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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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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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But there are reasons for optimism too. At first glance, the election of Trump, Europe’s problems and the UK’s vote for Brexit represent a shift against immigration, globalisation and liberal ideals. The wider picture, however, looks a bit different.
 
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Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratula
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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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.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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