News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 16, 2019, 06.59 PM(IST)

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Pulwama attack: India continues its diplomatic campaign for second day; briefs Gulf, ASEAN and African envoys 

India's diplomatic campaign continued for the second day on Saturday as diplomats from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Central Asia, ASEAN, Africa and non-permanent members of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) were briefed at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) post-Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel. 

Last Islamic State holdout on verge of defeat in east Syria

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will capture Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria "in a very short time", the battle commander said on Saturday.

JeM commanders responsible for Pulwama terror attack identified, traced in Tral: Sources

Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists responsible for the ghastly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama have been identified as Rashid Ghazi and Kamran, the main commanders of the terror outfit, sources told WION.  

Pence calls for EU to leave Iran nuclear deal, recognise Guaido as Venezuelan president

US Vice President Mike Pence pressed European countries on Saturday to withdraw from a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers and urged them to be wary of using telecoms equipment supplied by Chinese provider Huawei.

VVIP Chopper case: Delhi court dismisses Christian Michel's bail plea

A Delhi court Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Christian Michel, arrested in connection with an alleged scam in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.