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Abe in China to mend ties

AP Beijing It’s taken nearly seven years, but a Japanese leader is making an official visit to China for bilateral talks forA the first time since late 2011. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Beijing on Thursday as both countries try to repair ties that have been riven by disputes over territory, military expansion in the Pacific and World War ... Read More »

Israel to supply missile defence systems to India for $777 mn

PTI   Jerusalem India has awarded an additional US$ 777 million deal to a leading Israeli defence firm for supplying Barak 8 LR-SAM Air and Missile Defence Systems to seven ships of the Indian Navy, the company announced Wednesday. The Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) system is an operational Air and Missile Defence (AMD) system used by Israel’s navy as well ... Read More »

Turkey shares ‘evidence’ with CIA chief over Khashoggi murder

AFP   Istanbul Turkish intelligence has shared “all the evidence” over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA chief during a visit, pro-government media reported on Wednesday. CIA Director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate. Video images ... Read More »

C V Wigneswaran resigns from TNA, forms new Tamil alliance

PTI   Colombo The first chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran on Wednesday resigned from the country’s main Tamil party and formed a new political alliance, as he slammed the Sirisena government and the party for failing to address the issues of war-affected Tamils. Wigneswaran, who completed his five-year term as the northern council’s first chief ... Read More »

Pompeo warns Pakistan to curb terrorism

PTI Washington Pakistan will be held responsible if it did not make sincere efforts to curb terrorism and their safe harbour on its western border with Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned. He made the comment as he welcomed the holding of long-delayed election in war-torn Afghanistan in which around four million people exercised their franchise. Talking ... Read More »

China refuses to list Azhar as terrorist

PTI   Beijing China on Tuesday made it clear that there is no change in its position on India’s request to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN and said it will decide on the issue on the “merits of the matter”. China also shrugged of allegation of sheltering hardline United Liberation Front Of ... Read More »

Trump’s adviser meets Russian defence minister in Moscow

AP   Moscow US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser struck a conciliatory note Tuesday in talks in Moscow, just days after Trump vowed to pull out of a key arms control treaty with Russia. John Bolton landed in Moscow on Monday less than 48 hours after Trump said that Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and warned that ... Read More »

Xi Jinping inaugurates world’s longest bridge connecting Hong Kong with mainland

PTI Beijing Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday officially opened the world’s longest sea bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, significantly cutting the travel time from between the three territories from three hours to just 30 minutes. The 55-km-long crossing that cost a whopping USD 20 billion is dubbed as an engineering feat carrying economic and political significance ... Read More »

Pakistan releases Afghan Taliban’s former deputy chief

PTI   ISLAMABAD Pakistan has released Afghan Taliban’s former deputy chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on the intervention of Qatar, a move which could facilitate the peace process in the war-ravaged country, according to a media report on Monday. Mullah Baradar, one of the four top commanders who formed the Afghan Taliban in 1994, was captured by the Pakistani security ... Read More »

Russian forces arrive in Pakistan for third joint-military drill

PTI   ISLAMABAD A Russian Army contingent arrived here on Monday to take part in the third edition of a joint bilateral military training exercise, the Pakistan Army said. The two armies will be holding joint military drills in the mountains of northwestern Pakistan which will continue till November 4. This will be the third joint military drill between Pakistan ... Read More »