News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 03, 2019, 06.57 PM(IST)

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US wants to quickly deploy new missiles in Asia: US Secretary of Defence

Washington wants to quickly deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Asia, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday in a move likely to anger China.

MEA working for early release of 18 Indian crew of ship seized by Iran: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said the Indian government is working for the early release and repatriation of all the 18 Indian crew members on board the British-flagged tanker which has been detained by the Revolutionary Guards of Iran (IRGC) in the Strait of Hormuz.

Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN summit

Footage emerged Saturday of the moment a bomb exploded in a Bangkok mall as the city hosted a major summit, the device hidden inside a cuddly toy animal.

Four dead, several injured after powerful quake rocks Indonesia

Four people died and several were injured after a powerful undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's heavily populated Java island, triggering a brief tsunami warning, the national disaster agency said Saturday.

Russian police detain prominent opposition activist before protest

Russian police on Saturday detained prominent opposition activist Lyubov Sobol ahead of a planned protest in Moscow to demand free elections.