Vladimir Putin

Russia asks 755 US diplomats to leave country following American sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked 755 US diplomats to leave the country under new sanctions. Putin's statement follows US Senate's approval of a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and for its annexation of Crimea in 2014. 

In an interview to a Russian TV channel, Putin said, more than one thousand people are working at the US embassy and consulates in Russia. He said, 755 of them must stop their activities and return. 

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry had demanded that Washington cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455; the same number Moscow has in the US. The Russian President also said that an upturn in Moscow's relations with Washington could not be expected any time soon.

Ajit Doval To Attend BRICS Meeting In China

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to attend BRICS meeting in China

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval along with his BRICS counterparts will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping today. The group of NSAs will interact with Jinping on security issues relating to BRICS countries. Doval is in Beijing to attend two day BRICS NSAs meeting. 

Yesterday, Doval met Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and held one-on-one talks on the sidelines of the main event. 

The discussions were held on bilateral relations, international and regional issues, multilateral affairs and major problems. The meeting came amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam at the trijunction with Bhutan.

Italy In Migrant Crisis

EU pledges more measures to help Italy in migrant crisis

The EU has pledged more measures and more money to help Italy face growing numbers of migrants on its shores, including a possible visa limit on Bangladesh. 

Close to 94,000 people have crossed safely from Libya to Italy so far this year, prompting pleas from Rome for urgent help from its European Union partners. The UN refugee agency has said more than 2,370 people have died attempting the perilous crossing.

Suicide Bombing Calims 26 Lives In Pakistan

Suicide bombing calims 26 lives in Pakistan

In Pakistan, at least 26 people, including nine policemen, were killed while 58 others were injured in a bombing attack near the Arfa Karim IT Tower in Lahore. Punjab government spokesperson said the yesterday attack had occurred at an old vegetable market in the Kot Lakhpat neighbourhood in Lahore. 

The area is a busy locality and the office of the Punjab chief minister is located nearby. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility, stating that a suicide attacker had used a motorcycle bomb to target police officials.

Car Bomb Explosion In Kabul

Car Bomb Explosion in Kabul: 12 Killed and 10 Injured

A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday

Killing at least 12 people and bruised 10. Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said that the death toll could rise. Police insulate off the area which is located near the house of deputy government Chief Executive Mohommad Mohaqiq in a part of the city where many of the mainly Shi’ite Hazara Community live, but they said that the target of the attack was so far unclear. The latest suicide bombing adds to the tenacious violence in Afghanistan, where at least 1662 people were killed in the first half of the year. It came two weeks after the Islamic state group claimed an attack on a mosque in the capital that killed at least 4 people.