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US markets react sharply to escalating trade war with China

China announced to increase tariffs on $60 billion worth American imports and WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones.
Trump and Jinping

US to release details of further tariff hikes on Chinese goods

The US-China trade war has rattled financial markets across Asia-Pacific region even as the US says Trump-Xi trade talks are likely to take place at G20 summit.
US attorney general William Barr

US House committee holds Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress

Trade war ensues between China and US ahead of negotiations between two countries.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran steps away from parts of 2015 nuclear deal

The recent military threats by the US seem to have provoked Iran’s leadership into action.
A US Navy aircraft carrier

US deploys bombers to Middle East in response to Iran’s ‘troubling warnings’

 Turkey’s electoral body announces re-poll in Istanbul after ruling party loss.
Aeroflot plane catches fire killing 41 passengers

EU looks for chiefs of 3 bodies, Moscow toll touches 41

In the most intense surge in violence since 2014 between Gaza and Israel, 27 people have been killed in the last four days.
Sacked UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson

UK Defence Secretary sacked over Huawei leak

Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for bail breach and clash between protesters and police in Paris May Day rallies.
Juan Guaido leads a crowd protest pressing for military uprising against President Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition leader calls for military to topple ‘brutal’ Maduro regime

Violent clashes erupted in Venezuela between armed forces and Juan Guaido’s supporters and America claimed President Maduro was ready to escape to Cuba.
Pedro Sánchez

Socialists win Spanish election, but fall short of majority

Over 270 election staffers die after counting votes by hand in Indonesia after polls and thousands swarm streets in Hong Kong against China extradition law
Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin

Kim Jong-un praises Putin, says US acted in ‘bad faith’ at Hanoi summit

French President Emmanuel Macron announces tax cuts, increase in pension after months of Yellow Vest protests.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.