Monthly Archives: December 2012

Delhi gang rape protests shadow Putin’s India visit

December 24, 2012
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Delhi gang rape protests shadow Putin’s India visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India comes at a most inopportune time. New Delhi is witnessing an unprecedented massive protest campaign – mostly led by the city’s University students – against the increasing incidence of rapes in the capital city. The latest trigger is the gang rape of...

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Japan’s LDP sweeps to power

December 17, 2012
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Japan’s LDP sweeps to power

After about three years in opposition, Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won the national parliamentary elections on Sunday, paving the way for former Prime Minister 58-year-old Shinzo Abe’s return to power.  LDP and allies won 325 seats in the 480-seat lower house. Abe, who is widely described as...

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Egyptian Military Forces Morsi To Compromise

December 9, 2012
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Egyptian Military Forces Morsi To Compromise

Three weeks after issuing it, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi today revoked the controversial decree that gave him sweeping emergency powers. This is expected to defuse the violent protests and growing political tension gripping the country. The decision came after exhaustive talks among representatives of Muslim Brotherhood, the political movement...

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Is China smiling as India-Male relations sour?

December 7, 2012
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Is China smiling as India-Male relations sour?

The row between the Maldives and an Indian company, GMR Group, over the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the tiny island nation, threatens to mar the otherwise friendly relations between the two countries. In the latest development, a higher court in Singapore ruled on 6 December 2012 that Maldives...

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Will West Asia be a better place with Palestine’s new UN status?

December 1, 2012
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Will West Asia be a better place with Palestine’s new UN status?

From the looks of it, Palestine has the world on its side. On Friday, it won 139 votes in its favour against 9 votes against it, thus winning a thumping majority for new status at the United Nations (UN) as a non-member UN observer. However, Palestine’s new upgraded status...

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