US confirms Iranian missile has shot down drone
A US military drone has been shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile while in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz, US officials say.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace, near Kuhmobarak in the southern province of Hormozgan.
IRGC commander Maj-Gen Hossein Salami said the incident sent “a clear message to America”, state media said.
It comes at a time of escalating tension between the US and Iran.
On Monday, the US defence department said it was deploying 1,000 extra troops to the region in response to “hostile behaviour” by Iranian forces.
Human cost of Yemen war laid bare as civilian death toll put at 100,000
Report outlines deadly impact of direct targeting of civilians as researchers call for resolution to conflict
As the court of appeal prepares to rule on the legitimacy of the British government’s continued supply of weapons to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, new figures show the conflict’s death toll is fast approaching the 100,000 mark.
The extent of civilian casualties caused by direct targeting as the war with Houthi rebels enters its fifth year has been outlined in a report by the the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (Acled).
Extending its previous research into fatalities to cover the start of the Yemenconflict in March 2015 through to the present day, the project claims to provide the most comprehensive evaluation of the war to date.
Nearly half of Japanese people who want to get married ‘unable to find suitable partner’
However, 61.4 per cent of those surveyed by the country’s Cabinet Office said they were not doing anything to change their situation.
The research comes amid long-standing concerns over Japan’s birth rate, which has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1899.
Brewing ConflictProtests in Hong Kong Unlikely to Yield Results
Resistance to a planned extradition law has enlivened the opposition in Hong Kong after several years of placidity. But the danger of confrontation with Beijing is real and neither side seems ready for compromise.
India’s sixth biggest city is almost entirely out of water
Updated 0118 GMT (0918 HKT) June 20, 2019
The floor of the Chembarambakkam reservoir is cracked open, dry and sun-baked. About 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away, in Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, millions of people are running out of water.
A.G. Sulzberger Torches Trump ‘Treason’ Claim: It ‘Crosses A Dangerous Line’
Last weekend, Trump stepped up his attacks on the Times — which he’d previously called “fake news” and the “enemy of the people” — by blasting its reporting on U.S. cyberattacks on Russia’s power grid. He also accused the newspaper of conducting “a virtual act of Treason”: