India re-elected to UNHRC

In a notable victory, India has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2015-17, receiving the highest number of votes – 162 – in the Asia-Pacific group. India is already a member of the 47-nation UNHRC and its term is due to end on 31 December, 2014. Along with India, Bangladesh, Qatar and Indonesia also made it to the UNHRC. India was competing in the Asia-Pacific group in which…

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US eases sanctions on Syria

Seeking to enable relief and reconstruction activities in opposition-controlled areas of Syria, the US has eased economic sanctions on the country, the US Department of State said in a statement to the media. According to the media note, which was reviewed by Diplomatic News, Secretary of State John F. Kerry signed a limited waiver of the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003. “The waiver authorises the export and re-export, subject to case-by-case…

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Chinese troops withdraw from Indian territory

In a major relief to peaceniks, the three-week face-off between India and China has ended. By Sunday evening, the Chinese troops have started withdrawing from their newly erected tents on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) which India claimed was 19 kms inside Indian territory. The move comes as a result of a flurry of diplomatic activity and behind-the-scenes strategic maneuvering at the highest levels of government on both sides. India had made it amply…

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China refuses to budge, Indo-Sino tension may escalate

China refuses to budge, Indo-Sino tension may escalate

With the standoff between India and China over Chinese troops’ alleged incursion into Indian territory entering the third week, two bilateral visits are at stake. Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid’s proposed China visit on May 9 and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s trip to India – his first foreign sojourn after taking over – later this month. India accuses China of crossing over 19 kms into the Indian side of line of actual control (LAC) in…

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Sarabjit Singh is dead, India furious at ‘inhuman’ Pakistan

The love-hate relations between India and Pakistan suffered another blow with the death of Indian citizen Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan. Singh was badly beaten up last week in a Pakistani jail allegedly by fellow inmates. Singh suffered a serious head injury and slipped into coma soon after. He was in a Pakistani hospital for four days. He had been arrested in 1991 and sentenced to death by a Pakistani court on charges of spying and…

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Multiple explosions shake Iraq

More than 20 people have lost their lives in the latest spate of bomb attacks in Iraq on Monday. About five bombs went off in the majority Shia Muslim areas, bringing the national death toll over the past week to 200. There has been a steady spike in sectarian violence following clashes at a Sunni protest camp in the northern part of the country. Some 20 people had died last week when security forces broke…

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Blast Rocks Prague

A powerful explosion ripped through an office building in Prague, the Czech capital, at 9.56 am local time. Initial reports quote Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda as saying it’s a gas explosion and not a terrorist attack. About 40 people have been reportedly injured and some people could be trapped under the rubble. The building is on a side street near the historic National Theater. Prague’s Charles University and the Film and TV School of the Academy…

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