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Russell Crowe to lead new Asian film jury in Australia

Live Correspondent: Hollywood star Russell Crowe will chair a jury to decide the best Asian production at Australia's annual film awards this year, which will recognise excellence in Asian movie-making for the first time. The new award for top Asian feature will be handed out at the prestigious Sydney bash in December, as appetite for regional films surges Down Under. It is part of... details

Salman made Saudi crown prince

  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of his post and replaced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a royal decree said on Wednesday, in a promotion for King Salman’s 31-year-old son that confirms him as next ruler of the kingdom. Prince Mohammed bin Salman becomes deputy prime minister and retains his defense and other portfolios, the decree... details

‘Tillerson draws up programme for dealing with Russia’

Live Desk: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has crafted a three-point framework for developing a constructive working relationship with Russia on a limited set of issues, the BuzzFeed portal has reported citing officials in the State Department. The framework is a classified document that has not previously been revealed, the portal says. The first pillar is to convey to Moscow that... details

Lavrov to attend BRICS foreign ministers meeting in Beijing

Live Desk: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) due to begin in Bejing on Sunday. During his visit, Lavrov will meet with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi later on Sunday, a source in the Russian delegation told TASS. He will also attend the two-day meeting of BRICS top... details

7 missing sailors found dead aboard stricken U.S. destroyer

Live Desk: All seven bodies of U.S. sailors missing after a collision between the U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine container vessel have been found aboard the stricken destroyer, local media here reported Sunday. According to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, all seven bodies of the missing sailors were found aboard the destroyer in areas that had become... details

7 U.S. sailors missing after Aegis destroyer collides with container off Japan

Live Desk: Seven crew members of U.S. Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald were missing following a collision between the Aegis destroyer and a Philippine container in waters off Japan's central Shizuoka Prefecture early Saturday. The Japan Coast Guard said the collision, which left one person injured on the destroyer, occurred about 100 km southwest of Yokosuka. The collision... details

US student freed by N Korea has ‘extensive loss of brain tissue’

      Live Desk: An American university student who was returned to the United States this week after being held in North Korea for 17 months has a severe brain injury and is in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness,” doctors said on Thursday. Otto Warmbier, 22, who arrived in the United States on Tuesday, is stable but “shows no sign of understanding... details

Islamic State leader Baghdadi ‘may have been killed by Russia’

  Live Correspondent: Russia’s defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS). The ministry said an air strike may have killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and up to 330 other fighters on 28 May. It said the raid had targeted a meeting of the IS military council in the group’s de-facto capital... details

IS local recruiter targets youth from BD, India & Sri Lanka

  Live Desk: Mohammed Shafi Armar, the fugitive chief recruiter for the ISIS in the Indian subcontinent, has been named a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the US on Thursday, becoming the first Indian leader of the terror outfit against whom America has sponsored sanctions. The US State Treasury Department, while updating its list of Specially Designated Global... details

Muslims who were still awake in the small hours after staying up to break their Ramadan…

Live desk: Muslims who were still awake in the small hours after staying up to break their Ramadan fast are hailed as heroes after helping to save sleeping neighbours' lives in Grenfell Tower inferno Muslims had stayed up for Suhur - the meal between 1-2am before they started fasting again - and saw the inferno break out at the Tower just before 1am They began running around and banging... details

US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale

Live Desk:  US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah signed a letter of agreement Wednesday for a $12-billion sale of US-manufactured F-15 fighters, the Pentagon said. The sale comes amid a simmering crisis in the Gulf after Qatar's neighbors accused it of supporting terrorism and cut diplomatic ties. US President Donald Trump has signalled... details

Russia launches space freighter to ISS

  Live Correspondent: Russia on Wednesday launched an unmanned Progress cargo ship carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "The Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket with the Progress MS-06 cargo ship launched successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome at 12:20 Moscow time (0920 GMT)," Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on... details

US appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban…

Live Desk: A US appeals court on Monday upheld a decision to block President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six Muslim majority nations -- the latest in a string of stinging judicial blows for the Republican billionaire. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit kept in place a lower court injunction on the ban, arguing the president had overstepped his... details