Friday , 22 March 2019

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Abhinandan returns home to hero’s welcome

PTI   WAGAH/ATTARI After a suspenseful wait lasting hours, Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman finally returned home on Friday night from his nearly three-day captivity in Pakistan, a major step towards defusing a near-war situation triggered by India’s retaliation over Pakistan’s continued support for terrorism. Hoping to give a hero’s welcome to Wing Commander Varthaman, thousands of Indians gathered ... Read More »

China welcomes release of IAF pilot

PTI   Beijing China on Friday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to release the Indian Air Force pilot and encouraged the two countries to engage in more counter terrorism cooperation and dialogue for the regional peace and stability. Pakistan is set to release captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as a “first step” to open negotiations with India. ... Read More »

N Korea, US vow to keep talking after Hanoi summit collapse

Hanoi North Korea on Friday promised further negotiations with the US despite a spectacular failure to strike a nuclear deal at their Hanoi summit, with both sides keeping the door of diplomacy open. The high-stakes second meeting between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump broke up in disarray Thursday, without even a joint statement. In ... Read More »

Pompeo hopeful India-Pak tensions would come down

PTI   Washington US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that he had “good conversations” with Indian and Pakistani leaders and was hopeful that the rising tensions will come down between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Over the last two days, Pompeo spoke to the leaders of the two countries including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit ... Read More »

Qureshi admits Masood Azhar is in Pakistan

PTI   Islamabad Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is “unwell”, but said the government can act against him only if India presents “solid” and “inalienable” evidence that can stand in a court of law. Qureshi’s remarks came amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after the February 14 terror ... Read More »

US helping India, Pak defuse tensions

PTI   HANOI President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced confidence that the hostilities between India and Pakistan would end soon, saying he has some “reasonably decent” news with the US involved in trying to help reduce tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. In his opening statement at a crowded press conference at the end of his second summit with North ... Read More »

Venezuela crisis: US, Russia submit resolutions to UNSC

IANS UNITED NATIONS The UN Security Council is set to consider conflicting resolutions on the situation in Venezuela from the United States and Russia, diplomatic sources said here. The US recognizes Juan Guaido, the leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, as the oil-rich nation’s acting president, while Russia supports incumbent head of state Nicolas Maduro, Efe news reported on Wednesday. ... Read More »

Pak to evaluate India’s dossier on Pulwama attack: Qureshi

PTI   ISLAMABAD Pakistan Thursday said it will evaluate with an “open heart” the dossier handed over by India on “specific details” of the involvement of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the Pulwama terror attack on CRPF and the presence of camps of the UN-proscribed terror outfit in the country. India handed over the dossier on Wednesday to the Acting High ... Read More »

China says N Korean nuclear issue can’t be solved ‘overnight’

AFP   BEIJING Beijing expressed hope Thursday that the US and North Korea will keep talking, saying the nuclear issue will not be solved “overnight”, after a much-anticipated summit in Hanoi ended without a deal. China is Pyongyang’s sole major ally and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un travelled across the neighbouring country by train to his second meeting with ... Read More »

US, North Korea talks end abruptly without deal

AFP   HANOI The US-North Korea nuclear summit in Hanoi ended abruptly without a deal Thursday, with President Donald Trump saying he had decided to “walk” in the face of Kim Jong Un’s demands to drop sanctions. The much-anticipated second meeting between the two leaders was supposed to build on their historic first summit in Singapore, but they failed to ... Read More »