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Saudi Arabia bars foreigners from hajj due to COVID, allows only 60,000 pilgrims from kingdom
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Saudi Arabia bars foreigners from hajj due to COVID, allows only 60,000 pilgrims from kingdom

Saudi Arabia said this year's hajj, which will begin in mid-July, will also be limited to those ages 18 to 65, and vaccination is compulsory

Pulitzer Prize 2021: Megha Rajagopalan wins for reportage on China's detention camps for Muslims
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Pulitzer Prize 2021: Megha Rajagopalan wins for reportage on China's detention camps for Muslims

Megha Rajagopalan partnered with two contributors, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek, for the report. The 2021 Pulitzer Prize win is the first for BuzzFeed.

Lajpat Nagar fire: Blaze in showrooms in Delhi market under control; no casualties reported, says official
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Lajpat Nagar fire: Blaze in showrooms in Delhi market under control; no casualties reported, says official

Lajpat Nagar fire: Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg said that a call about the blaze was received around 10.20 am, following which 16 fire tenders were rushed to the spot

Overburdened ASHA workers, lack of access to contraceptives: How COVID-19 impacted family planning services across India
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Overburdened ASHA workers, lack of access to contraceptives: How COVID-19 impacted family planning services across India

COVID-19 impact on family planning: In the wake of the pandemic, ASHA workers had to shoulder additional responsibilities, which prevented them from creating awareness about family planning and distributing contraceptive pills and condoms

England vs New Zealand: Matt Henry, Neil Wagner run through English batting order as Black Caps sniff victory on Day 3
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England vs New Zealand: Matt Henry, Neil Wagner run through English batting order as Black Caps sniff victory on Day 3

England, on a good batting pitch, were 122-9 in their second innings at stumps on the third day — just 37 runs ahead of New Zealand with one wicket standing and two days left to play.

Copa America 2021: Dozen Venezuela players and coaching staff members test positive for COVID-19 on eve of opening game against Brazil
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Copa America 2021: Dozen Venezuela players and coaching staff members test positive for COVID-19 on eve of opening game against Brazil

The health secretariat of the Federal District, which includes Brasilia, said in a statement that all of the infected people were isolated in a hotel. None of the Venezuelans were named.

G-7 leaders unveil plan to rival BRI, but remain hesistant on Biden's plan to publicly call out China
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G-7 leaders unveil plan to rival BRI, but remain hesistant on Biden's plan to publicly call out China

Joe Biden is pushing leaders of the G-7 nations to call out China over allegations of forced labour targeting Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities

Goa extends COVID-19 curfew till 21 June, but allows shops, local markets to stay open till 3 pm
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Goa extends COVID-19 curfew till 21 June, but allows shops, local markets to stay open till 3 pm

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said that up to 50 persons will be permitted to take part in marriage functions

World Test Championship Final: In-form Rishabh Pant smashes ton, Shubman Gill scores 85 in Indian team's intra-squad game
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World Test Championship Final: In-form Rishabh Pant smashes ton, Shubman Gill scores 85 in Indian team's intra-squad game

The two teams are being led by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul with all the first team batsmen packed in one side and the regular bowlers on the other, with reserves like Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha and Hanuma Vihari.

Day after Mukul Roy's exit from BJP, Rajib Banerjee meets TMC leader Kunal Ghosh
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Day after Mukul Roy's exit from BJP, Rajib Banerjee meets TMC leader Kunal Ghosh

Banerjee, who unsuccessfully fought the Bengal Assembly polls on BJP ticket, described his meeting with the TMC general secretary as a 'courtesy visit'

Euro 2020: England home games at Wembley 'unfair' says Croatia's Luka Modric
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Euro 2020: England home games at Wembley 'unfair' says Croatia's Luka Modric

England start their European Championship campaign against Croatia on Sunday before hosting Scotland on Friday and the Czech Republic on 22 June.

West Indies vs South Africa: Proteas pacers demolish Windies for crushing innings and 63-run win in first Test
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West Indies vs South Africa: Proteas pacers demolish Windies for crushing innings and 63-run win in first Test

The Caribbean side, trailing on first innings by 225 runs and resuming from an overnight position of 82 for four, were dismissed for 162.

Euro 2020: Shock, prayers for Christian Eriksen after Danish footballer's collapse in Finland game
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Euro 2020: Shock, prayers for Christian Eriksen after Danish footballer's collapse in Finland game

Former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba was one of the many wishing for Eriksen's recovery and safety. Muamba had collapsed during a game in the FA Cup against Spurs in 2012.

Euro 2020: Wales were 'brave' in salvaging draw with Switzerland, says Gareth Bale
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Euro 2020: Wales were 'brave' in salvaging draw with Switzerland, says Gareth Bale

Switzerland striker Mario Gavranovic had a potential winner chalked off by VAR for offside after he had edged ahead of Wales back four.

CBI, MEA approach Dominica HC to be made party to Mehul Choksi case seeking his return to Antigua and Barbuda
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CBI, MEA approach Dominica HC to be made party to Mehul Choksi case seeking his return to Antigua and Barbuda

If the Dominica High Court admits the two affidavits filed by the CBI and the MEA, it will pave way for noted lawyer Harish Salve to plead India's case in the country

French Open 2021: Barbora Krejcikova wins at Roland Garros, dedicates victory to Jana Novotna
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French Open 2021: Barbora Krejcikova wins at Roland Garros, dedicates victory to Jana Novotna

Krejcikova, ranked 33 in the world and playing just her fifth main draw in a Slams singles event, triumphed 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 for a second career title.

ISL: Naushad Moosa inks fresh three-year deal with Bengaluru FC as assistant coach
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ISL: Naushad Moosa inks fresh three-year deal with Bengaluru FC as assistant coach

Moosa, an AFC Pro-Licensed coach who has been at the helm of the Blues' Youth Development Programme along with being part of the coaching staff with the senior team, will be working alongside chief coach Marco Pezzaiuoli.

Euro 2020: Kieffer Moore's towering header sees Wales grab point with 1-1 draw against Switzerland
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Euro 2020: Kieffer Moore's towering header sees Wales grab point with 1-1 draw against Switzerland

Moore responded to Breel Embolo's second-half opener with a quarter of an hour remaining. Both sides trail Group A leaders Italy, who beat Turkey 3-0 in Friday's tournament curtain-raiser.

Texas shooting: Gunman wounds 13 in downtown Austin and escapes; probe launched
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Texas shooting: Gunman wounds 13 in downtown Austin and escapes; probe launched

The shooting in Texas started just before 1.30 am (noon in India) along 6th Street, a popular entertainment district in Austin filled with bars and restaurants

Coronavirus news LIVE Updates: Maharashtra records 10,607 new cases, 733 in Mumbai; state's tally reaches 58,98,550
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Coronavirus news LIVE Updates: Maharashtra records 10,607 new cases, 733 in Mumbai; state's tally reaches 58,98,550

Coronavirus news LIVE Updates: Mumbai reported 733 new cases, taking the total number of infections to 7,15,879 while the toll 15,164 reached with 18 more deaths