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NEW DELHI -- The death toll from the suspected toxic liquor consumption in India's eastern state of Bihar has risen to eight, the All India Radio (AIR) said on Tuesday.

"In Bihar, eight people died and six lost their eyesight after consuming spurious liquor," the state-run broadcaster said.

The deaths were first reported on Sunday night in Lakri Nabiganj of Siwan district, about 107 km northwest of Patna, the capital city of Bihar. (India-Toxic-Casualties)

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SOFIA -- The third and last attempt to form a new government within Bulgaria's current legislature failed on Tuesday, and the country is facing another snap election in spring.

The coalition led by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), currently with 24 seats in the newly elected 240-member parliament, did not manage to secure enough support from the other parties. (Bulgaria-Government-Legislature)

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KIEV -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has deployed its permanent monitoring mission at Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant in western Ukraine, thus completing the establishment of its representation in the country, Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday.

The mission's main tasks are to maintain nuclear and radiation safety at the facility amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine said in a statement. (Russia-Ukraine-Conflict)

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MOGADISHU -- The Somali National Army on Monday killed 39 al-Shabab militants after heavy fighting near the central town of Harardhere, said a military official.

The local forces backed by international partners killed the militants who had burned down a commuter bus when escaping from the battlefield, the Commander for the Infantry Mohamed Tahlil Bihi told the state-run Radio Mogadishu on Monday. (Somalia-Militants-Attack) Enditem

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