NEWS ON AIR Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR International News Pipeline explosion kills 66 in central Mexico INT In Mexico, at least 21 people were killed and 71 were injured when a ruptured fuel pipeline exploded in central Hidalgo state. Republican senator says Saudi crown prince must be dealt with over Khashoggi murder INT Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham has said, the Saudi crown prince was responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder and must be dealt with as he threatened new sanctions. US confirms arrest of Iranian journalist INT The US has confirmed the arrest of a journalist for Iranian television. UN report says fuel from Iran is financing Yemen rebels' war INT A UN report has said that fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government. Pakistan: Former PM Nawaz Sharif not completely well says special medical board INT In Pakistan, a special medical board has said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not completely well and more tests are required before suggesting treatment for him. India lodges protest over Pak's SC order on "Gilgit-Baltistan” INT India today summoned the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan and a strong protest was lodged on recent order by Pakistan's Supreme Court on the so-called "Gilgit-Baltistan” which is an interference in India’s internal affairs. US President Donald Trump & North Korean leader Kim Jong-un decide to hold second summit next month INT US President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late February on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. 11 killed in Syria bomb explosion INT In Syria, at least 11 people were killed in an explosion outside an office belonging to an al-Qaida-linked group in the country's northwestern part on Friday. 14 Palestinians injured by Israeli fire in clashes along Gaza border INT Health Ministry of Gaza said, at least 14 Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire in new clashes along the Gaza border on Friday. Russian Defence Ministry says, two of its fighter jets collided in mid air in South Asia INT The Russian Defence Ministry said that two of its fighter jets collided in mid air in South East Asia today. EU publishes its negotiating plans for a free trade deal with US INT The European Union today published its negotiating plans for a free trade deal with the United States, part of an effort to avert a trade war with US President Donald Trump. German parliament classifies North African states and Georgia as safe countries of origin INT The German parliament has adopted a draft law that classifies the North African states of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco as well as Georgia as safe countries of origin. Sweden: PM Stefan Lofven elected for a second term INT In Sweden, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has been elected for a second term, ending a four-month political vacuum. Death toll rises to 21 in Colombia car bomb blast INT In Colombia, the death toll from a car bomb blast outside a police academy in Bogota has risen to 21. Russia rejects reports IS behind New Year's Eve blast INT Russian investigators have dismissed reports of the Islamic State group being responsible for the blast that killed 39 people on New Year's Eve. US contemplating to have potential missile defence cooperation with India INT United States is contemplating to have a potential missile defence cooperation with India as part of its effort to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership. Top North Korean official in Beijing en route to Washington, says Reports INT One of North Korea's top negotiators is on his way to Washington to meet US officials ahead of a possible second summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa took over as new opposition leader INT In Sri Lanka, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took over as new opposition leader today following political developments of last months. AU calls on DR Congo to postpone release of presidential election results INT The African Union (AU) has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) to postpone the release of its presidential election results today due to "serious doubts" it has about provisional results released last week. Trump cancels US delegation's trip to annual meeting of WEF at Davos INT President Donald Trump has cancelled the US delegation's trip to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown. Facebook removes hundreds of pages linked to Russia INT Social networking site, Facebook said on Thursday that it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts which were part of two big disinformation operations targeting users outside the U.S. Without a strong border, America is defenceless: Trump INT US President Donald Trump has said on Thursday that without a strong border, America is defenceless, vulnerable and unprotected. Nine arrested following Nairobi terror attack INT In Kenya, nine people have been arrested following an attack on a luxury hotel compound in the capital Nairobi that killed at least 21 people. Lankan President ppoints Commission to probe corruption INT Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry today to investigate into allegations of corruption and malpractices that had taken place from 15th January 2015 to 31st December 2018. India condemns horrific Nairobi terror attack INT India today strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attack in Dusit D2 Hotel and offices complex in Nairobi on 15th of this month which caused loss of innocent lives. UK PM Theresa May wins no-confidence vote INT British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a confidence vote, a day after her government suffered a parliamentary defeat over her Brexit deal with the European Union (EU). N Korea yet to take concrete steps to dismantle nukes: Pence INT US Vice President Mike Pence has said North Korea is yet to take concrete steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons that threaten America and other countries in the region. Pelosi urges Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address INT US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his annual State of the Union address slated for January 29, citing security concerns triggered by the ongoing government shutdown. US Prez Trump nominates 3 Indian Americans to key administration post INT US President Donald Trump has nominated three Indian Americans to key administration positions as per the latest list of senior nominations sent by the White House to the Senate. Greek PM Tsipras survives confidence vote after Macedonia row INT Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has survived a confidence vote after a row over a landmark name deal with Macedonia sunk his four-year coalition. Volcano erupts in southern Japan INT In Japan, a volcano erupted this morning on a small Kuchinoerabu island in the southern part of the country. US has put China on notice: Vice President Pence INT US Vice President Mike Pence has said, China has been put on notice for using, for what he said, debt diplomacy and unfair trade practices to expand its influence. At least 20 people killed in militant attack in Northeastern Mali INT In Mali, at least 20 people were killed in the northeastern region of Menaka in a militant attack on two settlements. British PM Theresa May faces no-confidence vote tonight after Brexit defeat INT British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a no confidence vote tonight. Iran vows to keep military forces in Syria defying Israeli threats INT Iran today said it will keep its military forces in Syria, defying Israeli threats that Iranian forces might be targeted if they do not leave the country. Brexit: There is still time to negotiate, says German Chancellor INT As British Prime Minster Theresa May's Brexit deal was emphatically rejected by parliament today, several European leaders expressed dismay and regret, and warned that London was running out of time. Kenya: 14 People dead in terrorist attack in Nairobi INT Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said today that all terrorists who had stormed a hotel complex in Nairobi had been eliminated after an almost 20-hour siege that left 14 people dead. May to face no-confidence motion following parliament's rejection of Brexit deal INT British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in Parliament over Brexit deal. China using media, think tanks, tourism to influence global public opinion: Pentagon INT The Pentagon has said that China has been using its massive investment in media, foreign educational institutions, think tanks and tourism to influence global public opinion in its favour. Cameroon: 36 People abducted in restive Anglophone region by gunmen INT In Cameroon, 36 passengers were abducted in restive Anglophone region on Tuesday by gunmen along the Buea-Kumba highway in the Southwest. Brexit deal defeat may lead to uncontrolled exit from EU: Portuguese PM INT Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has lamented rejection by the British Parliament of the country's exit agreement from the European Union Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif accused of illegally allotting land of religious shrine INT Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been accused of illegally allotting the land of a religious shrine in Punjab province by Joint Investigation Team (JIT) set up by the Supreme Court. Pakistan forces kill two terrorists involved in kidnappings of American, son of ex-PM Gilani INT Pakistani security agencies today killed two terrorists of the Islamic State terror group in Punjab province. Avalanches, flooding cause disruptions in Austria, Germany INT Bad weather continued to afflict parts of Europe today with avalanches and flooding causing disruption in Austria and Germany. ICC acquits former Ivory Coast Prez Laurent Gbagbo for crimes against humanity INT The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague today acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo of all charges of crimes against humanity over post-electoral violence in the West African nation. Landslide claims lives of nine labourers in Pakistan INT In Pakistan, nine labourers were killed when their vehicle was crushed in a sudden landslide in mountainous northern part of the country. Winter weather killed 15 displaced children in Syria: UN INT In Syria, freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced children in recent weeks. Iran launches satellite which failed to reach orbit in final stage INT Iran launched a satellite this morning, however, it failed to reach the orbit in the final stage.