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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

The victim's pyre burns amid heavy police presence in her village, Boolgarhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrintIndia

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.

Defence

INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.