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Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs drops Smriti Irani from panel

Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs drops Smriti Irani from panel

Islamic State claims responsibility for Nice attack

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the horrific attack during Bastille Day celebrations in the French resort of Nice on 14 July. A truck ploughed through a crowd of revellers, leaving 84 dead and several others injured.

Amaq, the news agency of the Islamic State, released a statement on 16 July declaring that they were responsible for the atrocity that was singlehandedly carried out by the truck driver, identified as 31-year-old Tunisian national Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.

Amaq quoted an Islamic State security source as saying that one of its "soldiers" carried out the attack "in response to calls to target nations of coalition states that are fighting (the Islamic State)".

Pakistani internet sensation Qandeel Baloch shot dead in Multan

Fauzia Azeem alias Qandeel Baloch, who was all over the internet and Twitter trends for her twerk video, Ban, was shot dead in Multan today, 16 July.

According to media reports, actor/model Baloch was shot dead by her younger brother over honour. However, initial reports also claim that she was strangled to death. It appears that her brothers had told her to quit modelling. Though she had not disclosed her location due to security threats, her brother reportedly knew her whereabouts and allegedly murdered her.

Sedition case filed against Owaisi for legal aid statement

A Hyderabad court on Friday ordered the police to file a case of sedition against AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, over his statement that he would provide legal aid to five Hyderabad men who had recently been arrested by the National Investigation Agency on the suspicion that they had links to international terror group Islamic State.

The court passed the order based on a private complaint filed by advocate K Karuna Sagar on Thursday, says The Indian Express.

Pokemon Go player finds dead body

With the release of Pokemon Go, users, young and old, have hit the streets in their quest to catch 'em all. However, one gamer in Wyoming, USA, got more than she bargained for when she found not a wild MewTwo, but an actual dead body.

Shayla Wiggins found the body by the riverside when trying to find a Pokemon from a natural water resource. Wyoming police say that the cause of death appears to be accidental.

UN's World Food Programme needs $610 million for southern Africa drought relief

The United Nations' food agency has said that it needs $730 million to counter the drought crisis in seven southern African nations over the next 12 months.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said that it is facing a $610 million shortfall in relief for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Madagascar, Swaziland and Zambia.

The El Nino pattern has triggered severe drought across the region.