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In the relentless drive to break the nexus of Pakistan ISI and traitorous persons who supply classified information to compromise sovereignty, integrity and security of the state, Punjab Police has busted a cross border espionage network: Punjab Police
In an intelligence-led op, State Spl Op Cell Amritsar has arrested Zaffar Riaz, r/o 4 Ostagar lane, Entally, PS Beniapukur Kolkata and his associate Mohd Shamshad, r/o Village Bheja, PS Bheja, Madhubani, Bihar, now living in a rented place in Mirakot Chowk,Amritsar: Punjab Police
In this connection, a case under sections of Official Secrets Act, and IPC has been registered in Amritsar. Investigations are being conducted to assess the amount of damage caused by the accused: Punjab Police
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Here we go: #update #thread #Space

@isro, as part of its preparations for India’s first human spaceflight mission — #Gaganyaan — is planning seven integrated air-drop tests (IADTs) of simulated crew modules, which will validate the parachute system. 1/n Image
While some tests in the run-up to these 7 tests have been completed, IADTs will be crucial before moving ahead to the next phase. The space agency has already completed the preliminary structural design of the crew seat assembly, the IADT structure design of the crew module. 2/n
“For validation of the parachute system, seven IADTs are planned with a simulated crew module, maintaining external configuration similar to flight… 3/n
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"All the city is my house, all the city (is) my gallery"

Street artist Gamlet Zinkivsky has remained in his hometown of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-biggest city, to paint its walls even amid the destruction of Russia's invasion Image
Ukraine is seeking to evacuate the last soldiers holed up at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol as the first war crimes trial of a Russian soldier since the invasion began is set to get under way in Kyiv ImageImageImageImage
VIDEO: Villagers in eastern Ukraine hope for 'counter-offensive'

Outside 84-year-old Oleksiy's cellar-turned-bomb shelter, Ukrainian firemen are braving the roads being pelted by advancing Russians
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In training.

@AFP's Jonathan Nackstrand covers a Swedish Army exercise on the island of Gotland.

Finland and Sweden will submit bids to join NATO together Wednesday. Sweden's decision is dramatic - it was neutral in WWII and stayed out of military alliances for over 200 years ImageImageImageImage
Finland and Sweden will submit their bids to join NATO together Wednesday, despite Turkey's threat to block the military alliance's expansion.

"I'm happy we have taken the same path and we can do it together," Swedish Prime Minister Andersson says Image
VIDEO: Finnish MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of NATO membership.

188 of 200 members of parliament voted in favour of NATO membership, a dramatic turnaround from Finland's military non-alignment policy dating back more than 75 years
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#BREAKING Germany to 'intensify' military cooperation with Sweden, Finland amid NATO bid: Chancellor Scholz
#BREAKING Finnish parliament votes overwhelmingly in favour of NATO membership
#BREAKING Biden to host leaders of Finland, Sweden to discuss NATO applications: White House
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#BREAKING UK says drawing up law changing N. Ireland protocol 'in coming weeks'
#BREAKING EU 'will need to respond with all measures at its disposal' if UK changes post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland: Commission VP
#BREAKING Dublin 'deeply regrets' UK move to overhaul post-Brexit trade rules in N. Ireland: foreign minister
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#BREAKING Russia says 265 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered at Azovstal: defence ministry
#UPDATE Russia's defence ministry said Tuesday that 265 Ukrainian soldiers, including several dozen wounded, surrendered at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Ukraine's port city of Mariupol
Map showing position of military forces in #Ukraine️ as of May 17, 0700 GMT
#AFPgraphics @AFP
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#BREAKING Musk says Twitter purchase will not go ahead without clarity on spam accounts
#UPDATE Billionaire Elon Musk said Tuesday that his purchase of Twitter would not go ahead unless he was assured that fewer than five percent of accounts on the platform were fake
#UPDATE Billionaire Elon Musk said his purchase of Twitter would not go ahead unless he was given assurances on the bots that he says plague the platform, further complicating his acrimonious bid for the social media giant
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#BREAKING Lebanon's Hezbollah, allies lose parliament majority: results
#BREAKING Lebanon pro-reform candidates win at least 13 seats: results
#UPDATE Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its allies have lost their parliamentary majority, according to full legislative results announced by the interior ministry
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#BREAKING US announces easing visa, family remittance restrictions for Cuba
#BREAKING Cuba welcomes easing of US restrictions as 'small step in right direction': minister
#UPDATE US easing of restrictions against Cuba is "a small step in the right direction," Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says.

But he adds the measures do "not modify the embargo" in place since 1962 and does not change US policy against Cuba, "which is a failure"
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#BREAKING More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from Azovstal: defence ministry
#UPDATE Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steelworks -- the last holdout of troops defending the southern port city of Mariupol -- Kyiv says
Rattled by Russia, Finns flock to military training.

On a military island off Helsinki, people from all walks of life are spending a weekend doing military training, as volunteer numbers soar and Finland readies to join NATO to protect itself from Russia
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#BREAKING Turkey 'will not say yes' to NATO membership for Sweden, Finland: Erdogan
#UPDATE Erdogan claimed Monday that neither Sweden or Finland "have a clear stance against terror organisations"

Turkey has accused the Nordic countries of harboring terror groups, including Kurdish militants, and not accepting extradition requests
#BREAKING Finland, Sweden should integrate into NATO 'as soon as possible': UK
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Ukraine is preparing for a new Russian push in the eastern Donbas region, as Kyiv says its army's counterattack around Kharkiv has gained momentum.

Western intelligence has predicted Russia's campaign will stall amid heavy losses and fierce resistance ImageImageImage
#BREAKING Sweden, Finland NATO bids are 'grave mistake': Russia Image
#UPDATE Russia warns that decisions by Finland and Sweden to join the NATO military alliance are serious mistakes.

"This is another grave mistake with far-reaching consequences," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies Finland's Prime Minister Sa...
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#BREAKING 'Multiple victims' shot at California church: sheriff Image
#BREAKING Orange County Sheriff: one dead, four 'critically wounded' in California church shooting; suspect detained at the scene Image
One person is dead and four critically injured in a shooting at a church near Los Angeles, just a day after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in New York state.

"We have detained one person and have recovered a weapon that may be involved," Orange County Sheriff says ImageImageImage
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Buffalo's mayor said Sunday that the shooter who killed 10 people at a grocery store had come to the city "with the express purpose of taking as many Black lives as he possibly could"

Read the latest updates on the deadly New York attack: Image
#UPDATE President Biden and the first lady will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday "to grieve with the community that lost ten lives in a senseless and horrific mass shooting," the White House announced Sunday Image
#BREAKING UN chief 'appalled' by 'vile,' 'racist' Buffalo shooting: spokesman Image
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At a heavily-guarded airport complex, Somali MPs are voting Sunday in a long-delayed presidential election, with four already chosen to advance to a second round ImageImage
#BREAKING Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president ImageImage
#UPDATE Former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was elected to a new term as Somalia's president on Sunday, with celebratory gunfire erupting in the capital Mogadishu

Many hope the vote will end a political crisis that has lasted well over a year
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#BREAKING Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to claim sixth Italian Open title ImageImage
#UPDATE Novak Djokovic won his sixth Italian Open title on Sunday after a straight-sets victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-0, 7-6 (7/5) in Rome Image
Iga Swiatek won her fifth straight tournament on Sunday, while Novak Djokovic took home his sixth Italian Open trophy

Read #AFPSports' wrap-up of the #IBI22 finals
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The latest developments in the war in #Ukraine
* Eurovision win lifts spirits
* President Volodymr Zelensky warns of 'Very difficult' situation in east Ukraine
* Finland to apply for NATO membership
Map of Ukraine showing position of military forces in Ukraine as of May 15, 0700 GMT
#AFPgraphics @AFP Image
#UPDATE The Finnish government officially announced its intention to join NATO on Sunday, as Sweden's ruling party was to hold a decisive meeting that could pave the way for a joint application
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#BREAKING Finland to apply for NATO membership: president, PM Image
#UPDATE Finland will apply for NATO membership, the Nordic country's president and prime minister announced Sunday, a direct result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine Image
The members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since 1949
#AFPgraphics @AFP Image
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#UPDATE | 20 bodies recovered in the fire at 3-storey commercial building which broke out this evening near Delhi's Mundka metro station, confirms Delhi Fire Director Atul Garg
#UPDATE | 26 bodies recovered in the fire at 3-storey commercial building which broke out this evening near Delhi's Mundka metro station: Sunil Choudhary, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Delhi Fire Service
#UPDATE | 50 rescued, 26 dead in the fire. Rescue operation continues: DCP Sameer Sharma, Outer District
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#WATCH | Fire near Mundka metro station, Delhi: 1 woman dead in the fire. Rescue operation continues with about 15 fire tenders at the spot, as per DCP Sameer Sharma, Outer district
The deceased woman is yet to be identified. Rescue operation on. Police force deployed with the area being cordoned off. About 15 fire tenders are at the spot, & more coming in. Fire on two floors. About 50-60 people rescued, and 2-3 injured: Sameer Sharma, DCP, Outer district
#UPDATE | Some persons are still trapped inside a 3-storey commercial building which had caught fire this evening near Delhi's Mundka metro station: Delhi police
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Two persons died & 22 others were injured after a local bus from Katra to Jammu caught fire near Kharmal about 1.5 km from Katra. As per preliminary details, bus caught fire from the engine area which soon engulfed the whole bus: ADGP Jammu
#UPDATE | J&K: Out of the injured two more succumbed to their injuries, taking the death toll to 4 persons.

A local bus from Katra to Jammu caught fire near Kharmal about 1.5 km from Katra.
#UPDATE This was not a blast, but a bus tank explosion due to overheating (caused by weather). There are 3-4 casualties. 22 reportedly injured...: Deputy Commissioner Babila Rakwal, Reasi, Jammu & Kashmir
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Reports indicate 21-year-old Omid Soltani was killed by security forces on Thursday night, May 12, in the city of Andimeshk, Khuzestan province, southwest #Iran.
Kashan road, south-central #Iran
Authorities are dispatching security forces from Tehran to quell protests.

AP: "Iran arrests at least 22 protesting staple food price hikes"…
Actual numbers must be far higher

May 12—Andimeshk, SW #Iran
Members of the IRGC paramilitary Basij, armed with assault rifles, patrolling the streets.

Reuters: "Soaring bread prices, as high as 300 percent, spark protests and shop fires in Iran"…

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Jammu & Kashmir | Encounter has started at Brar (Aragam) area of Bandipora. Police and security forces are on the job. Details awaited.
#UPDATE | One terrorist neutralized during the encounter which broke out at Brar (Aragam) area of Bandipora. Operation in progress. Further details shall follow: J&K Police
#UPDATE | One more terrorist was neutralized during the encounter which broke out at the Brar (Aragam) area of Bandipora. Operation in progress. Further details shall follow: J&K Police
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