Nuclear launch order can be refused: Air Force General John

The top officer at US Strategic Command today said an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.
Air Force General John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike.
The comments came as the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea remains a serious concern and Trump’s critics question his temperament.

Egypt to boost economic cooperation with India

Egypt is keen on boosting economic cooperation with India specially in developing small and medium enterprises. A senior Egyptian Minister yesterday said in Cairo India is Egypt’s 10th largest export destination and also the 10th largest import source.
Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil said there are possibilities to enhance bilateral cooperation in key areas like automotive industry, textile and leather products. His remarks came during a meeting with Tamil Nadu’s Minister of Rural Industries P. Benjamin who is in Cairo leading the Indian delegation participating in the MACTECH Fair, concluding today, in the Cairo International Convention Centre.
India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya said that both the sides discussed possibilities of technology and investment cooperation in textiles and leather sectors. Mr. Bhattacharyya said, India’s participation with 50 companies at MACTECH Fair was with the objective of showcasing our strengths in engineering and capital goods.

Palestinians warn they will freeze ties US

Palestine Liberation Organisation has warned that it will freeze its ties with the US if it carries out a threat to close the PLO office in Washington DC. In a video on Twitter, PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat called the move “unacceptable”.
The US government has notified Palestinians that it plans to close the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington. The move announced on Friday, is expected to put more pressure on the Palestine authority to negotiate as President Donald Trump has shown strong willingness to advance the Middle East peace process.

Presidential elections on in Chile today

Presidential elections will be held in Chile today. The polls will choose a successor to Michelle Bachelet. Eight candidates are in the fray, with conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera seen as favourite to return to the post he held from 2010 to 2014.
Socialist contender Alejandro Guillier, a former journalist, is regarded as the most realistic challenger to Mr Pinera.
Today, voters will also elect all 155 members of the lower house and half of the senate. All the newly-elected authorities will begin their terms on 11th March, next year.

Argentina missing submarine, Satellite signals detected

Signals of an Argentine submarine, that went missing with 44 crew on board, have been detected. The Defence Ministry is now trying to trace the location of the seven failed satellite calls received on Saturday.
Argentina has stepped up the search in the South Atlantic for the ARA San Juan submarine, with a Nasa research plane joining in. The diesel-electric vessel disappeared 430 kms off the coast.
Britain and countries in the region have offered assistance. The US Navy is flying deep water rescue modules to Argentina to be deployed if the submarine is found on the sea floor.

Robert Mugabe to meet Army Chief Moyo today

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will meet the country’s Army Chief Major General Sibusiso Moyo today amid intense pressure for the President to step down.
State media said, mediation will be led by a Catholic priest. 93-year old Mugabe has largely been confined to his house since the Army took over on Wednesday. The governing Zanu-PF party is also meeting to discuss whether to dismiss their founder and long-term leader.
The Army intervened after Mr Mugabe fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mr Mnangagwa’s dismissal made Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace the front runner to become the next President.
Mr Mugabe remains in office but now faces overwhelming opposition from the generals, much of the public and from within ZANU-PF, the once loyal party now calling for his exit.
Mr Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.

PM Modi congratulates Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Manushi Chhillar who won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, India is proud of Manushi’s accomplishment.
A 20 year Haryana-born medical student Manushi elbowed aside beauties from over 108 nations to be crowned as Miss World in a grand event held in Sanya in China. Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle passed on the crown to Ms Manushi. The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.
The crown was last won by an Indian 17 years ago. Manushi is the sixth Indian woman to win Miss World, and the first since Priyanka Chopra who won Miss World 2000.

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