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Delhi will be world's biggest city by 2028: UN

“Tokyo remains the world's largest city in the world with 37 million inhabitants; Delhi, however, is projected surpass Tokyo as the worlds largest agglomeration around the year 2028,” John Wilmoth, the Director of Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), said on Wednesday at the release of the revisions to the World Urbanisation Prospects 2018 report.

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Culturally and politically, Americans are yet to process the events of 9/11

That climate of fuzzy thinking aided the rise of a presidential candidate like Trump, who has convinced tens of millions of people that seizing Iraq and Syria’s oil resources and forcing Mexico to wall itself off are viable policies. His rhetoric doesn’t have to be serious in part because the American public isn’t equipped to take foreign policy discussions seriously. The 9/11 attacks propelled America into the world, but it is damning how shallow mainstream conversation of international affairs remains.

In Brazil, the crooks are back in charge

On Tuesday, former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff left the presidential palace in Brasilia and boarded a plane for her adopted home city of Porto Alegre. She leaves behind a successor who risks indictment for far worse offences than the ones that brought her down, and a country that has lost its right to a place among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).  

Obama's last sally for a safer world

This year, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly will formally open in New York on September 13 and over a fortnight, presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers will take the podium. There is widespread speculation that this being U.S. President Barack Obama’s last plenary, he is considering an address that could have significant implications for U.S. nuclear policy and for the global nuclear disarmament agenda which has now remained frozen for decades.

Stop boring us, Mr Trump

As the sole surviving super power, the United States demands the attention of the world. And every four years it enacts a long-running circus that often entertains the universe by its weirdness, if nothing else. But the most recent extravaganza is beginning to pall because it has become plainly boring.

 
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India-China civil-society dialogue on climate change, sustainable development

China has initiated early actions on the Wuhan summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that stressed the need for people-to-people dialogue for the development of not only India and China but the whole world.

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India’s growth story is treading on thin ice

By all estimates, the Indian economy has entered a phase of recovery. After a period of subdued growth that was marred by a spate of disruptions, India has regained the fastest-growing major eco...

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