Taliban suicide bomber kill 27 in attack on Afghan Police

KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bomb­ers killed at least 27 people and wound­ed around 40 in an attack on Thursday on buses carrying recently graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Ka­bul, officials said.  Three buses were attacked as they approached the capital from neigh­bouring Wardak province, a police of­ficial said, according to preliminary information.  “Initial […]

India test fires medium range surface-to-air missile

BALASORE: India on Thurs­day test fired a new surface-to-air ballistic missile jointly developed with Israel from a defence base off the Odisha cost, Times of India reported.  Barak-8, a medium range missile (MR-SAM), was fired from a mobile launcher in Chandipur’s Integrated Test Range (ITR), a Defence Re­search and Development Orga­nization (DRDO) official said.  “The […]

Iran slams Israel’s atrocities in Palestine ahead of Quds Day

Tehran : Iran has condemned Israel’s continued settlement ex­pansion activities in the occupied Palestinian territories and its des­ecration of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem).  “The Zionist regime’s planned attempts to fully Juda­ize al-Quds and to destroy its historical and civilizational identity, the regime’s settlement activities, its raids on […]

Amnesty, HRW want Saudis suspended from Human Rights Council

LONDON : Two leading interna­tional human rights groups say Saudi Arabia should be suspended from the UN Human Rights Coun­cil over the indiscriminate air­strikes being carried out in Yemen.  Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday that the oil-rich kingdom should be removed from the UN top human rights panel un­til it […]

India to get over $1bn from WB for Modi’s solar goals

NEW DELHI: The World Bank (WB) said on Thursday it would lend India more than $1 billion for its huge solar energy programme, after In­dian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought climate change funds from its visiting head.  Modi is banking on India’s 300 days a year of sunshine to generate power and help fight climate […]

‘Moscow, Ankara to resume Syria talks’

MOSCOW :Russia will most likely resume dia­logue with Turkey over the crisis in Syria now that the two nations have agreed to restore ties, the Russian foreign minister says.  Sergei Lavrov made the announcement on Wednesday, following a meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault in France.  “We until recently had very close contacts on […]

Kashmir issue as BJP sees it

At a special exhibition in New Delhi to commemorate Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, BJP president Amit Shah plied a familiar BJP line on Kashmir. He attacked India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru for messing up Kashmir by his “historic blunder”. And this blunder, according to Shah, is the declaration of the truce […]

The great delusion of India’s NSG bid

Indian discourse on the temporary setback in pursuing membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group has become a game of smoke and mirrors. There is no dishonour in trying for NSG membership and challenging an exclusionary global order. Diplomatic delays, even failures, are part of any engagement with the world; mature powers recognise that. But what […]

Brexit and its repercussions on Britain and the world

Britan’s exit from European Zone shortened to “Brexit” was a major highlight of the news and a trending tag on social media some days back. United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union after a membership of 43 Years which will reduce its count of members to 27 from 28. 51.89 percent voted in favor […]

Struggle for the soul of Jerusalem

It is the greatest of ironies that despite the seas of woe and hardship that the Palestinians have struggled through for their survival, the stakes of the occupation are only increasing. A struggle for the soul of Jerusalem is underway, throwing into peril not only the lives of Jerusalem’s Palestinians, but also the future of […]

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