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Thursday July 6th, 2023 night edition

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By Geeta Mohan: India once again refused to endorse China's Belt and Road Initiative, becoming the only nation at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit not to sign an agreement in support of the ambitious project.

All member nations barring India supported China's BRI in a joint declaration.

The declaration issued at the end of the summit, hosted by India, said Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan reaffirmed their support for the BRI.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his opening remarks at the summit, asserted that it is essential to respect the basic principles of the SCO charter, especially the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states, while making efforts to boost connectivity.

The summit, chaired by PM Modi, was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif and other leaders of the grouping.

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World's 1st 'tooth regrowth' medicine moves toward clinical trials in Japan

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The tooth regrowth medicine is intended for people who lack a full set of adult teeth due to congenital factors.

In prior animal experiments, the medicine prompted the growth of "third-generation" teeth following baby teeth and then permanent adult teeth.

A new tooth is seen growing in a mouse treated with the tooth regrowth medicine. »

8-year-old victim of prank at Target surprised with shopping spree

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A Saturday trip to Target started out as usual for 8-year-old Gabe Lyles and his dad, T.J. Lyles.

It turned out the “shopping cart challenge” was just a mean-spirited prank.

The Town of Southington Commission for Persons with Disabilities gave Gabe a $200 gift card, and Target matched it. »

US Navy says it prevented Iran from seizing tankers in Gulf of Oman

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"The Iranian vessel departed the scene when U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul arrived on station," the statement said, adding that the Navy had deployed surveillance assets including maritime patrol aircraft.

"Prior to McFaul’s arrival on scene, Iranian personnel fired multiple, long bursts from both small arms and crew-served weapons," the Navy said.

Iran seized two oil tankers in a week just over a month ago, the U.S. Navy said. »