News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 22, 2018, 07.58 AM(IST)

Last week finance minister Arun Jaitley had written to all state governments requesting them to reduce taxes on petrol and diesel. Photograph:( Reuters )

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President Erdogan, Trump speak over the phone; Turkey puts Khashoggi's fiancee under police protection

Turkey President Erdogan and US President spoke on the phone on Sunday over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The Turkish president's office said both leaders agreed that Khashoggi's killing needed to be clarified "in all aspects".

Petrol and diesel prices go down for the fifth consecutive day

Petrol and diesel prices have been slashed across India and as of today petrol is priced at Rs 81.44 per litre (decrease by Rs 0.30) and diesel is priced at Rs 74.92 per litre (decrease by Rs 0.27), respectively in Delhi.

Australian PM Scott Morrison apologies to victims of institutional child abuse

"This was done by Australians to Australians, enemies in our midst, enemies in our midst," Morrison told a parliamentary chamber in a televised speech, his voice trembling with emotion.

Ayurveda is the 'soft power' of India, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

"There is a need to make the study of Ayurveda and its application more relevant as per the research methodology prevalent in the present system," Bhagwat said.

'Did you win the title,' Raikkonen, Verstappen tease Hamilton

Dutch driver Max Verstappen finished a surprise second after starting 18th in a thrilling finale with the top three cars separated by just 2.1 seconds at the chequered flag.