France: Two men armed with knives shot dead after taking several hostage in Normandy
Two men armed with knives were shot dead after they took hostages at a church near Rouen in Northern France, on 26 July.
According to French media reports, four to six people were being held hostage by the unidentified attackers in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvra. The local media further reported that one of the person managed to escape and informed others that there were more hostages inside the church.
A priest, two sisters and several churchgoers were among the people who are being held, BBCreported. The priest has reportedly been killed.
The police have reportedly reached the spot and rescue operation is underway.
19 dead in Japan knife attack, attacker turns himself in
At least 19 people died and about 25 were injured when a man went on the rampage with a knife at a facility for the mentally disabled early on Tuesday morning in Japan.
The man then turned himself in to the police, saying, "I did it." He is a former employee of the facility.
The attack took place in Sagamihara city, about 50 kilometres from Tokyo, says The Indian Express.
The man entered the facility at about 2.30 am local time, shouting: "The disabled should all disappear", according to the police.
A police spokesperson said: "We are still confirming details of the case."
Terrorist caught in Kupwara is LeT divisional commander from Pakistan: Reports
One of the terrorists nabbed by security forces during an encounter in Kupwara district of Kashmir on 26 July has reportedly been identified as a Pakistani national.
According to Times Now, the terrorist is an LeT divisional commander from Pakistan and was on a mission to "activate" North Kashmir.
Four militants were killed and another was apprehended by security forces during an encounter in Naugam sector near the LoC in Kupwara district of Kashmir on 26 July.
Kerala author attacked for using 'God' in title of his book
Muslim author P Jimshar was attacked on Sunday night by four men in Kerala's Palakkad district allegedly for insulting God in the title of his short story collection.
The collection is titled Padachonte Chithra Pradarshanam (God's Photo Exhibition). According to The Indian Express, the word 'padachon' means Allahu (God) in Malayalam. The book is due to be released on 4 August.
The police have registered a case of assault against a man named Jaffar and three unidentified people.
JNU student leader Shehla Rashid writes book about her experiences
JNU Students' Union vice president Shehla Rashid, who became the face of the students' resistance when JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was jailed for sedition, has been asked to write a book on student movements in Indian campuses for Penguin Random House India.
Rashid, a Kashmiri, said: "People want to know why the students are on the boil, particularly after the Narendra Modi government came to power. There is something happening in India that is not being explained by the media."
Rashid has been travelling from one university to another around the country since February, according to The Telegraph.
India on "A No School - Going Mission" with Pakistan
More than 60 school children of Indian diplomatic staff will reportedly not resume their classes from next quarter under a recent decision New Delhi has taken.
The Indian government has declared Pakistan a "No School-Going Mission," asking the staff members of the Indian High Commission to either return or send their school going children back to India.
This is likely to affect more than 50 Indian students, The Times of India reported.
This move by the Indian authorities might escalate the tensions between the two nations, which have worsened because of the Kashmir issue.
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Shot putter Inderjit fails dope test
A few days after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was caught for doping, another Rio Olympics qualified athlete Inderjeet Singh, a shot putter, has failed a dope test as his 'A' sample returned positive for a banned substance in his out-of-competition test done on June 22
28-year-old Singh, the reigning Asian Champion, tested positive for a banned steroid and he has been informed by National Anti-Doping Agency.
NADA has asked the Haryana athlete, who had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games, if he wants to test his 'B' sample and if so, to do this within seven days. If the 'B' sample also tests positive, he will have to miss Rio Olympics beginning August 5, besides facing the prospect of being banned for four years under the new WADA Code.
19 killed in knifing near Tokyo
At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack on Tuesday at a facility for persons with disabilities in a city just outside Tokyo in the worst mass killing in generations in Japan.
The Hindu reports that the police responded to a call at about 2.30 a.m. from an employee saying something horrible was happening at the facility in the city of Sagamihara, 50 kilometres west of Tokyo.
Stating that there were several casualties the police did not provide any numbers. The Sagamihara City fire department says that 19 people were confirmed dead in the attack. The fire department said doctors at the scene confirmed the deaths.