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The big news: Karnataka floor test to be held at 4 pm on Saturday, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The CIA got its first woman director, and a BSF soldier was killed and 4 civilians injured in alleged unprovoked firing in Kashmir.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Supreme Court orders floor test in Karnataka Assembly on Saturday at 4 pm: Justice AK Sikri asked when the Congress-JDS combine had provided a letter with proven majority, how did the governor opt Yeddyurappa over the alliance.
  2. US Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA’s first woman director: She faced opposition earlier because of her links to the agency’s brutal interrogation techniques.
  3. BSF soldier killed in Pakistan firing along International Border in Arnia: Four civilians were injured in the alleged heavy firing and unprovoked shelling of on Friday from the Pakistani side.
  4. Petrol, diesel prices increased for fifth time in as many days: Since June, the price of fuel in India has been revised almost daily in sync with fluctuations in the price of oil in international markets.
  5. At least two die after heavy rain in Hyderabad, over 100 trees uprooted: Many parts of the city were left without electricity as the storm brought down several electric poles.
  6. Uttar Pradesh asks former chief ministers like Mayawati, Mulayam Singh to vacate official bungalows: Besides them, Narayan Dutt Tiwari, Kalyan Singh, Akhilesh Yadav and Rajnath Singh also received notices.
  7. WHO calls for emergency meeting to discuss global risks of Ebola outbreak: Officials said there are 44 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola and that 23 people have died have died so far in Congo.  
  8. China resumes sharing Brahmaputra water flow data with India, says report: They had stopped sharing information following a 74-day military standoff at Doklam.  
  9. PM Modi will attend informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on May 21: Discussions might include sanctions imposed by the United States on Russia and Iran, and India’s defence ties with Russia.
  10. New eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano prompts evacuation, spews ash 30,000 feet into air: Officials have handed out around 18,000 masks to help residents deal with toxic sulphur dioxide gas.
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