Top 10 world news today: Pakistan Airways plane crashes, COVID-19 deaths in Russia & more

WION Web Team New Delhi May 22, 2020, 06.11 PM(IST)

Policemen spray water on a crashed Pakistan International Airlines aircraft at a residential area in Karachi Photograph:( AFP )

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Here are top stories that made rounds in the world arena today.

Pakistan airways flight crashes in residential area in Karachi; several houses damaged

Pakistan's aviation authority said that over hundred people were on board the flight. The passenger aircraft crashed in Karachi's suburb destroying several houses and damaging cars.

US asks nation-based employees of Chinese state media to share personal details

The United States had earlier this year marked five Chinese state media outlets, including CGTN, as Foreign Missions -- as extensions of Beijing's government.

Open Skies treaty: European nations 'regret' US pull out, express concern on Russia's role

US President Trump had blamed Russia for not adhering to the treaty. "Russia did not adhere to the treaty," Trump said, adding, "so until they adhere, we will pull out."

COVID-19: Russia reports highest death toll in 24 hours as infections dip

Russian authorities reported 8,894 new coronavirus cases in a single day with the death toll climbing to 3,249.

Khashoggi's family forgives killers, paving way to legal reprieve

Saudi Arabia follows Islamic law, and hence, forgiveness from a victim's family in cases of murder can allow for a formal pardon.

North Korean regime confesses Kim Jong-un cannot 'magically disappear'

On Thursday, an official at South Korea's unification ministry said that the current regime's trend of demystification is "noteworthy".

Volkswagen apologises for car ad with racist overtones

The ten-second spot posted on Instagram and Twitter shows a massive white hand pushing a black man away from a new yellow Volkswagen Golf 8 parked on the street.

Mosques in Saudi Arabia, UAE to remain closed for Eid prayers

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Abdullatif al-Sheikh gave instructions to not have Eid prayers in mosques.

Pakistan continues to support Taliban: Pentagon report

The report, which was issued on May 19, comes at a time when the US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has called on India to hold direct talks with the Taliban.

US approves arms worth deal worth $180 million with Taiwan

The US State Department authorised a sale of eighteen MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.