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India and Syria on Tuesday held wide-ranging talks, focusing largely on the internal situation in the war-torn country and the UN-backed peace process aimed at ending the strife which has claimed lives of over 2.5 lakh people in the last five years.

 

The reaction of Iran and its supporters with violent anti-Saudi protests not only in Tehran, where the kingdom’s embassy was sacked, but also in Iraq and Bahrain merely revealed the full depth of the underlying bilateral enmity

 

Let’s consider the big challenges for Pakistan: this is a country that needs to grow at 10 percent a year. It is a country that needs to educate and find jobs for the almost 100 million people below the age of twenty-five.

 

The growing spat between Saudi Arabia and Iran following the execution of an influential Shia cleric could have repercussions for India, which has adopted a position of neutrality since it enjoys good relations with both countries.

 

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of using its row with Tehran to "negatively affect" peace talks on the Syrian conflict.

 

Two years after the kidnapping of no fewer than 200 school girls, the government of Nigeria has awoken to the need to negotiate with the Boko Haram.

 

Where the besieging of Charlie Hebdo in Paris could capture the media glare, and for long, the western ignorance of Boko Haram, another lethal Islamic terror organisation, was conspicuous by the wilful ignorance that was casted on it. We should care and investigate the crimes of injustice when we know for a fact it is a reality, even though is it not directly concerning us, writes Tuva Julie E. Smith for South Asia Monitor.

 

Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tensions soared following the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.

 

Saudi Arabia’s alleged 34-nation Islamic alliance against terrorism is neither a game changer nor a serious attempt at combating Islamist terrorism.

 

It would be in Tehran’s interest to stop playing into Riyadh’s plans to ratchet up tensions in the region

 


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