News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 24, 2019, 06.56 PM(IST)

File photo of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( AFP )

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Leaders, politicians arrive at Jaitley's residence to pay tribute; last rites to take place tomorrow at Nigambodh Ghat

Former finance minister and veteran BJP leader Arun Jaitley passed away at the age of 66 on Saturday. Jaitley's last rites will be held tomorrow with full state honours at Delhi's Nigambodth Ghat, BJP working President J P Nadda told reporters.

UAE honours PM Modi with highest civilian award 'Order of Zayed'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday received UAE's highest civilian order, the 'Order of Zayed'.

UAE's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan conferred the honour acknowledging PM Modi's distinguished leadership.  

Hong Kong police use tear gas to counter-protest petrol bombs

Hong Kong police used tear gas to break up anti-government protests in a gritty industrial suburb on Saturday after some activists threw petrol bombs and bricks, as China freed a British consulate worker whose detention helped fuel tension.

Iran's Javad Zarif heading to Asia in push against US sanctions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will head to East Asia on Sunday, his office said, as part of a diplomatic push to win relief from biting US sanctions.

France's Emmanuel Macron says real 'ecocide' going on in Amazon

The Amazon needs better management to end the "ecocide" that is going on in the rainforest, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday ahead of a G7 summit at the weekend.