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Death toll in Texas human-smuggling tragedy rises to 53

The number of dead rose to 53 on Wednesday in what is believed to be the nation's deadliest smuggling episode near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The bodies were discovered Monday afternoon on the outskirts of San Antonio in an abandoned tractor-trailer.
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Suspected driver in Texas human-smuggling deaths charged

The number of dead rose to 53 on Wednesday in what is believed to be the nation's deadliest smuggling episode near the U.S.-Mexico border.
The bodies were discovered Monday afternoon on the outskirts of San Antonio in an abandoned tractor-trailer.
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Tokyo experiences worst June heat wave since 1875

Japan baked under scorching temperatures for a fourth successive day on Tuesday, as the capital's heat broke nearly 150-year-old records for June and authorities warned power supply remained tight enough to raise the specter of cuts.
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U.S. Supreme Court's Breyer to retire Thursday, Jackson to be sworn in

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will officially retire on Thursday, paving the way for President Joe Biden's appointee Ketanji Brown Jackson to be sworn in to the lifetime position to replace him, the court said on Wednesday.
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A commissioner with the U.S. communications regulator is asking Apple and Google to consider banning TikTok from their app stores over data security concerns related to the Chinese-owned company.
Brendan Carr, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has written a letter to the CEOs of both companies, alerting them that the wildly popular video-sharing app does not comply with the requirements of their app store policies.
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WHO warns of monkeypox risk to kids, pregnant people if spread continues

The World Health Organization said "sustained transmission" of monkeypox worldwide could see the virus begin to move into high-risk groups, such as pregnant people, immunocompromised people and children.
WHO said on Wednesday it is investigating reports of infected children, including two cases in the United Kingdom, as well as following up reports in Spain and France.
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WARNING: This story contains details that may disturb some readers
Fearing outbreaks of religious violence, police in the Indian state of Rajasthan banned public gatherings and suspended Internet services a day after two Muslims posted a video claiming responsibility for slaying a Hindu tailor in the city of Udaipur.
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Russians fight to encircle Ukraine's last eastern stronghold

Russian forces battled Wednesday to surround the Ukrainian military's last stronghold in a long-contested eastern province, as shock reverberated from a Russian airstrike on a shopping mall that killed at least 18 in the center of the country two days earlier.
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German man leaves severed human head at courthouse

German police on Tuesday said they detained a man suspected of leaving a human head in front of the Bonn district court.
A body was found a few hundred metres away on the Rhine River.
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Queen Elizabeth II meets Sturgeon after new push for independence vote

Queen Elizabeth II held a meeting with Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday, a day after the Scottish leader set out plans to push for a second independence referendum to break away from the United Kingdom.
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Airbnb makes ban on party houses permanent

Airbnb is making permanent its ban on parties at homes listed on the site for short-term rentals.
The San Francisco-based company believes the ban has worked, saying Tuesday that reports of parties at listed properties have dropped 44 per cent from a year ago.
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Iran report says nuclear talks in Qatar to end without deal

Indirect negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal with world powers will end Wednesday in Qatar, authorities in Tehran said. A semiofficial news agency reported the talks wouldn't break a diplomatic deadlock over the accord.
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Ratings show Fox News viewers tuning out Jan. 6 hearings

Fox News Channel is airing the Jan. 6 committee hearings when they occur during daytime hours, and ratings show that a striking number of their viewers are tuning it out.
Nielsen figures show the extent to which Fox viewers leave the network when the hearings come on, then return when Fox's regular programming resumes.
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