Pakistan 'shoots down two Indian jets' over Kashmir – BBC News



Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian Air Force jets in a major escalation of the Kashmir conflict.

A spokesman said one plane had fallen in Pakistani territory and two pilots had been captured. Pakistan also denied reports one of its jets was shot down.

India has confirmed the loss of an MiG21 fighter and said a pilot was missing. It said it was investigating reports of his capture.
Both India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

The nuclear powers have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir.

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Coronavirus Explained: What happens next? – BBC News



Coronavirus – a fast-moving infection originating in China – has spread to more than 70 countries and claimed more than 3,200 lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has upgraded the global risk of the coronavirus outbreak to “very high” – its top level of risk assessment.

But the UN body said there was still a chance of containing the virus if its chain of transmission were broken.

WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also stressed that fear and misinformation were the biggest challenges to overcome.

More than 50 countries have now reported cases of coronavirus.

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Full Interview with Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim – BBC News



Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, jailed for sodomy three years ago, walked free from prison in May after receiving a royal pardon.
That was initiated by the new prime minister under whom he was first sent to prison – Mahathir Mohamad.
Ninety-two-year-old Mr Mahathir was elected on a promise to release his long-time rival and has pledged to hand over power within two years.
The BBC’s Lyse Doucet asked Mr Anwar whether he trusted Mr Mahathir.

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Hong Kong police storm metro system after protests – BBC News



Hong Kong police have violently tackled suspected protesters after thousands of people marched in the city in defiance of a ban.

Images show police hitting people with batons and using pepper spray on a train in Hong Kong’s metro.

Police say they were called to the scene amid violence against citizens by “radical protesters”.

However it is unclear if all those injured and arrested in the metro system were involved in demonstrations.

People took to the streets on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of China’s government banning fully democratic elections in Hong Kong.

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China economy: Why it matters to you – BBC News



China is one of the world’s biggest economies.

It makes all sorts of products and sells them all over the world, from iPhones to air conditioners, and many countries also depend on its huge population’s spending power.

The BBC’s Szu Ping Chan looks at look at why, when China’s economy is in trouble, it has such an enormous impact.

Produced by Larissa Kennelly

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Turkey boosts troops to cross Syria border 'shortly' – BBC News



Correction: The video incorrectly introduces Mr. Ibrahim Kalin as President Erdogan’s special Advisor, Mr. Kalin is the Turkish Presidential Spokesman.

Turkey has boosted its forces on the Syrian border ahead of a long-threatened incursion that could target Kurdish-led forces allied to the US.

Troops would cross into Syria “shortly”, a presidential aide said.

Turkey wants to create a “safe zone” cleared of a Kurdish militia that will also house some of Turkey’s 3.6 million Syrian refugees.

Donald Trump has withdrawn US troops in the area in a controversial decision widely condemned at home and abroad.

He again defended his move on Tuesday, saying the Kurds had not been abandoned, calling them “special”.

The Kurds were key US allies in defeating the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

But Turkey regards the Kurdish militia that dominates the US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a terrorist group. The US pullout was seen as paving the way for an offensive

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Delhi riots: 'My brother died after police beating’ – BBC News



Naeem says his brother Faizan died after he was beaten by police during religious rioting in Delhi last week. Video of the incident has gone viral.

More than 40 people died in three days of violence, which largely targeted Muslims – although both Hindus and Muslims were among the dead.

More than 200 others were injured in the violence, which first broke out between supporters and opponents of a controversial citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims.

Delhi police have not responded to a BBC request for comment on Faizan’s death. They have faced criticism for failing to stop the rioters and, according to some reports, standing by as Muslim homes and mosques were attacked.

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What can India do to beat an economic slowdown? – BBC News



After years of fast-paced growth, India’s economy is losing steam. In this country of more than a billion people, domestic consumption is one of the main drivers of growth but unemployment is rising and people’s purchasing power has taken a hit.
While the government maintains that the economic slowdown is temporary and a revival is not too far ahead, for now the impact of the slowdown is being felt across industries. Car sales are declining, private investment is slowing down and the shadow banking sector is in a crisis.
India’s central bank has cut interest rates to boost the slowing economy, but is this enough? And with ambitions to become one of the world’s most powerful economies, which sectors can help drive India’s growth in the next 10 years?
We speak to the vice chairman of the Indian government’s policy think tank, an independent economic analyst, and a business journalist. We ask them what India can do to beat the current economic slowdown.

Presenter: Devina Gupta
Contributors: Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairperson, NITI Aayog government think-tank; Pranjal Sharma, Independent Economic Analyst and author; Shweta Punj, Deputy Editor, India Today and Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum)

From Delhi, #WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family and business.

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