Medal Of Honor To Army Medic 48

US President Donald Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic 48 years later

An Army medic who ran into danger to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump. 

48 years after the selfless acts of bravery, James McCloughan is now nationally recognised. McCloughan said in a brief statement on the White House driveway after the ceremony that it was "humbling" to receive the medal. Now 71 and retired, he pledged to do his best to represent the men he fought alongside as the caretaker of this symbol of courage and action beyond the call of duty.

Constituent Assembly Vote

Venezuela: A menace in constituent assembly vote

A rush of bloodshed swept Venezuela on Sunday in violent protests against elections to choose the members of a powerful assembly that President Nicolas Maduro has tasked with writing a new constitution.

Electoral officials in Venezuela said “the turnout in controversial election for a constituent assembly was 41.5%”, a figure disputed by the opposition.

The opposition coalition said 88% of voters abstained and it refused to recognise the election.

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.