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Africa is a world leader in poverty and hunger due to a lack of committed leadership and rampant corruption, said Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in his address at the House of Lords December 7.  
 
China on Monday said that it was opposed to any breach of the Iran nuclear deal, opening up another possible avenue of friction with the United States once President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.  
 

The traditional ties between India and the United Arab Emirates have,  over the decades grown, riding on the strength of trade and investments. The Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest for the 2017 Republic Day

 

In a speech in Baghdad on September 3, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised that his troops would “fully retake” Mosul, seat of power of the Islamic State (IS) in the country. A few weeks later, in line with the Prime Minister’s plans, a special forces unit of the Iraqi army, aided by the American air force, formally launched the battle for Mosul. 

 

 

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President, has now been in prison for more than three times as long as he was in the presidential palace, but his death sentence was quashed. Recently, the country’s highest appeal court also overturned his life sentence on a separate charge — but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be free any time soon.

 

Both Jews and Arab Muslims should be encouraged to resume direct talks on the complex West Asian imbroglio with an open mind for its final resolution so that terrorism may come to an end forever in the region, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.

 

Several years ago, I wrote that the Palestinian problem wouldn’t be resolved, at least in my lifetime. Now, I have even less time left — and the problem’s resolution has become even more unlikely.

 

United States president-elect Donald Trump will have to confront many conflicts in the Middle East, the number of which the US has perhaps not known since the days of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Second World War, said the London-based Pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat. “The president-elect may sit and watch the chaos like [US President Barack] Obama did, but the price will only become higher and the threats will only expand. Wars and the activity of terrorist organisations may increase and the humanitarian disaster will worsen. What is noticeable regarding the current wars in Syria, Yemen and part of Iraq is that they have one thing in common and it is Iranian military intervention. So will Trump’s administration draw limits on Iranian chaos or will it continue to adopt Obama’s policy of isolationism?”

 
The situation in Iraq must change. Prime Minister Abadi, in the wee hours of starting the Mosul battle against ISIS, said, “The hour has struck. The campaign to liberate Mosul has begun. Beloved people of Mosul, the Iraqi nation will celebrate the victory as one.” Hope this come true  
 
When the Syrian war was at a climax in the mid-2015, many hoped that the crisis may lead to a “New Cold War”. However after some initial hiccups, two major powers (Russia and the US) agreed that there needs to be a “rapprochement” from all the parties to end the conflicting situation.  
 


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spotlight image Relations between India and Morocco go back a millennium with the first recorded links dating to the 14th century, when the famous traveller and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta, travelled to India.
 
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Stepping up action against terrorists attacking India, President Donald Trump's Administration has declared Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) a “global terrorist organisation” in an attempt to choke off financial and other support to it.
 
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On 14 August 1947 Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, celebrated its independence. The 14th was chosen for the ceremony because Lord Mountbatten who came to Karachi as the Chief Guest had to later leave for Delhi where ot the midnight stroke India was to declare its independence.
 
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The Doklam stand-off and a variety recent opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers draws attention to the poor state of defence policy preparedness and the lack of meaningful higher defence control in India. 
 
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The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.
 
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At the root of the present Doklam crisis is China’s intrusion into Bhutanese territory for its road building projects. These connectivity projects are integral to President Xi Jinping’s dream project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India and Bhutan were the only two countries that did not participate in the first forum
 
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It wasn’t so long ago that the whole world watched as Donald Trump sashayed on to the Riyadh red carpet and stole the show with his tough talk on Iranian-sponsored terrorism.
 
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A vehicular attack to maximise casualties and spread panic is now a well-tested terrorist strategy in European cities.
 
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It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
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