FGN8 VIRUS-UN-2NDLD RESOLUTION India votes in favour of UNGA resolution, calling for multilateral cooperation to combat COVID United Nations: India, along with 168 nations, voted in favour of a COVID-19 resolution in the UN General Assembly that reaffirms international cooperation to respond to “one of the greatest global challenges” and acknowledges the World Health Organisation’s “key leadership role” in responding to the outbreak, a reference the US objected to as it opposed the resolution.
FGN13 LANKA-TANKER Oil tanker authorities likely neglected crew warnings on possible fire: Lankan court told Colombo: The authorities of the oil tanker that went up in flames off Sri Lanka's eastern waters seemed to have neglected warnings from the crew on possible fire on board, a Sri Lankan court has heard.
FGN19 US-LD MALDIVES US signs defence cooperation deal with Maldives amidst China's growing presence in Indian Ocean Washington: The US has signed a framework for defence cooperation with the Maldives to deepen engagement in support of maintaining peace and security in the strategic Indian Ocean, the Pentagon has announced, as the Trump administration looks for strengthening alliances in the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s growing presence in the region.
FGN2 US-AFGHANISTAN US hopes Doha peace negotiations can end protracted war in Afghanistan Washington: On the eve of the start of the historic peace negotiations between the Taliban and the elected Afghan government, a top American diplomat hoped that the warring factions can come to an agreement on a political roadmap to end the protracted war that Afghanistan has had.
FGN23 SINGAPORE-WWII-ANNIVERSARY Seven nations observe 75th anniversary of end of World War II in Singapore Singapore: Representatives from seven former combatant nations, including India, observed the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II at a war memorial in Singapore on Saturday.
FGN24 UK-PM-BREXIT-BILL UK PM seeks party backing for his controversial Brexit bill London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on his Conservative Party MPs to back a controversial parliamentary bill that would override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement struck with the European Union, or the so-called Brexit divorce pact.
FGN25 VIRUS-UK-POLICE UK police urge weekend restraint ahead of ‘rule of 6’ COVID-19 lockdown London: Police forces across the UK on Saturday urged the public to exercise restraint and stay away from large gatherings ahead of the new “rule of six” lockdown rules that will officially come into force from Monday, amid a spike in coronavirus infections across the country.
FGN1 US-ISRAEL-BAHRAIN Trump brokers another peace deal in Middle East, Bahrain to normalise relations with Israel Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday brokered another peace deal in the Middle East with Bahrain announcing that it would normalise diplomatic ties with Israel. PTI TEAM NSA