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A wildfire burns between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in east Gipplsland on 2 January 2020 in Australia | Bloomberg

Australia’s bushfires could become the new normal, warn climate scientists

A review of 27 scientific papers published since 2013 reveals that there is a clear link between climate change and bushfires in Australia.
US President Donald Trump

US and Iran appear to signal desire to avoid further conflict, but risks remain

In retaliation for the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by the US, Iran had launched missile strikes on US troops in Iraq.
General Qasem Soleimani

Iran attacks two Iraqi military bases housing US forces in response to Soleimani killing

More than a dozen missiles were fired at the Ain al-Asad base in Anbar and the base in Erbil but no casualties have been reported so far.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran says it’s pulling out of nuclear agreement, but is still part of deal ‘politically’

Some experts say the 2015 nuclear deal is dead, but others say it isn’t and point out how Iran’s official statement suggests that it is still a part of the deal.
Carlos Ghosn in Davos in 2018 | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Who Carlos Ghosn is, and how he escaped house arrest in Japan

Ghosn, former head of Nissan, was accused of underreporting assets and was under trial in Japan.
Economy_Stocks

What US yield curve is, and why analysts say it signals optimism for global economy in 2020

The US yield curve is considered the leading indicator of global economy’s health and has predicted every American recession in the past 50 years.
Marina Bay in Singapore | Flickr

Singapore books Indian national for protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act

The 32-year-old Indian man was allegedly protesting without a permit, which is a criminal offence in Singapore.

US stops sending sniffer dogs to Egypt and Jordan after multiple deaths

A US government report highlighted cases of severe negligence in the care of sniffer dogs in Jordan and Egypt.

Islamic State is regrouping and getting stronger in Iraq again, claims report

According to a BBC report, the Islamic State has over 10,000 members in Iraq — including 4,000 to 5,000 fighters.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump becomes third US President to be impeached by House of Representatives

A trial will now take place at Senate, followed by a vote. A two-thirds majority will be required to convict and remove President Donald Trump.

On Camera

File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

Chinese intrusion in Galwan lasted for two weeks before it was cleared by Indian troops

China has stopped or diverted the flow of Galwan waters, an action contrary to its assurance that it would not block waters of south and westward flowing rivers.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

Defence

Trucks carry essential commodities in Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Northern Commander in Ladakh, Army moves more troops amid standoff with China

Additional troops have been brought in from three locations outside Ladakh to the LAC where a standoff with China has been on since early May.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.