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DHAKA -- Abiding by the recommended health advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladeshi Muslims with the spirit of sacrifice on Saturday celebrated Eid-al-Adha, one of the two major festivals in the country, but refrained from traditional hugs, embraces and handshakes with each other.

Long lines of Muslims have been seen since Saturday morning in front of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka for Eid prayers. (Bangladesh-Eid-al-Adha-Celebration)

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LONDON -- "That'll do icely!" Western Lowland gorillas might have said as they were enjoying the hottest day of the year at London Zoo.

The gorillas were feeling cool after keepers on Friday offered them the biggest "ice lollies" they'd ever seen.

Zookeepers gave Mjukuu, Effie, Gernot and Alika the giant cooling treats as temperatures skyrocketed to 34 degrees in the British capital. (UK-Zoo)

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JOHANNESBURG -- The South African police on Saturday announced the firearms amnesty extension for six months to allow those with illegal and possession of firearms which they do not need to surrender them without prosecution.

The police said the amnesty period is from Aug. 1 until Jan. 31, 2021. (South Africa-Firearms)

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DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Saturday the start-up operations of its first nuclear power plant in capital Abu Dhabi.

The "milestone achievement" was announced through a tweet by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister. (UAE-Nuclear Plant) Enditem

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