Former India navy officer refuses to appeal spying death sentence

Former India navy officer refuses to appeal spying death sentenceA former Indian naval officer on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying has refused to lodge an appeal against his conviction and will try instead for a military pardon, an official said Wednesday. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Balochistan — a region where Islamabad has long accused New Delhi of backing separatist rebels.

Trump news – live: White House celebrates ‘big win’ in Supreme Court birth control ruling, as US hits 3m coronavirus cases

Trump news – live: White House celebrates ‘big win’ in Supreme Court birth control ruling, as US hits 3m coronavirus casesThe White House has boasted a 'big win' in the Supreme Court's birth control ruling, which stated employers were not required to provide employees with contraceptives if it went against their religious beliefs.Meanwhile, Donald Trump has threatened to cut school funding for areas that refuse to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, adding he disagrees with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “very tough” and “expensive” guidelines. This comes as the US reaches 3 million coronavirus cases, with hospitals in states like Florida and Texas reporting full capacity in their ICU's.

US general sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq

US general sees smaller but enduring troop presence in IraqSix months after a deadly American airstrike in Baghdad enraged Iraqis and fueled demands to send all U.S. troops home, the top U.S. general for the Middle East is talking optimistically about keeping a smaller, but enduring military presence there. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, met Tuesday with Iraq’s new prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and said afterward that he believes the Iraqis welcome the U.S. and coalition troops, especially in the ongoing fight to keep Islamic State militants from taking hold of the country again. “I believe that going forward, they’re going to want us to be with them,” McKenzie told a small group of reporters, speaking by phone hours after he left Iraq.