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Chester Bennington: Linkin Park vocalist 'took his own life'.

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County Coroner says. The coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself. His body was found at a private home in the county at 09:00 local time on Thursday. Bennington was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May.Formed in 1996, Linkin Park have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.

UK and EU at odds over 'Brexit bill.

The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens' rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough about where it stands on these issues and that was hampering progress. UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said the negotiations on the so-called divorce bill had been "robust". He said progress had been made but both sides needed to show "flexibility".

Netanyahu says EU's policy towards Israel is 'crazy'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the European Union's "crazy" approach to dealing with his country. His comments, made during a closed-session meeting in the Hungarian capital Budapest, were accidentally broadcast to reporters. He said the EU was the only major power to attach "political" conditions to its relationship with Israel. This, he said, was damaging to the bloc's security and economic interests.(BBC)

Japan's zero-gravity space drone sends first pictures from International Space Station

Japan's space agency has released the first images taken by a drone it operates on the International Space Station (ISS).The so-called Internal Ball Camera drone was sent to take pictures and video of the work of the astronauts.


Russia hacking row: Moscow demands US return seized mansions

Russia is pressing demands that the US give it access to two diplomatic compounds seized in the US last year. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was unacceptable to set preconditions for returning the properties. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the move as "daylight robbery". In December the US expelled 35 Russian diplomats and shut the compounds over suspicions of meddling in US elections. Russian and US officials are discussing the issue in high-level talks.

UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar's state news agency in May. The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed to Qatar's emir that he insisted were fabricated. The incident helped spark a diplomatic rift between Qatar and its neighbours. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told media today the Post's report was "untrue". (BBC)

Iranian Foreign Minister says ISIS, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda get their money & ideology from US allies

The Iranian Foreign Minister has accused Washington’s allies in the Middle East of sponsoring terrorism. Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking to CNN, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s apparent anti-Iranian policy in the region.


India to elect a new President

The voting to elect the next President of India has begun this morning. The voting held simultaneously in all State Assemblies as well as in the Parliament. There will be a straight fight for the top constitutional post between NDA candidate Ramnath Kovind and Opposition nominee Meira Kumar. Counting of the votes will be held on Thursday. The President will be elected by the Electoral college comprising of all elected members of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Assemblies of states and Assemblies of Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.

Liu Xiaobo: China criticized over late dissident's treatment

China is facing international criticism for not allowing its most prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for terminal liver cancer. The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion", died in a hospital in China aged 61. Amid tributes for the late campaigner, the Nobel Committee, which gave him the Peace Prize in 2010, said China bore a "heavy responsibility" for his death. Beijing is now being urged to free his wife, poet Liu Xia, from house arrest.

A common amnesty, has been declared for Sri Lankan illegal migrants in South Korea.

The South Korean government has declared a common amnesty for the Sri Lankan migrant workers who is in South Korea illegally. It is started on the 10th of this month and ends on 19th October this year. Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau announces that all Sri Lankan illegal migrants in South Korea can come back to Sri Lanka without any punishment or  restriction during this amnesty period.

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