Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan ceasefire holding after day of intense fighting

Heaviest clashes in years between the two countries over disputed border leave 40 dead and 175 injured

A ceasefire on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan appeared to be holding on Friday after a day of intense fighting between the two former Soviet Central Asian neighbours that has killed about 40 people and wounded about 175.

More than 7,000 Kyrgyz people have been evacuated from the area engulfed by the fighting as troops from the two countries exchanged gunfire around a water supply facility near the village of Kok-Tash, in western Kyrgyzstan on the border with Tajikistan.

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China begins construction of laboratory in space – video

China has sent into space the core module of its space station at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan, kicking off a series of key launch missions with one of the goals to create a national space laboratory.

This will enable scientists from around the world to conduct multi-domain space science and technical experiments. The space station should be completed by the end of next year

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[Anti-Japanese education in south korea] The current korean junior high school history textbook that surprises even those in their 30s in South Korea. I interviewed a junior high school student!

India Covid crisis: first US relief supplies arrive as cases hit new record

Confirmed cases rose to more than 386,000 in one day while 3,498 people died in the past 24 hours

The first US emergency aid to India has arrived as the country battles a devastating surge in Covid-19 cases which has overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums.

A Super Galaxy military transporter carrying more than 400 oxygen cylinders and other hospital equipment and nearly 1m rapid coronavirus tests landed at Delhi’s international airport on Friday.

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Sumo wrestler dies one month after suffering head injury in Japan

Hibikiryu, 28, landed awkwardly during a bout in March and was later treated for a spinal injury

A Japanese sumo wrestler has died a month after suffering a head injury during a bout, as the ancient sport’s authorities come under renewed pressure to provide more urgent care to injured athletes.

Hibikiryu, a 28-year-old rikishi in one of the lower divisions, died from acute respiratory failure, the Japan Sumo Association said, despite earlier showing signs that he was recovering from his injuries.

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Moehanga Day: New Zealand’s Māori mark the day they ‘discovered’ Britain

The anniversary marks the 1806 visit of Moehanga, from the Ngāpuhi tribe, to Britain

New Zealanders have quietly acknowledged an anniversary this week: Moehanga Day, or the day Māori “discovered” Britain.

In a tongue-in-cheek nod to their former colonial power, some Kiwis have began an annual remembrance of the first trip by a Māori to London.

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