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July 17, 2020 | Via Sky News

India Coronavirus Cases Surge Past One Million to Third Highest in World

India now has more than one million coronavirus cases – the third highest infection rate in the world behind the United States and Brazil. It comes after India lifted its lockdown of 1.3bn residents last month. The country has reported 25,602 virus deaths, according to its health ministry, which is the eighth highest death toll in the world.

July 17, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Russian State-Sponsored Hackers Target Covid-19 Vaccine Researchers

Russian state-sponsored hackers are targeting UK, US and Canadian organizations involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine, according to British security officials. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said drug companies and research groups were being targeted by a group known as APT29, which was “almost certainly” part of the Kremlin’s intelligence services. They stressed that none of the vaccine research had been compromised as a result.

July 17, 2020 | Via CNN

Siberian Heatwave Made 600 Times more likely by Climate Change, Experts Find

The prolonged heatwave in Siberia from January to June, which pushed overall temperatures 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than normal, would have been “almost impossible” if not for human-caused climate change, a new study has found. Temperatures in Siberia have been above average since the beginning of the year, with the Russian town of Verkhoyansk recording a temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in June — a record temperature for the Arctic.

July 17, 2020 | Via NBC News

Yemeni Tanker Spill would be Four Times worse than Exxon Valdez, U.N. warns

Up to 1.1 million barrels of oil could spill into the Red Sea causing a disaster four times worse than the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, the United Nations Security Council heard on Wednesday. The Yemeni-government owned tanker, FSO Safer, started taking on water in May. If its oil does spill it could cause irreversible damage to the Red Sea’s rich biodiversity, including coral reefs and mangroves.

July 17, 2020 | Via Reuters

Flash Floods Kill at least 30 in Indonesia

Flash floods and landslides killed at least 30 people on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and left hundreds displaced, authorities said on Thursday. Fifteen people remain missing, Indonesia search rescue agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said in a statement. The flash floods struck the North Luwu district of South Sulawesi province after heavy rain on Monday caused three nearby rivers to burst. More than 4,000 residents were affected.

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