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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2019, 09.06 AM (IST)

There is growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border, says Trump in televised address

In a televised address to the nation, US President Trump said today that US-Mexico border situation was a "growing crisis" while demanding $5.7 billion for steel barrier on the Mexico border from Democrats.

In 2018, India's GDP to grow at 7.3%, China to grow at 6.5%: World Bank

India's GDP is expected to grow at 7.3 per cent in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 7.5 per cent in the following two years, the World Bank has forecast, attributing it to an upswing in consumption and investment.

Salah voted African Footballer of the Year

Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was voted as the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday.

Australian minister hints at humanitarian asylum for Saudi teen in Bangkok

Australia gave its strongest hint yet on Wednesday that an 18-year-old Saudi woman in Bangkok would be granted humanitarian asylum, despite efforts by Riyadh and her family to force her return home.

Heathrow airport closed for 1 hour over drone sighting

Flights from London's Heathrow airport were halted for about an hour on Tuesday after a drone was sighted near Europe's busiest air hub, raising fears that the chaos that affected rival Gatwick last month could be repeated on an even larger scale.