News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 27, 2019, 06.54 PM(IST)

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Top developments of the day.

US openly sowing seeds of hostility, reject Pompeo's baseless allegation: Iran

Iran today slammed US secretary of state Mike Pompeo's joint statement in New Delhi in which he accused Iran of being the "world's largest state sponsor of terror".

Japan helping India to become $5 trillion economy: PM Modi to Indian diaspora

The Indian prime minister expressed his happiness over coming to Japan after seven months as he told the crowd that PM Shinzo Abe is a "good friend". "I am humbled by your support," the Indian prime minister said.

German Chancellor Merkel seen 'shaking' for second time in 9 days

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen shaking as she met President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday, her second such bout within two weeks, but her spokesman said she was fine.

Maratha quota valid but should be cut from 16 to 12-13 per cent: Bombay High Court

A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre, however, said the quota percentage should be reduced from 16 per cent to 12 to 13 per cent, as recommended by the State Backward Classes Commission.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani hold meeting, discuss peace process

"One on one meeting held between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad. Matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation in various sectors and regional situation were discussed in the meeting," tweeted the government of Pakistan.