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The novelist was attacked Friday during a lecture in the US

Award-winning novelist Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator and unable to speak on Friday evening after being stabbed at a public event in New York state earlier that day, his agent Andrew Wylie has said.

The 75-year-old Indian-born British-American author has long been the recipient of death threats from Islamists for his work.

“The news is not good,” Wylie said in an email to the media. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

The author was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage while giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in the US state of New York. Rushdie was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter after the attack.

New York State Police Major Eugene Staniszewski identified the suspect as Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey, who was detained on the spot.

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The bloc suggested easing the US restrictions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to save the nuclear deal, Politico reports

The EU has proposed watering down the US sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a move to salvage the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, Politico reported on Friday, citing a draft of the agreement.

The text in question was submitted by the EU and negotiated in Vienna by all parties to the accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on Monday after 16 months of talks. For the agreement to take effect, it must be approved by the governments in Iran and the US, which unilaterally pulled out of the deal.

According to Politico, the text’s provisions mean that the US is set “to make greater concession than expected” to revive the deal, including easing the US sanctions on the IRGC, an influential branch of the Iranian Armed Forces.

The issue of lifting or diluting the sanctions on the Revolutionary ..

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The new moniker should not include any potentially offensive meanings, the organization explained

The World Health Organization has appealed for public help in renaming the monkeypox virus in a way that would not imply any derogatory or racist connotations.

“WHO is holding an open consultation for a new disease name for monkeypox,” the agency said in a statement on Friday, inviting people to submit their ideas through an online portal.

Meanwhile, the organization announced that global experts have agreed on new titles for monkeypox virus variants – called clades – to align them with “current best practices,” in particular by using Roman numerals instead of regions.

Virus variants should be named in such a way that avoids “causing offense to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional, or ethnic groups,” and reduces to a minimum the harm it may inflict upon humans and animals, the WHO explained.

The agency said it has renamed variants of the monkeypox virus and that..

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Using hosepipes has been banned and bottled water is in high demand amid the driest summer in decades

A drought was officially declared on Friday in eight out of 14 areas of England during what has been the driest summer in 50 years, the UK Environment Department said in a statement.

Parts of southwest, southern, central and eastern England, as well as North and South London, have had their status updated following a meeting of the National Drought Group, which includes Environment Agency experts, members of the government, water companies and key representative groups.

The formal declaration of a drought, which was last made in 2018, allows the Environment Agency and water companies to “step up their actions to manage the impacts and press ahead with implementing the stages of their pre-agreed drought plans.” These plans, among other steps, involve taking more water from rivers, imposing temporary restrictions such as on the use of hosepipes, transferring water between different a..

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The Falcon Strike 2022 joint exercises between the Thai and Chinese air forces are scheduled for Sunday

Chinese fighter jets, bombers, and airborne early warning aircraft will be dispatched to Thailand for joint exercises, China’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The Falcon Strike 2020 drills will be held on Sunday at the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in northern Thailand near the border with Laos, the ministry said in a statement.

They will include activities such as air support, strikes on ground targets, and small- and large-scale troop deployment, it added.

The goal of the exercise is “to enhance mutual trust and friendship between the air forces of the two countries, deepen practical cooperation and promote the continuous development of China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership,” the ministry said.

The wargames will take place amid a spike in tensions in the Indo-Pacific region following the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan in early A..

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A congresswoman has accused the government of “political persecution” of Biden’s rival

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has submitted a resolution calling for the impeachment of US Attorney General Merrick Garland for ordering the search of former President Donald Trump’s home.

Greene, a Republican representative from Georgia, accused Garland of abusing the power of his office to “politically persecute [President] Joe Biden’s enemies.”

“The whole purpose of this is to prevent President Trump from ever being able to hold office,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday.

In the articles of impeachment submitted to Congress, Greene argued that Garland has “lost the trust of the citizens of the United States to faithfully execute the law of the United States without a partisan bias.”

Greene wrote that by ordering the search and then asking the court to unseal the search warrant, Garland was attempting “to intimidate, harass, and potentially disqualify” Trum..

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Branding Russia a state sponsor of terrorism by the US could lead to a severing of ties, a Foreign Ministry official says

If the US designates Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, it would be “a point of no return” in relations between the two countries, and Washington is aware of that, a Russian Foreign Ministry official has said.

In an interview with TASS published on Saturday, the head of the ministry’s North American Department, Aleksandr Darichev, was asked about the possibility of downgrading relations with the US over its support for Ukraine in the conflict with Russia and the unprecedented sanctions imposed on Moscow.

“I wouldn’t want to philosophize about what’s possible and what’s not in the current turbulent situation when the US-led West has trampled upon international law and absolute taboos in diplomatic practice,” he said.

The diplomat commented on the idea of labeling Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, which has been promoted recently by US lawmakers.

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Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is among those sounding the alarm over the Loire – and getting called out over it

The Loire – France’s longest river with a length of over 1,000km – has allegedly dried up to the point that people can walk across it without even getting wet. This was the alarming message spread this week by politicians and media outlets, as they shared pictures online of a river bed that looks more like a desert, in the western French department of Loire-Atlantique.

“The Loire, France’s longest river, has virtually dried up,” journalist Ian Fraser wrote. “You can now walk across it,” Melanie Vogel, a French senator and co-chair of the European Green Party, said.

French daily Ouest-France offered “impressive shots which show the seriousness of the situation,” publishing photos of the supposedly dried up river bed.

La Loire, this well-known French river with all the famous castles on its shores.
You can now walk across it.#drought22 #ClimateEmergency..

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The measure will now head to the White House to be signed into law after months of negotiations

The United States Congress has passed a sweeping bill meant to tackle inflation, healthcare and climate change, with Democrats unifying to send the measure to the president’s desk despite attracting no support from Republicans.

The House passed the Inflation Reduction Act in a 220-207 party-line vote on Friday, with zero GOP lawmakers approving the law and all Democrats joining forces to vote ‘yes.’ President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law sometime in the coming days.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi later celebrated the move during an interview, saying the successful vote was “not anything that anybody, three months ago, would have said is a possibility.” In separate comments on the House floor, she also boasted that the bill “expands the promise of health and financial security for generations to come.”

The act faced a similarly close contest in the Senate last week, passin..

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The warning comes after Moscow said Ukrainian strikes near a Russian-held nuclear plant were risking all-out disaster

Russia’s former president, Dmitry Medvedev, has warned of possible “accidents” at European nuclear sites, also accusing the Ukrainian government of risking a “new Chernobyl” as its forces continue to launch attacks near a major power plant.

Medvedev took to Telegram on Friday to sound alarms about the Zaporozhye nuclear plant – which was captured by Russian troops in late February and continues to be operated by local personnel – claiming that Ukrainian bombs were gradually inching closer to the facility.

“Kiev scumbags and their Western patrons seem ready to arrange a new Chernobyl. Rockets and shells are getting closer to the reactor of the Zaporozhye NPP and to the storage of radioactive isotopes,” he said.

The ex-president, who now serves in a senior position on Russia’s Security Council, went on to dismiss Ukrainian charges that Moscow itself is behind strikes..

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