News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 13, 2019, 06.44 PM(IST)

File Photo of Rodrigo Duterte. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Read the five big stories of the day.

Country's confidence at all-time high, Modi says on last day of parliament before elections

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the last day of parliament before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country's confidence is at an all-time high. 

Jammu and Kashmir: 16 schoolchildren injured after explosion inside classroom

Sixteen school students were injured in a blast inside the classroom of a private school Falai-e-Millat in the Narbal area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Bangladesh: 25 people injured after hardline Islamists attack minority Muslims

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at hundreds of hardline Islamists who attacked minority Muslims in northern Bangladesh, leaving at least 25 people injured, officials said Wednesday.

Philippines arrests President Duterte critic journalist Maria Ressa on libel charge

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, who has repeatedly clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested in her Manila office on Wednesday in what rights advocates called an act of "persecution".

It's May's deal or long Brexit delay, UK's chief negotiator overheard saying in bar

British lawmakers will face a stark choice between Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal a long extension to the March 29 deadline for leaving the bloc, the UK's chief Brexit negotiator was overheard saying in a Brussels bar.