retakes more areas of Libya’s capital – reports. Libya’s internationally
recognized government retook parts of southern Tripoli on Friday from the
eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar. His 13-month
campaign to seize the capital is now under ever-greater pressure, Reuters
Saudi Arabia to
take on billions in debt to survive the oil price crisis.
Saudi Arabia may have to borrow as much as $58 billion this year to cover a
budget shortfall caused by the oil price slump, Bloomberg reports, citing
Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan
What Prince Harry can do for Meghan? Dame Jane Goodall, the
British primatologist and a friend of Harry, said that Meghan Markle
sport and Harry is likely to quit
US President Donald Trump halt funding to the World Health Organisation
(WHO) US President Donald Trump has told his administration to
halt funding to the World Health
Organisation (WHO) in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the new
Trump says US
has ‘passed the peak’ on new Covid-19 infections as daily death toll sets
new record. As cases level off, however, the number of new fatalities
has yet to reach its peak, with the US tallying 2,371 deaths so far on
Wednesday alone, surpassing Tuesday’s record death toll, according to
Lockdown India still appears
to be staving off Covid-19 – but will it last? Europe is in the vise
grip of the Covid-19 virus. The US is not far behind. Yet, the Indian
subcontinent, inhabited by one quarter of humanity, has somehow (so far)
managed to escape the worst effects. How has that been possible?
cricketers donate funds for medical equipment. The Sri Lankan
cricket team also joined the war against the coronavirus by donating money
to buy a medical apparatus called video Laryngoscope that would aid treating
device is called a televised tool used to inspect a victim's throat and
larynx, or voice box, to diagnose the cause of a cough or sore throat
besides removing particles embedded or to take samples of tissue for
coronavirus cooperation to North Korea.
Trump “expressed his intent to render cooperation in the
anti-epidemic work,” North Korean state news agency KCNA announced.
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Top Saudi royals
‘arrested for plotting with Americans against King,’ Western media say.
What’s happening in oil-rich kingdom?
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has had his relatives arrested for plotting a
coup against him and King Salman with the help of “foreign powers, including
the Americans,” Western media claim.
Oil plunges in Asia as
producers start price war.
Oil plunged nearly 30% in a chaotic market opening, with main crude
benchmarks Brent and WTI both trading below $35 a barrel amid fears of an
all-out price war following the collapse of an output cut deal between
Russian and OPEC.
Indian politician calls for
burqa ban claiming ‘terrorists’ use them to hide from police.
apparent reference to the recent violent protests against the controversial
Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which have swept India, Singh claimed that
criminals and “terrorists” were using the burqa to conceal their
Trump's Middle East
Plan. The US will recognise Israeli sovereignty over swathes of the West
Bank, including Jewish settlements and much of the Jordan river valley
forces raid Baghdad protest site.
Iraqi security forces have moved against the main anti-government protest
site in central Baghdad. They fired live ammunition and tear gas as
they began removing tents and concrete barriers near Tahrir Square and a
bridge across the Tigris river, eyewitnesses say.
Meghan Markle's fight to
protect son Archie contributed to royal exit: report. Meghan Markle had to fight for the protection of her and Prince Harry's son,
Archie, and the pushback she and Harry received contributed to their
decision to step down as working royals, according to a new report.
fires will create big problems for fresh drinking water.
wake of the enormous fires that have razed huge swathes of drought-stricken
Australia, scientists fear that when rains eventually fall, they will wash
charred debris into rivers, dams, and the ocean, killing wildlife and even
tainting the drinking supplies of major cities, such as Sydney.
US-Iran relations: A brief
the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of Iran's prime minister in 1953, to tension
and confrontation under President Trump, a look back over more than 65 years
of tricky relations between Iran and the US.
Meet Ali, 25. Boris Johnson's biggest challenger
Ali Milani didn't speak English when he came to Britain from Iran at the age
of five. Twenty years later, he's the biggest individual threat to Boris
Johnson at this week's election.
North Korea carries out
'very important test'
North Korea says it has carried out a "very important test" at a
satellite-launching site. The KCNA state news agency said the results would
be used to upgrade the country's strategic status. It provided no further
Russia's Taymyr plan: Arctic coal for India risks pollution
Natural riches come in two conflicting types in Russia's Arctic north:
valuable minerals and spectacular wildlife
DONALD TRUMP IN
AFGHANISTAN: RARE WAR ZONE VISIT. It was only
the second trip to a war zone by a U.S. president who never served in the
military and has often derided U.S. engagement in foreign conflicts as
costly blunders. He traveled to Iraq in 2018 for a Christmas holiday visit
Iran says it
arrested 8 people linked to CIA during unrest – state media.
Those detained “had received CIA-funded training in various countries
under the cover of becoming citizen-journalists,” Iran’s Intelligence
Ministry said, as cited by the outlet.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi:
Death penalty for 16 who set student on fire Those convicted of murder
included the headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment and two female
offensive: Erdogan and Putin strike deal over Kurds.
and Russia have agreed what they called a "historic" deal over military
action against Kurds in northern Syria after a marathon diplomatic meeting.
Could Mr Trump
Republicans control the Senate, so Mr Trump would not be removed from office
unless members of his own party turned on him
Assam NRC: What next for
1.9 million 'stateless' Indians? India has published the final version
of a list which effectively strips about 1.9 million people in the
north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship.
picks Borneo island as site of new capital
The current capital, Jakarta, home to more than 10 million people, sits on
Three Muslims lynched on
pretext of stealing cow
A mob in eastern India has beaten to death three men suspected of trying to
steal cattle, police say.
Monsoon floods displace
millions in India
than three million people have been displaced across north and north-eastern
India amid monsoon rain that has cost lives and destroyed homes.
Indian police arrest
priest & school teacher after they attempt to ‘sacrifice’ 3yo girl
Police in India have saved a 3-year-old girl from imminent death at the
hands of her own relatives, as they planned to “sacrifice” the toddler after
getting the green light from her parents, local media reports
Istanbul mayoral re-run:
Erdogan's ruling AKP loses again
Turkey's ruling party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the
city's mayoral election, latest results show.
retaliatory trade tariffs against the US
India has said that, from Sunday, it will impose tariffs on 28 US products,
including almonds and apples.
India establishes Indo-Pacific Desk at Foreign Ministry
The division, headed by Joint
Secretary Vikram Doraiswami, will “integrate the Indian Ocean Rim
Association, ASEAN Region, and the Quad” under its purview.
Theresa May to resign as
Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving
the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister.
India's 'most wanted' killed in Kashmir
Zakir Musa, whose real name is Zakir Rashid Bhat, was a close aide of Burhan
Wani, a charismatic Kashmiri militant leader, whose killing by security
forces in 2016 sparked widespread protests.
Sri Lanka expels 200
Islamic clerics after Easter attacks Sri Lanka has expelled over
600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the
Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi group, a minister told AFP
Indonesia's election - the people, issues and preparations
Most opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead but the opposition
has disputed survey findings. Some recent surveys have shown Prabowo
Afghan talks: how big are
Taliban, in the interim period, want to continue their pressure on the
Americans and the Afghan security forces.
Pakistanis by Saudi Arab on the rise, report.
"Saudi Arabia has executed
more than 100 Pakistanis in the past five years,"
Netanyahu wins fifth term as rival concedes Benjamin Netanyahu has
already begun to broker deals with religious and far-right parties.
Pete Buttigieg: How a young, gay mayor became a Democratic star
Pete Buttigieg, a little-known mayor of a modest-sized Midwest city, has
become an unlikely rising star in the 2020 Democratic presidential field.
China condemns U.S. for
South China Sea freedom of navigation operation.
operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as
Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters,
where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.
Why India is furious about a set of
stamps. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were
supposed to meet this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in
US Bases in Qatar
Qatar will expand two air bases including Udeid, which hosts the largest US
military facility in the Middle East
Indonesian Police Kill
Dozens ahead of Asian Games.
in Jakarta have killed dozens of people as part of an escalating crackdown
against petty criminals ahead of the Asian Games, in a campaign Amnesty
International has described as “unnecessary and excessive”.
Uighurs in Chinese 'internment camps.
Members of the Uighur community and others Muslims in China have been
treated as "enemies of the state" and held in secret camps, a UN
anti-discrimination body has said.
China mosque demolition
sparks standoff in Ningxia
Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with
authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished.
A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula
The highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors
almost exactly as scripted.
But many impromptu moments of congeniality, which drew laughs from the
audience as well as from the actors themselves, highlighted the two
sides’ eagerness to make the summit a success.
China May Get
World's Largest Gas Field Because of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran
Iran has threatened to give petroleum giant Total's stake in the South
Pars gas fields to China if the French company could not secure
protection from U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.
India leads in global
India has outpaced the global milk production with an annual growth rate
of 5.53% compared with the 2.09% achieved globally.
Aung San Suu Kyi
may face genocide charges.
leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the head of the armed forces Gen Aung Min
Hlaing, could find themselves in the dock on genocide charges some time
in the future.
German pilots refuse to
deport rejected asylum seekers
Pilots in Germany
are refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers, leading to the
cancellation of more than 200 flights.
Hundreds of Muslim
Uighurs Flee China for Fears of Persecution
Those who escaped on
Monday had no documents and their nationality could not be determined,
a Thai immigration official told Khaosod newspaper.
China, UK and Army
fail to remove Robert Mugabe
Many political observers and fellow Zimbabweans had been expecting Mr.
Mugabe to step down as president after nearly 40 years in power. But the
embattled president gave a 20-minute televised speech that acknowledged
problems in the nation — and he vowed to soldier on.
Hitler Wax Work Removed from Museum.
The Nazi Germany leader was placed against a wall-sized banner depicting the
Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp with the notorious “Arbeit macht frei”
(Work sets you free) sign.
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