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.
plans third Moon mission.
The chairman of India's space agency, K Sivan, said work was going
"smoothly" on the Chandrayaan-3 unmanned mission. He said the country was
aiming to launch the mission in 2020 but that it "may spill over" to 2021.
results: BJP concedes defeat amid citizenship row
The Congress and its allies have won, or are leading, in 46 of the 81
seats, while the BJP is on course to take 25.
Saudis sentence five to death for journalist's murder.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was killed inside the
kingdom's consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul by a team of Saudi
Mali conflict: Macron says 33 'terrorists' killed by French troops
Mr Macron made the announcement on a visit to Ivory Coast, where he
reiterated France's commitment to fighting jihadists in the region.
Germany: Indian couple
convicted of spying for Delhi. A German court on Thursday
convicted an Indian married couple of spying on Kashmiri and Sikh groups in
Germany on behalf of India's foreign intelligence service.
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.
India’s test launch of
nuclear-capable ballistic missile
India has successfully test-launched a nuclear-capable intermediate-range
ballistic missile Agni-II.
The latest test on India’s main strategic deterrence weapon took place on
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.
US Senate votes to
block Trump's $8bn Saudi arms sale
The US Senate has voted to block the sale of billions of dollars' worth of
weapons to Saudi Arabia, striking a blow to President Donald Trump.
visits N Korea to boost China's ties with Kim
China's President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un,
in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005.
Russia to start sending
missile systems to Turkey in 2 months – and has ALREADY trained crews.
S-400 anti-air missile systems will begin to arrive in Turkey in two months,
says the head of Russian state defense corporation Rostec, despite
Washington warning Ankara that the deal could threaten their partnership.
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
New Zealand Prime
Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda
Ardern is engaged to her long-term partner, television presenter Clarke
Gayford, a spokesman has confirmed. News of the couple's engagement emerged
after Ms Ardern was seen at a ceremony on Friday wearing a diamond ring on
the middle finger of her left hand.
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.
Israelis prepare to
go to the polls: here's what we know.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party would win 31 seats if
elections were held today, the online survey of 583 respondents found. Blue
and White, led by ex-army chief Benny Gantz, would win 30 seats, according
to the poll.
AI Bias. Google
bans ethics board. Google confirmed that it has disbanded a recently
assembled artificial intelligence ethics advisory panel in the face of
controversy over its membership.
Over 540 million
Facebook user records leaked by third parties In what has become a
depressingly common refrain for the social network behemoth, Facebook user
data has once again been left exposed to the public.
Erdogan is weak, yet
Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate
local elections anyway.
Pakistan to start
fencing border with Iran next week Lieutenant General Asim Saleem
Bajwa Commander of the Southern Command recently made the remarks during an
international seminar in south western Pakistani city of Quetta.
Russia nuclear treaty: US warned over threat to scrap deal
Russia has condemned US plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear
weapons treaty and threatened to retaliate for a "very dangerous step".
US Navy Commander jailed for taking bribe.
Amundson, a decorated combat pilot, told the judge that he did not realise
what he was doing was illegal.
Disappearance. THE Saudi journalist who disappeared in mysterious
circumstances was drugged and butchered to pieces while still alive in a
grisly seven-minute killing, sources have claimed
Clashes at Myanmar garment factory leave dozens injured Workers say they
set up a union two years ago to fight for their rights after enduring abuse
from managers, limited toilet breaks and unbearably hot working conditions.
Warning shot? China sells US Treasury bonds amid trade war China has
sold $3 billion of sovereign dollar bonds. This is only the third such move
by Beijing in the last 14 years, and the first involving bonds with a
'Belt and road'
disputes between China and its partners
Five years after Beijing rolled out its ambitious plan to improve regional
and transcontinental connectivity, the time is ripe for disputes to arise as
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.
strike on school bus kill at least 40.
The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan,
in the northern province of Saada.
Sri Lanka waives debt
for Women Sri Lanka has announced it would waive debt for the
most vulnerable women in the drought hit areas.
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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Long-term political stability in Pakistan is key to success for Pakistan's
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