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US officials say, North Korea working on new missiles

North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration and pledges to denuclearise, reports say. Unnamed US officials told the Washington Post that spy satellites had spotted continuing activity at a site that has produced ballistic missiles. Reuters quotes an official as saying it is unclear how far the work has gone. Donald Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June.

Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister before Independence Day on August 14th

Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister before the country's Independence Day on August 14th. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has made the announcement as it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government. The PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25th elections. However, the party is still short of numbers to form a government on its own. PTI leader Naeenul Haq told the media that consultations are on to complete the number game.

Toronto shooting: Gunman kills woman and child in Greektown

Police say a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada's largest city.Thirteen other people, ranging in age between 10 and 59, were injured in the attack in the Greektown district of Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told reporters.
The suspect, 29, had an exchange of gunfire with police officers before being found dead nearby.The motive for the shooting is unknown.

The new Brexit secretary says a deal with the European Union can be reached by October

New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab says a deal with the European Union can be reached by October. He says however, the UK is preparing for the possibility of no deal. He said he would return to Brussels for talks this week and strain "every sinew" to get "the best deal". Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey said a no deal scenario would be "catastrophic" for business.

India scraps tampon tax after campaign

India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods - including the 12% duty on menstrual hygiene products. Campaigners argued the tax would make them even more unaffordable in a country where an estimated four out of five women and girls already have no access to items like sanitary pads. The news was welcomed by campaigners.

Former FARC rebels take seats in Colombia congress

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has welcomed former FARC rebels, as they took their seats at the opening session of Parliament.
The new members of congress took their seats yesterday, as part of a peace deal reached in 2016.
The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, is now a political party known as: The Revolutionary Alternative Common Force.
It has five seats in the Senate and five in the House of Representatives.

India's Lok Sabha discusses No-Confidence Motion against the government while Japan's No-Confidence Motion is voted down

India's Lok Sabha is discussing a No-Confidence Motion against the government. The motion was moved by the Telugu Desam Party. Participating in the debate, Congress President: Rahul Gandhi accused the government for giving only "lofty promises" to the people. He alleged that farmers, Dalits, women and youth have been victims of the Government’s "empty promises".
As ruling members objected to these remarks and created noisy scenes, the Speaker adjourned the House for ten minutes.

Meanwhile,

Japan's Lower House has voted down a No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet. The motion was submitted by six opposition groups, and was seen as a last ditch effort to block the passage of a controversial Casino Bill.
The leader of the main opposition party accused the Cabinet of focusing on the Casino Bill, instead of concentrating on efforts to help people in western Japan recover from the recent floods and landslides.
The motion was voted down by lawmakers from the ruling coalition, who hold the majority in the House.
Coalition lawmakers are expected to pass the bill, legalizing casinos in Japan, for the first time.

Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit

US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election.After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and said there had been no reason for Russia to meddle in the vote.Mr Putin reiterated that Russia had never interfered in US affairs.

Police in Chicago clash with protesters after an officer fatally shoots a black man

Police in Chicago, USA have clashed with protesters after an officer fatally shot a black man who was suspected of carrying a gun. A crowd of about 150 people shouted "murderers", threw objects and jumped on police cars during the confrontation in Chicago's South Side area. Officers armed with batons traded punches with the protesters. Three officers sustained minor injuries and there were four arrests. A string of police killings of black men, some unarmed, has caused outrage and led to protests in cities across the US.

South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth

South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth this week, with a flagship speech by Former US President Barack Obama.
Mandela, who died in 2013, remains a global icon for his long fight against white-minority rule, and for his message of peace and reconciliation when he was released after 27 years in prison.
His birthday on July 18th is marked annually around the world.
Obama will set the tone for the celebrations with a speech in Johannesburg on July 17th, which will be his most important public address, since leaving the White House last year.

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