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US, allies slam Chinese island-building

August 8: The United States, Australia and Japan today denounced Beijing’s island-building and militarisation of the South China Sea

Withdraw from Doklam to avoid confrontation: PLA to India

August 8: Senior Col Li Li of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be thousands of kilometres away from Doklam but has a stern message for the Indian Army

Jinping sees Modi as someone willing to stand up for Indian interests: US Expert

August 8: Chinese President Xi Jinping sees Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader who is willing to stand up for Indian interests and to work together with other countries in the region

Pak says not bound by treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons

August 8: Pakistan today said that it was not bound by the recently concluded treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons as it failed to take into account the interests of all stakeholders.

Japan says ’many concerns’ over Osprey flight after crash

August 8: Japan’s new defence minister today told the US military of his "many concerns" after it flew an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in the country following a weekend crash off Australia, the defence ministry said.

China’s claims on Arunachal meaningless: Chinese scholar

August 5: In an unusual move, a Chinese strategic analyst has questioned Beijing’s "national obsession" with Arunachal Pradesh, saying that the state is only a "chicken rib" and hardly an "asset" for the country.

Hope countries cooperate in fighting all forms of terror:India on Azhar issue

August 5: Upset over China stalling the move to list JeM’s Masood Azhar a global terrorist by the UN, India today hoped that countries sharing its concerns over international terrorism would cooperate in fighting all forms of terror.

China’s investments under CPEC safe: New Pak PM assures China

August 5: Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has assured a worried China that its over USD 50 billion investment under the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor

US warns against ’staggering’ leaks, vows crackdown

August 5: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions today vowed a tough crackdown on people revealing classified or sensitive national security information

Migrants will not get welfare for first five years: Trump

August 5: Days after announcing his support to a merit-based immigration system, President Donald Trump has said that migrants will not get welfare in the first five years after they arrive in the US.

US informs UN its intention to withdraw from Paris deal

August 5: The US has submitted its formal communication to the UN indicating it will withdraw from the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement as soon as possible, the State Department has said.

Judge sets $30K bail for UK researcher in malware case

August 5: A Las Vegas federal judge has set bail of USD 30,000 for a celebrated young British cybersecurity researcher accused by US prosecutors

UN chief asks US to re-engage in 2015 Paris climate agreement

August 5: The UN chief today urged the US to re-engage with the 2015 Paris climate agreement even after America submitted its formal communication indicating its intention to withdraw from the historic pact as soon as possible.

China realises N Korea is becoming greater threat: US official

August 4: China has realised that nuclear-armed North Korea is becoming a greater threat to its security and is working to address the challenge posed by Pyongyang, a top US official has said.

India may face deadly heat waves within decades: study

August 4: Nearly 1.5 billion people in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are likely to face deadly heat waves within the next few decades due to climate change

Pak EC bars Shehbaz Sharif from campaigning for by-election

August 4: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has been barred by the Election Commission of Pakistan from taking part in his own by-election campaign to a National Assembly

Military brought Pak on track, civilians derailed it: Musharraf

August 4: Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf, who faces treason charges, has defended the country’s previous military rulers

Pakistan govt website hacked, Indian national anthem posted

August 4: The Pakistan government website was today reportedly hacked briefly by unknown hackers who posted the Indian national anthem and Independence Day greetings on the web page.

India should show willingness for peace through deeds: China

August 4: China today said India should show through deeds its willingness to maintain peace at the border and claimed that 48 Indian soldiers were at Doklam area backed by a "large number" .

Narendra Modi has ushered in a golden age for BJP: US think tank

August 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ushered in a golden age for the BJP as the party made a comeback to power in Bihar after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar relegated coalition partner Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)

Cabinet of new Pak PM Abbasi sworn in

August 4: The Cabinet of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was sworn in today with media reports saying that Khawaja Asif has been appointed the country’s first full-time foreign minister since 2013.

Building wall least important thing: Trump to Mexican prez

August 4: US President Donald Trump during his call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto acknowledged that his promise to get Mexico to pay for a controversial border wall has left him cornered as he described the wall "the least important thing".

’Rajiv Gandhi was genuinely interested about US military ties’

August 4: Rajiv Gandhi was "genuinely interested" in developing military ties with the US and the former Indian prime minister had shown he could move India’s foreign policy in new directions

Sharif’s disqualification just a beginning: Imran Khan

July 29: "It is just a beginning," Imran Khan, Pakistan’s opposition leader and a petitioner in the high-profile Panama case, today said as he hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

US looks forward to ’smooth’ political transition in Pakistan

July 29: The US today said it is looking forward to a "smooth" political transition in Pakistan as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him for dishonesty over the Panama Papers scandal.

N Korea leader says ’all US’ within range after missile test

July 29: Kim Jong-Un boasted of North Korea’s ability to strike any target in the US after a second ICBM test that weapons experts said today could even bring New York into range

Human remains found on Mont Blanc may belong to Air India victims

July 29: Body parts that could belong to passengers killed in one or other of two Air India plane crashes more than years ago have been found on Mont Blanc in the French Alps, sources have said.

For how long Sharif’s been disqualified? Nobody seems to know.

 

July 29: Is Nawaz Sharif disqualified for life, or is there a possibility of him staging a comeback? A day after the Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from holding public office

Terrorism should not be used as ’card’ by some nations: India

July 29: India has cautioned against the use of terrorism as a "card" by some nations, underlining that it is an international threat that should not be allowed to serve national strategy.

Sharif to chair crucial party meet to choose successor

July 29: Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will chair a crucial meeting to decide his successor, a day after he was disqualified by the Supreme Court.

Iran to carry on missile programme, condemns US sanctions

July 29: Iran today condemned new sanctions passed by the US Congress against its missile programme, which President Donald Trump is set to sign into law, and vowed to continue it.

US committee votes for tougher conditions for aid to Pak

July 20: A key congressional panel has voted to impose tougher conditions on Pakistan to receive US assistance and authorised the secretary of state

Diplomatic channels ’unimpeded’ to resolve standoff: China

July 20: China said today that diplomatic channels with India remained "unimpeded" to discuss the military standoff in Sikkim sector but reiterated that the withdrawal of the Indian troops from Doklam area is a "precondition" .

Pak summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations across LoC

July 20: Pakistan today summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh after two civilians were killed in alleged ceasefire violations across the Line of Control by Indian troops.

US Senator McCain diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer

July 20: US Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and the current chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, his office said.

US House imposes conditions for defence funding to Pakistan

July 15: The US House of Representatives has voted for three legislative amendments to impose tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan

’Sectarian attacks in India might indirectly help al-Qaida’

July 15: Rising sectarian attacks in India might help drive support to al-Qaeda, a top US expert has told lawmakers, noting that the terror group is trying to reassert itself in the Indian subcontinent.

’India, US bureaucracies not well-aligned on issue of defence trade’

July 15: The trajectory of Indo-US defence ties is "incredibly positive" but the bureaucracies in the two countries are not "well-aligned" on the issue of defence trade, a senior US defence official has said.

Trump in Paris with Russia scandal in tow

July 14: France rolled out the red carpet to welcome Donald Trump today on a presidential visit laden with military pomp that the White House hopes will offer respite from a growing scandal back home.

Tillerson leaves Gulf with no end in sight to Qatar crisis

July 14: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today wrapped up a four-day mission to the Gulf with little sign of progress in resolving the diplomatic crisis pitting Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar.

11 Indians killed in Saudi blaze

July 14: Eleven Indians have been killed in a fire in the southern Saudi city of Najran and the Indian Consulate in Jeddah is providing all assistance to the families of the deceased and those injured in the tragedy.

Beijing faces backlash after dissident Liu Xiaobo dies in custody

July 14: China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo died after losing his battle with terminal cancer, remaining in custody under guard in hospital until his last breath as Beijing faced a wave of criticism over its treatment.

China fast catching as global economic power, US at top: survey

July 14: China is fast catching up as a global economic power, while the public perception around the world is that the US still remains at the top, according to a new survey in 38 countries.

Al-Qaeda in Indian subcontinent getting more active

July 14: Al-Qaeda is getting more active in the Indian subcontinent and by 2017, it boasted several hundred members

Trump caught on tape complimenting Macron’s wife’s body

July 14: President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president’s wife’s appearance as he toured a famous Paris landmark.

G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?

July 10: G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement -- but at the cost of risky concessions.

Pak summons India’s deputy high commissioner for second day

July 10: Pakistan today summoned India’s deputy high commissioner here for the second consecutive day over alleged ceasefire violations along the LoC, claiming that more civilians were killed in firing by the Indian troops.

Third night of G20 clashes between police, protesters

July 10: Fresh clashes erupted early today in the streets of Hamburg following the end of the G20 summit, with protesters setting fire to a number of vehicles, the police said.

India gets G20 praise on startup funding, derivative reforms

July 10: Acknowledging steps being taken by India for sustainable and inclusive growth as well as support to global economy

Woman stabbed to death by brother for ’honour’ in Pak

July 10: In a latest case of honour killing in Pakistan, a 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death allegedly by her brother for "disgracing the family" by marrying a man of her choice in Punjab province.

Pakistan frees 78 Indian fishermen

Pakistan today released 78 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters, officials said

Trump says time to work ’constructively’ with Russia

July 10: US President Donald Trump said today it was time to work "constructively" with Russia, saying his counterpart Vladimir Putin had "vehemently denied" meddling in the 2016 election.

Iraq PM declares victory in ’liberated’ Mosul

July 10: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in the "liberated" city of Mosul today, his office said, in the biggest defeat yet for the Islamic State group.

’Third country’s’ Army could enter Kashmir on behalf of Pak: Chinese media

July 10: A "third country’s" Army could enter Kashmir at Pakistan’s request, using the "same logic" the Indian Army used to stop the Chinese military

Panama Papers case: Pak probe panel submits final report

July 10: A joint investigation team probing the Panamagate graft case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family today submitted its final report to the Supreme Court.

No GST on aircraft import, parts on lease

July 10: The government has exempted the import of aircraft, aircraft engines and its parts procured on lease from the purview of the GST.

Trump still wants Mexico to pay for border wall

July 8: US President Donald Trump said today he still wants Mexico to pay for a planned border wall, as he met his Mexican counterpart for the first time as head of state.

Rise in protectionism threatens gains from globalisation: Modi

July 8: Asserting the need to support and sustain a "regime of openness", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said rise in protectionism threatens to take away the gains from globalisation.

India not entitled to make claims on behalf of Bhutan: Xinhua

July 8: India is not "entitled" to make claims on behalf of Bhutan, a commentary by a state-run news agency today

UN adopts global treaty banning N-weapons; India skips talks

July 7: Over 120 countries in the United Nations voted to adopt the first-ever global treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Buddhism’s foremost place won’t be changed in Constitution:PM

July 8: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured Sri Lankan’s Buddhist monks that the government will not change the foremost place

China issues safety advisory for citizens travelling to India

July 8: China today issued a safety advisory for its citizens travelling to India amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam area in the Sikkim sector.

Up to 20,000 civilians trapped in IS-held areas of Mosul

July 7: Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the last Islamic State group-held areas in Mosul’s Old City, which Iraqi forces are battling to retake, a senior UN official said today.

UK creates ’jihadi jails’ for extremist prisoners

July 7: The UK has begun moving its most extremist prisoners, including those who have been involved in planning terrorism

United forces mom to hold boy after giving away his seat

July 7: An Asian-origin teacher was forced to hold her two-year-old son on her lap for over three hours on a flight until her leg and arm went numb after United Airlines

UK court confirms Dec 4 as final hearing date in Mallya case

July 7: A UK court today rejected fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s request to shift the final hearing date in his extradition case to next year and fixed it for December 4.

To punish NKorea, US weighs sanctions on Chinese companies

July 7: Having lost patience with China, the Trump administration is studying new steps to starve North Korea of cash for its nuclear program

Modi leaves for Germany after historic Israel visit

July 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for the German city of Hamburg to attend the G20 Summit after wrapping up his historic three-day visit to Israel

With GST, India heading towards a transparent tax regime: Modi

July 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as by far the biggest economic reform and said India is now moving towards a modern, transparent

Netanyahu gifts signed picture to Modi

July 7: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today gifted Prime Minister Narendra Modi a signed picture of them strolling barefoot together at Olga beach in northern Israel with a message hailing their friendship.

China rules out bilateral talks between Modi, Xi

July 7: China on Thursday ruled out a bilateral meeting between its President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week.

Microsoft to cut up to 4,000 jobs

July 7: Technology giant Microsoft is undertaking a major reorganisation in its sales and marketing units that will likely see the company cutting about 4,000 jobs from its workforce, mostly outside the US.

India should shed ’strategic anxiety’, join BRI: Chinese media

July 3: India should shed its "strategic anxiety" over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and join the Belt

China’s launch of second heavy-lift carrier rocket fails

July 3: China’s ambitious space programme suffered a rare setback today as its new heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5 Y2 failed to put the country’s largest satellite into orbit.

India must withdraw troops from Doklam to end stand-off in Sikkim: Xinhua

July 3: Dismissing as "untenable" India’s assertion that Beijing’s construction of road in the disputed Doklam area poses "serious security implications"

US warship sails close to S China Sea island occupied by Beijing

July 3: An American warship today sailed close to a disputed island in the South China Sea occupied by Beijing, as part of an operation to demonstrate freedom of navigation in the waters, a US official said.

China condemns US warship near South China Sea island as ’serious provocation’

July 3: China has scrambled naval ships and military jets to "warn off" a US missile destroyer sailing close to an artificial island

China-US ties affected by some negative factors: Xi to Trump

July 3: Chinese President Xi Jinping told his American counterpart Donald Trump today that bilateral relations were "affected by some negative factors".

War is possible if conflict with India is not handled properly: Chinese experts

July 3: China will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty in the border conflicts with India even at the cost of war, Chinese experts warned today, amid a standoff between the two nations in the Sikkim sector.

’Sikkim row part of India’s attempt to impress Trump’

July 3: India’s objection to China building a road in the Sikkim sector ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US was aimed at demonstrating to Washington

India’s action in Sikkim is ’betrayal’ of treaty: China

July 3: China today said the Sino-India border in the Sikkim sector is well demarcated and the Indian Army’s action there is a "betrayal" of the position taken by successive Indian governments.

China dismisses Jaitley’s remarks over 1962 conflict

July 3: The Chinese foreign ministry today dismissed Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks that India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962, saying China too is different and will take "all necessary measures" .

Sharif miffed over ’complete silence’ on Kashmir in Indo-US joint statement

July 1: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today expressed his disappointment over the "complete silence" in the Indo-US joint statement on the "atrocities" in Kashmir and asked the Foreign Ministry to "proactively highlight".

Renovators at UK blaze tower were asked to cut costs: report

July 1: Contractors working on the renovation of London’s Grenfell Tower were asked by the building’s managers to reduce costs, with cheaper exterior cladding suggested as one alternative, a media report said today.

Germany legalises same-sex marriage, Merkel votes against

July 1: Germany legalised same-sex marriage today in a change nonetheless opposed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, joining many other western democracies in granting gay and lesbian couples full rights, including adoption.

Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations

July 1: Tight security contained protesters in Hong Kong tonight as China’s President Xi Jinping led lavish celebrations to mark 20 years since the politically divided city was handed back to China by Britain.

Police: Multiple people shot inside New York City hospital

July 1: Police say multiple people have been shot at a New York City hospital. The gunfire broke out at 2:50 pm today inside the Bronx Lebanon Hospital in the Bronx.

Pak bans JuD front amid int’l pressure to curb terror funding

July 1: Pakistan has quietly banned Tehreek-e-Azaadi Jammu and Kashmir, a new front for Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa, as international pressure on the country grew, including from a global watchdog, to combat terror and its funding.

China’s Xi warns against impermissible challenges in Hong Kong

July 1: China’s President Xi Jinping said today Hong Kong was freer than ever before but warned against "impermissible" challenges to Beijing’s authority as the city marked 20 years since it was handed back by Britain.

Theresa May survives first major test in UK Parliament

June 30: Theresa May today won her first confidence vote by a narrow margin in the House of Commons on her parliamentary agenda set out in the Queen’s Speech

US travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries takes effect

June 30: US President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and travelers from six mainly Muslim countries went into effect, after a Supreme Court decision allowed it to go forward following a five-month battle with rights groups.

Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit in Germany

June 30: US President Donald Trump will have a first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Germany next week on the sidelines of the G-20 leadership summit, the White House said today.

Venus Williams allegedly ’at fault’ in fatal car crash

June 30: Tennis star Venus Williams was "at fault" in a Florida traffic accident that resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man, police said in a report obtained by AFP.

China not doing enough on North Korea: US

June 30: China is not doing enough on North Korea which continues to violate international norms by conducting nuclear and missile tests, the White House has said.

Sharif chairs high-level meeting amid Indo-Pak tension

June 30: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today chaired a high-level meeting of top foreign policy officials to discuss ties with India amid tension over ceasefire violations in Kashmir.

China seeks dialogue with India over border row in Sikkim

June 30: China today sought a "meaningful dialogue" with India over the border row in the Sikkim sector and asked it to withdraw its troops from Doklam, insisting that Beijing has "indisputable sovereignty" over the area.

26/11 survivor’s kin touched by PM Modi’s decision to meet him

June 30: Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who was just two years old when he lost his parents in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, is looking forward to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kailash Mansarovar yatra through Nathu La cancelled

June 30: The Kailash Mansarovar yatra through Nathu La in Sikkim has been cancelled, an official said today.

J K Rowling trolls Trump with Lincoln’s quote

June 30: Renowned author J K Rowling has trolled Donald Trump by quoting Abraham Lincoln’s words "if you want to test a man’s character, give him power" after the US president insulted a female television host for speaking against him.

India keeping Sikh pilgrims from visiting: Pakistan

June 29: Pakistan says India has refused to allow some 300 Sikh pilgrims to cross the border to observe a major religious holiday.

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