Iran threatens revenge

Tehran: Iran warned of “severe revenge” and said arch-enemy the United States bore responsibility for the consequences after killing one of its top commanders, Qasem Soleimani, in a strike Friday outside Baghdad airport. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed the commander of its Quds Force foreign operations arm had been killed by US forces in […]

China backed efforts to defuse Indo-Pak tensions post-Pulwama attack: Wang

Beijing: China had supported the efforts of India and Pakistan to defuse tensions and manage their differences through dialogue following the deadly Pulwama attack, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, highlighting behind-the-scenes role played by Beijing. At the height of the Indo-Pak tensions, China sent its Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou to Pakistan to counsel […]

CAA, NRC ‘worrisome’: Bangladesh

Dhaka: The CAA and the NRC are India’s “internal issues”, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen has said, but voiced concern that any “uncertainty” in the country is likely to affect its neighbours. Amid raging protests over the controversial citizenship law across India, Momen hoped that the situation “cools down” and the neighbouring country […]

49 journalists murdered in 2019

PARIS: Forty-nine journalists were killed across the world in 2019, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, the lowest death toll in 16 years. The “historically low” number mostly died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, the Paris-based watchdog said, which warned that “journalism remains a dangerous profession”. Some 80 journalists a year have lost their […]

US concerned over prolonged detentions in Kashmir

WASHINGTON: Voicing concern over the prolonged detentions of political leaders as well as other residents in Kashmir, the US said that it has discussed with India its concerns over New Delhi’s roadmap to bring economic and political normalcy in the Valley. The remarks by a senior State Department official came on Wednesday in response to […]

Jaishankar shares India’s perspective with US

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in the US, has shared India’s perspective on the amended citizenship law with members of American Congress, the ministry said on Thursday. Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also asserted that outreach to foreign government on the contentious issue will continue. He downplayed the decision of some Bangladesh […]

UN Security Council not to discuss Kashmir issue

United Nations/New Delhi: China is again understood to have requested a discussion in the UN Security Council on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday but diplomatic sources said the issue will not be discussed in the Council. It is learnt that Pakistan’s all-weather ally Beijing has called for the issue of Jammu and […]

Gen Musharraf sentenced to death for ‘high treason’

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former dictator General Pervez Musharraf was on Tuesday sentenced to death in absentia in the high treason case for subverting the Constitution in 2007, becoming the first military ruler to receive the capital punishment in the country’s history. A three-member bench of the special court, headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar […]

US, UK among others issue travel advisory

Washington/London: Several countries, including the US, UK, Israel, Canada and Singapore, have asked their citizens to exercise caution while travelling to the Northeast India which has witnessed violent protests against the amended citizenship act. The new amended citizenship law, which provides for granting citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, has put […]

EU concerned on Kashmir restrictions

Asks for restoration of communication

New Delhi: The European Union on Tuesday said it was concerned over restrictions on “fundamental freedom” of people in Kashmir and called for steps like restoration of communication network and essential services to bring back normalcy in the Valley. European Union’s Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto also said that Pakistan must take action against militants […]