Thu, 24 Jun 2021

TOKYO -- An explosion took place at a chemical factory in northeastern Japan on Tuesday, injuring four people, local media reported.

According to local authorities, no toxic gases have been detected.

The blast occurred at around 7:45 a.m. local time at Sakai Chemical Industry Co.'s Yumoto Factory in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, the authorities said. (Japan-Chemical factory-Explosion)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 22,992,517 on Tuesday after 329,942 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, while active cases fell for the first time in a few weeks, said the federal health ministry.

Meanwhile, 3,876 COVID-19-related deaths took place since Monday morning, taking the total death toll to 249,992. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government will make it illegal for high-risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organized crimes.

"It is no secret that gun crime is an increasing concern to our communities and we need to take further action to make sure New Zealanders and their families are kept safe," Police Minister Poto Williams said in a statement on Tuesday. (New Zealand-Bill-Gang crime)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 511 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Monday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 128,283.

The daily caseload was up from 463 the previous day, but it stayed relatively low due to the effect of fewer virus tests. The daily average number of confirmed cases for the past week stood at 573. (S.Korea-COVID-19-Cases)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Federal Court has rejected a legal challenge to the government's Indian travel ban, as Justice Tom Thawley dismissed the first two arguments of the four-pronged bid to overturn the ban.

The ban has made it a criminal offence under the Biosecurity Act to try and enter Australia within 14 days of being in India. (Australia-Court-Indian travel ban)

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