12 arrested in London’s Saturday night attack; death toll mounts to seven

New Delhi: British police have arrested 12 persons as the death toll has risen to 7 in the terror attack in central London, in which 48 others were injured. The attack took place when a speeding van hit pedestrians over London Bridge before suspects jumped out and launched a knife attack on people enjoying a Saturday night out in pubs and restaurants in near by Borough market.

Police shot dead three suspects. Police said, the suspects wore hoax explosive vests. The Police have arrested 12 people during raids in Barking, east London following the attack.


China, India, EU join hands to counter Trump’s bullying on Paris deal

New Delhi: China, the European Union (EU) and India, which along with the US make up the four biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, have restated their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. 

Top EU official Donald Tusk said at a summit with China that Brussels and Beijing would step up co-operation. US president Donald Trump on Friday announced that US was leaving for economic reasons, saying the deal would cost American jobs. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US would still curb emissions. 


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.