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China reopens borders to foreign tourists for first time since pandemic

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China’s visa authorities abroad will resume issuance of all categories of visas to foreigners starting tomorrow (15), according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

The decision is made to further facilitate cross-border travel, the statement said.

This is the first time China will issue visas to foreign tourists since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out 03 years ago.

Valid visas issued before China closed to the world on 28 March 2020 will be honoured starting on 15 March.

Visa-free entry will resume in Hainan Island and Shanghai for cruise ships.

Tour groups from Hong Kong and Macau will be allowed visa-free-entry while Chinese consular offices abroad will also resume processing visa applications.

Chinese citizens will also be allowed to travel on tour groups to 60 countries, up from 20 previously.

(BBC News)

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Two Indians recruited by Russia killed in Ukraine

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Two Indians recruited by the Russian Army lost their lives in the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement today (12 June).

Concerns have been raised with Moscow on the matter and the ministry had asked the authorities to immediately stop the recruitment of Indians to the Russian army.

It further said that the country had demanded for an early release and return of all Indian nationals recruited to the Russian military.

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Chatuchak Market fire kills hundreds of caged animals

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Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday (11 June) after a fire struck Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Thailand’s capital. The fire was reported early in the morning and quickly swept across more than 100 shops in the market’s pet section.

Thai media reports suggested that the fire killed several hundred animals, including puppies, fish, snakes, birds and rabbits, kept in cages and locked inside the shops, as it took about an hour to get the fire under control. There are no reports of human casualties.

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Malawi’s VP confirmed dead in plane crash (Update)

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The wreck of a plane carrying Malawi’s vice-president has been found with no survivors, President Lazarus Chakwera has said.

Saulos Chilima and nine others were flying within the country on Monday morning when their aircraft disappeared from airport radars.

The plane, a military aircraft, was flying in bad weather. 

Soldiers had been searching Chikangawa Forest overnight and into the morning in an effort to find the plane.

In a news briefing on Tuesday, President Chakwera said the Malawi Defence Force commander informed him that the search and rescue operation had been completed and the plane was found.

Mr Chakwera said he was “deeply saddened and sorry” to inform Malawians of the terrible tragedy.

He said the rescue team found the aircraft completely destroyed.

(BBC News)


(Previous News- 11th June, 2024 at 8:41am)

Plane with Malawi Vice-President goes missing

Plane with Malawi Vice-President goes missing

An aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima and nine others has gone missing.

Foreign media reports that the Malawi Defence Force aircraft “went off the radar” after it left the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday morning. It was supposed to land at Mzuzu International Airport.

President Lazarus Chakwera said a search and rescue operation was continuing, in a speech late on Monday.

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