News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 25, 2019, 09.21 AM(IST)

File photo of Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump. Photograph:( AFP )

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Read the five big stories of the day.

Defying Congress, Trump sets $8 billion-plus in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

US President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

Arun Jaitley unlikely to remain Finance Minister in PM Modi's new term: Report

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to continue in his current role due to poor health as Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second term, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter.

Facebook plans to launch its own 'GlobalCoin' cryptocurrency next year: Report

Facebook has been in contact with US and British financial regulators with a view to launching its own cryptocurrency next year, the BBC reported on Friday. 

Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins

US President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr's review of the events that prompted an investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump retweets doctored video of Pelosi to portray her as having 'lost it'

US President Donald Trump, engaged in personal attacks on House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, retweeted a heavily edited video that falsely claimed the Democratic leader had difficulty speaking to reporters.