Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu was still one partner short of a coalition to secure a parliamentary majority on Wednesday after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party signed up, with the deadline for forming a government looming. The deal with United Torah Judaism, announced late on Tuesday, promised Netanyahu control of 53 of the Knesset's 120 seats with his conservative Likud party. That left Shas, an ultra-Orthodox party with 11 seats, as Likud's last likely ally.
Indian diaspora protests outside the Indian High Commission in London against pro-Khalistani supporters who pulled down the tricolour. The community demanded swift action from the British Govt and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. External Affairs Ministry in Delhi summoned the senior-most British diplomat to lodge a protest.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned China against supplying lethal weapons to Russia, as leaders of both countries meet in Moscow, urging them to not support the "illegal war". He said that there are signs that Russia has requested such aid, but no proof yet that China is delivering it.
Pakistan Education Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain faced backlash online after a video of him allegedly using a Hindi expletive at a graduation ceremony in Lahore went viral. Hussain apologised and called it an accident, but netizens criticised him for using derogatory language and called for his resignation.
Pakistani court grants ex-PM Imran Khan weeklong bail in two terrorism cases. Khan faces charges of inciting violence and verbally threatening a female judge. Khan's supporters have clashed with police in Islamabad and Lahore. Khan claims the charges are politically motivated and that there are plots to assassinate him.
Kim Jong Un's 9-year-old daughter Kim Ju Ae's recent public appearances have sparked hatred among North Korean citizens due to their difficult living conditions, with many comparing her 'round and rosy cheeks' to the 'skinny' children who can't afford three meals a day. South Korea estimates 1 million tons of grain shortage in the country this year.
Pakistan's parliament will meet Wednesday in a special joint session to "take important decisions" to enforce the state's authority amid prolonged anti-government defiance by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khan has been holding protests across the country demanding a new election, and clashes have occurred between his supporters and police. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has rejected Khan's demand, and police have arrested hundreds of Khan's supporters in response to the clashes. Khan is appearing before court in various cases and has filed a case against the police for raiding his home.
BJP is the world's most important foreign political party, according to Wall Street Journal. The opinion piece by Walter Russell Mead states that BJP, after successive victories in 2014 and 2019, is headed for a repeat victory in 2024 and India is emerging as a leading economic power. Mead believes that BJP is poorly understood and it grows out of a political and cultural history unfamiliar to most non-Indians. With rising tensions between US and China, the US needs India as an economic and political partner. Understanding the ideology of the Hindu nationalist movement is important for business leaders and policymakers.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan claims he could be killed if he attends court proceedings in cases lodged against him and has asked the chief justice to allow him to join via video link. Khan alleges 20 "unknown people" were present in the court complex on Saturday to kill him, and that they planned to strangulate him with a rope. He requests the chief justice to investigate how these "unknown people" managed to enter the high security zone.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is visiting Ukraine, a warzone, to show support for the country. He is the first Japanese prime minister to do so since WWII. Kishida's visit follows US President Joe Biden's surprise trip to Kyiv and comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Moscow. Japan has provided Ukraine with financial and humanitarian aid, and has also sent defensive equipment and offered refuge to those fleeing the conflict.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have converged on attacking the US for its role in the Ukraine war, pushing for a multi-polar world and rejecting US-led NATO's expansion in eastern Europe. Xi's opinion piece in a Russian newspaper and Putin's article in the People's Daily in China signal the two countries' deepening alliance against the US-led western powers.
Finland has been named the happiest country in the world for the sixth consecutive year, according to the United Nations' World Happiness Report. Denmark and Iceland followed Finland in the rankings, while India fared poorly at 126. The report considered factors such as income, health, emotional support, freedom of choice and generosity.
Rupert Murdoch, 92, is set to marry for the fifth time, to Ann Lesley Smith, a 66-year-old former police chaplain and widow of American country singer and media executive Chester Smith. Despite being worth $20 billion, Murdoch said he was "very nervous" and "dreaded falling in love" but is now "happy". The couple plan to marry this summer and split their time between the US and UK.
The IMF Executive Board has approved a $2.9 billion bailout for Sri Lanka, part of a $7 billion package from the IMF and international financial institutions. President Ranil Wickremesinghe's office said they are "pleased" with the approval, which will help the country's economic recovery.
Investigation by Congressional Democrats of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability has revealed that US President Donald Trump and his family failed to disclose 17 gifts, worth over $47,000, from India to the State Department. These gifts were given by Indian dignitaries and the Embassy of India in Philippines between 2018 and 2021. Trump is also alleged to have violated a law which requires him to publicly disclose all gifts worth more than $415.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Moscow on Monday and said China and Russia have grown their bilateral relationship on the basis of no-alliance, no-confrontation and not targeting any third party. Putin and Xi will hold face-to-face talks in the Kremlin and be joined by members of delegations. There will be no additional protocol stuff, focusing on negotiations.