Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from around the world. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
Reports of the rise in new virus cases in China, the mass shooting at a Thai shopping mall, Palestinian accusations of torture by Israel, a failed Iranian satellite launch and the Oscar wins of South Korean movie 'Parasite' make up this week’s five international stories.
China virus cases rise again, 66 more on ship in Japan
China reported a rise in new virus cases Monday, denting optimism that disease control measures including isolating major cities might be working. Japan reported dozens of new cases aboard a quarantined cruise ship. The mainland death toll rose from 97 to 908 in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday, and 3,062 new cases were reported for a total of more than 40,000 cases. That was up 15 percent from Saturday and broke a string of daily declines.
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Thai city copes with sorrowful fallout from mass shooting
Authorities in northern Thailand began releasing bodies to relatives Monday after security forces cornered and killed a soldier who carried out the country’s worst mass shooting in an hours-long siege at a shopping mall. The soldier killed 29 people, starting with his commanding officer in a tragedy that began Saturday and ended Sunday morning when security forces shot dead the heavily-armed attacker in Terminal 21 Korat, an airport-themed mall in Nakhon Ratchasima.
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Israel accused of torturing Palestinians after fatal bombing
Three Palestinians had been swept up in a manhunt launched after a roadside bomb killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her father and brother last August in the occupied West Bank. Lawyers and family members of the three suspects said they were tortured to the point of being hospitalized. Several other Palestinians swept up by Israel’s internal security agency said they were threatened, beaten, forced into painful stress positions and denied sleep.
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Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries
An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. The launch happened at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province some 145 miles southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. A Simorgh, or “Phoenix,” rocket couldn’t put the Zafar 1 communications satellite into orbit, however, due to a low speed, Iranian state TV reported.
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South Koreans explode with joy over ‘Parasite’ Oscar wins
South Koreans reacted with collective joy Monday after director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won the Oscar for best picture and three other awards. The movie’s wins made history in both the Hollywood and South Korean film industries. The class satire is the first non-English-language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards and is the first South Korean movie to ever win an Oscar.
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