News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 17, 2019, 06.55 PM(IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( ANI )

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Who wouldn't want friend like Bhutan, honoured to be part of its development: PM Modi in Thimpu 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed his gratitude towards Bhutan in his address from the Bhutanese capital city Thimpu. 

Court documents show US seeks seizure of Iranian tanker violating sanctions

Newly released US court documents show the United States issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian tanker that British Royal Marines had seized last month in Gibraltar, citing evidence that it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of US sanctions.

China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: Report

A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use, state television CCTV reported, as firms in the country compete to join a commercial satellite boom.

Thousands take to streets with rival rallies as Hong Kong's divisions deepen

Hong Kong democracy activists kicked off a weekend of fresh rallies on Saturday in a major test for the movement following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week and as concerns mount over Beijing's next move.

Sudanese factions sign sign accord on transitional government

Sudan's main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday signed a final power-sharing agreement, paving the way for a transitional government following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.