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JERUSALEM -- The number of monkeypox cases in Israel rose to 66 with 11 new cases reported, the state's Health Ministry said on Monday.

In addition to the vaccines that have already been used in the country, Israel is purchasing third-generation vaccines against the virus, added the ministry. (Israel-Monkeypox)

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LONDON -- The new prime minister of the United Kingdom replacing incumbent Boris Johnson will be announced on Sept. 5, said Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party's backbench 1922 Committee, on Monday.

Brady said the 1922 Committee, which runs the Tory leadership contest, has decided that the candidates will have to get the backing of 20 members of Parliament (MPs) when nominations open and close on Tuesday. The threshold is markedly higher than the required backing of eight MPs seen in the party's usual rules. (UK-Politics)

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MONTEVIDEO -- At least 200 homes were damaged Monday by a storm with winds of up to 120 km per hour in the city of Paysandu, capital of the department of the same name in western Uruguay, local authorities said.

At least 32 people were injured as a result of the storm, although none seriously, the department's police chief, Eduar Alvez, told the daily "El Observador." (Uruguay-Storm)

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HOUSTON -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on Monday asked residents and businesses to reduce their power use as the heat index exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit in about half of the south central U.S. state.

As of Monday afternoon, the ERCOT website twice forecast large losses of generation though it said no rolling blackouts were expected this week. (US-Energy-Heat Wave) Enditem

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