News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 16, 2019, 06.58 PM(IST)

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Iran denies giving Gibraltar assurances for release of tanker

Iranian officials on Friday denied that any assurances were given to Gibraltar to release an Iranian tanker now sailing on into the Mediterranean, calling it a "victory" for Tehran.

Thar Express train service with Pakistan cancelled until further notice: Indian Railways

Indian Railways on Friday cancelled Thar Express train service between Jodhpur, India to Karachi, Pakistan until further notice, news agency ANI reported. 

Watch: Glimpses of first Indian commercial flight over North Pole

In a historic first, national carrier Air India scripted history as its flight AI73, from Delhi bound to San Francisco, United States, became the first Indian commercial flight to fly over the Polar region on Thursday. 

'Overwhelmingly peaceful,' says British High Commission on protests outside Indian High Commission in London

The United Kingdom on Friday reacted on protests that took place outside the Indian High Commission on Thursday. 

Four killed in blast at Pakistan mosque; over 20 injured

A blast at a mosque in southwest Pakistan killed four people on Friday and wounded more than 20, police said, adding the death toll could rise.