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At least 10,000 dead in Gaza

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Israeli bombardment across Gaza continues as the death toll in the besieged Palestinian territory reaches at least 10,022 since October 07, Aljazeera report.

At least 152 people have been killed in the occupied West Bank and more than 1,400 in Israel during the same period.

The Palestinian representative at the UN, Riyad Mansour, has demanded accountability for “crimes” committed by Israel and blamed the US for blocking the UN ceasefire deal.

The Red Crescent has appealed for urgent help, saying fuel at Gaza’s Al-Quds Hospital could run out in 48 hours and Al-Awda Hospital has warned of a similar breakdown by Wednesday night.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told reporters Gaza is “becoming a graveyard for children” as he renewed demands to reach the elusive ceasefire.

Human Rights Watch has called for a weapons embargo on Israel and Palestinian armed groups.

(Aljazeera)

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Biden test positive for COVID-19, White House says

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Joe Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is suffering mild symptoms, the White House has said.

Karine Jean-Pierre, his press secretary, said the president is vaccinated and boosted. He has had Covid twice before.

Mr Biden, 81, was seen earlier on Wednesday visiting supporters in Las Vegas and speaking at an event. He has cancelled a campaign speech in the city tonight.

The illness comes as he faces increasing pressure to step aside because of his age following a poor debate performance at the end of June.

(BBC)
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Cyanide found in blood of all 6 that died in luxury hotel suite in Bangkok

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Cyanide has been found in the blood of all six people who died in a luxury hotel suite in Bangkok, say doctors after examining their bodies.
Based on the initial post-mortem examination, they say there is “no other cause” that would explain their deaths “except for cyanide”.

But further tests are being carried out to determine the “intensity” of the deadly chemical and to rule out any other toxins.

Forensic investigators had earlier found traces of cyanide on the teacups used by the victims, all of whom are of Vietnamese origin including two with dual US citizenship. Police suspect that one of the dead was behind the poisoning and was driven by crushing debt – but have not said who.

The victims’ lips and nails had turned dark purple indicating a lack of oxygen, while their internal organs turned “blood red”, which is another sign of cyanide poisoning, said Professor Kornkiat Vongpaisarnsin of the Department of Forensic Medicine at Chulalongkorn University.

Doctor Chanchai Sittipunt, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine, said they still needed to find out how much cyanide was in the blood of the deceased.

“But from what we have detected – from observation, from internal organ check, from finding cyanide in the blood during the screening test – there is no other cause that would be the factor that would cause their deaths, except for cyanide,” he told reporters.

The deceased were found by housekeepers at the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel in the Thai capital late on Tuesday.

Investigators believe they had been dead for between 12 and 24 hours by then.

The mystery around the shocking discovery made international headlines.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin ordered an urgent investigation into the case, stressing that the deaths were the result of a “private matter”, and there was no suggestion of public danger.

Police have since begun to piece together what might have happened.

Two of the six victims had loaned “tens of millions of Thai baht” to another of the deceased for investment purposes, authorities said. Ten million baht is worth nearly $280,000 (£215,000).

(BBC News)

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Nat Thaipun wins MasterChef Australia 2024 (Video)

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Victorian barista Nat Thaipun clinched the title of MasterChef Australia 2024, winning $250,000 and a residency at Crown Melbourne’s ALUMNI restaurant.

In a gripping finale, Thaipun triumphed over Tasmanian butcher Josh “Pezza” Perry, scoring 71 points to Pezza’s 68.

The competition featured a high-stakes ingredient challenge, where Nat’s innovative scotch egg with Northern Thai flavors wowed the judges. 

In the pressure test, Nat maintained her lead, despite some textural flaws, while Pezza delivered a commendable dish missing a key element.

Third-place finalist Savindri Perera, a Sri Lankan-born contestant, showcased her heritage with a unique take on chicken curry, inspired by her mother’s recipes. 

She shared her emotional journey, including struggles with body dysmorphia, in hopes of encouraging others.

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