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Impacts of use of hidden veto in UNSC subsidiary organs

PTI United Nations India has criticised the use of “hidden veto” in the subsidiary organs of the UN Security Council such as the Sanctions Committees, apparently hitting out at China for repeatedly blocking its bid to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. A veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India’s ... Read More »

PML-N will fight against ‘hidden forces’ in upcoming elections: Sharif

PTI Lahore Pakistan’s ruling PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif has kicked off the election campaign, saying his party will go to polls not against any political party but “hidden forces” that were behind his ouster as prime minister, in an apparent reference to the powerful military and judiciary. The PML-N launched the first phase of its election campaign in Punjab province ... Read More »

Macron thanks Australian PM’s ‘delicious wife’

Sydney French President Emmanuel Macron caused a social media frenzy in Australia on Wednesday after he referred to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife as “delicious” while thanking them for their hospitality. Macron made the awkward remark during a joint press conference with Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney, ABC News Australia reported. He began his three-day visit to the country ... Read More »

Macron warns over China dominance in Indo-Pacific

AFP Sydney No country can be allowed to dominate the Indo-Pacific, the leaders of France and Australia said Wednesday, as regional capitals fret over the rise of an increasingly assertive China. French President Emmanuel Macron said the two nations — alongside fellow democracy India — had a responsibility to protect the region from “hegemony” — a veiled reference to Beijing’s ... Read More »

Trump hails Kalpana Chawla as American hero

PTI   Washington US President Donald Trump has hailed Indian-origin Kalpana Chawla as an American hero for devoting her life to the space programme and inspiring millions of girls to become astronauts. Trump’s remarks came Monday as he issued a proclamation declaring May as ‘Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month’. The US Congress has also designated the month of ... Read More »

Modi’s visit to be religious, cultural: Nepali Minister

IANS   Kathmandu Nepali Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa on Tuesday said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to the country on May 11 will be religious and cultural and there will be no political agreements. Thapa said the Indian leader will fly directly to Janakpur to visit the Janaki Temple and will be welcomed by Prime Minister K.P. ... Read More »

US has never been closer to getting rid of N Korea’s nukes: Trump

PTI   Washington The US has never been closer to getting rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, President Donald Trump has said, exuding confidence that his planned summit with the reclusive country’s leader Kim Jong Un will be a “success”. Trump has accepted an invitation for a meeting with Kim. The meeting is scheduled to take place soon, possibly in ... Read More »

Dominican Republic severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan, establishes with Beijing

PTI Beijing Cash-rich China continues to lure away handful of countries still maintaining diplomatic links with Taiwan as the Dominican Republic today became the latest country to breakaway from Taipei and establish diplomatic ties with Beijing. Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas signed a joint communique here on the establishment of diplomatic ... Read More »

Pak-origin MP Sajid Javid appointed new UK home secretary

PTI London Pakistani-origin MP Sajid Javid was Monday appointed as Britain’s new Home Secretary, hours after his predecessor Amber Rudd resigned after admitting that she had “inadvertently misled” Parliament over the existence of deportation targets for immigrants. Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose family migrated to Britain in the 1960s, was promoted from his Cabinet post of ... Read More »

Double Kabul suicide bombing kills 25, including eight journalists

AP Kabul A coordinated double suicide bombing by the Islamic State group hit central Kabul this morning, killing at least 25 people, including eight journalists, officials said. An AFP photographer and a cameraman for a local TV station were among the fatalities, the police said. At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to Kabul police spokesman, ... Read More »