News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jul 19, 2019, 06.56 PM(IST)

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Top developments of the day.

Massive blast rocks gas plant in central China, casualties unknown: State media

A massive blast ripped through the Yima gasification plant in central China on Friday, news agency AFP reported citing local media. 
The powerful explosion is reported to have shattered windows and doors of buildings in a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) radius.

Will release images to disprove US claim that drone was shot down: Iran's Revolutionary Guards

 Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they would release images to disprove US President Donald Trump's assertion that the US Navy has destroyed an Iranian drone in the Gulf, Iranian news agencies reported.

Karnataka Governor's new deadline for floor test expires; Kumaraswamy, Congress move Supreme Court

After receiving the second deadline set by Governor Vajubhai Vala, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday said the Governor's second letter has hurt him and asked Speaker KR Ramesh to handle the new directive.

Kyoto Animation fire suspect has criminal record, was treated for mental health issues: Report

The man who believed to have started the fire at an animation studio in Japan's Kyoto has a criminal record, Russia's Sputnik News said, citing sources in Japan.

World Bank pulls $300 million of funding for Amaravati after Delhi drops support

The World Bank said on Friday it had withdrawn $300 million of funding for a new capital in Andhra Pradesh after the central government dropped support for the project.