India attaches top priority to ties with Israel: Swaraj

JERUSALEM: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said India attaches the highest importance to its ties with Israel as she called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the entire spectrum of the relationship. Swaraj, who is on her first visit to West Asia as the External Affairs Minister, said she was looking forward […]

Pak PM may visit Iran, Saudi Arabia to ease tensions

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to undertake an important visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia on Monday to reduce tensions between the two rival Muslim nations, his office said Saturday. The decision was taken after behind-the-scene contacts by Pakistan with both countries to lower the temperature in the region after Saudi Arabia […]

Taiwan opposition leader Tsai wins presidential vote

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s independence-leaning opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen won the island’s presidential election on Saturday after the ruling party admitted defeat, a result likely to usher in a new round of uncertainty with giant neighbour China. A source with Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) told Reuters that the party was working on Tsai’s victory speech. She […]

Chinese prefer Pakistan, want to move away India as neighbour: Survey

Chinese prefer Pakistan, want to move away India as neighbour: Survey

BEIJING: Majority of Chinese would like to move India away along with Japan and a host of other neigh¬bouring countries with whom Beijing has territorial disputes and would prefer Pakistan and Nepal as neighbours, if given a chance to ‘play God’ to redraw China’s map. A total of 13,196 people wanted to “move away” Japan, […]

Islamic group Al-Shabab attacks African Union base in Somalia

SOMALIA: Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants stormed an African Union base Fri¬day in the country’s southwest, the Somali army said, with witnesses reporting several dead. “They launched an offensive on a military base at El-Adde and there was heavy fighting which caused casualties,” Somali army colonel Idris Ahmed said, adding a Shebab suicide commando blasted a […]

Donald Trump: Will not review call to ban Muslims from entering US

WASHINGTON: Do nald Trump refused to budge over his call to ban all Muslims from entering the US even as Republican presidential rivals questioned his con¬troversial stance, with Jeb Bush wondering if the front¬runner also meant banning Muslims from countries like India and Indonesia which are strong allies of the US. Trump – whose popularity […]

India has largest diaspora population in world, UN report says

India has largest diaspora population in world, UN report says

UNITED NATIONS: India’s diaspora popu¬lation is the largest in the world with 16 mil¬lion people from India living outside their country in 2015, accord¬ing to a latest UN sur¬vey on international migrant trends. The survey con¬ducted by the UN de¬partment of economic and social affairs (DESA) said the num¬ber of international migrants — persons living […]

Indo-Israel ties “unique and special”: Envoy Daniel Carmon

Indo-Israel ties “unique and special”: Envoy Daniel Carmon

NEW DELHI: Describing its relationship with India as “unique and special”, Israel on Wednesday said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s upcoming two-day visit to Tel Aviv from January 17 is part of a “bigger picture” congruence of interests in areas of defence, counter-terrorism and trade, among others. Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon called bilateral defence cooperation […]

Pakistan arrests some suspects

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities carried out raids at different places following attack on the Pathankot airbase in India, leading to some arrests, intelligence officials said on Monday. They said that raids were carried out in Gujranwala, Jhelum and Bahawalpur districts and an unspecified number of people were arrested. “Probe has been going to ascertain if they […]