July 31 world news summary at 0100 GMT

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Habib Essid
Habib Essid

HOUSTON — U.S. Texas Department of PUBLIC Safety has confirmed that 16 people were killed on Saturday morning after a hot air balloon caught on fire and crashed near Lockhart, a city in the central part of the U.S. state of Texas.

The accident occurred shortly after 7:40 a.m. local time (1240 GMT) on Saturday near Lockhart, a city about 48 km south of the Lone Star state capital of Austin, when the hot air balloon with at least 16 people on board crashed into a pasture, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement on Saturday. (US-Houston-Hot Air Balloon Crash)
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TUNIS — Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid on Saturday lost a confidence vote in parliament.
In a plenary session of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP), the national deputies decided by 118 cons, 3 pros and 27 abstentions. (Tunisia-Confidence Vote, 1st LD Writethru)
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ALGIERS — At least seven people were killed and 28 others injured on Saturday in a bus crash in the province of Medea, 145 km south of the Algerian capital of Algiers.
The bus was carrying people who attended a local religious feast as it skidded down a hill and crashed in a ravine, according to a source of firefighting department. (Algeria-Traffic Accident)
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MUNICH — Munich police said on early Saturday evening that the shopping center and train station, temporarily closed due to bomb alarm, have been reopened, because the alarm is false.
Munich police reported initially that they had to evacuate a shopping center and a train station after a “bomb threat.” (Germany-Munich-False Alarm)
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BRUSSELS — One of the two suspects arrested Friday night in Belgium is indicted for terrorist activities Saturday afternoon, while the other has been released, according to local media reports.
The prosecution announced that Nourredine H, 33, was indicted and placed under arrest for attempted terrorist murder and participation in a terrorist group. His brother Hamza H, meanwhile, was released after the hearing, according to Belgian newspaper Le Soir. (Belgium-Terrorism) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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