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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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Morrison is rethinking cancelling Djokovic’s visa. It makes Australia Open look hicksville

Turning Serbia’s national hero into Australia’s national villain has been hard for the govt's 'operation sovereign borders' chapter.

RBI proposes changes to valuation of bank investments, relaxing of investment class rules

A Reserve Bank of India discussion paper Friday suggested removing caps on the Held-To-Maturity class of securities, and allowing more types of instruments to be held within them.

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A visual from the crash site in Tamil Nadu. | Photo: Twitter/ANI

CDS chopper crash was caused by weather change, leading to Controlled Flight Into Terrain: IAF

In Friday statement, IAF says tri-service Court of Inquiry ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as cause of accident involving Mi-17 V5 helicopter last month.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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