News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 22, 2019, 08.46 AM(IST)

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Read the top five stories of the morning here.

ISRO successfully launches earth observation satellite RISAT-2B

In a pre-dawn launch on Wednesday, Indian space agency ISRO scripted history by successfully launching earth observation satellite RISAT-2B that would enhance the country's surveillance capabilities among others.

Iran warns of 'painful consequences' if US escalates tensions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned the United States of "painful consequences for everybody" if there is an escalation in tensions with the Islamic republic.

Zarif also accused the US of "playing a very, very dangerous game" in an interview with CNN aired on Tuesday.

At NDA meeting, PM Modi expresses concern over 'needless controversy' over EVMs by opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday expressed concern over the "needless controversy" created by the Opposition over EVMs at a meeting of NDA leaders, even as the ruling alliance laid out its agenda for the next five years if it is elected to power again.

UN forecasts global economy to grow 2.7% in 2019, 2.9% in 2020

The United Nations on Tuesday downgraded its forecast for world economic growth, announcing that it expects overall growth of 2.7 per cent this year and 2.9 per cent in 2020.

McDonald's faces 25 new sexual harassment complaints from workers

McDonald's Corp was accused on Tuesday in 25 new lawsuits and regulatory charges of condoning sexual harassment in the workplace and retaliating against employees who speak up.