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Qatari official visiting Gaza to discuss de-escalation

GAZA CITY (Palestine), Aug 23 -- A Qatari official on Friday arrived in Gaza for talks regarding de-escalation between Palestinian factions and Israel and to follow up Doha-funded projects, Anadolu Agency reported.

Russia sends world's first floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov to Arctic Port

The world's first industrial floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov was sent on Friday from the Russian northwestern city of Murmansk to the country's Arctic region of Chukotka, where it will be operating as part of the floating thermal nuclear power plant (NPP), Sputnik news agency reported.

World's oldest captive giant panda turns 37

CHONGQING, Aug 23 -- A zoo in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality on Friday threw a birthday party for its celebrity "granny panda" who turned 37, equivalent to more than 100 human years, reported Xinhua news agency.

Four die in stampede in east India

NEW DELHI, Aug 23 -- At least four people died and several others were injured at a temple stampede in India's eastern state of West Bengal, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting media reports on Friday.

French tourist "missing" in Australian outback spend days writing children's book

CANBERRA, Aug 23 -- A French tourist has been found alive after going missing in Australia's Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory for about five days, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting the police.

Amazon forest fires rage at record rate amid global concern

Record-breaking forest fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest are dealing a heavy blow to Brazil and have evolved into a crisis arousing international attention, Xinhua news agency reported.

Former Algerian Justice Minister under custody for corruption charges

Algeria's supreme court on Thursday ordered to place under custody the former justice minister Tayeb Louh over charges of fraud and abuse of power, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting official news agency APS.