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US Vice President Mike Pence recently sent North Korea a clear warning not to test the resolve of the Trump administration, nor the strength of the US armed forces with regard to its pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. Pence also said, "The era of strategic patience is over." Without question, those are the toughest remarks any top US official has ever said to North Korea in well over a few decades.
 
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The path is now clear for Turkey to be transformed from a parliamentary democracy to a presidential republic, after a referendum on constitutional reforms proposed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (or AKP) gave the nod for handing sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
 
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The “yes” vote won by a sliver in Turkey’s referendum on constitutional amendments that give sweeping powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. If this referendum is acted upon it will be bigger than Brexit, as it will amount to a dramatic reboot of the Turkish republic itself. Erdogan, who used to head the centre-right AKP, has been in power since 2002, and was elected president in 2014. He now wants to cement his position further.
 
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North Korea fired an unknown type of missile on Sunday morning, which according to US and South Korean media, exploded within seconds of launch.   
 
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As Sri Lankan’s enjoyed the festive season last week, from policy makers to media personalities voicing thoughts of optimism, about reconciling, peace, communal harmony the week saw a major shakeup in the global security situation. The aftermath of Trump’s tomahawk strikes on Syria shook the already fragile global security kaleidoscope, leaving pieces in a flux.
 
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If there is one defining principle that guides the Donald Trump presidency, it is showmanship. The keenness to project the American president as a doer, and not a fence-sitter, unlike the previous president, was writ large in the Trump administration's dispatch of 59 Tomahawk missiles to Syria soon after reports of the chemical attack in Idlib. The action was supposed to demonstrate that the president does feel for innocent Muslims in Syria, that he does not shy away from using force where needed and that he does not let his admiration for the Russian president come in the way of his fulfilment of responsibilities. Other than promoting this personal agenda, the lightning response from the United States of America does not appear to have done much for Syria. While the president's close circle has immediately resorted to using the missile strike as proof that he is no stooge of Russia, the situation in Syria has become more complicated. Part of this complication stems from the US's failure to clearly lay down its position. Trump administration officials have started talking in such myriad voices over a host of subjects that it is almost impossible to guess what the US policy on Syria is going to be. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has indicated that her government will gun for regime change, while the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, thinks that going after the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham still tops the government's agenda in the region.
 
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The US on Thursday dropped the "Mother of All Bombs" - the most powerful nonnuclear bomb used by the US so far - on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan.
 
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Donald Trump’s presidency is presenting the world with countless problems. The problem with Trump begins with his unfathomable vulgarity.
 
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There is little doubt that the first direct US military strike on a Syria airbase — in response to a suspected chemical attack — has unleashed a fury of mixed emotions through the tinderbox that otherwise goes by the name of the Middle East. But even beyond this volatile region feelings of robust support and fierce condemnation are running high. 
 
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  The US launched dozens of cruise missiles at an airbase in Syria controlled by President Bashar al-Assad on Friday morning Beijing time in response to an earlier chemical weapon attack.
 


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spotlight image Ties between India and Japan are probably at their best ever, Japanese Ambassador to India H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu told India Review & Analysis’ Nilova Roy Chaudhury, as he outlined how the two countries have moved closer. Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit
 
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India will on September 26 dispatch around 900 tonnes of relief material for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh which is being loaded on to Indian Naval Ship Gharial at Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh.
 
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That regional cooperation in South Asia is lower than optimal levels is well accepted. It is usually ascribed to – the asymmetry in size between India and the rest, conflicts and historical political tensions, a trust deficit, limited transport connectivity, and onerous logistics, among many other factors.
 
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Reflections on September evoke a host of memories.
 
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  During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.
 
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The Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
 
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An atmospheric test by Pyongyang  would ensure that North Korea could become a pariah state for the rest of Kim Jong-Un’s lifetime...However, their technologies in terms of making nuclear and thermonuclear bombs and rocketry that was acquired from late Pakistani scientist A Q Khan network and the Chinese/Soviet sources merit
 
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The apprehension was justified. US President Donald Trump’s disregard for institutions and fondness for reckless rhetoric meant that his maiden appearance at the annual UN General Assembly was a closely watched affair.
 
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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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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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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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