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People walk on a dried-up bed of a reservoir, amid hot temperatures, while many regions from southwest to east of the country along the Yangtze river have been experiencing weeks of record-breaking heatwave in Changxing, Zhejiang province, China. (REUTERS)

Worst heatwave since 1961 poses a ‘serious threat’ to autumn grain production: China

China's ongoing heatwave, the country's longest, most intense and covering the widest landmass since 1961, has posed a “serious threat” to the autumn grain production and the situation is severe, a joint statement from multiple Chinese ministries and departments said on Tuesday. China's National Meteorological Center has continued to issue red alerts for high temperatures, the most severe warning in China's four-tier colour-coded weather warning system, on Tuesday, the 12th consecutive day.

King Charles On British Stamps: Britain's Royal Mail unveiled the first postage stamps to feature the image of King Charles III.

New British stamp with image of King Charles unveiled. See here

New 'everyday' stamps featuring King Charles's image were revealed for the first time making them the latest things in Britain to get a makeover following the death of Queen Elizabeth. In tandem with a tradition dating back to the first Penny Black in 1840, the new stamp uses an adapted version of a portrait of Charles which is also appearing on new coinage, Reuters reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China refused to talk after US shot down ‘spy’ balloon: Report

China rebuffed the Pentagon when it tried to arrange a phone call between Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and China's defense minister after the US shot down an alleged Chinese spy balloon, a Defense Department spokesman said. The department asked for the call between Austin and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe right after the balloon was shot down on Feb 4.

Scientists at the Paracas National Reserve inspecting a dead sea lion while deploying a monitoring and surveillance protocol for cases of birds and sea lions affected by avian influenza in the Ica region, Peru.

Nearly 600 sea lions die due to bird flu outbreak in Peru

Peru said Tuesday that 585 sea lions and 55,000 wild birds have died of the H5N1 bird flu virus in recent weeks, the latest report on the disease's impacts. Peru's National Forest and Wildlife Service urged people and their pets to avoid contact with sea lions and sea birds on the beach. In December, Peruvian authorities culled 37,000 birds on a chicken farm over bird flu, following previous outbreaks that affected wildlife.

A police robot vehicle patrols near the crowd that has returned to a mall following the easing of pandemic restrictions in Beijing, Sunday.

No new variants emerged in weeks after China ended zero-Covid policy: Study

No new variants of Covid-19 emerged in Beijing in the weeks after China ended its zero-Covid policy late last year, a new study said on Wednesday. The new study by Chinese researchers, which analysed 413 samples from Beijing sequenced between November 14 and December 20, said "there is no evidence that novel variants emerged" during that time.

A Ukrainian serviceman of the artillery unit of the 80th Air Assault Brigade adjusts through the scope near Bakhmut on February 7, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine claims to kill over 1000 Russian troops in deadliest ever attack, Germany and allies to provide tanks

Ukraine said on Tuesday the last 24 hours were the deadliest of the war so far for Russian forces as Moscow pressed on with an intensifying winter assault in the east, bringing tens of thousands of freshly mobilised troops to the battlefield. German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius announced the supply of about 80 Leopard 1s this year and about 100 in 2024, more than previously announced. The Kremlin says Western supplies of arms only widen and extend the conflict.

A view shows debris following an earthquake in Adana, Turkey, February 7, 2023.

Wreckage, rescue and hope in Turkey's earthquake epicenter

Zeliha Hisir tried to speak, but could barely move after her hourslong rescue Tuesday near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that has devastated parts of Turkey and Syria. Dressed only in shorts and a T-shirt, she had survived through freezing temperatures in Kahramanmaras. Her son, Mufit Hisir, told The Associated Press that firefighters who flew in from Antalya had rescued his relatives. Many felt abandoned.

A Russian flag.

Russia accuses US embassy of 'fake news' over Ukraine, threatens expulsions

Russia has demanded that the US embassy in Moscow stop spreading what Moscow regards as fake news regarding its military operation in Ukraine and has threatened to expel US diplomats, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday. Feb. 24 will mark the first anniversary of President Vladimir Putin's decision to send tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in what he calls a "special military operation". Bilateral relations are near all-time lows.

In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations, military officials and others attend funeral prayer of Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf, in Karachi, Pakistan.

Pervez Musharraf buried in Karachi; PM, prez, army chief did not attend funeral

Pakistani former President Pervez Musharraf, a key U.S. ally in the campaign against al Qaeda following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, was buried in hPervez Musharraf, a dictator with democratic pretence'shometown of Karachi on Tuesday. READ: Beyond the news: Pervez Musharraf, a dictator with democratic pretence The funeral was held at Malir Cantonment's Polo Ground, a day after a special plane transported his body to his hometown.

People stand on rubble as the search for survivors continues following an earthquake in Hatay Province in Turkey.

Turkey, Syria earthquakes toll crosses 7,800; cold, damaged roads hit rescue ops

The death in the earthquakes which ravaged Turkey and Syria has killed more than 5,400. Out of these, 3,700 people have lost their lives in Turkey alone where a three-month-long emergency has been declared by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey, Syria earthquakes LIVE coverage According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, at least 20,426 people were injured while 5,775 buildings had been destroyed due to the earthquake, Reuters reported.

People walk amid rubble following an earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, February 7, 2023. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (REUTERS)

Why earthquakes happen, and how to measure them

Turkey is known to be prone to earthquakes, lying as it does at the junction of three tectonic plates ? Eurasian, Arabian and African. Yet Monday's two large earthquakes, interspersed with a number of smaller shocks, stand out because of their location. Why earthquakes happen A major cause of earthquakes is a slip along a fault (a junction between two tectonic plates); such earthquakes are called inter-plate earthquakes.

Turkey-Syria Earthquake LIVE updates: People and emergency teams search for people in the rubble in a destroyed building in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Turkey earthquake: Anguish and scuffles as rescuers struggle to reach victims

A day after a devastating earthquake tore through Turkey and northern Syria, rescue workers were still thin on the ground in Antakya, forcing residents to pick through rubble sometimes without even basic tools in a desperate hunt for survivors. Read: Turkey, Syria earthquake: Nerve-chilling videos show magnitude of destruction The lack of help has already prompted scuffles between residents and rescue workers in Antakya, with people pleading with rescuers to save their loved ones.

Rescue personnel search for victims and survivors through the rubble of buildings in Diyarbakir, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's southeast.

Turkey earthquake: Rescuers save toddler trapped under rubble for about 33 hours

A 14-month-old baby, who was trapped under the rubble in quake-hit Turkey's Hatay province for more than 30 hours, was rescued alive. While rescue teams are scrambling to find survivors trapped under debris after a series of massive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, some heart-wrenching videos of children and their parents have emerged on social media claiming to be from the disaster-struck countries.

A man walks amid the rubble, days after a suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar,

Peshawar mosque attack: Conspiracy hatched in Afghanistan, says probe official

The plot to target a highly secure mosque here in the capital of Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was hatched in Afghanistan and funded by an intelligence agency, the country's law enforcement officials probing the suicide attack said on Tuesday. Security agencies have arrested 17 suspects involved in the devastating blast – the deadliest attack on the security personnel in decades in Pakistan. Caretaker Chief Minister Azam Khan was also present on the occasion.

The remnants of a large balloon drift above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of South Carolina, with a fighter jet and its contrail seen below it, on Saturday. (AP)

China says will ‘safeguard interests’ over balloon shootdown

Beijing: China will ?resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests? over the shooting down of a Chinese balloon, suspected to have been spying on sensitive US installations, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday as the already tenuous bilateral ties become further tense. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Mao Ning was responding to remarks by US Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, who declared that the US does not intend to return the balloon's debris.

Civilians look for survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kahramanmaras, close to the quake's epicentre, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey's southeast.

Turkey declares 3-month emergency in 10 provinces hit by earthquakes that killed over 3,500

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday declared a three-month-long emergency across ten provinces ravaged by the earthquake which has killed more than 3,500 people alone in the country. Turkey, Syria earthquake LIVE updates ?We are declaring ten cities impacted by the earthquake disaster zone?, the Turkish president said, adding that the death toll had risen to 3,549.

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