Tuesday , 11 December 2018

World News

‘US building stronger bonds with nations like India’

PTI   Washington The Trump administration is building new and stronger bonds with countries like India to advance its vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, US Vice President Mike Pence has said, amidst China flexing its military muscles in the region. The US recently renamed its oldest and largest military command – the Pacific Command – to Indo-Pacific Command, ... Read More »

India laments inability of UN to adopt legal framework against terrorism

PTI   United Nations India has lamented the inability of the UN to adopt a legal framework to combat international terrorism, saying this “lacunae” is impacting enforcement efforts to destroy safe havens for terrorists and their support networks. Yedla Umasankar, First Secretary/Legal Adviser in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, said here on Wednesday that India firmly believed ... Read More »

Indonesia disaster toll rises above 1,500

AFP Palu Search teams made desperate last-ditch efforts Friday to find survivors, a week on from Indonesia’s devastating quake-tsunami, as the death toll from the disaster rose above 1,500. The city of Palu on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after being hit by a 7.5 magnitude quake and a  wall of water, which flattened homes, ripped up trees ... Read More »

WH receives FBI report on Kavanaugh

PTI   Washington The White House, which has received the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Thursday expressed confidence that the Supreme Court nominee would be confirmed by the Senate. “The White House has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s supplemental background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, and it is being transmitted to the Senate,” White House ... Read More »

Opening of Kartarpur corridor will remain pending: Pak

PTI   Islamabad The opening of the Kartarpur border crossing for Sikh pilgrims will remain pending if there are no talks between India and Pakistan, the Foreign Office said Thursday, asserting that dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues and disputes between the two countries. Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal told mediapersons that Pakistan “could only try” to ... Read More »

Dutch thwart Russian cyber attack on chemical weapons watchdog

AFP   The Hague Dutch intelligence thwarted a Russian cyber attack targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog in April and expelled four Russian agents, the government said Thursday. The Russians set up a car full of electronic equipment in the car park of a hotel next to the Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons in The Hague in a ... Read More »

‘First exomoon may have been found’

PTI   New York Astronomers may have discovered the first known moon outside our solar system, orbiting a gas-giant planet 8,000 light-years away. According to the finding published in the journal Science Advances, the candidate exomoon — moons orbiting planets in other star systems — is unusual because of its large size, comparable to the diameter of Neptune. Such gargantuan ... Read More »

Trio win Nobel Chemistry Prize for research harnessing evolution

AFP   Stockholm US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter won the Nobel Chemistry Prize on Wednesday for applying the principles of evolution to develop enzymes used to make everything from biofuels to medicine. Arnold, just the fifth woman to clinch chemistry’s most prestigious honour, won one half of the nine million Swedish kronor (about ... Read More »

UN court tells US to ease Iran sanctions in blow for Trump

AFP   The Hague The UN’s top court ordered the United States Wednesday to lift sanctions on humanitarian goods for Iran in a stunning setback for US President Donald Trump. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague handed Iran a major victory, saying that the stinging economic sanctions put Iranian lives at risk. The ruling is likely to ... Read More »

First India-Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue begins in Java

PTI   Jakarta The first India-Indonesia Interfaith Dialogue, decided during the maiden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, began Wednesday in the Indonesian island of Java in a bid to promote pluralism and eradicate radicalism. The dialogue comprised a forum discussion, visits to places of worship, and dialogues between Hindu, Islamic, Christian and Buddhist religious leaders of both the ... Read More »