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Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressing mediapersons in Kochi Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 04, 2018, 07.03 PM (IST)

National Herald case: SC allows I-T department to reopen tax case against Rahul, Sonia Gandhi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Income Tax Department to reopen tax assessment of top Congress leaders Rahul and Sonia Gandhi for 2011-12 in connection with the National Herald case.

Chinese scientist who conducted gene editing kept under house arrest: Report

He Jiankui, the controversial Chinese scientist who claimed to have created the world's first genetically edited babies has been kept under house arrest, media reports said.

France PM Philippe confirms fuel tax suspensions, calls for calm

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Tuesday new concessions to "yellow vest" protesters, including the suspension for six months of planned tax increases raising the price of fuel.

Sri Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa files appeal in Supreme Court against interim court's order

An appeal was filed Tuesday in Sri Lanka's Supreme Court against a court order that barred Mahinda Rajapaksa from acting as Prime Minister.

The Court of Appeal in an interim order Monday temporary halted Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning in their positions in response to a case filed by 122 legislators against his disputed government. The court set the hearing of the case for December 12 and 13.

Ukraine conducts military drill as Russia partially reopens Azov Sea ports

Ukraine's armed forces conducted military drills even as Kiev said Russia has partially opened the Sea of Azov for Ukranian ships to enter the ports.

"The Berdyansk and Mariupol ports have been partially unblocked," Ukraine's infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan said.