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Tripoli-based govt 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 said.

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 dislikes the sport and Harry is likely to quit hunting soon.

US President Donald Trump halt funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) US President Donald Trump has told his administration to temporarily halt funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

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 Reuters.

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?

Sri Lanka 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 diagnosed patients. The 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 examination.

Trump offers 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. In an 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 identities.

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

Iraqi security 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.

Australia's raging fires will create big problems for fresh drinking water. In the 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 history. From 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 details

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 with troops.

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 classmates.

Turkey Syria offensive: Erdogan and Putin strike deal over Kurds. Turkey 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 be impeached? 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.

Indonesia picks Borneo island as site of new capital The current capital, Jakarta, home to more than 10 million people, sits on swampy land.

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 More 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.

India announces 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 prime minister 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.

Zakir Musa: 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 Sunday.

Explainer: 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 catching up.

Afghan talks: how big are the challenges? Taliban, in the interim period, want to continue their pressure on the Americans and the Afghan security forces.

Killing of Pakistanis by Saudi Arab on the rise, report. "Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 Pakistanis in the past five years,"

Israel election: 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. How?

China condemns U.S. for South China Sea freedom of navigation operation. The 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 New York.

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.  Police 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 milk production 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. Civilian 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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CPEC - threats and potential - an assessment. Long-term political stability in Pakistan is key to success for Pakistan's regional economic pursuits. Pakistan's security situation suggest a troubled future unless sustainable democracy takes root.

India's shame. India is world’s biggest user of groundwater, drawing more than U.S, and China combined. Poor water management in India is depriving Pakistan of vital life line. The country will need to become far more efficient in the way it uses water.

India places curbs on media The Kashmir Reader has been banned for a month but no one has really made a strong statement against it as has been done with NDTV And ironically, the BJ decried the treatment of the media during the 1975 emergency-only to do the same on 2016. It’s only when something happens in Delhi that everyone is up in arms. But beyond Delhi censorship has been had for journalists for a while.. 

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  Iran and Saudi Arabia. No doubt, Saudi Arabia has objectives and a plan, but in the short term they appear to create more problems for the kingdom than for its arch-rival. The growing anxiety over slump in the oil market and the ageing Kingdom becoming a threat for regional peace?

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