News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Mar 01, 2019, 06:56 PM IST
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File photo. Photograph:(Zee News Network)

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Top developments of the day.

Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commmander Abhinandan Varthaman will be crossing the Wagah border in a few minutes as a large crowd gathers to welcome him amid heavy security.

As Indian authorities wait for captured Indian pilot to return home, it was announced that the Beating the Retreat ceremony won't be taking place at the Wagah border today.

The ceasefire was violated in Rajouri district's Nowshera sector at 16:15 hours today where the Indian Army retaliated in counter-firing.

China on Friday welcomed Pakistan's decision to release the Indian Air Force pilot and encouraged the two countries to engage in more counter-terrorism cooperation and dialogue for the regional peace and stability.

At least 84 people, two-thirds of them young children, have died since December on their way to al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria after fleeing Islamic State in the Deir al-Zor region, the United Nations said on Friday.