News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 04, 2019, 06.47 PM(IST)

File photo: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Pakistan faces disappointment at World Trade Organisation, loses 3 key positions

Pakistan has lost three key positions in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government failed to finalise a candidate for the post of ambassador at the world body.

Iran seizes third foreign tanker, says it was carrying ‘smuggled fuel’

Iranian naval forces have seized a "foreign vessel" in the Gulf, state news agency IRNA reported Sunday, in the country's third such seizure in a month.

29 killed in two US mass shootings within hours

Two mass shootings in the United States have left 29 people dead within 24 hours, the latest such attacks in a nation torn over how to tackle gun violence.

A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people Saturday when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.

India test-fires quick-reaction surface-to-air missile in Odisha's Balasore

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday successfully flight-tested Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) air defence system at Balasore flight test range.

Ashes 2019: Australia's Steve Smith scores second hundred of comeback Test

Australia's Steve Smith scored the second hundred of his comeback Test when he reached three figures against England in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.