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China is in the midst of a massive menace of online scammers who lure people into investing in seemingly legitimate products which apparently results in victims losing their identity and life savings, media reports said.

In just 15 months through July 2022, China tackled 594,000 cases of telecom and internet fraud, reported Nikkei Asia citing the Ministry of Public Security. Moreover, the report said that in 2021, authorities stopped 1.5 million people from transferring 329.1 billion yuan (USD 47.5 billion) to scammers. Basically, scammers develop a rapport with targets through various means of communication such as online chats. The victim of the fraud starts to trust these complete strangers, transfers life savings only to find out later that it is a cellphone or computer scammer.

The scammers usually work in groups and follow carefully designed scripts and lure people into investing in seemingly legitimate products, often cryptocurrencies.

The crimes have caused hundreds of billions of dollars in losses and led to some suicides as well.

It is worth noting that the lack of laws to prevent private information leaks and an earlier loophole that allowed telecom operators to sell subscriptions without checking any identification documents created a safe haven for scammers, reported Nikkei Asia.

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Seven dead after massive fire at South Korean shopping mall

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At least seven people were killed in a fire that erupted in a shopping mall’s basement on Monday in Daejeon, South Korea, according to officials.

Go Seung-cheol, a representative of the Daejeon Fire Headquarters, stated that after putting out the fire, firefighters were still looking for survivors. He claimed that some areas of the structure were still filled with smoke and that it wasn’t immediately evident if there were any other persons missing.

More than 110 people were evacuated, including mall employees and guests at a nearby hotel, after the fire broke out at around 7:45 a.m. and quickly spread across the loading dock area of the basement. The damage might have been worse, according to officials, if the fire had erupted during the mall’s regular business hours.

More than 500 firefighters and 90 vehicles were deployed to fight the fire, which was extinguished at around 3 p.m., Go said.

Photos taken at the scene showed a cloud of dark-gray smoke rising from beneath the structure while firefighters extinguished the fire with water hoses and other tools.

Lee Seung-han, a fire official at the Yuseong fire department, said six of the people found dead were mall employees and that officials were still trying to identify the other victim. Lee and Go had no immediate comment about the cause of death.

The cause of the fire was being looked into by police and fire personnel. According to eyewitness accounts cited by the local media, the fire may have been caused by the explosion of an electric vehicle that was charging in the basement.

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After shooting at Russian school, six people, gunman dead

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A shooter killed six people and injured 20 others in a school in the central Russian city of Izhevsk on Monday morning.

According to the Udmurtia branch of the interior ministry, the shooter killed himself. According to the Russian official, the school has been closed and the surrounding area has been fenced off.

Alexander Brechalov, the governor of the Udmurtia region, of which Izhevsk is the capital, stated in a video message that the as-yet unidentified shooter entered the school and killed a guard and some of the students present. Children among the victims and wounded, according to Brechalov.

(More details are awaited.)

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Storm sweeps away at least 20 homes into the ocean within seconds in Canada

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As powerful storm Fiona swept houses into the sea and caused major power outages in the country, many parts of Canada suffered immense devastation on Sunday. According to the reports, death of two people had been reported as of now.The storm packed intense winds of 80 miles per hour upon its arrival in Canada, resulting in torrential rain and waves of up to 40 feet.In a spine chilling video shared widely on social media, homes in Canada can be seen being washed up by the ocean as hurricane Fiona battered port Aux Basques.Reuters reported, Storm surges swept at least 20 homes into the sea in the town of Channel-Port aux Basques.Mayor Brian Button described “a total war zone” in the area as 200 residents were evacuated before the storm hit.In Canada, over 300,000 people remained without electricity across five provinces after the storm hit.Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said that he had met with the Incident Response Group to ensure that “resources are available to help those affected by the storm.”

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Ban on export of chemical weapons-related goods to Russia by Japan, concerned by nuke threats

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Chief Cabinet Secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, said on Monday that Japan has made a decision to ban export of all chemical weapons-related goods to Russia in an additional sanction against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, and is “deeply concerned” about the possible use of nuclear weapons.According to a government statement released after Monday’s cabinet meeting, which formally approved the new sanction measures announced by the foreign minister at a Group of Seven meeting last week, Japan also added 21 Russian organisations such as science labs as the target of existing export bans.Matsuno also said, “Japan is deeply concerned about the possibility of nuclear weapons used during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”He also said that Japan will continue to work with the international society in supporting Ukraine and sanctioning Russia.

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‘Catastrophic consequences,’ says Biden after Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons

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The rhetorical war between Russia and the United States over the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine heats up. The US has warned Moscow that the consequences will be “catastrophic.”

U.S. In an interview, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed reports that the US had privately warned the Putin administration to avoid nuclear war.

Not only Blinken, but Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, stated that the US has warned Russia of “catastrophic consequences” if nukes are used.

The warnings follow Putin’s veiled threat to use nuclear weapons in a speech on September 21 that announced the expansion of Ukraine’s operation.

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State funeral of Shinzo Abe: What all will it involve?

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State funeral of Shinzo Abe: What all will it involve?

The state funeral of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated on July 8 in the city of Nara during a campaign speech, will take place on September 27 and is expected to see thousands of attendees.
According to Japan Times, representatives from over 217 countries and international organizations are expected to participate in the state funeral which is slated to start at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo.
Abe’s funeral on September 27 will be the second state funeral for a former prime minister since World War 2.
The first one was held in 1967 for Shigeru Yoshida. Other deceased prime ministers received a joint Cabinet Office and Liberal Democratic Party service.
The state funeral ceremony will be the first major public event since new police security guidelines were implemented, including sniffer dogs at train stations and police patrols at Tokyo-area airports after Abe’s assassination on 8 July.
Several foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral service in Tokyo.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and separately meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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