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Militants Launch Deadly Attack on Iraqi Gas Facility, Oil Field in Kirkuk Province

Both assaults took place in inside Kurdish-controlled areas of Kirkuk province on Sunday, July 31

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Smoke rises after an attack at Bai Hassan oil station, northwest of Kirkuk, Iraq, July 31, 2016. Image source: Reuters

Iraqi officials say militants have launched two attacks on energy facilities in northern Iraq, killing at least five people.

Both assaults took place in inside Kurdish-controlled areas of Kirkuk province on Sunday, July 31.

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Authorities say in the first attack about 15 kilometre north-west of Kirkuk, gunmen shot dead four of the gas facility’s employees and planted explosive devices around the building.

In the second attack at the nearby Bai Hassan oil field, the insurgents, wearing suicide vests, killed an engineer and wounded at least six other people. The militants also sparked a major fire.

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At least three of the four assailants were killed in the chaos. It was not immediately clear whether they detonated their vests or were killed by security forces. (VOA)

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An additional 13 countries and regions have reported confirmed cases, increasing the number of affected countries and regions globally to 135

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Apple has suspended all active shooting on projects managed by outside studios, including “The Morning Show,” “Foundation,” “See,” “Lisey’s Story,” “Servant” and “For All Mankind” due to coronavirus crisis.

“The Morning Show” earlier announced that it was shutting down production temporarily in an effort to prevent cast members and crew from catching the coronavirus, and now the temporary halt on production has now expanded to all other Apple TV+ shows that are in the process of filming, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Netflix and Amazon have also shut down all scripted TV and film physical production for two weeks. Television Group, Paramount TV Studios, and the CW have postponed production on all or part of their TV content.

Several late night talk shows, including “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” are also on hiatus until at least March 30. At least 9,751 new coronavirus cases were reported outside China in the past 24 hours, bringing the global number of infections to 142,539, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Apple has suspended all active shooting on projects managed by outside studios, including “The Morning Show,” “Foundation,” “See,” “Lisey’s Story,” “Servant” and “For All Mankind” due to coronavirus crisis. Wikimedia Commons

Outside China, 61,518 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported as of Saturday morning, among which 2,199 patients died, an increase of 424 deaths compared to the previous day, Xinhua news agency quoted the WHO as saying.

An additional 13 countries and regions have reported confirmed cases, increasing the number of affected countries and regions globally to 135.

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The most affected European countries with over 1,000 cases each — Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland — have seen nearly 30,000 infections in total as of Saturday morning. (IANS)