News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 21, 2019, 06.47 PM(IST)

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Top developments of the day.

Iran needs to meet diplomacy with diplomacy, not military force: US

The US said on Friday that Iran has no right to respond to diplomacy "with military force", a day after Tehran shot down a US reconnaissance drone over the Strait of Hormuz.

With US drone, P-8 plane with 35 on board also entered airspace, we could have shot it down, but didn't: Iran Revolutionary Guard

Iran refrained from shooting down a US plane with 35 people on board that was accompanying the downed drone in the Gulf, a Revolutionary Guards commander said on Friday.

'Operation Bandar' was IAF's code name for Balakot airstrike: Sources

When the Air Force sent its package of 12 Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft to attack the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot on February 26, it code-named it 'Operation Bandar (Monkey)', to maintain secrecy.

Pakistan government's Yoga Day tweet leads to Indian flag pop-up; deleted later as Twitter takes a dig

On the occasion of International Yoga Day, the government of Pakistan posted a picture on its Twitter handle @pid_gov with the hashtag #YogaDay only to realise an Indian flag had popped up with a person meditating.

Creating G7 task force to ensure Facebook's Libra governed by regulations: France

France is creating a G7 task force to study how central banks ensure cryptocurrencies like Facebook's Libra are governed by regulations ranging from money-laundering laws to consumer-protection rules, France's central bank governor said on Friday.