Isro to launch new 'eye in the sky' Remember the ‘eye in the sky’ that helped soldiers to successfully carry out the ‘surgical strike’ against terrorist posts on the Jammu & Kashmir border last September?
Speculation swirls over possible Modi, Sharif meet at SCO Summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attended a reception and a gala show, marking the beginning of the two-day-long SCO Summit, even as speculation swirled over a possible meeting between him and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to defuse tensions in bilateral ties.
Modi, Sharif, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping were among the top leaders who attended the reception hosted by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. It was not known whether Modi and Sharif exchanged pleasantries at the reception. When asked whether he will have a meeting with Modi, Sharif, before leaving for the reception, only smiled and waved at the media persons which many interpreted as an indication of a possible meeting or at least a pull aside between the two leaders. French President Macron unveils 'Make our planet great again' website. Boko Haram attack leaves 13 dead, dozens hurt in Nigeria.
At least 13 people are dead after Boko Haram launched the deadliest attack in months on the northeast Nigeria city that is the birthplace of the extremist group, police said on Thursday.
The attack came just hours before a visit by the country's acting president. Nigeria late last year declared that Boko Haram had been crushed but attacks continue, often with young women strapped into explosives for suicide attacks. The jihadists attacked late Wednesday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, as evening prayers were ending, targeting four locations around the city. Thirteen people were killed, including four attackers, Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said. Extremists also clashed with soldiers outside the city in Alidawari village and Jiddari Polo suburb, where homes were set on fire, Chukwu said. The attacks late yesterday in Maiduguri took place in various locations around the Chad Basin Development Authority headquarters just before 9 pm, resident Alhaji Bashir said.
Trump's requests on Russia probe 'very disturbing': James Comey. Fired FBI director James Comey said on Thursday that US President Donald Trump's requests to stop probing the Russia ties of a former national security advisor as "very disturbing" and accused the White House of defaming him.
He said Trump misguided the American public when he said the FBI was in disarray last month after his firing. "Those were lies, plain and simple," Comey said in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning," he said. Wall Street flat as James Comey's testimony underway. US stocks were little changed in choppy late morning trading on Thursday as former FBI Director James Comey's testimony got underway.
Comey is being grilled by Washington politicians over his claims that President Donald Trump asked him to drop an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of a probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Asian markets trade lower ahead of ECB meet and UK election. Asian shares wobbled in early Thursday trade as investors braced for any surprises from former FBI director James Comey's congressional appearance, the European Central Bank's policy meeting and the UK general elections.
UK general elections 2017: All you need to know as Britain goes to polls. It’s going to be a long night as the UK goes to the polls for its snap 2017 general election.
So should you stay up all night or take a democracy nap? Here are the key moments to look out for and the seats which might indicate early on whether Theresa May has secured the thumping majority she originally envisaged. The polls close at 10pm The doors will shut and ballot boxes will be sealed up and transported to one of the counting centres across the UK. In some places, this involves travelling a significant distance, so delays can occur. Why US firms will ignore Trump's withdrawal from Paris climate agreement. Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord has received widespread condemnation from political leaders, scientists, activists and climate experts.
Perhaps surprisingly, a number of big businesses have also voiced their disagreement with the US president’s move. Among others, well-known companies such as Apple, General Electric, Google, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Tesla, Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo, Walmart and Walt Disney all condemned the announcement and vowed to continue with their own efforts to protect the environment regardless. Coupled with statements from states and cities, as well as other organisations, this shows that while the president may be appealing to a very specific slice of his electorate, many Americans are decidedly critical. Even large oil companies such as ExxonMobil and Chevron have argued against withdrawal. It’s clear why. Donald Trump wishes ex-FBI chief Comey 'luck' ahead of testimony.
Meeting Republican leaders in the Roosevelt Room, Trump was asked whether he had a message for Comey, whom he summarily dismissed last month in the middle of an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US election last year, and the possible collusion of Trump campaign aides.
"I wish him luck" Trump said. The expelled FBI director will appear on Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee for a hearing sure to be replete with political drama and intrigue. As violence sweeps Kabul, rapid pace of deportations from Europe continues. Thirty young men were deported to Kabul on June 6, on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul.
The deportation comes as Afghanistan is again wracked by violence. Less than a week ago, a bomb in the Afghan capital killed around 150 civilians and injured 500 more. Two days later, on June 2, the police opened fire on a demonstration, killing seven. Another three explosions then cost the lives of at least 22 people. Despite this, the men were being deported – by Norway, Sweden and Turkey. Connecting lone wolf killers to Islamic State magnifies the threat. While the magnitude of the attack on people enjoying a Saturday evening out in London on June 3 was not on the same scale as the carnage wrought on Manchester the previous month, terrorism and fear of terrorism is not just about the body count.
If what scared the public and motivated politicians most was simply an actuarial risk-assessment exercise, we would be far more afraid of road accidents – or domestic violence, which 432 people (mostly women) lost their lives to in the UK between April 2012 and March 2015. Rather, what makes terrorism such a visceral and emotive phenomenon is that it is, essentially, political violence. Terrorism courts publicity. It is about the “propaganda of the deed” and using violence to communicate a political message. The form of the Manchester attack was particularly striking given its use of explosives and the targeting of mostly young teenage girls – a particularly vulnerable section of society – at a concert. Paris police say attacker shot, wounded outside Notre Dame. Ariana Grande does what Donald Trump can't.
For a few hours on Sunday, Ariana Grande, a 23-year-old pop star from Boca Raton, Florida, was the leader of the free world. The position has been open for months. Contestants ranging from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to, improbably, Chinese President Xi Jinping have been auditioning for the job. Two weeks after 22 people were killed and more than 60 injured in a terrorist attack at her “Dangerous Woman” concert in Manchester in the UK, Grande returned to the city to hallow the ground and soothe the survivors. In the process, she rededicated her generation to the proposition that all men — and women, most definitely women — are created equal. Man shot after attacking police officer at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral. A man was shot and injured after he reportedly attacked a police officer with a hammer at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday. Police warned people to stay away from the French landmark, on the Ile de Cite island on the River Seine, via Twitter message.
The officer was injured during the assault and the attacker was shot by his colleagues, The Sun reported. The area in front of the Cathedral was sealed off, with French TV reporting that tourists were fleeing the scene. Trump's exit of Paris climate accord strengthens China and Europe. President Trump’s much-anticipated decision to exit the Paris Agreement on climate change strikes another blow against the current multilateral international order by his administration and reinforces its America First stance toward the world. Trump declared his administration’s intent to stop honoring and cease all implementation of the nonbinding parts of the Paris Agreement. This includes the goals and actions to reduce emissions outlined in the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) as well as any further contributions to the Green Climate Fund, which provides money to poor countries to lower emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change. With this action, which goes against the positions of almost all other countries in the world, President Trump officially, and entirely voluntarily, ceded hard-won U.S. international leadership.
Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website. When access to the messaging app Telegram was interrupted in Russia on June 3, for the second time in less than a week, some worried that the app had been blocked by state authorities. Brexit and US trade protectionism: catalyst for India-EU FTA. Amid govt and military pressure, this Pakistani newspaper stood tall. For the last eight months, an explosive news story with anonymous sources about a confrontation between Pakistan's Prime Minister and the country's top intelligence chief has resulted in several government officials losing their jobs and a newspaper being intimidated, revealing Pakistani state and military officials’ limited regard for press freedom.
Uncertainty over FIFA 2022 as rift widens between Qatar, its neighbours. The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said today. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups "that aim to destabilise the region".
US think tank: Israel had plan to use atomic bomb in 1967. Israel had a secret plan to detonate an atomic bomb in Egypt in the event that it faced defeat during the 1967 West Asia war, a leading American think tank said today, citing newly released documents. Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan Senate to debate ICJ verdict. Pakistan's Senate on Monday decided to debate the International Court of Justice (ICJ) order staying the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav after a senator of a hardline party tabled a motion saying the verdict hinted that Islamabad was not fully prepared to fight the case. Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani admitted the adjournment motion by Jamaat-I-Islami Senator Sirajul Haq for regular debate and issued notices to the foreign ministry and the attorney general to brief the upper house of the parliament.
Japan arrests 14-year-old for creating ransomware similar to WannaCry. Google's virtual assistant 'Home' facing glitches. Saudi Arabia cuts all diplomatic ties to Qatar citing threat of 'terrorism' Saudi Arabia broke diplomatic relations and all land, sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar on Monday, saying the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from what it described as terrorism and extremism.
The official state news agency, citing an official source, said Saudi Arabia had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar "proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism". Saudi Arabia cut all land, air and sea contacts with Qatar "and urges all brotherly countries and companies to do the same". ISIS surrenders leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's hideout in Iraq. The Islamic State has surrendered the key town of Baaj in north-west Iraq, which was a known hideout of the terrorist group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Baaj had been under Islamist militants' control throughout the 14 years of war and insurgency. 8 minutes on London Bridge: Years of training led to prompt police response. London terror attack: Gurdwaras in UK offer shelter to victims. Stop being politically correct, tweets Trump post London terror attack. UK Police arrests 12 suspects over Saturday night's London Bridge attack. Terror visits the UK again: 6 killed in London attack, 3 suspects shot dead. London Bridge terror attack: 20 people injured as van hits pedestrians. 'We need the travel ban': Donald Trump says after London terror attack.
Kabul lockdown: 18 dead as explosions rock protester's funeral. Bihar Class XII topper arrested, result cancelled. India committed to Paris Climate Change accord, says PM Narendra Modi. Indian-origin minister Leo Varadkar set to become first gay PM of Ireland. Trump ditches climate deal: Be happy! Now we can blame US, says Putin. KKR & Co raises $9.3 billion for third Asia fund. Wal-Mart, IBM oppose US exit from Paris deal, but will stay on WH panel. German police suspend rock concert due to terror threat. China to stick to Paris accord while US may withdraw. Pak govt acting like 'Sicilian Mafia', says SC judge. Marriott to open around 80 hotels in Asia Pacific adding 19,000 new rooms. Putin: Russian state has never been involved in hacking. Asian markets trade mixed after a negative lead from Wall Street.
IS hates what Ariana Grande stands for - that's why we should celebrate her. US markets end flat as financials drop, defensives gain. Kabul attack: Death toll reaches 90. Nestle invests in Latin American factories, creates 2,900 jobs. Donald Trump pulling US out of Paris climate deal: Reports. Wall Street flat as oil offsets gains in tech, healthcare. Amazon shares break $1,000; accounts for 17% market cap of the S&P 500.
Trump meets two candidates for FBI chief. Europeans can carry laptop on US flights; a big 'no' for Middle East. Manchester Arena attack: 'No defeat, no pity', city unites against bomber. Manchester Arena attack: 'No defeat, no pity', city unites against bomber. UK attack: 19 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Donald Trump visits Israel after urging West Asia to 'drive out' terrorists. Wall Street opens higher after $110 bn arms deal between US, Saudi Arabia. Post-Brexit trade deal: No talks before UK settles what it owes, says EU. Iran doesn't need US permission to conduct missile tests, says Rouhani. Despite travel ban, Nikki tells Syrian refugees 'Trump wants to help you'
In Saudi Arabia with Trump, Melania and Ivanka give the headscarf a miss. Cathay Pacific sacks 600 to cut down on costs; shares rise. Trump bringing world back to horse & cart says Schwarzenegger. Facebook post casts shadow on crackdown of alleged Islamists in Bangladesh. Get terrorists out of your mosques & communities, Donald Trump tells Saudis. Victims call hackers' bluff as ransomware deadline nears. From bridesmaid to bride for Prince William's sister-in-law Pippa.
US, Saudi firms sign deals worth $200 bn as Trump visits. Softbank-Saudi tech fund becomes world's biggest with $93 bn of capital. Flipkart taps more first-time premium buyers with EMIs, exchange, buybacks. Trump leaves on maiden foreign trip; to visit Saudi Arabia, 4 other nations. Venezuelan Prez Nicolas Maduro to Trump: 'Get your pig hands out of here" Libya: 141 killed in airbase attack. Dollar slides on Donald Trump concern, but stocks rise.
Trump to Russians: Ex-FBI Director James Comey was a 'real nut job, crazy' Chinese jets intercept US radiation-sniffing plane in East China sea: WH. TPP trade deal members seek to move ahead without US. Wall Street opens higher as Donald Trump slump eases. US stocks suffered $8.9 bn outflow as Trump stirs trouble in White House. Worldwide effort set to keep Donald Trump happy on 1st trip abroad. How Donald Trump could be removed from office under the US Constitution. Lawsuits accusing Facebook of supporting Hamas terrorist group dismissed. How World War I changed the weather for good. One dead, 19 injured as car hits people in New York's Times Square. Deutsche Bank wants former bosses to share past misconduct costs. Brazil turmoil: Prez Temer accused of bribery, oppn demands impeachment. Railways moots safety cess on tickets to prevent accidents. Google takes on Apple's Siri, opens up digital assistant to iPhone.
Donald Trump to visit China this year to boost Sino-US ties. Why Trump's White House leaks. Are public sector organisations prone to cyber-attacks on old computers? Japan's Shinzo PM Abe reaffirms conviction that TPP benefits Asia-Pacific. China's Tencent seals exclusive music licensing deal with music firm UMG. Donald Trump on sharing confidential data: Have absolute right to do so. Digital Protection launches in Dubai to certify e-commerce websites. Philippine lawmakers reject impeachment complaint against President Duterte. S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record highs as oil price rise boosts energy stocks.