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Xi to meet Trump in Florida next week

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold his first summit with US counterpart Donald Trump in Florida next week during which the two leaders are expected to set the tone… Read more »

‘US to review UN peacekeeping missions’

NEW YORK: The United States is looking to comprehensively review UN peacekeeping missions, its envoy to the UN has said, ruing that the focus of such operations too often is… Read more »

Trump signs order to roll back Obama’s climate change measures

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump today signed another controversial executive order to radically change his predecessor Barack Obama’s climate policies, dealing a body blow to the international efforts to combat… Read more »

Baby girl attacked by Indian-origin father loses eyesight

LONDON: A one-year-old baby girl allegedly attacked with a hammer by her Indian-origin father in London recently has lost her eyesight and can hear only partially. Bidhya Sagar Das was… Read more »

MQM leader urges Modi to speak out for muhajirs

LONDON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak out for the rights of muhajirs or refugees in Karachi, Altaf Hussain, the leader of Pakistan’s Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), said today. The… Read more »

Scotland Yard accused of using Indian hackers for spying

LONDON: Scotland Yard is facing allegations of using hackers in India to illegally spy on email accounts of British journalists, environmental campaigners and activists, an anonymous letter to the UK’s… Read more »

India, the third-largest Asian economy, ranked 131 on HDI: UN

UNITED NATIONS: India has ranked a lowly 131 among the 188 countries surveyed for human development, a new UN report has said, bracketing the third-largest Asian economy alongside its South… Read more »

UN urges Afghanistan to tackle ‘alarming’ extremist threats

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has called on Afghanistan’s government to tackle the “alarming threats” posed by the Taliban, al-Qaida, Islamic State affiliates and other extremist groups which threaten… Read more »

China mum over Pakistan’s plan on Gilgit-Baltistan

BEIJING: China today skirted a direct response to Pakistan’s plan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth province and said the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and… Read more »

Guterres warns against abrupt funding cuts by US to UN

UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday warned against an abrupt cut in US funding to the UN, saying the reduction by the biggest contributor will affect the world body’s… Read more »

Military action against N Korea an ”option”: Tillerson

SEOUL: Military action by the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea is an “option on the table” if the threat from the rogue regime escalates, Washington’s top diplomat Rex Tillerson… Read more »

Dutch PM slaps down far-right challenge

THE HAGUE: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte easily defeated a strong challenge by far-right rival Geert Wilders in key elections seen as a bellwether of populist support in Europe, partial… Read more »

Pak-Afghan top officials meet in London to ease tensions

LONDON: The UK has quietly hosted a meeting of top officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan where they discussed ways to ease tensions between two countries after a series of terror… Read more »

Prominent Australians ask Adani to abandon coal mine project

MELBOURNE: Cricket legends Ian and Greg Chappell and other prominent Australians in an unusual move have written to Indian energy giant Adani to abandon its controversial coal mine project in… Read more »

UN chief mulls talking to India, Pak officials on Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is mulling the option of talking to senior officials from India and Pakistan on the situation in Kashmir and will see how things can… Read more »

‘Concession on Tawang can resolve India-China border dispute’

BEIJING: The border dispute between China and India can be resolved if New Delhi accepts Beijing’s claim over strategically vital Tawang region in Arunachal Pradesh, China’s former top diplomat has… Read more »

China warns India against allowing Dalai to visit Arunachal

BEIJING: China today warned India against allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, saying it would cause “serious damage” to the bilateral ties and peace in the disputed border… Read more »

‘Swachh Rwanda’ lesson for ‘Clean India’?

KIGALI: Rwanda’s own ‘Swachh’ model has found an admirer in India, which is now exploring ways to asses if it can be “replicated” back home to take the country’s sanitation… Read more »

India’s concerns over CPEC ‘unwarranted’: Chinese state media

BEIJING: India’s concerns over sovereignty relating to the USD 46-billion CPEC is “unwarranted”, Chinese state media today said, asking New Delhi to take an “objective and more pragmatic” view of… Read more »

China says talks positive, skips reference to NSG, Azhar issues

BEIJING: China said today that the strategic dialogue with India was of “positive significance” to ties as “extensive agreements” were reached but skirted any reference to the persisting differences over… Read more »