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US SECRETARY of State John Kerry’s long speech on peace between Israelis and Palestinians offered the wronged party (the Palestinians) little, and is unlikely to win support either in the US or in Israel, to whom it was really addressed. It was a futile effort to defend the US’ abstention on UNSC Resolution 2334, which was adopted on Dec 23, 2016.

 
Azaria shot dead a Palestinian attacker who had already been shot and pacified.Starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Israeli TV networks canceled their regular broadcasting to cover the delivery of the verdict in the military trial of Sergeant Elor Azaria.
 
The heinous Saturday night bloodbath at a swanky nightclub on the banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul brought what had already been a terrible year for Turkey to an exceptionally brutal conclusion.  
 

On December 23, the United States Ambassador to the UN abstained on UN Security Council resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s settlement activity in the occupied territory of the West Bank and East Jerusalem

On December 23, the United States Ambassador to the UN abstained on UN Security Council resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s settlement activity in the occupied territory of the West Bank and East Jerusalem

 
This week’s vote in the United Nations Security Council describing Israeli settlements built in Palestinian territory as a flagrant violation of international law is a major development that will have far reaching consequences for the Middle East peace process and perhaps the future of the UN.  
 

In itself, the United Nations resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements passed by the Security Council last Friday is innocuous enough. It was slated under the non-binding chapter six but it has taken on a larger-than-life symbolism for good reasons.

In itself, the United Nations resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements passed by the Security Council last Friday is innocuous enough. It was slated under the non-binding chapter six but it has taken on a larger-than-life symbolism for good reasons.

 

The professor seems to be exasperated at what can at best be described as our a-moral stand in the face of heartless and cold-blooded killings in that unfortunate land. India has prided itself on its humane approach to issues. At the same time, it has been India’s axiom to not interfere in the affairs of other countries, and not to be involved in events in countries with which it is not directly concerned or which do not directly affect its interests.

 

 

US President-elect Donald Trump has made many controversial and outlandish appointments for his future Cabinet. But even more surprising than naming rich billionaires like himself and a string of outspoken generals he has gathered is the appointment of his country’s ambassador to Israel.

US President-elect Donald Trump has made many controversial and outlandish appointments for his future Cabinet. But even more surprising than naming rich billionaires like himself and a string of outspoken generals he has gathered is the appointment of his country’s ambassador to Israel.

 

There is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions unfolding in the Syria- Iraq conflict zone and big powers which once contributed to the stabilisation of potential conflict situations during the Cold War are now perpetrators of the worst human rights violations.

There is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions unfolding in the Syria- Iraq conflict zone and big powers which once contributed to the stabilisation of potential conflict situations during the Cold War are now perpetrators of the worst human rights violations.

 

On Tuesday, the military leadership of the Bashar al-Assad regime announced that government forces had captured most of Aleppo. This ends a four-year conflict that has witnessed extraordinary carnage, systemic killings of civilians, gross human rights abuses and the destruction of one of the great cities in world history.

 


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spotlight image A career diplomat, Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, is the first woman to be the island nation’s envoy to India. As Foreign Secretary, she was Sri Lanka’s top diplomat for 18 months before being posted to New Delhi.
 
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India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
 
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Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
 
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With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under
 
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The death of deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith at the hands of a lynch mob highlights the dangers to the police in Kashmir today, whether from gun-wielding militants or locals disgruntled with the Indian State.
 
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Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.
 
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The rapid rise of Mohammed bin Salman, from one among many princes in the al-Saud royal family to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia within a span of two years, is an unprecedented development in the history of the Kingdom.
 
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A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.
 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...

 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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