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Pakistani Lawmaker's Viral Speech on India's Moon Landing

Pakistani lawmaker Syed Mustafa Kamal's viral speech highlighted the stark difference between India's successful moon landing mission and the dire situation in Karachi, where children are dying due to lack of basic infrastructure. Kamal pointed out the lack of fresh water in Karachi and the alarming number of children not attending school in Pakistan. While India celebrated its achievement of landing on the moon, Pakistan is facing economic distress, high inflation, and mounting debt, prompting the country to seek a new loan program from the International Monetary Fund. The IMF has advised Islamabad to implement strong cost-side reforms and overhaul its tax system to address the challenges. Pakistan recently completed a short-term program to avoid sovereign default but is now focusing on securing a longer-term solution. sources

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May 16 2024, 7 am

Indian Embassy assures safety of students in Kyrgyzstan

The Indian Embassy in Kyrgyzstan reassured that all Indian students in Bishkek are safe amidst recent incidents of mob violence involving Pakistani students and locals. The Embassy urged students to follow guidelines set by authorities and stay in touch with them. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar emphasized the importance of student safety and monitoring the situation. The violence led to injuries, including a fractured jawbone for a Pakistani citizen. Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Minister expressed concern over false information spreading in Pakistani media and highlighted the need for verified information to maintain diplomatic relations. A special flight carrying Pakistani citizens back home landed in Lahore, indicating efforts to address the situation. The Embassy continues to provide assistance and guidance to ensure the safety of Indian students in Kyrgyzstan. sources

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May 19 2024, 10 pm

Russian strikes kill 10, injure 25 in Ukraine's Kharkiv

At least 10 people, including a pregnant woman, were killed and 25 others injured in two separate Russian strikes in Ukraine's Kharkiv region on Sunday. The attacks took place in a recreation area just outside Kharkiv, with the first strike killing five and injuring 16, followed by another strike in two villages in Kupiansk district. Local officials reported that Russian forces used a self-propelled multiple rocket launcher to shell the villages. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appealed to Western allies for additional air defense systems to protect Kharkiv and other cities, emphasizing the need to overcome the lack of political will among leaders to stop Russian terror. Witnesses described the devastation caused by the strikes, with one woman mourning the loss of her husband and home. Ukraine has accused Russia of using "double tap" strikes to target emergency workers at the scene of attacks. sources

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May 19 2024, 7 pm

Iran President's Convoy Helicopter Accident Reported

Iranian state TV reported on Sunday that a helicopter in a convoy transporting President Ebrahim Raisi was involved in an accident. The incident occurred as one of the three helicopters in the convoy experienced difficulties, but no further details were provided by the state TV. The nature and severity of the accident remain unclear, leaving questions about the safety and security of the President's transportation. This incident comes at a time of heightened tensions in the region, with Iran facing multiple challenges both domestically and internationally. Further updates on the situation are awaited as investigations into the accident are likely to follow. sources

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May 19 2024, 6 pm

2 Mongolian Climbers Die After Summiting Mount Everest

Two Mongolian climbers, Tsedendamba Usukhjargal and Lkhagvajav Purevsuren, tragically lost their lives during their descent from Mount Everest after successfully summiting the world's tallest peak without supplemental oxygen and Sherpa guides. The Mongolian National Climbing Federation confirmed the deaths of the climbers, who were last in contact from Camp 4, with Usukhjargal's body found near the south summit at 8,600 meters and Purevsuren's body discovered near the Balcony area at 8,400 meters. Photos and videos of the climbers reaching the summit on May 13 were found on their phones, with Usukhjargal expressing, "After leaving our homeland for over 50 days, we finally reached the pinnacle of the world." This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that climbers face on Mount Everest. sources

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May 19 2024, 5 pm

Elon Musk Launches Starlink in Bali, Indonesia

Tech mogul Elon Musk has introduced his Starlink service in Bali, Indonesia, aiming to provide internet access to remote areas of the country. With millions of Indonesians lacking reliable internet services, Musk's satellite unit services were inaugurated in Bali's capital, Denpasar, with a focus on improving connectivity in healthcare and education sectors. The Indonesian government plans to roll out Starlink services across the archipelago after a successful trial period, with a budget allocated for 10,000 state-owned clinics. Musk, known for his innovative ventures, highlighted the potential of Starlink to transform remote medical clinics and education facilities. The billionaire's visit also includes participation in the World Water Forum and a meeting with President Joko Widodo during his time in Indonesia. sources

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May 19 2024, 6 pm

Ed Dwight: First Black Astronaut Trained, 63 Years Later

Ed Dwight, the first Black man to be trained as an astronaut, is set to make history at the age of 90 by becoming the oldest person to go to space. Despite being denied the opportunity to become the first Black astronaut in space back in 1961, Dwight will finally have his chance on a Blue Origin flight on Sunday. The 11-minute flight will take him and five others to the edge of space, allowing them to experience weightlessness and view the Earth's horizon. Dwight's journey to space comes after a lifetime dedicated to telling Black history through sculpture, with his ticket sponsored by the nonprofit organization Space for Humanity. His long-awaited space flight marks a significant milestone in his remarkable life story. sources

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May 19 2024, 3 pm

Slovak PM's Life Safe After Shooting, Minister Confirms

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's life is no longer in danger after surviving an assassination attempt by a lone gunman who shot him four times, including in the abdomen. Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak confirmed that Fico has emerged from the immediate threat to his life, but remains in serious condition and requires intensive care. The suspected gunman, identified as 71-year-old poet Juraj Cintula, has been charged with attempted premeditated murder and placed in pre-trial detention. Fico, who took office in October after his centrist populist Smer party won a general election, underwent two surgeries and is now considered stable with a positive prognosis. The assassination attempt has shocked the EU and NATO member country of 5.4 million people, already deeply divided over politics. sources

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May 19 2024, 3 pm

Saudi King to undergo medical tests for high fever

King Salman of Saudi Arabia, 88, is set to undergo medical tests after experiencing a "high temperature" and joint pain. The tests will be conducted at a clinic in Jeddah, as reported by the Royal Court. King Salman has been on the throne since 2015, with his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, taking on a more active role in governing the country. The monarch's health has been a topic of speculation, with previous hospitalizations for a colonoscopy in 2022 and gall bladder surgery in 2020. Under King Salman's reign, Saudi Arabia has seen significant social and economic reforms led by Crown Prince Mohammed, who has also been criticized for a crackdown on dissent. The kingdom, a major oil exporter, has worked to address concerns about the king's health while planning for a future beyond oil. sources

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May 19 2024, 2 pm

Myanmar rebels seize town, deny targeting Rohingya

A powerful armed ethnic group in Myanmar, the Arakan Army (AA), claims to have taken control of the town of Buthidaung in Rakhine state, denying accusations of targeting Rohingya Muslims during the offensive. The AA spokesperson stated that their soldiers had seized the town, marking another defeat for the ruling junta amidst ongoing fighting with opposition groups. Rohingya activists have accused the AA of forcing residents to flee and torching homes, while conflicting reports suggest the junta and Muslim insurgent groups may have also been involved in setting fires. The conflict in Myanmar has intensified since the 2021 military coup, with the junta losing control of around half of its military positions. The situation remains volatile, with Rohingya residents trapped and casualties reported in the aftermath of the fighting. sources

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May 19 2024, 1 pm

CNN commentator Alice Stewart dies at 58

Veteran CNN political commentator and political adviser, Alice Stewart, tragically passed away at the age of 58 in northern Virginia. Law enforcement confirmed no foul play was suspected, attributing her death to a possible medical incident. CNN's Chairman and CEO, Mark Thompson, described Stewart as a dear friend and political veteran known for her kindness and political savvy. While her health status remains unknown, her recent Instagram post indicated her active presence in the newsroom. United States Senator Ted Cruz expressed his sorrow over Stewart's sudden death, highlighting her talent, love for America, and dedication to her work. Born in Atlanta, Stewart began her career as a local reporter before joining CNN as a political commentator, contributing her insights on political news until her untimely passing. sources

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May 19 2024, 12 pm

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