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J&K death toll rises to 12; Amarnath Yatra suspended for second day

Kashmir was on 9 July rattled by widespread mob violence and clashes which left 12 people dead and 126 injured, including 96 security forces personnel, even as curfew was clamped across the Valley. Mobile internet services were suspended to contain the fallout of gunning down of militant commander Burhan Wani.

A top official said curfew has been imposed across the Valley and restrictions put in place to avert fresh trouble.

Rajnath Singh chairs high-level meet over Burhan Wani aftermath

FOllowing the highly tense situation in Kashmir post the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting comes in the wake of the soaring violence in the valley as the death toll in the clashes between security forces and protesters has reached 15, as three more civilians succumbed to injuries.

Earlier, eight civilians were killed in the clashes in south Kashmir, a day after Burhan Wani and his two associates were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

United Spirits holds Vijay Mallya liable after finding Rs 1,225 crore diversion

In a fresh round of trouble for Vijay Mallya, his erstwhile group firm United Spirits on 9 July disclosed Rs 1,225.3 crore worth fund diversion and improper transactions with entities associated with the beleaguered businessman including Kingfisher Air and his Formula One team.

Making it clear that the settlement reached earlier with Mallya would not cover the latest disclosures that came to light after an 'Additional Inquiry', United Spirits -- now controlled by global liquor giant Diageo -- said the former Chairman would be liable for claims over the amount.

Mallya, who has been in the UK for months while evading arrest warrant in India, had reached a settlement with USL earlier this year under which he was promised an over Rs 500-crore 'sweetheart deal' to exit the company, including as its Director and Chairman.

Serena Williams clinches Wimbledon title, beats Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3

World number one Serena Williams wins the women's singles Wimbledon title, equalling Steffi Graff's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

Williams avenged her defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open final in January, and went on to beat her by 7-5, 6-3 in the match that lasted 45 minutes.

Had Kerber won the final, she would have become the first German woman to clinch the Wimbledon title, since Steffi Graph in 1996.

Kerala: Furore over disappearance of 15 youth, families suspect ISIS association

After travelling to the Middle East last month, 15 young men and women from Kerala's Kasaragod and Palakkad districts are reportedly missing. Their families suspect that they may have joined the Islamic State.

State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to launch a probe into the matter urgently, Kasaragod MP P Karunakaran said.

The families of the youth, including a couple, have not heard from them since the last one month and fear they have been radicalised after having gone to the Middle East for religious studies.

Kasaragod District Panchayat member VPP Mustafa said that during Eid, the parents of two missing youth received Whatsapp messages saying, "We are not coming back. Here there is Divine Rule. You also should join us." "We have joined IS to fight US for attacking Muslims," read another message, he said, adding the veracity of the messages has to be checked.

Pokemon Go player finds dead body

With the release of Pokemon Go, users, young and old, have hit the streets in their quest to catch 'em all. However, one gamer in Wyoming, USA, got more than she bargained for when she found - not a wild MewTwo - but an actual dead body.

Shayla Wiggins found the body by the riverside when trying to find a Pokemon from a natural water resource. Wyoming police say that the cause of death appears to be accidental.

18 die in mother of all traffic jams

If you thought Indian traffic jams were bad, Indonesia beats us by a mile. Well, by many, many miles. In a shocking example of just how bad the traffic congestion is in Indonesia, 18 people were killed during a day-long horror jam.

Medical authorities indicated that 12 people had died from fatigue during the jam that some said went on for over 35 hours. However, 5 death were due to accidents at a crossing and the cause of the remaining death was unknown.

Cannabis 'ATMs'? Believe it!

Jamaica plans to open cannabis 'ATMs' in its airports in a bid to cash in on the drug after it was decriminalised in February 2015.

It is currently legal to carry up to two ounces of weed in Jamaica, but police can issue anyone in possession with a ticket and a 500 JMD fine.

The kiosks are expected to be manned by persons with medical training. They will grant the permit to tourists who will want to use or carry up to two ounces of ganja while in Jamaica.

UN's World Food Programme needs $610 million for southern Africa drought relief

The United Nations' food agency has said that it needs $730 million to counter the drought crisis in seven southern African nations over the next 12 months.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said that it is facing a $610 million shortfall in relief for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland and Zambia.

The El Nino pattern has triggered severe drought across the region.

Two killed in landslides as Assam reels under floods, heavy rain

At least two people were killed in landslides in Assam on 7 July, as the flood situation in the state worsened.

Two people were killed in Johrat area, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

ASDMA said more than 1.5 lakh people were reeling under floods in 294 villages across Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Biswanath and Barpeta districts.

Currently the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nematighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur districts and Dhubri town and Dhansiri at Golaghat town and Numaligarh in Golaghat, it added.