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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Oct. 2

03 Oct 2023, 02:49 GMT+10

STOCKHOLM -- Two scientists, Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman, won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications, the Nobel committee announced on Monday.

Through their groundbreaking findings, which have fundamentally changed the understanding of how mRNA interacts with human immune system, the laureates contributed to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times, the committee said in a statement. (Sweden-Nobel Prize-Medicine)

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NEW DELHI -- At least eight people were killed and several others injured following heavy rains and lightning incidents in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, an official said on Monday.

Parts of Jharkhand have witnessed incessant rains since Saturday. The downpour damaged houses, inundated roads and caused water levels in several rivers to reach danger marks, a disaster management official said. (India-Weather-Death)

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COLOMBO -- Over 15,000 people from several districts in Sri Lanka have been affected by floods as the inclement weather will continue in the South Asian country till Oct. 7, the country's Department of Meteorology said on Monday.

Deputy Director of Weather Forecasting and Disaster Management at the department M.M.P. Mendis said that heavy rains exceeding 50 millimeters can be expected in several districts until then. (Sri Lanka-Floods)

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MEXICO CITY -- The death toll from a roof collapse in a church on Sunday in Madero City, Mexico's Tamaulipas state, has increased to nine, the state public security spokesperson said.

Jorge Cuellar, the spokesperson, said that the number of injured had risen to 40 from an initial report of 10, and that treatment was currently being provided at several hospitals in the region. (Mexico-Church Collapse-Death Toll)

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