With Pyongyang defying UN resolution, world body extends sanctions

New Delhi: The UN Security Council has expanded targeted sanctions against North Korea in response to a series of missile tests conducted by Pyongyang this year. 

The measures impose a travel ban and asset freeze on four entities and 14 officials, including the head of North Korea's overseas spying operations. The council voted unanimously to back the sanctions after weeks of negotiations between the US and China. Pyongyang has defied a UN resolution banning all nuclear and missile tests.


44 migrants on way to Libya, found dead in desert in north Niger

New Delhi: At least 44 migrants, including women and babies, were found dead after their vehicle broke down in the desert of northern Niger while on the way to Libya. The Red Cross has dispatched a team to the site to gather information on the circumstances.

In early May, eight migrants from Niger, five of them children, were found dead in the desert while on their way to Algeria. Also in May, soldiers on patrol in northern Niger rescued around 40 migrants from various west African countries who had been abandoned in the desert by people-smugglers while travelling to Libya.


New US visa rules to check on applicant’s social media handles

New Delhi: The administration of President Donald Trump of the United States has rolled out a new questionnaire for US visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. 

The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved on May 23rd by the Office of Management and Budget despite criticism from a range of education officials and academic groups during a public comment period. 


Russian investigation: Trump’s son-in-law under FBI scanner

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is under FBI scrutiny as part of the Russia investigation. 
US media report that Investigators are believed to have significant information relevant to the inquiry. The FBI is looking into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election and links with Mr Trump's campaign. 
President Trump denies any collusion. Kushner's lawyer said his client would co-operate with any inquiry. President Trump has described the situation as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".


UK raises threat level to critical in view of imminent fresh terror attack

Britain raised its terror threat level to critical, meaning a new attack is believed to be imminent and soldiers are being deployed to assist armed police. 
British Prime Minister Theresa May said that it is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack, after a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, at a pop concert late Monday in Manchester. 
Addressing the nation from her Downing Street residence, May said armed police who would usually protect strategic points would be replaced by members of the armed forces under Operation Temperer.