Nirmala Sitharaman in Vietnam, Pompeo meets Wang Yi, and other news in pictures

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman poses for a group photograph during a visit to Quang Trung, frigate of the Vietnam Navy, at the Cam Ranh Naval Base on June 14, 2018.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman poses for a group photograph during a visit to Quang Trung, frigate of the Vietnam Navy, at the Cam Ranh Naval Base on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: PTI

 

6:00 pm

Office of BEL in Vietnam

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday inaugurated the first office of leading defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Hanoi, reflecting India’s deepening military cooperation with strategically important Vietnam. On the second day of her visit, Ms. Sitharaman held extensive talks with her Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich in Hanoi. Ms. Sitharaman also called on President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang and exchanged views on regional security situation as well as strengthening bilateral defence ties, officials said.

5:00 pm

Pompeo goes to Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 14, 2018.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as he briefed officials in Beijing about the landmark talks following U.S. President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea's leader. Mr. Pompeo said he appreciated everything done by China, North Korea's sole major ally, to prepare the ground for Tuesday's summit.“There is still more work to be done by China and the United States,” Mr. Pompeo said. Turning to U.S.-China relations, Mr. Wang said “cooperation far outweighs differences and competition” between the world's two largest economies.

3:30 pm

Duchess of Sussex makes first joint appearance with Queen Elizabeth II

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, arrive by a royal train at the Runcorn Station, north- west England on June 14, 2018.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, arrive by a royal train at the Runcorn Station, north- west England on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

 

The former Meghan Markle is making her first joint appearance with Queen Elizabeth II on an official royal visit to the northwest of England. The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex, as Ms. Markle is now known, travelled by a special royal train for a series of events on Thursday. Their first stop featured a performance by local schoolchildren in the town of Widnes, near Liverpool.

1:45 pm

Grenfell Tower fire anniversary

Tributes are tied to a fence in support of those affected by the June 14, 2017 massive fire in Grenfell Tower in London on June 14, 2018.

Tributes are tied to a fence in support of those affected by the June 14, 2017 massive fire in Grenfell Tower in London on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

Survivors of London's Grenfell Tower fire, and friends and relatives of the 71 people killed, held vigils and prayed together as they marked the first anniversary of a tragedy that still haunts Britain. Grenfell Tower, a social housing block that was home to a close-knit, ethnically diverse community, was engulfed by flames in the middle of the night of June 14, 2017, in the country's deadliest domestic fire since World War II. The disaster, which occurred in one of London's richest boroughs, prompted a national outpouring of anguish over social inequalities, poor quality public housing and neglect of immigrant communities.

12:15 pm

Modi visits Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with schoolchildren in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, on June 14, 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with schoolchildren in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a one-day visit to Chhattisgarh where, among other programmers, he will dedicate the modernised and expanded Bhilai steel plant to the nation. He inaugurated a newly-built Crystal House school in Bhilai. The state-run school will cater to the education of children from 42 villages in Raipur district.

10:50 am

Three nights in a visitors' lounge

Doctors check the condition of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is on an indefinite fast at the Raj Niwas, on June 14, 2018.

Doctors check the condition of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is on an indefinite fast at the Raj Niwas, on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and two other cabinet colleagues have spent third night at the visitors’ room adjacent to the office of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Mr. Sisodia and Minister Satyendar Jain are on an indefinite fast seeking Mr. Baijal's intervention in ending what they call as bureaucrats' strike.

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10.45 am

India vs Afghanistan one-off Test

Members of the Afghanistan and Indian cricket teams stand for their national anthems before the start of their one-off Test match in Bengaluru on June 14, 2018.

Members of the Afghanistan and Indian cricket teams stand for their national anthems before the start of their one-off Test match in Bengaluru on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

A sense of expectation is hanging in the air. Afghanistan’s historic first Test has evoked considerable interest. The game’s romantics will celebrate the country’s triumph-of-the-spirit moment when the contest commences. A surface with a dash of green awaits Asghar Stanikzai and his men at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. An inexperienced batting line-up will be probed both technically and mentally. Given Afghanistan’s strength in spin, the host’s strategy of leaving some grass on the pitch for the Test is on the expected lines.

9.45 am

Rain damages house in Karnataka village

A view of the collapsed house due to heavy rain in Konanur in Arakalgud taluk, Hassan District of Karnataka, on June 13, 2018 night.

A view of the collapsed house due to heavy rain in Konanur in Arakalgud taluk, Hassan District of Karnataka, on June 13, 2018 night.   | Photo Credit: G.T. Sathish

 

A house collapsed due to heavy rain at Konanur village in Arakalgud taluk in Hassan District of Karnataka on Wednesday night. The house belongs to Kumar, a surveyor, a resident of Gangamathastha Street in Konanuru. No casualty has been reported.

9:25 am

FIFA World Cup 2018

Fans paint on wall the flags of the countries participating in the FIFA 2018 World Cup in a suburb of Karachi, Pakistan, on June 13, 2018.

Fans paint on wall the flags of the countries participating in the FIFA 2018 World Cup in a suburb of Karachi, Pakistan, on June 13, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup promises to be as intriguing as any of its past 20 avatars, with Germany, chasing a record-equalling fifth title, all set to defend its crown. Since Russia's announcement as the host of the 2018 edition – 2481 days back (December 2, 2010) – headlines have often veered from football, with security, racism, corruption and the technological invasion (read: Video Assistant Referee) dominating the early dialogue. The shroud of impropriety that hung over Russia's World Cup bid and the country's well-documented problem with surveillance and human rights, and its deteriorating relationship with the West, which sparked the threat of a boycott, seem to have been set aside, for now. The world's largest nation is ready to open its door to welcome 736 players and more than 600,000 foreign fans.

9:15 am

U.S. wildfire

The remnants of a trailer home continue to smoke after it was destroyed by June 12, 2018 fire in Moab, Utah, U.S., the next day.

The remnants of a trailer home continue to smoke after it was destroyed by June 12, 2018 fire in Moab, Utah, U.S., the next day.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab in the United States, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken West on Wednesday. The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over less than a square mile (kilometer), Police Chief Jim Winder said. Crews were extinguishing embers on Wednesday.

9:00 am

U.S., South Korea, Japan meet

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (third from left), South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (centre) and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (second from right) attend a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on June 14, 2018.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (third from left), South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (centre) and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (second from right) attend a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on June 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it denuclearises. Mr. Pompeo is pushing back on a report from North Korean official state media that said President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had agreed to a “step-by-step” process. That was interpreted as meaning the U.S. would grant concessions to North Korea concessions along the way despite longstanding U.S. insistence that it would not. Mr. Pompeo says Mr. Trump has been “incredibly clear” about the sequencing of the process. Speaking alongside Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers in Seoul, Mr. Pompeo says that “we’re going to get denuclearization.” He says that “only then will there be relief from the sanctions.”

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