News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jul 19, 2019, 09:07 AM IST

File photo: Kulbhushan Jadhav. Photograph:(Others)

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Read the five big stories of the day.

A day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict Pakistan has been forced to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Tensions in the Gulf region mounted Thursday as US President Donald Trump said an American naval vessel shot down an Iranian drone that threatened the ship as it was entering the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran on Thursday signalled a willingness to engage in diplomacy to defuse tensions with the United States with a modest offer on its nuclear programme that met immediate scepticism in Washington.

The death toll in Assam floods triggered by torrential rains rose to 37 on Thursday, state's Disaster Management Authority said on Thursday.

Pakistan suffered a loss of over eight billion rupees ($50 million) from airspace restrictions imposed since February, aviation minister said on Thursday.