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A wildfire burns between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in east Gipplsland on 2 January 2020 in Australia | Bloomberg

Australia’s bushfires could become the new normal, warn climate scientists

A review of 27 scientific papers published since 2013 reveals that there is a clear link between climate change and bushfires in Australia.
US President Donald Trump

US and Iran appear to signal desire to avoid further conflict, but risks remain

In retaliation for the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by the US, Iran had launched missile strikes on US troops in Iraq.
General Qasem Soleimani

Iran attacks two Iraqi military bases housing US forces in response to Soleimani killing

More than a dozen missiles were fired at the Ain al-Asad base in Anbar and the base in Erbil but no casualties have been reported so far.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran says it’s pulling out of nuclear agreement, but is still part of deal ‘politically’

Some experts say the 2015 nuclear deal is dead, but others say it isn’t and point out how Iran’s official statement suggests that it is still a part of the deal.
Carlos Ghosn in Davos in 2018 | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Who Carlos Ghosn is, and how he escaped house arrest in Japan

Ghosn, former head of Nissan, was accused of underreporting assets and was under trial in Japan.
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What US yield curve is, and why analysts say it signals optimism for global economy in 2020

The US yield curve is considered the leading indicator of global economy’s health and has predicted every American recession in the past 50 years.
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Singapore books Indian national for protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act

The 32-year-old Indian man was allegedly protesting without a permit, which is a criminal offence in Singapore.

US stops sending sniffer dogs to Egypt and Jordan after multiple deaths

A US government report highlighted cases of severe negligence in the care of sniffer dogs in Jordan and Egypt.

Islamic State is regrouping and getting stronger in Iraq again, claims report

According to a BBC report, the Islamic State has over 10,000 members in Iraq — including 4,000 to 5,000 fighters.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump becomes third US President to be impeached by House of Representatives

A trial will now take place at Senate, followed by a vote. A two-thirds majority will be required to convict and remove President Donald Trump.

On Camera

Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
The Reserve Bank of India | File photo: Bloomberg

Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.

Defence

Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.