Sandeep and Reena Mander, a Sikh couple in the UK, have alleged that they were refused permission to adopt a white child. The British-born business professionals from Berkshire were told to adopt a child from India instead, because of their “cultural heritage”. While the couple were open to adopt a child of any ethnic background, they were rejected since only white children were available.
The Global Times, China’s state-run newspaper, has reportedly warned of “catastrophic results” if New Delhi works with Washington to counter Beijing. An article in the newspaper reportedly read, “Washington and New Delhi share anxieties about China's rise. In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the US has cozied up to India.” New geopolitical friction will be triggered in South Asia if India becomes a “pawn” for the US in countering China, it said.
American tech giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube on Monday reportedly announced a Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. The companies will collaborate on engineering solutions to target and remove recruiting materials posted by terror groups. In December of 2016, the same four companies created a shared industry hash database, allowing the companies to collectively identify terror accounts.
According to reports, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has issued the country’s first passport with the transgender designation. By the new rule, transgenders in Pakistan have been allowed to identify themselves with "X" under the sex category in all the official documents. Notably, this move comes after Human Rights Watch announced that Pakistan saw a surge of violence against transgender woman in 2016.
The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump's controversial travel ban. This ban will allow the US government to deny entry to citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries. According to reports, the court said that the ban could be imposed on travellers from those countries "who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The full revision of this ban is announced to happen on this October. Meanwhile, Trump has claimed it as a "victory for national security".
Fuxing, the fastest bullet train in China has reportedly made its debut on Monday. According to reports, the train departed from Beijing South Railway Station and reached Shanghai in five hours and 45 minutes at a maximum speed of 400 kmph. Notably, the CR400AF model train was designed and manufactured by China.
According to a report by the Washington Post, the White House, occupied by current US President Donald Trump, has failed to recognise Ramadan, with an iftar or Eid celebration, making it the first time in over two decades. Notably, the practice was reportedly followed under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. Meanwhile, the White House officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment, when asked as to why the Trump administration overlooked the practice.
According to reports, the Islamic State has declared war on Taliban militants in Afghanistan and called the Taliban "hypocrites and stooges of the unbelievers". "Taliban militants are betraying Islam and they should be killed everywhere and their properties should be seized," an ISIS commander said. Notably, the Afghan Taliban had resolved last year to target members of the Islamic State.
Demanding the closure of two reactors at Belgium's Tihange and Doel nuclear power stations, over 50,000 protesters formed a 90-km-long human chain around the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The protest follows the detection of at least 70 additional cracks and around 300 new flaws in nuclear reactors at the two plants.
The London Fire Brigade reportedly said a massive fire which erupted at the Mansfield Road apartments on Sunday night is now under control. The cause of the flames is still unknown. The London Fire Brigade in its statement reportedly said, “One flat on the second floor was badly damaged by the fire, but nobody was in the flat at the time of the fire. A small section of a flat on the third and fourth floor was also damaged by the fire.”
The Patty Jenkins directorial Wonder Woman has become the highest-grossing live action film by a female director. The film has earned about $615 million, which converts to over Rs 3,900 crore approximately, worldwide. Previously, Phyllida Lloyd's 2008 musical 'Mamma Mia!' held the record with earnings of $609.8 million. Notably, Jenkins also holds the record for the biggest US weekend opening by a female director.
The UK government has reportedly found that cladding on 60 high-rise blocks in 25 local authorities failed to meet safety standards. The government launched an investigation in the wake of the fire at the Grenfell tower block which killed 79 people. As part of the investigation, tests are being conducted on up to 600 buildings and every building tested so far has failed, say reports.
A boat carrying 170 tourists reportedly sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia on Monday. The accident has been captured on Video and went viral within minutes. Several dozens of other vessels rescued several drowning people. However, initial reports suggest that nine people were dead and 28 are still missing from the accident.
In what could only be seen as an utterly bizarre incident, a 35-year old man in China was admitted to the emergency room on June 20, after he had allegedly inserted 15 needles into his genitals. Reportedly, the man had been inserting the needles into his penis for over a year, and it was only recently that he started feeling discomfort. Further, the doctors performed an hour-and-a-half-long surgery to carefully remove all the needles, some of which measured 10cms out of the man’s genitals.
After a landslide buried the mountain village of Xinmo in the southwest province of Sichuan in China, rescue workers on Sunday pulled out 15 bodies from the rock and mud. However, hopes are fading with 118 people still missing. A couple and their two-month-old baby were found alive in the hours after the massive landslide crashed down on the village. But there was no news of any other survivors being found.
According to reports, at least 123 people were burnt to death, and over 100 others suffered burns after an oil tanker caught fire in Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province on Sunday. Reportedly, people gathered to collect fuel from the leaking tanker after the tanker overturned on the highway because of speeding. Police reportedly said the death toll might increase as many of the injured are in critical condition in hospital.
According to reports, Britain's parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday. The attack was reportedly designed to identify weak email passwords. Notably, this attack comes just over a month after the ‘infamous’ ransomware attack. As a precautionary method, the lawmakers have been temporarily restricted from accessing their email accounts outside of Westminster. However, the House of Commons has announced that it is confident that it had protected all accounts and systems from the attack.
According to reports, a landslide smashed through a mountain village in the Sichuan province in China on Saturday. Initial reports suggest that the landslide has swallowed 40 homes and 140 people. Notably, the landslide has also blocked two kilometre stretch of a river and 1.6 kilometres of road. A rescue operation has been commissioned. More details are awaited.
US President Donald Trump reportedly called Mexico as the second deadliest country in the world. Trump tweeted, "Mexico was just ranked the second deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. Drug trade largely the cause. We will BUILD THE WALL!". As a reply, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said that the country has a significant violence problem, Mexico is not the second most violent country in the world.
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp at the Glastonbury Festival's inaugural speech, reportedly asked the crowd, "When was the last time an actor assassinated the president?". He also made an inflammatory statement about President Donald Trump and said, "I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go".