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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 24, 2019, 08.52 AM(IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Satellite image shows smoke and fires in Brazil's state Mato Grosso which is mostly covered by Amazon rainforest. Photograph:( Reuters )

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As European Union threatens trade retaliation, Brazil sends army to fight Amazon fires

European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America, reflecting growing international anger at Brazil as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified an unfolding environmental crisis.

North Korea launches short-range missiles again, complicating US attempts for talks

North Korea fired what appears to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks.

Trump heaps another 5% tariff on Chinese goods in latest tit-for-tat escalation

US President Donald Trump on Friday lashed back at a new round of Chinese tariffs by heaping an additional 5 per cent duty on some $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods in the latest tit-for-tat trade war escalation by the world's two largest economies.

PM Modi to be honoured with UAE's highest civilian award for boosting ties

Indian Prime will be conferred with United Arab Emirates's highest civilian award--the Zayed medal on Saturday. The award was announced in April this year. 

Former finance minister Arun Jaitley's health deteriorates, says AIIMS sources

Two weeks after being hospitalised, former finance minister Arun Jaitley's health has been deteriorating, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) sources said on Friday.