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Israel pounds Gaza after rocket fire

Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip yesterday after the first rocket fire from the Palestinian territory in weeks hit an Israeli city, in a blow to efforts to avert a new war.

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US sanctions paramilitary force in Iran

The US Treasury Department has slapped sanctions on an Iranian paramilitary group along with a network of businesses that were providing it financing, as part of Washington's campaign of maximum economic pressure against Tehran.

Canada legalises recreational pot

Canada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis yesterday. The day was historic for the country as adult Canadians will be able to legally smoke recreational marijuana after nearly a century-long ban.

Palestinians to lead key UN bloc

The Palestinians won backing Tuesday to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant the observer-state temporary rights to act as chair of the Group of 77 plus China, a bloc that has grown to 134 countries at the United Nations.

India reports 80 Zika cases in Rajasthan

India has reported an outbreak of the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito, with 80 confirmed cases since last month including 22 pregnant women in the western state of Rajasthan, officials said yesterday. In rare cases, if pregnant women contract the virus their babies can develop brain defects.

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