Four people, including a homeless person and two hikers, have died from the record-breaking heat in the US Southwest, media reports said, where triple-digit temperatures have driven residents indoors and canceled airline flights. The first two fatalities recorded in the three-day heatwave took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
China has launched a research project to compile historical data obtained during expeditions by its teams to the disputed South China Sea since the late 1950s. Researchers will collect and compile valuable data and materials obtained during China’s major ocean expeditions to the South China Sea and its affiliated islands and reefs, said Long Lijuan, deputy head of the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba late Wednesday night when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Defense.
Kenneth I Juster, a top economic aide of US President Donald Trump and an expert on India, is set to be America’s new ambassador to New Delhi, the White House said today. Juster, 62, who is the Deputy Assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate. “Ken Juster’s move to Indian Ambassador is because he is extremely qualified for the position,” White House deputy spokesperson Lindsay E Walters confirmed about the news which was first reported by The Washington Post today.
Israel would use all its strength from the start in any new war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the Israeli air force chief said on Wednesday, sending a firm warning a decade after their last conflict.
Pakistan, home to at least two million Hindus, is known for its extreme religious ideologies. There have been many reports about minor girls, especially from Pakistan's Sindh province that has the maximum Hindu population, being kidnapped, threatened and forcefully converted to Islam.
A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with butchers hacking slabs of canines and cooks frying the flesh despite rumours that authorities would impose a ban this year. After initial reports that authorities would prohibit the meat at the summer solstice event in the southern town of Yulin, animal rights groups said vendors and officials reached a compromise setting a limit of two dogs displayed per stall. But multiple carcasses rested on some stalls at the main Nanqiao market, with stiff pointy tails, leathery yellow skin, eyes shut and bared teeth as if in a final growl.
The Paris climate deal would have given a virtual free pass to India and China and cost the American economy more than 6.5 million jobs, US vice-president Mike Pence said on Tuesday.
Saudi King removes nephew, installs son as crown princeKing's son has become Saudi Arabia's most influential figure.He spent years working for his father when he was governor of Riyadh.
Hundreds of gunmen attacked troops in a southern Philippine village today in a hit-and-run assault that may have been intended to help Islamist militants engaged in a nearby urban war, authorities said.