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4 Americans, 1 Canadian Die in Small Plane Crash in Honduras

Four Americans and a Canadian pilot were killed when a small plane went down off the coast of Roatan island in Honduras, officials said.

(Source: AP)

Rocket Attack Hits Near US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone

A rocket crashed Sunday night in the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling US Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said.

The apparent attack, which Iraq's state-run news agency said did not cause any casualties, came amid heightened tensions across the Persian Gulf, after the White House ordered warships and bombers to the region earlier this month to counter an alleged, unexplained threat from Iran.

(Source: AP)

Blast Injures South African Tourists Near Egypt's Giza Pyramids

An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two security sources said.

A third security source said the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists from the airport to the pyramids area, and that four Egyptians in a nearby car were also injured by broken glass.

(Source: Reuters)

BJP Worker Shot Dead by Congress Leader in MP

A 60-year-old BJP worker was allegedly shot dead by a Congress leader in Paliya village in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, police said.

The incident took place some time before the polling for the Indore Lok Sabha seat came to an end, police said.

(Source: PTI)

PDP Activist in Critical Condition After Militant Attack in J&K

Peoples Democratic Party activist Mohammad Jamal was grievously injured after militants allegedly shot him at Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Sunday, police said.

Jamal was rushed to a hospital in a critical condition, the police added.

(Source: PTI)

Fire Breaks out at a Chemical Factory in Silvassa

Fire breaks out at a chemical factory in Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Eight fire tenders are at the spot.

(Source: ANI)

2 Criminals Dead After Shootout near Delhi's Dwarka Mor Metro Station

Two suspected criminals were killed following a shootout between rival gangs near the Dwarka Mor metro station in South West Delhi on Sunday, police said.

Parveen Gehlot, a resident of Nawada area, and Vikas Dalal had several cases of murders, extortion and robberies registered against them in Delhi and Haryana, they said.

The shootout was an outcome of a property dispute, according to police.

(Source: PTI)

Pak Considering Appointing NSA to Resume Backchannel Diplomacy: Official

The Imran Khan-led Pakistan government is actively considering appointing a National Security Advisor to revive backchannel diplomacy with India to iron out issues hindering the resumption of peace talks between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, official sources said on Sunday, 19 May.

Since assuming the office in August last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan repeatedly reached out to India for the resumption of peace talks on all outstanding issues.

But India has made it clear to Pakistan that terrorism and dialogue will not go hand-in-hand.

(Source: PTI)

A Political Worker Shot at By Terrorists in J&K's Kulgam

Terrorists shot at a political worker Mohd Jamal in Zangalpora area of Kulgam in Jammu & Kashmir. He has been shifted to a hospital and is said to be in a critical condition, reports ANI.

India, Singapore Conduct Naval Drill in South China Sea

The navies of India and Singapore conducted their bilateral naval drill in the South China Sea on Sunday, the Navy said. The bilateral naval drill will be conducted till 22 May.

Indian Navy ships Kolkata and Shakti took part in the bilateral naval exercise with Singapore, along with long range maritime patrol aircraft Poseidon-8I (P8I).

The Singapore side is to be represented by RSN ships Steadfast and Valiant, maritime patrol aircraft Fokker-50 (F-50) and F-16 fighter aircraft.

(Source: PTI)

Gunmen Kill 19 at Fish Market in Northeast Congo

At least 19 people were killed when gunmen attacked a fish market in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo near Lake Albert, local officials said on Sunday.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the region around Ituri province has been hit in the past by intercommunal violence between militias from the Hema and Lendu communities.

"Nineteen corpses were found in the village of Tara on the edge of Lake Albert, and eight others were wounded," said Pilo Mulindo, a local community leader in Djugu territory.

"The attack happened on Wednesday when armed bandits attacked a group gathered on the beach to set up a market," the official said.

(Source: AFP)

Bangladeshi Man to Return Home After 23 Years

A mentally challenged Bangladeshi, who had crossed over to India accidentally over two decades ago, finally met his family in a jail in Tezpur, Assam on Sunday, officials told PTI.

Azbdar Peada (55) had accidentally crossed over to India from Bangladesh 23 years ago, they said.

Peada is fit now and he would leave for his country next month, the officials of Tezpur Central jail said.

Fire Breaks out at Garment Godown in West Bengal's Siliguri

A fire broke out in a garment godown in Khalpara area of Siliguri in West Bengal on Sunday evening; four fire tenders are present at the spot, reports ANI.

Coltan Mine Collapse Kills Nine in Burundi: Official

Nine miners were killed and another 20 injured when an unregulated coltan mine collapsed following torrential rains in northern Burundi, an official and witnesses said on Sunday.

The disaster occurred on Friday near the town of Kabarore, the sources said.

Four of the injured are in serious condition, a local official told AFP, requesting anonymity. They were transported to local hospitals, the official said.

Rohtang Pass Reopens After 6 Months

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Sunday opened the Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valley, after a gap of six months.

A large number of Lahaul residents, living in the Kullu-Manali area had a sigh of relief as one has to travel through the Rohtang Pass to commute between Kullu and Lahaul valley.

Meanwhile, the district administration has restricted the movement of tourist vehicles towards the Rohtang Pass for safety reasons. They have been allowed to go up to Gulaba.

(Source: PTI)

Blast Hits Egypt Tourist Bus, 17 Injured: Security, Medical Sources

A blast hit an Egypt tourist bus injuring 17 people, reports AFP, citing security and medical sources.

Cattle Smuggling Bids Foiled in J&K, 12 Held

A dozen separate cattle smuggling attempts were foiled in Jammu and Kashmir's Raman, Udhampur and Poonch districts, police said on Sunday.

Twelve drivers were arrested and 185 animals were rescued, they added.

Five trucks, heading for Kashmir and allegedly loaded with 80 animals, were intercepted at Batote and Chanderkote areas of Ramban district Saturday evening, a police official said. He said the animals were rescued and the five drivers arrested.

(Source: PTI)

3 Members of Banned NSCN(K) Group Held by Assam Rifles in Arunachal

Three members of banned terrorist organisation NSCN(K) arrested by 9th regiment of Assam Rifles in Old Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh. Weapons and ammunition have also been recovered from their possession, reports ANI.

Bodies of Two Indian Mountaineers Recovered from Mt Kanchenjunga

The bodies of two Indian mountaineers, who died in Nepal due to high altitude sickness near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition to the world's third tallest peak, have been recovered and flown to Kathmandu, officials said in Kathmandu on Sunday, 19 May.

Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Karar (46) died Wednesday night above Camp IV after they were unable to continue their descent from near the 8,586-metre peak due to hypothermia and snowblindness.

The bodies of Baidya and Kanrar were first carried by rescuers from the mountain's highest camp to near the base camp and then flown to Kathmandu in a helicopter.

(Source: PTI)

Huawei Will Not Bow to US Pressure: Founder

Chinese telecom giant Huawei is ready to deal with Washington's crackdown and will reduce its reliance on US components, its founder told Japanese media.

President Donald Trump effectively barred Huawei from the US market on Wednesday and added it to a list which would restrict US sales to the firm amid an escalating trade war with Beijing.

"We have already been preparing for this," Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told a group of Japanese journalists Saturday in his first interview since Trump's move.

Ren said Huawei would continue to develop its own components to reduce its dependence on outside suppliers.

(Source: AFP)

Theresa May Pledges 'New and Improved Deal' to Save Her Brexit Plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday, 19 May, promised a "new and improved deal" that she hopes will see her controversial Brexit agreement through Parliament when it comes up for a fourth vote in the first week of June.

Writing in 'The Sunday Times', May said it was "truly" decision time for MPs when the Withdrawal Agreement Bill returns to the House of Commons and claimed that she would not simply be asking them to “think again” but will be asking them to consider an improved package of measures that honours the June 2016 referendum result in favour of Brexit.

(Source: PTI)

Oil Producers Meet to Discuss Output Amid Iran Tension

Major crude producers are set to meet Sunday, 19 May, to discuss how to stabilise a volatile oil market amid rising US-Iran tensions in the Gulf, which threaten to disrupt supply.

Key OPEC members and other major suppliers including Russia will assess the oil market and examine compliance to production cuts agreed late last year.

But the subject of Iran, which is not present, will dominate the one-day meeting of the OPEC+ group.

(Source: AFP)

For Iranians, Economic Crisis Looms Larger Than US Tensions

Battered by US sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran's 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life.

Now they wonder aloud about America's intentions as it rushes an aircraft carrier and other forces to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceives from Iran.

Most say they believe a war will not come to the region, though they remain willing to defend their country. They think Iran should try to talk to the US to help its anemic economy, even as they see President Donald Trump as an erratic and untrustworthy adversary.

(Source: AP)

Austrian President Calls for September Snap Elections

The Austrian president has called for snap elections in September, reports AFP news agency.

2 Teens Die as Car Overturns in Rajasthan

Two teenagers were killed and three others injured when a car in which they were travelling overturned in Sirohi district of Rajasthan on Sunday, 19 May, police said.

The incident took place on Abu road under Pindwara police station. The deceased have been identified as Ami Soni (14) and her cousin, Dev Goswami (14), the police said.

The bodies have been handed over to the family after post-mortem, the police added.

(Source: PTI)

7 French Fighter Jets Make Emergency Landing in Indonesia

Poor weather has forced seven French navy fighter jets taking part in a training exercise to make emergency landings in northern Indonesia.

Local air force base commander Col. Hendro Arief says the crews of seven Dassault Rafale combat planes landed safely at Sultan Iskandar Muda air force base in Aceh province on Saturday, 90 minutes after taking off from their aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Indian Ocean.

(Source: AP)

Four Killed While Cleaning Water Pumping Station in Gujarat

Four sanitation workers died after inhaling poisonous gas while cleaning a storm water pumping station in Gujarat's Ahmedabad city, a police official said on Sunday, 19 May.

The mishap took place in Odhav locality late Saturday night when a worker went into the well of the civic-run Ambikanagar pumping station and fell unconscious after inhaling a toxic gas, he said.

Three other labourers then rushed in to help him, but they also inhaled the gas and died on the spot, the official at Odhav police station said.

(Source: PTI)

BSF Officer Injured in Pak Shelling Along LoC in J&K's Poonch

A BSF officer was injured in the cross-border shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, officials said on Sunday.

Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Satyapal Singh suffered splinter injuries when a mortar shell exploded near him while manning a forward post at Baloni in Krishna Ghati sector on Friday night, they said.

The officials said the officer was shifted to the military hospital and his condition was "stable".

(Source: PTI)

One Person Dead in an Explosion Near MLA's Residence in Vyalikaval, Bengaluru

One person has died in an explosion near the residence of Rajarajeshwari Nagar MLA, Munirathna, in Vyalikaval. Police is present at the spot and is investigating the incident.

Naxals Torch Truck in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli

Naxals have torched a truck at a wood depot in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli.

(Source: ANI)

Bengaluru: 2 Manipuri Trans Women Allegedly Raped, 3 Men Arrested

Bengaluru police on Saturday arrested three men for allegedly raping two trans women from Manipur at knife point.

The incident took place on May 12, but the survivors, a 23-year-old student and a 24-year-old professional, were reluctant to go the police fearing apathy.

(Source: The News Minute)

New York's Times Square Billboard Catches Fire, Extinguished

Crews responded to a billboard on fire in the middle of New York’s Times Square.

New York’s fire department said they got the call just after 3 pm on Saturday for an all-hands fire on a billboard at 43rd Street and 7th Avenue. The fire was put out in under an hour.

(Source: ABC 7 Chicago)

Sprinter Dutee Chand Reveals She Is in a Same Sex Relationship

Indian sprinter and medallist Dutee Chand said she has found a soulmate, a girl from her hometown whom she has known for a few years.

Chand is the first Indian sports star to acknowledge being in a same-sex relationship.

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Boeing Acknowledges Defects in 737 Max Simulator Software

Boeing acknowledged today that it had to correct defects in its flight simulator software used to train pilots to fly the 737 MAX, the aircraft model involved in two deadly crashes that killed 346 people.

"Boeing has made corrections to the 737 MAX simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions," the company said in a statement.

(Source: AFP)

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