Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced on Tuesday. Moore's family stated that he passed away in Switzerland after a 'short but brave battle with cancer. Moore starred as Bond in seven films released between 1973 and 1985, including Octopussy and The Man with the Golden Gun.
The Twitter fraternity on Monday went full gaga over a photograph of US President Donald Trump placing his hands on a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia surfaced online. A user reportedly tweeted, "The Trump orb is reminiscent of monsters getting powers from basketball in Space Jam." While another user wrote, "What does it do? It lets you go back in time and tweet warnings about future to yourself.”
The suicide bombing attack in Manchester which killed 22 people and injured 59 others on Monday is believed to be UK's worst terrorist attack since 2005. Following the attack, the UK has suspended campaigning for June's general election and has also cancelled all trains from Manchester's Victoria station. Notably, the 2005 London bombings by Islamists killed 52 people.
According to reports, United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea suffered a cyber attack on May 8 by unknown hackers with "very detailed insight" into their work. The UN Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has warned it of fresh sanctions after it tested a ballistic missile earlier this month.
As many as 11 soldiers were killed, while nine others were injured after Taliban militants attacked an army base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday. Reportedly, the militants took control of the military base for a brief duration and later fled with a large number of weapons. Notably, this is the second Taliban attack in the country in two days.
According to reports, the man behind a terror attack at a pop concert in UK's Manchester late Monday died when he detonated his device. The blast killed 22 others, including children and injuring 59 people. This is Britain's deadliest terror attack in 12 years. PM Narendra Modi condemned the blast in the Manchester concert hall and called it painful.
American World Superbike Honda rider and former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden, died of his injuries after being hit by a car in a bicycle accident in Italy. Hayden, 36, suffered severe chest and head injuries in the accident. Hayden, nicknamed "The Kentucky Kid", raced for Honda in MotoGP team from 2003 to 2015, before moving to the Superbike World Championship for the 2016 season. Hayden won just three Grand Prix in MotoGP all in 2005-06, but he famously took the world title that season after fighting with Valentino Rossi's Yamaha.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday reportedly denied the rumours of him running for the post of the US President. He also added that he is planning to visit every state he hadn't before to build relationships, not politics. "I'm doing it to get a broader perspective to make sure we're best serving our community," said Zuckerberg.
According to reports, a massive explosion happened in the foyer area of a crowded concert hall in Manchester, England in the early hours of Tuesday. Initial reports have suggested that Nineteen people have been killed and more than fifty others have been injured from the explosion. Notably, famous pop singer Ariana Grande was reportedly performing inside the hall during the time of the incident. British Prime Minister Theresa May has called the incident "appalling terrorist attack",
A French presidency official rportedly said on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron will receive Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the palace of Versailles outside Paris on May 29 to inaugurate an exhibition marking 300 years of Franco-Russian diplomatic ties. Putin and Macron had a phone call last week to discuss regional crises in Ukraine and Syria.
Iran has reportedly accused the US of stirring up “Iranophobia” to boost American arms sales in the Middle East. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi reportedly said, “Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president... tried to encourage the countries of the [Middle East] region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia.” This comes after the US sealed a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia, worth $100 million.
A bomb blast at a hospital in the Thai capital Bangkok wounded 24 people on Monday. The blast happened during the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup. There was no claim of responsibility for the blast at the Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, which is popular with soldiers and their families and retired army officers.
Pardeep Singh, an Indian-born taxi driver was reportedly attacked and abused by an couple in Australia's island state of Tasmania on Saturday night. According to reports, the couple allegedly started abusing and beating the driver, while screaming, "You f****** Indian" and "bloody Indian". Calling his profession ‘dangerous’, Pardeep has announced that he will no longer drive taxi in Australia.
North Korea has reportedly dismissed reports linking its isolated regime to the global cyber-attack that held thousands of computers to virtual ransom. Up to 300,000 computers in 150 countries were hit by the ‘WannaCry’ which seizes systems and demands payment in Bitcoin to return control to users. The code used in the latest attack is similar to that used in past hacks blamed on Kim Jong-Un's regime, leading some to point the finger at Pyongyang.
According to reports, an Indian-origin man who made news when he came out as gay in 2015 is in the forefront in the race to become Prime Minister of Ireland. Leo Varadkar, son of a Mumbai-born doctor is the Irish welfare minister who met his future wife Miriam, a nurse, while working in the National Health Service in England in the 1960s. Varadkar, 38, was a practising doctor before joining politics and being elected in 2007.
According to reports, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been re-elected as the leader of Turkey's ruling party. Erdogan was the only candidate for party chairman at a congress on Sunday of the ruling Justice and Development Party. He was elected with 1,414 votes. A referendum last month eliminated a constitutional requirement mandating that presidents be neutral and cut ties with their political parties.
The US and 55 Muslim-majority countries have reportedly signed a pact called Riyadh Declaration that promises to provide extra troops for defeating Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.The pact reportedly says Riyadh is to become the heart of the region’s counter-terrorism operations. Reportedly, the pact also aims at singling out Iranian Regime “designed to destabilize the security and stability” of the region.
Social media users have mocked US First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka over their praise for Saudi Arabia’s “empowerment of women” and “encouraging progress” in women’s rights. People have also brought into question the combined $100 million donations from Saudi Arabia and the UAE for Ivanka’s yet to be established ‘Women Entrepreneurs Fund’.
North Korea's state media on Monday reportedly confirmed its launch of the medium-range ballistic missile Pukguksong-2 and termed it "successful". The state media also reported that the weapon is now ready to be deployed for military action. The media report has sparked a fresh condemnation from the international community.
US President Donald Trump referred Islam as one of the world's great faiths when he was addressing the Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Trump also called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to "drive out" terrorism from their countries. "It's a choice between two futures and its a choice America cannot make for you. A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists”, said Trump.