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Mexican mayor-elect found alive after kidnapping

MEXICO CITY, July 14 (Bernama) -- The mayor-elect of Mier City in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Roberto Gonzalez Hinojosa, was found alive Friday after being kidnapped the day before by an armed group, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting state authorities.


Death toll of sw Pakistan's suicide blast rises to 128

ISLAMABAD, July 14 (Bernama) -- Death toll of a suicide blast hitting a campaign rally in Mastung area of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Friday has mounted to 128 on Saturday morning, Xinhua news agency reported officials as saying.


Stolen 1,500-year-old statue head returns to China

TAIYUAN, July 14 (Bernama) -- A 1,500-year-old statue head that was stolen from the Yungang Grottoes in north China's Shanxi Province has been returned to China, Xinhua news agency reported.


UN elects Iceland to replace US on Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS, July 14 (Bernama) -- Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the Geneva-based body last month, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.


South Korea to raise minimum wage for 2019 by 10.9 pct

SEJONG, July 14 (Bernama) -- South Korea's minimum wage for next year has been set at 8,350 won (US$ 7.37) per hour, up 10.9 per cent from this year, officials decided on Saturday.


World's largest annual music festival kicks off at Royal Albert Hall

LONDON, July 14 (Bernama) -- The world's largest music festival started its annual season on Friday evening at London's Royal Albert Hall (RAH), heralding a series of daily concerts of classical, jazz, choral and live music that runs until September, Xinhua news agency reported.


6.2 quake strikes Vanuatu Islands

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 (Bernama) -- A strong earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale was reported at Vanuatu Island at 5.46 pm today.