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Pope Francis on Wednesday called the bombing of a crowded shopping centre in the city of Kremenchuk the latest in string of “barbarous attacks” against Ukraine.

Ukraine said at least 18 people were killed and about 60 injured on Monday by a Russian missile strike. Russia’s defence ministry said it had hit a legitimate military target in the city, and that the shopping centre was not in use.

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Palestinian militant group Hamas has released a video appearing to show an Israeli citizen being held captive in the Gaza Strip.

The clip appears to show Hisham al-Sayed lying in a bed looking dazed and wearing an oxygen mask — the first sighting of him since 2015.

Hamas alleges that Mr al-Sayed is an Israeli soldier, but both the Israeli government and his family say he is a civilian with mental health problems.

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A poisonous gas leak in Jordan’s southern port city of Aqaba on Monday killed at least 13 people and injured some 250, authorities said.

Video carried by state-run media outlets showed a crane hoisting a large tanker from a truck and then dropping it on the deck of a ship, causing an explosion of yellow smoke and sending dock workers racing away.

There were no reports of injuries or contamination in Eilat.

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The UK’s Prince Charles accepted bags of cash worth $3.2 million from then-Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani from 2011 to 2015, the Sunday Times of London reports.

Charles’s office claims the money was transferred to a charity run by the prince but he has long been accused of using his charities’ bank account for his own personal finances.

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Speaking at the camp near a small hill town 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of Albania’s capital, Tirana, Pence harshly denounced Tehran for brutality, poverty and corruption.

Pence said the election of President Ebrahim Raisi, whom he called “a brutal mass murderer responsible for the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners,” was “intended to quash internal dissent and intimidate the people of Iran into remaining silent.”

Pence urged the Biden administration “to immediately withdraw from all nuclear negotiations with Tehran, voice support for the organized opposition in Iran, and make it clear that America and our allies will never permit the regime in Tehran to obtain a nuclear weapon.”

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Najib Mikati, chosen Thursday to remain as Lebanese prime minister, faces the difficult task of forming a new government and slowing the country’s collapse until the election of a new president in October, analysts said.

Lebanon has been holding talks with the IMF, but only in April reached a staff-level agreement on an economic reform plan that could unlock around $3 billion of funding over several years. However, the program is contingent on Lebanon undertaking several critical reforms and on IMF management and executive board approval.

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A several media outlets warned that eating two portions of fish a week increases the risk of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

The coverage was based on a recent study, analysing data from 500,000 subjects that were followed over an average of 15 years. The study reports a positive association between higher intakes of fish, tuna and non-fried fish and risk of malignant melanoma.

Although ‘’food frequency’’ questionnaires are a validated way of assessing diets, the estimates of fish intake may be inaccurate as they rely on people’s ability to calculate their own food intake.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at Al Husseiniya Palace in Amman, during which the Jordanian King stressed the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia, led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, in supporting the region’s causes.

During the visit, the two leaders will discuss a number of regional and international issues and the strengthening of relations in various fields.

King Abdullah also bestowed upon the Saudi Crown Prince the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali, which is the highest order of Jordan, embodying the close ties between the two countries.

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Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday said Lebanon was ready to expel Syrian refugees living in the country if the international community does not work to repatriate them.

Lebanon, grappling with its worst-ever economic crisis, has the world’s highest proportion of refugees in its population, with the government estimating that Syrians account for almost a quarter of its more than six million residents.

Mikati’s statement follows similar remarks made in May by social affairs minister Hector Hajjar, who said that Lebanon could no longer afford to host such a large refugee population.

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