death. They concluded the reporter was beheaded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who was arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and later described as the architect of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Mohammad is a prisoner at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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“The prosecution’s cases are won or lost not on the basis of emotion, they are won or lost on the basis of evidence and in this case, the prosecution did a woeful job,” said Sheikh, the lawyer. “If Daniel Pearl’s parents have any grievance or complaint it should be against the Pakistani authorities for the prosecution’s failings.”

Sheikh had been arrested in 1994 by Indian authorities, accused of kidnapping three Britons and an American, who were all freed unharmed, in Indian-ruled Kashmir.

In 1999, India freed Sheikh and two other militants in exchange for the release of 155 passengers and crew aboard an Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Worldwide coronavirus deaths pass 500,000 mark, Johns Hopkins University research shows

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The number of coronavirus deaths worldwide passed the 500,000 mark on Sunday, with more than a quarter of all deaths occurring in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The grim milestone came after India and Russia added thousands of new COVID-19 cases, and surges of new infections hit several U.S. states, pushing the global number of infections past 10 million.

The U.S. remained the No. 1 nation in both confirmed infections and deaths, with 2.5 million cases and more than 125,000 fatalities, according to the university’s tally.

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New York so far has recorded the highest death toll in the U.S., with over 31,000 deaths. The states with the most deaths behind New York were New Jersey (more than 14,000); Massachusetts (more than 8,000); Illinois (more than 6,800); and Pennsylvania (more than 6,600).

Multiple states — including Florida, Texas and Arizona — set new single-day records for infections Saturday, with Florida reporting 20 percent of all new cases reported in the U.S.

Brazil, where coronavirus infections were still on the rise, ranked No. 2 behind the U.S. in both confirmed cases and total deaths, with 1.3 million infections and over 57,000 deaths.

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS PASS 10M MARK, DATA SHOWS

Rounding out the top five nations in deaths were the United Kingdom (43,500); Italy (34,700); and France (29,700). Italy, the onetime epicenter of the European outbreak, on Saturday registered the lowest daily tally of COVID-19 deaths in nearly four months: eight.

India has reported over 16,000 deaths, with an additional 19,900 infections being reported Sunday, taking the total to over 528,800 confirmed cases. Officials said over 309,700 people have recovered there.

Russia on Sunday recorded over 6,700 new coronavirus cases, bringing its confirmed infections to nearly 634,000, the third-highest number in the world after the U.S. and Brazil. It has reported just over 9,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, China reported no new deaths Sunday, leaving its reported total at more than 4,600 among over 84,700 confirmed cases.

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Experts have warned these figures significantly undercounted the true toll of the pandemic, due to limited testing and missed mild cases. They also cast doubt on reporting methods from certain countries including China.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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L’Oreal to remove the word ‘whitening’ from its products

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Industry-leading French cosmetics company L’Oreal announced they will be removing words like “whitening” and “lightening” from their products after a number of beauty brands received backlash for their skin-lightening products amidst ongoing protests for racial equality.

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“The L’Oreal Group has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products,” the company said in a statement.

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French company and leader of world market of perfumery and cosmetics.  (istock)

The move signals a shift by beauty giants to stand up against racial stereotypes. L’Oreal’s skin brightening creams are amongst the most popular on the market and are targeted towards Asian, African and Caribbean buyers who face a cultural stigma where lighter skin is perceived as more desirable.

L’Oreal’s promise for change comes a day after consumer products leader Unilever announced they’d be changing the name of their “Fair & Lovely” cream that is popular in Asia for skin lightening

The product reportedly generated $500 million in revenue in India last year, according to Yahoo News, but the brand says they are working to acknowledge how their terminology and branding perpetuates racist stereotypes.

“We are fully committed to having a global portfolio of skincare brands that is inclusive and cares for all skin tones, celebrating greater diversity of beauty,” Sunny Jain, the head of Unilever’s Beauty & Personal Care said. “We recognize that the use of the words ‘fair’, ‘white’ and ‘light’ suggest a singular ideal of beauty that we don’t think is right, and we want to address this.”

Still, the company holds that the Fair & Lovely range “has never been, and is not, a skin bleaching product.”

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Johnson & Johnson has also pledged to discontinue some of their Neutrogena and Clean & Clear products, advertised as dark-spot reducers in Asia and the Middle East.

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Satellite imagery shows China building up military presence in Galwan Valley days after deadly clash with India

New satellite imagery from the disputed border area of the Himalayas between China and India shows evidence that China has been building up its military presence after a clash there that left 20 Indian troops dead earlier this month.

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Both countries’ military commanders agreed to disengage their forces in the Galwan Valley region in the territory of Ladakh after the June 15 attack. But recent images from June 22 show new Chinese bunkers, tents and storage units that weren’t previously there in earlier in the month, Reuters reported.

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This June 18, 2020, satellite photo released by Planet Labs, shows the reported site of a fatal clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan River Valley in the Ladakh region near the Line of Actual Control, BKalong their disputed border high in the Himalayas. (Planet Labs via AP)

The images from space technology company Maxar are dated on the same day that China and India reached a tentative agreement since the violent confrontation.

Indian Army officials in New Delhi said the satellite images have yet to be verified, according to reports by Tribune India.

Still, India claims that China’s structures are on their side of the Line of Actual Control — a demarcation that both countries have fought over for three decades.

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China has said it controls the entire territory in the Galwan Valley and that it was provoked by Indian troops, triggering the most recent clash.

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Lightning kills 23 in India amid heavy rainstorms

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Lightning killed 23 people and injured 10 others during thunderstorms and heavy rain in eastern India on Thursday, a government official said.

The dead included 13 people who were working on farms in Gopalganj district, 110 miles north of Patna, the Bihar state capital, said official Upendra Pal.

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The injured were receiving hospital treatment, he said.

Heavy rains before the onset of the monsoon season have hit the region.

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In July last year, lightning killed 39 people in Bihar state, also during monsoon rains, which last until September.

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India crater lake that’s up to 50,000 years old just mysteriously turned pink

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A crater lake in India that formed when a meteorite slammed into Earth mysteriously changed colors earlier this month, spurring an investigation by local officials.

Lonar Lake, located in India’s west-central state of Maharashtra, went from a green tint to pink over a few days.

The lake is located about 310 miles east of Mumbai and is believed to have formed between 35,000 to 50,000 years, according to NASA.

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Satellite photos from NASA show the lake on May 25 still sporting its green hue before a second image from June 10 shows the changeover.

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Lonar Lake’s color shift occurred over the span of a few days.

The crater in India was initially thought to have a volcanic origin due to being located in volcanic basalt but scientists in the 1970s found that maskelynite, a naturally-occurring glass, was present. Maskelynite only formed from “extremely high-velocity impacts” such as a meteorite strike.

“Formed 35,000 to 50,000 years ago, Lonar is the only ‘fresh’ impact structure in basalt on Earth, making it an important analog for impact craters on the surface of the Moon,” NASA notes.

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In this NASA photo from May 25, 2020, Lonar Lake can be seen with a green color at the surface. (NASA/Lansat)

In a video posted on state-run Maharashtra Tourism’s Twitter, local geologist Gajanan Kharat said the lake has changed colors before, but nothing like what has recently unfolded.

“Salinity in the lake has increased as water level has gone down drastically this year and it has become warmer too resulting in overgrowth of algae,” Kharat said.

“This algae turns reddish in warmer temperatures and hence the lake turned pink overnight,” Kharat explained.

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In the wake of the abrupt change, officials from the state forest department have collected water samples to determine the exact cause of the color change.

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In this NASA photo from June 10, 2020, Lonar Lake had fully turned pink. (NASA/Lansat)

The Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday that the Bombay high court also ordered that environmental experts submit a report in four weeks on findings from the lake’s glassy surface and water samples from a nearby dam.

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Some have speculated that India’s lockdown due to coronavirus that led to reduced pollution may have had an impact on the lake, but Madan Suryavashi, head of the geography department at Maharashtra’s Babasaheb Ambedkar University, told Agence France-Presse that’s probably not the case.

“There wasn’t much human activity due to lockdown which could also have accelerated the change,” he told the news agency.

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A similar spectacle is also present in Australia, where Lake Hillier gets its shade of pink from Halobacteriaceae, a pink-colored microorganism that thrives in water with high salinity.

But NASA notes that the pink waters in Australia are always that way and don’t change in a matter of days.

“One explanation for the rapid change in India’s Lonar Lake could be a rapid rise in salinity as evaporation during warm, dry weather in the area has caused water levels to drop,” NASA notes.

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China releases 10 Indian soldiers days after deadly border clash

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China has released 10 Indian soldiers after holding them for days following a deadly clash on their Himalayan border, according to Indian security officials.

While neither country publicly acknowledged that Indian soldiers had been captured, Indian security officials confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that soldiers had been returned, and that none of the troops were mistreated during their detainment.

A spokesman for the Indian army declined to confirm or deny the release of Indian soldiers by China. The army issued a brief statement Thursday night stating, “no Indian troops missing in action.” The quiet release of soldiers has been seen as a move to aid a de-escalation of tensions following a border clash that broke out on Monday between the two countries.

When asked if China had released any of the soldiers, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official merely said that China had no Indian people in custody.

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“It was untenable for China to continue to hold Indian soldiers hostage and also seek peace at the border simultaneously,” said N.C. Bipindra, a defense and strategic affairs analyst in New Delhi.

At least three rounds of talks have taken place between local military leaders since Monday night’s incident in which hundreds of troops from both sides engaged in a brutal melee using fists, rocks and clubs. India reported that some 20 troops had died with dozens more injured. China did not declare any casualties.

President Modi immediately blamed China for the incident, which broke out during a meeting on de-escalating tensions. A colonel in charge of the Indian troops was supposedly the first to be attacked and killed, according to Reuters.

“We never provoke anyone,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a Wednesday broadcast. “There should be no doubt that India wants peace, but if provoked, India will provide an appropriate response.”

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Modi then on Friday claimed that India’s borders were secure and the military was capable of defending them. He said that India would continue to rapidly develop its border infrastructure, and would not bow to external pressure, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian offered a different take, claiming Indian soldiers “crossed the line, acted illegally, provoked and attacked the Chinese, resulting in both sides engaging in serious physical conflict and injury and death.”

The overall situation there now is stable, Zhao says.

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Skirmishes along an informal border between the two countries have broken out more frequently in recent years. No fight has turned deadly since 1975. Soldiers injured in the most recent brawl are expected to return to duty in about two weeks.

Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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India, China launch blame game after cross-border brawl leaves 20 dead

India and China are now pointing fingers at each other after troops from the two superpowers brawled with rocks and fists in a disputed territory earlier this week, leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead.

The confrontation that erupted in the Ladakh region on Monday comes as thousands of soldiers on both sides have been facing off for more than a month along a remote stretch of the 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control, the border established following a war between India and China in 1962.

China currently claims about 35,000 miles of territory in northeast India, while India says China has occupied around 15,000 miles of its land in the Aksai Chin Plateau.

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An Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar-Ladakh highway in northeast India on Wednesday. (AP)

“We never provoke anyone,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted by Reuters as saying on national television Wednesday. “There should be no doubt that India wants peace, but if provoked, India will provide an appropriate response.”

Government sources told Reuters that the fighting broke out during a meeting on de-escalating tensions. A colonel in charge of the Indian troops, the sources add, was one of the first to be attacked and killed.

Meanwhile, in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian offered a different take, claiming Indian soldiers “crossed the line, acted illegally, provoked and attacked the Chinese, resulting in both sides engaging in serious physical conflict and injury and death.”

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Indians burn photographs of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a protest against the Chinese government in Jammu, India, on Wednesday. (AP)

Chinese officials said their troops experienced no loss of life, but Indian media, citing their country’s officials, has reported at least 45 deaths or injuries, according to Reuters.

The overall situation there now is stable, Zhao says.

The tensions in the region started escalating in early May, when Indian officials said Chinese soldiers crossed the boundary at three different points, erecting tents and guard posts and ignoring verbal warnings to leave. That triggered shouting matches, stone-throwing, and fistfights, much of it replayed on television news channels and social media.

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India unilaterally declared Ladakh a federal territory while separating it from disputed Kashmir in August 2019. China was among the handful of countries to strongly condemn the move, raising it at international forums including the U.N. Security Council.

The U.N. is urging both sides “to exercise maximum restraint.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty, Caitlin McCall, and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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