.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The Eucharist, also known as the holy communion, is among the most sacred rituals in the Catholic church. (Representational image/AFP)

  • The vote ended with a tally of 168-55
  • A 20% drop in the membership of the US Catholic Church in March
  • US President Joe Biden is likely to be impacted by the step

.Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi is widely seen as the favourite to win the June 18 poll. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Ebrahim Raisi heads the judiciary and is a 'hodjatoleslam', one rank below that of ayatollah in the Shiite clerical hierarchy
  • His campaign centres on a promise to "battle unrelentingly against poverty and corruption"
  • Iran will elect its new President on June 18

.Jerusalem, Israel
Protesters demonstrating in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence with the Hebrew slogan reading “You failed” and "Leave". (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Benjamin Netanyahu has been Israel's Prime Minister for 12 years 
  • In his last year in office, he unrolled a world-beating COVID-19 vaccination drive 
  • On Sunday, the parliament will vote on a coalition opposed to him 

.Chandigarh, India
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal along with SAD leaders and workers. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party formed an alliance on Saturday for the 2022 Punjab Assembly polls
  • SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal called it a “new day in politics of Punjab”
  • BSP general secretary called it a "historic day"

.Delhi, India
Yogi Adityanath (R) met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo credit: File/PTI)

  • A series of meetings between top BJP leaders and UP CM Yogi Adityanath hint at major undercurrent in the state politics
  • A day after the CM met Home Minister Amit Shah, he is meeting PM Narendra Modi today at his residence
  • This is reportedly to discuss the handling of COVID-19 pandemic by the Yogi Sarkar

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jitin Prasada joined the BJP on June 9. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Congress's M Veerappa Moily said that Prasada placed personal ambition over everything else
  • Moily added that the party's top leadership should make a proper assessment of leaders
  • Last year in March, Jyotiraditya Scindia had quit the Congress to join BJP

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jitin Prasada joined BJP on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Twitter/JitinPrasada)

  • Jitin Prasada is the son of Jitendra Prasada, former vice-president of the Congress
  • Prasada was defeated in the last two Lok Sabha elections
  • "A new political chapter is beginning for me," Prasada said on joining BJP

.Paris, France
French President Emmanuel Macron was in the Drome region when the incident took place. (Photo Credit- AP/PTI)

  • Emmanuel Macron was slapped by a bystander on Tuesday
  • In 2008, shoe was hurled at then US  President Gerge W Bush
  • Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed, while campaigning in the 2018 election

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Congress leader P Chidambaram shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote for Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. (Photo Credit: File/PTI)

  • PM Narendra Modi on Monday announced that the Centre will procure COVID-19 vaccines and provide it for free to the states
  • Congress leader P Chidambaram said that the Centre had "learned from its mistakes"
  • "But as usual bluff and bluster, PM blames the Opposition for the mistakes," he added

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The Ukrainian football jersey has the traditional yellow colour. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • The Ukrainian kit has a map of the Russian-annexed Crimea around the crest
  • The shirt also reads “Glory to Ukraine!” on the back
  • A Russian MP said that it was a “political provocation”