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Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing that killed 41 Hindustan Times
The pilot of a Russian passenger plane that erupted in a ball of fire on the runway of Moscow’s busiest airport, killing 41 people, said lightning led to the emergency landing. Investigators were on Monday working to understand the causes of the blaze after the Sukhoi Superjet-100 had to return to Sheremetyevo airport shortly after take-off Sunday evening.
US imposes sanction on Pakistan; may deny visas to deportees Hindustan Times
The US has imposed sanctions on Pakistan after Islamabad refused to take back its citizen deportees and visa over-stayers from America, warning that it may withhold visas of Pakistanis beginning from its senior officials.
In another America First move, Trump withdraws from Arms Trade Treaty Hindu
Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2013, the ATT covers all types of weapons and seeks to stop them from reaching regimes abusing human rights or parties in civil wars, armed and terrorist groups.
US orders diplomats’ families to leave Sri Lanka, warns of possible terror attacks Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times
The United States on Friday ordered all school-age members of families of American diplomats posted in Sri Lanka to leave the country saying terrorists groups “continue plotting possible attacks”, and raised its travel warning to “Level 3”, advising Americans to reconsider going there.
Fugitive businessman Nirav Modi's bail rejected by London court Chandrashekar Srinivasan, NDTV
Fugitive businessman Nirav Modi has been denied bail by a UK court for a third time, in a hearing that was presided over by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot. Dressed in a beige and black sweater and appearing via video-link from his Wandsworth prison, Modi did not say anything except to confirm his name.
Sri Lanka: Minister says local outfit suspected of plotting blasts, government to declare emergency Scroll
Sri Lankan minister and government spokesperson, Rajitha Senaratne, on Monday said a local outfit identified as the National Tawheed Jamath is suspected of plotting the serial blasts that struck the island nation on Easter Sunday, PTI reported.
US to eliminate Iran oil sanctions waiver for India, 7 others: Report Hindustan Times
The United States is expected to announce on Monday that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering about a 3 percent rise in crude prices.
Kim Jong-un oversees first weapons test since failed US-North Korea summit: Report Zee News
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, state media said on Thursday, the North`s first public weapons test since a second summit with the United States ended without agreement in February.
Pakistan finance minister to step down amid IMF bailout talks Indian Express
Pakistani Finance Minister Asad Umar on Thursday said he would step down, after he held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, raising fresh questions on plans for averting an economic crisis amid bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.
Amazon to shut down operations in China Hindu Inc said it will shut its China online store by July 18, as the U.S. e-commerce giant focusses on the lucrative businesses of selling overseas goods and cloud services in the world’s most populous nation.
Can't give timeline for Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist at EU: German envoy Pioneer
Germany is "very much" pushing for the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the European Union (EU), but a timeline for it cannot be given, Jasper Wieck, the Deputy Head of the German Mission in India, said Tuesday.
US asks its citizens to reconsider travel plans to Pakistan due to terrorism Pioneer
The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks.
Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US Hindu
“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Mr. Trump tweeted.
American Airlines to cancel 115 flights daily over 737 MAX Hindustan Times
American Airlines announced Sunday it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes is being grounded until August 19. America’s leading airline had previously only planned to keep the planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10 -- the second deadly crash involving the aircraft in five months.
Pentagon defends India's ASAT test, says country is concerned over ‘threats’ in space Pioneer
India is concerned about the "threats" it faces in space, the Pentagon has said, defending the country for acquiring anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test capabilities. On March 27, India achieved a historic feat by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a space power.
Netanyahu, main challenger Gantz, both claim Israeli election victory Zee News
Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz claimed victory in Israel`s election but exit polls and early results indicated on Wednesday the veteran right-wing leader was on course for a record fifth term.
China says US move to blacklist JeM chief ‘setting bad example’ Sowmiya Ashok, Indian Express
Criticising the draft resolution put forth by the United States to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the United Nations, China on Monday said that the US is “setting a bad example” and it will only “complicate” the matter. “It is setting a bad example that will only complicate the matter. It is also not conducive for peace and stability in South Asia. China is opposed to this,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
Afghanistan snubs Imran Khan, says don’t interfere in internal affairs Rezaul H Laskar, Hindustan Times
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that an interim administration in Afghanistan could help end an impasse in talks with the Taliban prompted angry reactions on Tuesday from Afghan politicians, who accused him of interfering in their country’s internal affairs.
Israel carries out air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack near Tel Aviv Indian Express
There was no claim of responsibility for the early morning attack. The military said Hamas fired the rocket from about 120 km (75 miles) away, making it the longest-range attack from Gaza causing casualties since a 2014 war.
Robert Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, Lawmakers urge quick release NDTV
Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamour from lawmakers in both parties for the document's quick release.
Pakistan to receive $2.1 billion loan from China in three days Indian Express
Cash-strapped Pakistan will receive over USD 2 billion loan from its “all-weather” ally China by Monday to provide a boost to its ailing economy, the Finance Ministry has announced.
Trump issues first veto on bill to block his border wall national emergency Justin Sink & Alyza Sebenius, Business Standard
President Donald Trump issued his first veto Friday, rejecting Congress’s effort to cancel his declaration of a national emergency to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign.
New Zealand: 9 Indians 'Missing' After Terrorists Shoot 49 at Two Mosques Wire
Nine Indians are reportedly missing after shooters attacked two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday. Forty nine people have been reported killed so far, and 20 others have been seriously injured. New Zealand police said they have taken four persons into custody – three men and one woman.
India, US agree to build six nuclear power plants in India Hindustan Times
India and the US said they have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation. The two countries said this in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security Dialogue, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, the US under secretary of state for arms control and international security, on Wednesday.
UK Parliament rejects no-deal Brexit Vidya Ram, Hindu
The British government has suffered another significant defeat as MPs voted to reject a no-deal Brexit at any time, overriding the government’s initial motion that ruled out no-deal but only on March 29 and left open the possibility of it taking place at a later stage.
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