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Indian judge Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice on Monday as the UN General Assembly rallied behind him in a show of force that made Britain  bow to the majority and withdraw its candidate.

 

The United Nations General Assembly rallied around world court Judge Dalveer Bhandari of India on Monday in his bid for reelection, defying the Security Council where permanent members and their allies put up a fight to protect one of their own, Britain's Christopher Greenwood.

 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday demanded unfettered humanitarian access to Myanmar's northern Rakhine State.

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trapped between his country’s strategic interests and dealing with a US president who is the diplomatic equivalent of Dennis the Menace. Abe has had to swallow his pride on many occasions during Donald Trump’s Japan visit.

 

US President Donald Trump’s upcoming 12-day trip to Asia covering five different countries comes at a time when it seemed to many that Washington was disengaging from the region.

 

The terrorist attack in New York on Tuesday confirms fears that terrorism, especially in the West, is becoming more decentralised, with individuals radicalised by terrorist ideology taking up arms on their own.

 

The recent attack in New York City is a reminder that the world is now in a second and more difficult phase of countering terrorism.

 

The Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea could well be just months away from developing the ability to hit the American mainland with nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).

 

In snap polls in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition has secured a two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament.

 

In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.

 


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