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The World Hepatitis Day is being observed today with renewed commitment to overcome the deadly disease that has taken lives of thousands of humans every year.

Who highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment? This year, the organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis b and c, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. The organization emphasizes the need for all health services to reduce risks by using only sterile equipment for injections and other medical procedures, to test all donated blood and blood components for Hepatitis B and C.

 

A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits off the Indonesian province of Papua.

A powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, damaging several buildings and leaving a teenage boy missing after he fell into a river. The 7.0-magnitude quake struck inland in a mountainous area of Papua in the early hours, almost 250 kilometres (150 miles) west of the province's capital Jayapura at a depth of 52 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

 

Former Indian President Abdul Kalam passes away.

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam, a popular head of state between 2002 and 2007, died on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture. Kalam collapsed at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong while delivering a lecture to the students. He was eleventh President of Indian.

 

Military activity was spotted on Turkish-Iraqi border a day after turkey attacked Kurdish insurgent camps in Iraq,

for a second night in a campaign that could end its peace process with the Kurdistan workers party. Four Turkish f-16 fighter jets deployed from the Diyarbakir air base in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast hit PKK targets in Hakurk in northern Iraq. Ankara, which called for a special NATO meeting today to discuss its security concerns, said two of soldiers were killed and four wounded in the latest attack by PKK militants. Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against I.S, Turkey made a dramatic turnaround this week by granting the alliance access to its air bases and launching air raids against both the Jihadist movement and the PKK. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who has said the operations will continue as long as Turkey faces a threat, discussed security with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in a telephone call overnight. Turkey has detained 1,050 people in a crackdown on militant groups including I.S, the Kurdistan workers party (PKK) and ultra-leftist DHKP-C in recent days, 50-60 of them foreigners. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish police detained dozens more suspected I.S. And kurdish militants in early morning raids, amid a crackdown on the armed groups and air strikes in Syria and Iraq.

 

India's former President and top Scientist A. P. J. Kalam, has died at the age of 83.

Kalam collapsed during a lecture at a management institute in the northeastern Indian city of Shillong, and was declared dead on arrival by doctors at Bethany Hospital. India declared seven days of national mourning for Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who served as India's 11th president between 2002 and 2007. His body will be flown to New Delhi today. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee led the nation in paying tribute to former President Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to Kalam, saying he had "always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him". The government of Pakistan has also expressed its condolences on the demise of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of the Republic of India. Dr. Kalam will be remembered for his meritorious services for his country. President Mamnoon Hussain while condoling the death of the Indian former President said, may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in peace and give fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

 
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