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Theresa May’s Brexit plans ridiculed as ‘foolish’ by former government legal chief

    Live Correspondent: Theresa May’s assertion that the UK can retain the benefits of the single market and customs union while breaking free of all European laws after Brexit has been mocked by the former chief of the Government’s legal services. It comes after the the Brexit department published a key position paper on the customs union last week, making clear... details

23 killed, 40 injured as train derails in India

live Desk: At least 23 people have died and over 40 injured after 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, reports NDTV. The accident took place around 5.46 pm in Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar, barely 100 kilometres from the national capital, New Delhi. The train was headed from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. One coach rammed into a... details

Malala gets into Oxford University

    Live Desk: Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize-winning activist who narrowly avoided death after being shot by the Taliban, has gained a place to study at the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old revealed she has been accepted to study philosophy, politics and economics at the prestigious institution after receiving her A-level results on Thursday morning. Ms... details

India & China troops clash along Himalayan border

Live Desk: A confrontation occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border in the western Himalayas, Indian officials said on Tuesday. The PTI news agency said soldiers threw stones, causing minor injuries to both sides, as Chinese troops tried to enter Indian territory near the Pangong lake. Beijing maintains that their soldiers were inside Chinese... details

In Independence Day speech, PM Modi says bullets or abuse won’t solve Kashmir issue, love will

    Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his focus on fighting corruption and said the Kashmir issue can be solved only by embracing Kashmiri people.   Modi made the remarks during his Independence Day speech, in which he also touched on issues of casteism and communalism, and made his first comments on last week’s deaths in Gorakhpur... details

Trump’s reelection campaign releases television ad

    Live Desk: US President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign released its first television advertisement on Sunday, a 30-second spot that attacks Democrats and touts the accomplishments of his first seven months in office. The ad’s release comes amid intense criticism of Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a planned rally by white... details

2 killed in helicopter crash in U.S. state of Virginia

Live Desk: Two people were killed after a helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon seven miles (11 kilometers) southwest of Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia. The state police said the National Transportation Safety Board and Virginia State Police are investigating the crash, which reportedly took place in a wooded area. Earlier, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer and hospital... details

Watch your words, China urges Trump

  Live Desk: China’s President Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump and North Korea to avoid “words and actions” that worsen tensions, state media say. Mr Trump and North Korea have been exchanging hostile rhetoric, with the US president threatening to rain “fire and fury” on the North. But China, North Korea’s only major ally, has been urging restraint. A White... details

China protests after US warship sails near island

International Live: An angry Beijing warned off a US warship after it sailed near an artificial island in the disputed South China Sea in the latest operation aimed at loosening the Asian giant's grip on the strategic waterway. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the actions of the USS John S. McCain had violated Chinese and international law, "seriously" impairing the country's... details

Mystery as US expels two Cuban diplomats

    Live Desk: Washington has expelled two Cuban diplomats after US embassy staff in Havana suffered mysterious physical symptoms, the US state department said. It was not immediately clear what had happened, with spokeswoman Heather Nauert saying there were no “definitive answers about the source or cause”. Reports suggest US diplomats could have suffered hearing... details

US calls Putin visit to Georgia separatist region ‘inappropria

Live Desk: The United States on Wednesday criticized a visit by President Vladimir Putin to the Russian-backed Abkhazia region of Georgia, calling it "inappropriate." In 2008, Russia and Georgia fought a brief war over the region, which Putin visited on Tuesday, the anniversary of the start of the fighting. "The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the... details

Dubai to test run world’s first automated flying taxis by year end

Live Correspondent: Trial runs of the world's first automated aerial taxis (AAT) are expected to start by the end of this year, local media reported Wednesday. Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is collaborating with German firm Volocopter, which specializes in manufacturing Autonomous Air Vehicles (AAV), on the AAT project, the gulfnews.com website reported. Over the next five... details

ECP of Pakistan asks PML-N to replace Nawaz Sharif as party leader

    Live Desk: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday issued a notice to the PML-N for the appointment of a new party leader, DawnNews reported. The ECP in the notice said that under the Political Parties Order 2002, a disqualified lawmaker cannot hold any office in a political party. The notification also referred to the Supreme Court order on the... details