News brief: Big stories of the day
India has officially extended President Trump an invitation to attend Republic Day celebrations next year. Former President Barack Obama had attended India's glittering Republic Day parade on 26th January 2015 during his three-day visit to the country amid much fanfare.
The US has designated three Pakistanis linked to the LeT, the outfit responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack, as global terrorists to shut down the militant group's financial network and curtail its ability to raise funds to carry out violent terrorist attacks.
Akshay Venkatesh, 36, an Indian origin mathematician in Australia has been conferred prestigious Fields medal which is popularly known as Nobel Prize for mathematics.
The United States Congress has passed the conference report on National Defense Authorization Act-2019 (NDAA-19), which paves the way for waiver to India from punitive Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act or CAATSA, under which sanctions kick off on countries that purchase significant military equipment from Russia.
Zimbabwe police said three people were killed in Harare on Wednesday as soldiers dispersed stone-throwing opposition supporters who accused the ruling party of trying to rig Monday's presidential election.