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Russia-India sign S-400 missile deal

  

PNS Desk: Russia signed a deal with India to supply five regiments of S-400 anti-aircraft missiles to India, Interfax news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Friday.The contract was signed during President Vladimir Putin's trip to India. Ahead of the visit, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said the missile deal would be worth more than $5 billion.PNS/Tamanna Khan

Pakistan opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif arrested

  

PNS Desk: The leader of Pakistan’s largest opposition party, Shehbaz Sharif, was arrested in Lahore on Friday by the nation’s anti-graft agency.Sharif, the president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, was detained in relation to a corruption case revolving around a government housing project, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a senior PML-N official and former prime minister, told Bloomberg by phone.“This is political victimization, which we have seen already before the general elections,”...

Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad win Nobel Peace Prize

  

PNS Desk: Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.The pair won the award "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict," Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said in unveiling the winners in Oslo."A more peaceful world can only be achieved if women and their fundamental rights and security...

ICJ orders US to ensure Iran sanctions don't hit humanitarian aid

  

PNS Desk: The World Court ordered the United States on Wednesday to ensure that sanctions against Iran, due to be tightened next month, do not affect humanitarian aid or civil aviation safety.Judges at the International Court of Justice handed a victory to Tehran, which had argued that sanctions imposed since May by the administration of US President Donald Trump violate the terms of a 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries.The ruling is likely to have at most limited...

Laser scientists win 2018 Nobel Physics Prize

  

PNS Desk: Scientists Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics for breakthroughs in the field of lasers used for surgery as well as scientific study, the award-giving body said on Tuesday.American Ashkin of Bell Laboratories in the United States won half of the prize while Frenchman Mourou, who also has US citizenship, and Canadian Strickland shared the other half.Strickland, of the University of Waterloo, Canada, becomes only the third...

Indonesia tsunami: Deaths pass 1350

  

PNS Desk: The number of people known to have died in Indonesia in Friday's earthquake and tsunami has risen to 1,347, the country's disaster response agency says.The death toll jumped on Tuesday from a previous confirmed figure of 844.The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.People there are growing increasingly desperate for food, fuel and water.Humanitarian relief convoys entering...

Pakistan releases video of Kulbhushan Jadhav 'statement' on mother's visit

  

PNS Desk: Pakistan has released another video featuring Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, in which he's heard saying that he saw an Indian diplomat "yelling" at his mother and his wife during their Christmas day visit with him in Islamabad, reported Dawn."Why were Indian diplomats yelling at my mother after her meeting with me?" he is seen asking in the video. "During the meeting, it looked like my mother had been beaten and brought here on a plane," he's further heard...

Trump-Bannon row: White House lawyers issue cease-and-desist order

  

PNS Desk: US President Donald Trump's lawyers have written to his former strategist Steve Bannon, saying he has violated a non-disclosure agreement.The cease-and-desist notice accuses Mr Bannon of defaming the president in speaking to author Michael Wolff.Mr Wolff's forthcoming tell-all book describes the president as being unprepared for the job.Mr Trump responded by saying Mr Bannon had "lost his mind" after losing his White House position.His lawyers said Mr Bannon had...

A mass grave found in Rakhaine state

  

Pns: Myanmar’s army said on Monday that security forces have discovered a mass grave on the edge of a village in Rakhine State, and have launched an investigation.A violent crackdown by the security forces in response to attacks by militants in the state has caused around 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh in recent months.In a statement posted on the Facebook page of the military’s commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the army said the unidentified bodies...

65 journalists and media workers killed globally this year: RSF

  

Pns: Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday.Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years. However, the downward trend is due at least in part to journalists giving up working in the world’s deadliest spots.War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, RSF said, with 12 reporters killed, followed by Mexico...

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