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10,000 PLA soldiers inside Ladakh, China now claims entire Galwan valley: Report

10,000 PLA soldiers inside Ladakh, China now claims entire Galwan valley: Report

There are close to 10,000 soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Indian territory, quoting sources reported.The report noted that dialogue is frozen, with the Chinese rebuffing Indian calls for flag meetings to resolve the situation. “The most worrying situation is in the Galwan valley, where the PLA has crossed China’s own claim line (which Beijing had stated was the border with India), and breached 3-4 kilometres into Indian territory. PLA troops are digging defences to equip themselves to face any Indian attack,” the newspaper report added.A China defence website with...

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Minister quits over Cummings' lockdown actions

Minister quits over Cummings' lockdown actions

Junior minister Douglas Ross has resigned after Dominic Cummings' defence of his trip to County Durham during the coronavirus lockdown.The Scotland Office minister said the senior aide's view of the government guidance was "not shared by the vast majority of people". No 10 said the prime minister regretted Mr Ross' decision to stand down. It comes as more than 35 Tory MPs have called on Mr Cummings to resign.Six opposition leaders have said in a letter to Boris Johnson that removing Mr Cummings from his post is the only way to restore trust in public health advice.Mr Cummings explained on...

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Spain revises coronavirus death toll down by nearly 2,000

Spain revises coronavirus death toll down by nearly 2,000

United States MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s health ministry revised the country’s coronavirus death toll down by nearly 2,000 to 26,834 on Monday after checking data provided by regions. The total number of cases recorded since the outbreak began has also been revised down, and is now 235,400 — 372 fewer than on Sunday, it said. Just 50 people died of the virus over the past week, it added, a marked fall from previous weeks. The total number of deaths, has now been rising by less than 100 a day for over a week, compared with a peak of 950 in early April. The daily numbers often include people...

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Attorney general faces calls to resign after she defends Dominic Cummings

Attorney general faces calls to resign after she defends Dominic Cummings

Suella Braverman’s backing undermines independence of her office, say top lawyers Legal affairs correspondentMon 25 May 2020 11.18 EDT The attorney general, Suella Braverman, is facing calls to resign after she joined the chorus of Downing Street loyalists defending Dominic Cummings’s trip to Durham during lockdown.Lawyers expressed astonishment that Braverman should have joined in what opponents described as an “orchestrated political” action. Her intervention, it is alleged, undermines the independence of her office as the government’s chief legal adviser and puts her in an impossible...

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US accuses Russia of deploying fighter jets in Libya

US accuses Russia of deploying fighter jets in Libya

The United States has accused Russia of deploying jet fighters to in what if confirmed would be a dramatic escalation of its military support for renegade field marshal Khalifa Haftar's war against the country's UN-recognised government. United States Africa Command said on Tuesday it had monitored several jet fighters flying from Russia to Libya via Syria, and that it expected them to be used to support Russian mercenaries fighting on the ground in support of Gen Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA). "We watched as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya - every step of the way....

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Russia starts building its first stealth bomber: TASS

Russia starts building its first stealth bomber: TASS

United States MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has begun building a prototype of its first stealth bomber which should be completed next year, the state-controlled TASS news agency reported on Tuesday, citing two sources in the military-industrial complex. When completed and operational, the new plane will be able to carry an array of advanced missiles and bombs, including hypersonic weapons, TASS said. The aircraft, known as the PAK DA, will compete with the U.S. B-2 strategic stealth bomber which entered service in 1997. China is also developing its own stealth bomber - the Xian H-20. Russia has...

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Poorer areas miss out as £100m of emergency coronavirus cash diverted to richer Tory councils

Poorer areas miss out as £100m of emergency coronavirus cash diverted to richer Tory councils

Log in using your social network accountWant an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium.Hi {{fullName}}Exclusive: Anger as ministers strip out deprivation weighting from grants to ‘fight the pandemic’ – despite higher infection rates in poorer neighbourhoodsPoorer parts of England, many of them hotspots, have lost out on more than £100m of emergency cash, after ministers diverted it to richer – mostly Tory-run – areas, a new analysis suggests.The government stripped deprivation out of its calculations, despite announcing – and despite saying .As a result, -run councils which...

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Dow surges 600 points, S&P 500 punches above key technical level as stock-market investors focus on Novovax, Merck vaccine candidates

Dow surges 600 points, S&P 500 punches above key technical level as stock-market investors focus on Novovax, Merck vaccine candidates

U.S. stock benchmarks rallied Tuesday morning after Memorial Day weekend, as investors seized on fresh coronavirus vaccine news and signs that global economy was slowly starting to emerge from shutdowns induced by the viral pandemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Averagejumped around 600 points, or 2.5%, at 25,082, the S&P 500 indexclimbed 2% at 3,013, which was above its at 2,999.81--a level viewed by technical analysts as a key dividing line between long-term bullish and bearish trends. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Indexclimbed 1.4% at 9,447. On the corporate front, Novavax Inc.said it has...

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Khashoggi sons' pardon of his killers is 'final act of the parody of justice,' UN expert says

Khashoggi sons' pardon of his killers is 'final act of the parody of justice,' UN expert says

The Saudi royal family probably feels it can now move on from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi now that his sons released  Friday saying they forgive their father’s killers. Khashoggi, who was a critic of the Saudi government, was killed and believed to have been dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. In Saudi Arabia, which lacks a codified legal system and follows Islamic law, forgiveness from a victim’s family in such cases can allow for a formal pardon and a stay of execution. Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said his killers.Agnès Callamard is the...

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Extremely rare 'cosmic ring of fire' discovered in the early universe

Extremely rare 'cosmic ring of fire' discovered in the early universe

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againGalaxies are burnin' things and sometimes they make a fiery ring.A violent, catastrophic collision between two galaxies has given rise to an extremely rare galaxy, lurking some 11 billion light years from the Earth. The monstrous, donut-shaped galaxy is making stars in its huge ring at a rate 50 times faster than our home galaxy, earning it an ominous moniker Johnny and June Cash would surely dig: The cosmic "ring of fire."In a paper, , an international team of scientists detail the ring galaxy R5519, discovered after scouring...

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Bishops get death threats over Cummings criticism

Bishops get death threats over Cummings criticism

Senior bishops who criticised Dominic Cummings' lockdown travel say they have received death threats.Bishops in Newcastle, Ripon and Liverpool are among those who have said they have received hate mail.A number of church leaders criticised to self-isolate. Prime Minister Boris Johnson .Bishop of Worcester John Inge saying: "Stay out of politics or we'll kill you."Received a delightful e-mail earlier: ‘Stay out of politics or we’ll kill you.’ For me the whole Cummings drama is not about politics but life and death. If trust in Government guidance is eroded we’ll have a second spike and 1000s...

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Hong Kong's rights 'not absolute', warns Carrie Lam as China prepares national security legislation

Hong Kong's rights 'not absolute', warns Carrie Lam as China prepares national security legislation

'Rights and freedoms are not absolute': Hong Kong leader warns protesterscloseAdvertisementWe have made our live blog of the coronavirus pandemic free for all readers. Please consider supporting our journalism with a subscription.By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeHong Kong police are shutting down city streets to deter protests as Chief Executive Carrie Lam warns the public their rights are not absolute and new legislation is needed to restore market confidence.Sweeping national security laws designed to "prevent, stop and punish" dissent in the Chinese territory will...

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Morrison urged to confront Trump over concerns US-China trade deal is hurting Australia

Morrison urged to confront Trump over concerns US-China trade deal is hurting Australia

Labor’s Penny Wong says PM should ‘pick up the phone’ to US president and Mike Pompeo warns Victoria over cooperation in China’s Belt and Road project Sun 24 May 2020 01.30 EDTLabor has called on Scott Morrison to pick up the phone to Donald Trump to pursue concerns the US president’s trade deal with China is hurting Australian farmers and exporters.The push comes as Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, urges the Victorian state government to tread carefully before it embraces potential projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative.Both issues are a sign of potential pressure points in...

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Days before B.C. court decision on Huawei’s Meng, China threatens ‘damage’ to relations with Canada

Days before B.C. court decision on Huawei’s Meng, China threatens ‘damage’ to relations with Canada

The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Getting audio file... Audio for this article is not available at this time. This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy. The Chinese government has issued a new warning to Canada about further “damage” to relations between the two countries – days before a British Columbia judge releases a decision on an extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Canada must “release Ms. Meng and ensure her safe return to China at an early date...

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Japan bans entry of visitors from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and 8 other countries

Japan bans entry of visitors from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and 8 other countries

Japan bans entry of visitors from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and 8 other countriesJapan has expanded its entry ban to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and 8 other nations as part of efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday.The move, which takes effect Wednesday and will remain in place "for the time being," means foreign nationals who have been to these areas within the last 14 days will be turned away upon arrival, reports the Kyodo News.The other countries are Afghanistan, Argentina, El Salvador, Ghana, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa and...

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Amid U.S. pressure, Chinese firm loses tender for Israeli plant in sensitive location - Israel News

Amid U.S. pressure, Chinese firm loses tender for Israeli plant in sensitive location - Israel News

Published at 10:46 Published at 10:46Ten days after a visit to Israel by U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who warned against a Chinese firm winning infrastructure contracts in Israel, a government panel announced that an Israeli group has won the bidding process for a major desalination plant. The government panel chose IDE over , whose main investor is Hong Kong's CK Hutchison Holdings.The plant, dubbed Soreq B, will be built next to the desalination plant already in operation, and near the Palmachim air base and close to the Soreq Nuclear Research Center.The new facility will be the...

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China will step up preparedness for armed combat amid coronavirus pandemic - ABC News

China will step up preparedness for armed combat amid coronavirus pandemic - ABC News

President Xi Jinping says China will step up its preparedness for armed combat and improve its ability to carry out military tasks, as the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on national security, state television reported.China's performance in fighting the new coronavirus has shown the success of military reform, Xi was quoted as saying, adding that the armed forces should explore new ways of training amid the pandemic.Mr Xi, who chairs China's Central Military Commission, made the comments when attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People's Liberation Army and...

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Black man dies after US officer kneels on neck

Black man dies after US officer kneels on neck

The FBI will investigate the death of a black man in the US state of Minnesota after a video emerged showing a policeman kneeling on his neck.In the footage, the man, believed to be in his 40s, is heard groaning and repeatedly saying "I can't breathe" to the white officer.The Minneapolis Police Department said it was responding to a reported crime.The incident echoed that of Eric Garner, a black man who died being arrested in 2014.Garner was placed in a chokehold and uttering the words "I can't breathe" nearly a dozen times.The phrase became a rallying cry for activists protesting alleged...

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UK minister quits Johnson's government over Cummings lockdown trip

UK minister quits Johnson's government over Cummings lockdown trip

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was hit by its first resignation on Tuesday over the controversy surrounding top aide Dominic Cummings' cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown.AdvertisingUndermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis which has dominated politics for days, Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, quit in protest."I have constituents who didn't get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn't visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government," he said in a...

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British junior minister quits over PM aide's lockdown drive

British junior minister quits over PM aide's lockdown drive

United States LONDON (Reuters) - Junior minister Douglas Ross resigned from the British government on Tuesday over the handling of accusations that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser had broken the coronavirus lockdown by travelling for help with childcare. Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s closest aide, refused to resign on Monday, saying he had done nothing wrong by driving 250 miles to northern England when Britain was under a strict lockdown. Johnson’s defence of Cummings, a key figure in his successful campaign to leave the European Union, has stirred anger in his Conservative...

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Coronavirus: PM hit by resignation as battle over fate of adviser Dominic Cummings grows

Coronavirus: PM hit by resignation as battle over fate of adviser Dominic Cummings grows

A government minister has resigned over Dominic Cummings' lockdown trips, piling on more pressure for the top Downing Street aide to be sacked.Douglas Ross said the embattled adviser's claim during the outbreak was "not shared by the vast majority of people who have done as the government asked".A senior Conservative figure predicted more resignations will follow as an MP yet to go public with their concerns told Sky News "this is our black Wednesday" - in reference to the 1992 financial crisis that stained the party's economic record.Mr Ross stepped down as a junior Scotland Office...

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