Palestinian PM&’s resignation accepted
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories), 23 June: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas today accepted the resignation of his prime minister Rami Hamdallah after just over two weeks on the job, plunging his government back into crisis. It was the second time within 10 weeks that a Palestinian prime minister has tendered his resignation over an internal power struggle, and Mr Abbas now has 35 days to find a replacement, officials said. afp
Attacks kill at least seven in Iraq
Baghdad, 23 June: Suicide bombers and a gunman assaulted a police station in northern Iraq today, one of several attacks across the country that left seven dead. They were the latest incidents in a wave of violence that has claimed more than 2,000 lives since the start of April. Militants, building on Sunni discontent with the Shi’ite-led government, appear to have grown stronger in central and northern Iraq. ap
N Korea asks USA to take ‘real actions’
SEOUL, 23 JUNE: North Korea today blamed the USA for escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and called for “real actions” if Washington wants peace.
“The USA can never cover up its true colours as the chief culprit escalating the tensions on the peninsula in a planned and deliberate way,” the North’s ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary. afp
Racism at Glastonbury Festival
London, 23 June: Award-winning British-Indian musician Nitin Sawhney has sparked a race row at one of the UK’s most famous music festivals. The London-based performer and composer claims he has been relegated to a minor stage at the Glastonbury Festival for years because of his race. pti
UK zoo trains tortoises to walk faster
London, 23 June: Next time there is a race, the tortoise may not have to wait for the hare to fall asleep!  A UK zoo is training its giant tortoises to walk faster than their less-a-mile speeds so that they can plod more quickly to their bed. Staff members at the Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, in the UK are feeding treats to Speedy, 70, Tom, 40 and Shelly, 30 so that they can exceed their normal plodding speed of less than one miles per hour as they cross a new, larger pen, the Daily Express reported. pti