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Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks

Recent attacks in Germany involving asylum-seekers would not change its willingness to take in refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. She said the attackers "wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need.

We firmly reject this". But she did propose new measures to improve security. These include information sharing, deciphering web chatter and tackling arms sales on the internet.

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to run for the White House on behalf of a major U.S. political party.

The 68-year-old former secretary of state, who enjoys near universal name recognition after almost four-decade public life, exceeded the 2,382-delegate threshold needed to clinch the nomination amid huge applause in the hall.

The tally included the overwhelming support by unpledged delegates or superdelegates for her. Superdelegates are party leaders who are free to vote at the party's convention.

However, her historic victory was overshadowed by the fallout of damaging leakage of internal emails revealing backroom bias against Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders during bitter primaries. The revelation sparked protests by thousands of Sanders supporters as the four-day convention kicked off here on Monday.

Brazil expects 200 mln USD windfall from Olympic tourism

The Central Bank of Brazil expects that the delegations and tourists in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games will leave behind revenue worth around 200 million US dollars. This prediction was made based on the statistics from the last three Olympics .

Additionally, the bank said that while the Olympics would lead to a "small" impact on tourism at first, they would contribute to more tourists coming to the country in the future, especially Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian government has expected around 500,000 foreign visitors to come to Rio de Janeiro to experience the Olympic atmosphere.

The Central Bank added that foreign tourists spent 3.15 billion dollars in Brazil in the first half of 2016.same period of last year.

The Nepali pariament endorses Prez order to remove difficulties

The Nepal Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday endorsed the Presidential order to remove constitutional difficulties to elect a new Prime Minister as per the Constitution’s Article 305.
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Speaker Onsari Gharti had presented the order at the House this afternoon. The order was endorsed with majority after holding a brief deliberation.

After Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigned on Sunday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari called the parties in Parliament on Monday to elect new Prime Minister based on political consensus within seven days.

If the parties failed to choose a consensus candidate, the Head of the State would ask them to elect the Prime Minister with majority

Earlier on Sunday before Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tendered his resignation, the Cabinet had recommended the Head of the State to invoke the Article 305 to let the House elect the Prime Minister as per the Article 298 again.

19 dead in knife attack in Japan

A knife-wielding man has gone on a rampage at a facility for people with disabilities in Sagamihara City, west of Tokyo. Police say 19 people are confirmed dead and 25 others injured.

Police arrested 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu

The man reportedly said that he used to work at Tsukui Yamayuri-en but is now unemployed. He is said to live near the facility.

Investigative sources quote the man as saying that he wished disabled people would disappear.

Officials quote the operator of the facility as saying it's believed the suspect broke a window in the east residential building to get inside. Police say they found a hammer near the window.

The facility housed 149 people with disabilities as of the end of last month.

Syrian migrant dies in German blast.

A failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 12 other people after setting off a bomb near an open-air music festival in the German city of Ansbach. Bavaria's interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after being refused entry to the festival in the southern city.

About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion. It is the third attack in the state of Bavaria in a week. A shooting rampage in Munich on Friday left nine dead while an axe-wielding teenager was shot dead after injuring four people on a train a week ago in Wuerzburg.

Republican Donald Trump says US may abandon automatic Nato protection.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has said that if he is elected president he may abandon a guarantee of protection to fellow Nato countries.
Speaking to the New York Times, Mr Trump said the US would only come to the aid of allies if they have "fulfilled their obligations to them.

An Indian military plane has gone missing

An Indian military plane with more than 20 people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal.
The Antonov-32 transporter aircraft took off from Chennai this morning bound for Port Blair in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar.

Four aircraft and twelve ships have been deployed to search for the missing plane.

Accroding to the Indian navy surveillance planes and ships were looking for the missing aircraft, which was carrying service personnel to strategic islands near the Malacca Straits, where India has a military base.

French Prime Minister tells the nation to expect more deadly attacks.

National Assembly of France has voted to extend the state of emergency for six months. The move follows last week's attack in Nice in which 84 people were killed and scores injured when a lorry was driven into crowds. The state of emergency was brought in after terror attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

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The Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland.

The four-day Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland.Donald Trump will be made presidential nominee, Mike Pence his running mate. Meanwhile, Melania Trump is scheduled to campaign for her husband  on day one of  the   Convention.

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