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US shoots down Chinese 'spy balloon' with missile, video surfaces
short by Hiral Goyal / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
A US military fighter jet shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon on Saturday, a week after it first entered the country's airspace. US President Joe Biden said he had issued the take down order on Wednesday but was advised to wait until it was over water. The balloon was shot using a single AIM-9X supersonic, heat-seeking, air-to-air missile.
short by Hiral Goyal / 08:29 am on 05 Feb
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf passes away aged 79
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf has passed away at the age of 79 after a prolonged illness, Pakistani media reported. He was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Dubai. Earlier, his family had stated that he was suffering from Amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when amyloid proteins are deposited in tissues and organs.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:49 am on 05 Feb
China has released a statement after US shot down what it called a Chinese spy balloon. "China will resolutely uphold the relevant company's legitimate rights and interests, and at the same time reserving the right to take further actions in response," it stated. China called the balloon an 'unmanned civilian airship' and expressed dissatisfaction against use of force by US.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 08:50 am on 05 Feb
Elon Musk shares meme on US shooting down Chinese 'spy balloon'
short by Pragya Swastik / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Tesla CEO and the world's second-richest person, Elon Musk, took to Twitter to share a meme after the US shot down an alleged Chinese 'spy balloon' off the US Atlantic coast. The meme showed the flying house featured in the 2009 animated film 'Up' being shot down. China has said America is "clearly overreacting and seriously violating international practice".
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:45 pm on 05 Feb
Hillary on a 2-day visit to Guj, to unveil 50-yr memorial of SEWA
short by Shalini Ojha / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's two-day visit to Gujarat will begin on Sunday. She will dedicate a memorial to 50 years of the foundation of the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), founded by social worker and Gandhian Ela Bhatt, in Ahmedabad. Clinton will also pay tribute to Bhatt, who passed away at the age of 89 last year.
short by Shalini Ojha / 12:58 pm on 05 Feb
Found him smart, engaging: Tharoor on ex-Pak Prez Musharraf
short by Shalini Ojha / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Former MoS External Affairs Shashi Tharoor condoled the demise of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Sunday. "He became a real force for peace 2002-2007. I met him annually in those days at the UN and found him smart, engaging and clear in his strategic thinking," Tharoor, a Congress leader, tweeted. Musharraf died in Dubai at the age of 79.
short by Shalini Ojha / 01:43 pm on 05 Feb
UK PM Sunak makes special gesture, joins India-UK security meeting
short by Pragya Swastik / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
UK PM Rishi Sunak made a "special gesture" by briefly joining a UK Cabinet Office meeting between India's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and his UK counterpart Sir Tim Barrow in London. "Deeply value PM's assurance of his government's full support to deepen strategic partnership in trade, defence, S&T," High Commission of India, London's official Twitter account tweeted.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:45 pm on 05 Feb
Second Chinese spy balloon spotted over Latin America: Pentagon
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
A Chinese spy balloon has been spotted over Latin America, the Pentagon said on Friday, a day after a similar craft was seen in US skies. It's unclear exactly which country in the region the balloon is hovering over, it added. China expressed regret over the balloon over US, saying it was a weather airship that had been blown astray.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 04:50 pm on 04 Feb
How did US prepare to shoot down Chinese 'spy balloon'?
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
US President Joe Biden said that the Pentagon decided the best time to shoot down the suspected Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon was when it got over water within around 19-km limit. Before firing the missile, the government stopped flight operations at three airports. A fighter jet then fired the shot to take it down.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:52 am on 05 Feb
A 16-year-old girl who jumped into Swan River to swim with dolphins was killed by a shark in Australia's Perth. Another teen, who was in the river with friends, recounted that responding officers rushed to rescue the girl before they were asked to leave the water by a person on a jet ski. First responders tried to give her CPR.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 01:28 pm on 05 Feb
Ordered to shoot it as soon as possible: Biden on Chinese balloon
short by Shalini Ojha / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
After the US shot down what it called a Chinese spy balloon, President Joe Biden said he had ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down as soon as possible. "They decided that the best time to do that was as it got over water, outside - within the 12-mile limit," he said and also complimented the aviators "who did it".
short by Shalini Ojha / 09:58 am on 05 Feb
Portugal to send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine: PM Costa
short by Mayukh Debnath / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Portugal will send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, PM Antonio Costa announced on Saturday, without specifying how many will be shipped. He said Portugal is in talks with Germany to obtain parts needed for the repair of several inoperable Leopard tanks in Portugal's inventory of the weapon. Costa said he hoped to deliver the tanks to Ukraine by March-end.
short by Mayukh Debnath / 09:00 pm on 04 Feb
Advanced arms to Ukraine will be retaliated: Ex-Russian Prez
short by Indraneel Sen / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said if Ukraine procures advanced weapons from the US, it will trigger retaliatory strikes from Russia up to the extent of its nuclear doctrine, Reuters reported. As per Russia's nuclear doctrine, a nuclear strike is permitted after "aggression against the Russian Federation with conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened".
short by Indraneel Sen / 10:12 pm on 04 Feb
Funeral held in Kyiv for Belarusian volunteer killed in war
short by Mayukh Debnath / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
A funeral for a Belarusian military volunteer who died fighting against Russia on the frontlines in eastern Ukraine was held in Kyiv on Saturday. Eduard Lobov was a member of the Kalinowsky Regiment. The unit is composed of Belarusian volunteers who believe Ukraine's victory over Russia may lead to the ouster of Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko's government.
short by Mayukh Debnath / 11:30 pm on 04 Feb
Over 170 POWs released in latest Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap
short by Mayukh Debnath / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Russia and Ukraine announced on Saturday that they have released more than 170 prisoners of war (POWs) as part of the latest prisoner swap between them. Moscow said Ukraine freed 63 Russian troops, including some "special category" prisoners whose release was secured following mediation by the UAE. Meanwhile, Kyiv informed that Russia released 116 Ukrainians from its captivity.
short by Mayukh Debnath / 08:42 pm on 04 Feb
6 Palestinians wounded during Israeli army raid in West Bank
short by Mayukh Debnath / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Six Palestinians were wounded during an Israeli army raid on a refugee camp in West Bank's Jericho, Palestinian officials said. A gunfight erupted as residents of houses besieged by the army opened fire. Israel said the houses were being used as hideouts for Palestinian attackers, adding that its troops were looking for suspects involved in a shooting attack last week.
short by Mayukh Debnath / 09:53 pm on 04 Feb
Imran Khan asks PTI workers to prepare for ‘Jail Bharo' movement
short by Mayukh Debnath / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Saturday instructed workers and supporters of his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), to prepare for a 'Jail Bharo' movement over the alleged custodial torture of PTI leaders. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led government and the military leadership think that "we'll be frightened by harassment and custodial torture, they're seriously mistaken", he said.
short by Mayukh Debnath / 10:23 pm on 04 Feb
US and China never announced any visit: Beijing
short by Indraneel Sen / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
The Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday said, "The US and China have never announced any visit, the US making any such announcement is their own business, and we respect that." The statement was issued a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly cancelled a visit to Beijing scheduled on Sunday.
short by Indraneel Sen / 11:09 pm on 04 Feb
Putin gave his word he won't kill Zelenskyy: Ex-Israel PM
short by Shalini Ojha / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Former Israeli PM Naftali Bennett said he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin if he planned to kill his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy. "He said, 'I won't kill Zelenskyy.' I then said...'I have to understand that you're giving me your word that you won't kill Zelenskyy'," Bennett recalled. He said he then called Zelenskyy to inform him of Putin's promise.
short by Shalini Ojha / 04:16 pm on 05 Feb
Brazil sinks decommissioned aircraft carrier in Atlantic Ocean
short by Mayukh Debnath / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Brazil sank a decommissioned aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, the navy informed. The hull of the Sao Paulo was sunk at a location where the sea is 5,000 metres deep to mitigate the impact on the marine ecosystem, officials said. It was to be scrapped in Turkey but was refused entry by the country over environmental concerns.
short by Mayukh Debnath / 10:07 pm on 04 Feb
Church can't remain neutral on injustice: Pope in South Sudan
short by Mayukh Debnath / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Pope Francis on Saturday said that the Church "cannot remain neutral before the pain caused by acts of injustice". He made the remark while addressing a gathering in South Sudan during the 'pilgrimage of peace'. Francis, along with Protestant church leaders, is visiting South Sudan in an effort to urge the country's leaders to recommit to implementing a peace deal.
short by Mayukh Debnath / 10:52 pm on 04 Feb
China's balloon entered our airspace, support US action: Canada PM
short by Shalini Ojha / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
Canada PM Justin Trudeau on Sunday said China's balloon violated American and Canadian airspace, as he supported the US's action of shooting the balloon down. "We'll keep working together...on our security and defence," Trudeau tweeted. Separately, Minister of Defence, Anita Anand, tweeted, "Canada has been closely engaged with the US on this decision...We unequivocally support this action."
short by Shalini Ojha / 04:42 pm on 05 Feb
Cartels helping Indians illegally enter the US: Official
short by Indraneel Sen / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
Criminal transnational organisations, which are commonly called cartels, charge about $21,000 to help Indians illegally cross over the American border, Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County in Arizona, US, told a House Judiciary Committee. The minimum charge being asked for by these cartels to help a foreign national come into the US illegally is $7,000, he said.
short by Indraneel Sen / 11:22 pm on 04 Feb
6th US police officer fired over fatal beating of Black man
short by Athira Sasidharan / on 04 Feb 2023,Saturday
A sixth US police officer involved in the arrest of Tyre Nichols, the Black motorist who died three days after being beaten by police following a traffic stop, has been fired. Preston Hemphill "violated multiple departmental policies" including on "personal conduct" and regulations on Taser gun use, authorities said. Five other officers were already fired and charged with Nichols' murder.
short by Athira Sasidharan / 04:15 pm on 04 Feb
Ban on marijuana users from owning guns unconstitutional: US judge
short by Shalini Ojha / on 05 Feb 2023,Sunday
A federal law prohibiting marijuana users from owning guns is unconstitutional, US District Judge Patrick Wyrick said on Friday while dismissing an indictment against a man who was accused of violating the ban. "The mere use of marijuana carries none of the characteristics that the nation's history and tradition of firearms regulation supports," the judge said.
short by Shalini Ojha / 12:12 pm on 05 Feb
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