METULLA, ISRAEL: Israelis were on Thursday warily watching their northern border for a rare opportunity to see up close the arch-enemy of the Jewish state, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.Read More »
HANOI, VIETNAM: India became the latest country to cozy up to Vietnam’s military amid rising tensions involving the South China Sea.
The South Asian powerhouse will help Vietnam train forces for international peacekeeping while the communist country offered to provide repair, maintenance and fuel for Indian naval ships, the Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper reported Thursday.
MELBOURNE: The number of Indian students enrolling at Australian universities for the 2011 academic year is set to plunge by 80 per cent, an academic said.Read More »
WASHINGTON: The US has applauded India’s election to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member hoping that it would play a constructive role in resolving key global issues, but stopped short of endorsing its bid for a permanent seat on the powerful body.Read More »
BEIJING: Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed activist fighting for democracy seems to have spurred an influential section of Chinese society, including Communist party elders, who are now demanding lifting of curbs on free speech and media censorship.Read More »
TEHRAN: Eighteen people were killed in a fire at an ammunitions store in a Revolutionary Guards base in Iran, the Fars news agency quoted a commander of the elite force as saying today in the latest toll.Read More »
LONDON: British author Howard Jacobson has won the prestigious Booker Prize for his comic novel ‘The Finkler Question’, beating five others including two-time winner Peter Carey and the bookies’ favourite Tom McCarthy.Read More »
WASHINGTON: More Taliban militants may be scratched from a UN sanctions list to give a spurt to peace talks in Afghanistan as Washington came out to back the President, Mr Hamid Karzai’s plan to hold talks with the insurgent group.Read More »
UNITED NATIONS: India was on Tuesday elected to the United Nations Security Council after a gap of 19 years, with substantial support, taking over from Japan a position which would help it push more aggressively for the reform of the world body’s top organ.Read More »
HANOI: Warning that terrorism and piracy had reached transnational proportions, India today said both were “serious challenges” for security, peace and trade in the Asia-Pacific region and sought development of synergy and institutionalised cooperative arrangements to tackle them.Read More »