World's Top Ten News Today-July 12, 2019 AD [Asar 27, 2076 BS]

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1. The first shipment of the Russian-made S-400 air defense missile system has landed in Ankara, in a move that sets up a potential showdown between Turkey and the United States. The equipment arrived at the Murted Air Base on Friday, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry.




2. The UK has raised the security level for British ships in the Gulf to the highest state of alert, a British official confirmed to CNN on Friday, as tensions with Iran continue to grow. The decision to raise the threat level to 3, or 'critical,' was made on Tuesday, according to UK media reports, one day before Iranian ships attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.




3. A city in China is giving tired travelers some peace of mind, launching a high-tech system that reveals when bed linen was last washed. A laundry service in Wuhan, central China, will implant microchips into bed sheets, towels and quilts, which can be read by guests' cell phones to reveal the date of their last clean.




4. One animal rights activist holds a dead puppy outside South Korea's Parliament in the capital Seoul Friday, calling for an end to the dog meat industry. A few meters away, a group of dog farmers eat meat from dogs they have reared, claiming it is their tradition and livelihood.



5. Japanese scientists have successfully landed an unmanned spacecraft on the distant asteroid Ryugu for the second time as part of an ongoing mission to help explore the origins of the solar system. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced the news on their social media Wednesday morning.




6. In a decade from now, swarms of unmanned Indian-made drones could enter enemy airspace, fly autonomously to their target and use their advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to seek out and launch coordinated attacks on targets such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror training camp in Balakot.




7. A senior Pakistani judge was sacked on Friday following a scandal over blackmail claims relating to the jailing of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges, the law ministry said. The removal of accountability court judge Arshad Malik prompted immediate calls by Sharif's PML-N party for the release of the 69-year-old former premier, who is serving a seven-year jail sentence.




8. Shops in central Paris were looted and a woman was killed in a high-speed car crash in southern France in what the government slammed Friday as "unacceptable" unrest following a key victory for Algeria's national football team. Fans of the Algerian team flocked to the Champs-Elysees in central Paris and the Vieux Port area in Marseille late Thursday after their side defeated Ivory Coast on penalties to reach the semi finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.




9. The United States is trying to ease the tensions between its two Eastern Asian allies -- Japan and South Korea -- over Tokyo's export restriction of crucial high-tech materials to Seoul, the U.S. Department of State said Thursday. "Japan and South Korea are, of course, not only friends, they're allies ... we're going to do everything we can to pursue ways to strengthen our relationships between and amongst all three countries, both publicly and behind the scenes," U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said at a press briefing.



10. China will impose sanctions on U.S. companies involved in arms sales to Taiwan, foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday. Geng's comments came after the United States earlier announced a plan of selling weapons worth 2.22 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan.