Trump Declines Modi Invitation to Be Guest of Honor at Republic Day

Oct 29, 2018: President Donald Trump has declined India’s invitation to be the guest of honor at the country’s Republic Day parade, citing clash of dates with his State of the Union address. Republic Day which commemorates India’s constitution coming into effect in 1950, is on January 26, 2019. The Trump administration said the US […]

UPDATES On Indonesia’s Lion Air Boeing 737 Passenger Plane That Crashed With 189 People On Board

  UPDATE: Lion Air Flight JT610 was flying from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang, and crashed into the Java Sea after the pilot asked to turn around, officials said reports NY Times; No signal was received from emergency locator, officials told Reuters; Lion Air took delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft […]

Israel Receives $777M Contract From India to Supply Missile Defense System For Naval Ships

ISLAMABAD; Oct 24, 2018: Israel’s prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced Wednesday it has received a $777 million contract from India to supply long range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) defense systems for seven of its naval ships. Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited inked the deal with IAI, according to UPI. […]

Afghans Vote Amid Chaos, Corruption and Taliban Attacks

ISLAMABAD, Oct 20, 2018: Afghans voted on Saturday in parliamentary elections, the third since the Taliban’s fall in 2001 –with packed polling stations in capital Kabul, and overshadowed by chaotic organization, allegations of corruption and continued threats of violence after decades of war. The Taliban had vowed to disrupt the “bogus elections”. But the Afghan […]

Afghan Taliban and ISIS Clash in Kunar Province, Several Dead

OCT 6, 2018: Afghan Taliban and the militant Islamic State (Daesh aka ISIS) clashed in Afghanistan’s Kunar province which straddles Pakistan’s western border with the war-torn country, on Friday, leaving several dead on both sides. According to a statement released by Afghan military’s 201st Silab Corps, at least four Taliban militants were killed with three […]

India Quietly Signs $5Bn Missile Deal With Russia Despite US Opposition

“India gives the highest priority to ties with Russia, in fact in a changing world, our ties have become more important”: Modi OCT 5, 2018: India agreed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 surface to air missile systems on Friday, the two sides said, as New Delhi disregarded US warnings that such a purchase […]

Why is Trump Accusing China of Mid-Term Election Interference?

SEP 28, 2018: Trump’s accusation that China is interfering in US mid-term elections has added yet more fuel to the fire of US-China relations. A report by Ryan Hass on the Brookings Institute website says there’s a growing possibility that leaders in Beijing and Washington may come to view each other no longer as acute […]

Pakistan Congratulates Maldives on Peaceful Presidential Election

SEP 24, 2018: Pakistan has congratulated the people of Maldives on the peaceful conclusion of its Presidential election. The foreign office spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said “Pakistan fully supports the democratic process in Maldives and will work with the new government to further enhance the partnership between the two countries.” Maldives President […]

China Using 60,000 Soldiers to Plant a Forest the Size of Ireland

Can Pakistan adopt a similar model –along with the rest of the nation? SEP 16, 2018: China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade, China Daily reported on […]

Turkey Rushes to Buy Russia’s Highly-Sophisticated Air Defense System

AUG 31, 2018: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey will buy some of Russia’s highly-sophisticated air defense systems “in the shortest time” – a purchase that has alarmed Ankara’s NATO partners — including the US. “Turkey needs S-400s and its deal has been done,” Erdogan said in the western city of Balikesir. “God […]

Held Kashmir Shuts Down Ahead of Indian Supreme Court Hearing on Region’s Autonomy

AUG 30, 2018: A general strike and curfew brought Indian-occupied Kashmir to a standstill Thursday ahead of a landmark Indian Supreme Court hearing centered on the region’s autonomy. Separatist leaders have threatened major protests if the Supreme Court annuls a constitutional provision that bars Indians from outside occupied-Kashmir from buying land or seeking government jobs […]

Nepal Plane Crash That Killed 51 People Caused By ‘Emotionally Disturbed’ Captain

Abid Sultan was smoking, crying and talking continuously before crash that killed 51, leaked official report finds AUG 28, 2018: A plane crash at Nepal’s international airport that killed 51 people happened because the captain suffered an “emotional breakdown”, a leaked draft of the official investigation has found. Investigators said the captain, Abid Sultan, wept […]

China, Russia to Hold Nuclear War Games For First Time

AUG 25, 2018: Russia and China will hold a large-scale military exercise next month that will include simulated nuclear weapons attacks, according to FreeBeacon citing American defense officials. Separately, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is conducting a mega anti-terror drill in Russia aimed at expanding cooperation among the member countries to deal with the growing […]

Erdogan Calls For Turks to Unite Against Attacks on Economy

AUG 25, 2018: The commitment and determination of Turks is the guarantee needed to combat attacks on Turkey’s economy, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, while casting the currency crisis as no different from attacks on Turkey’s flag or call to prayer. It was Erdogan’s first comments on the currency crisis in days. Turkey’s lira […]

Template For Hate: India’s Polarized Politics and Mainstream Intolerance

ROHINI MOHAN — Mohammed Akhlaq went to bed early on the night he was murdered. His wife, Ikraman, stayed downstairs to clean up the kitchen and help her mother-in-law onto the cot in the living room. Around ten, Ikraman was laying out mattresses for her daughter and herself when she heard a loudspeaker crackling nearby: […]

SCO Holding Largest Counter-Terror Drill in Russia; Pakistan, India Participating For First Time

— The Peace Mission 2018 joint military drill is being held from August 22 to 29 in Comprehensive Training Field in Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk, Russia — Peace Mission 2018 also created a historic chance for four major military powers in Eurasia – China, Russia, Pakistan and India – to appear in the same military drill AUG […]

Taliban Plan to Attend Afghan Talks in Moscow, Says Russia

AUG 22, 2018: Russia said on Tuesday that the Taliban had accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group’s biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 US-led invasion. The announcement of the planned talks comes as the Taliban have expanded their footprint across Afghanistan and launched an […]

Iran Unveils Its First Domestically Built Fighter Jet

AUG 21, 2018: Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet on Tuesday, with President Hassan Rouhani announcing that Tehran’s military strength was only designed to deter enemies and create “lasting peace”. Images on state television showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new ‘Kowsar’ fourth-generation fighter at the National Defense Industry exhibition in Tehran. […]

Turkey Will Not Surrender to US Economic Coup: Erdogan

AUG 18, 2018: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will not “surrender” under the sanctions imposed by the United States over the detention of an American pastor, accusing Washington of launching an “attempted economic coup” against Ankara. “Today some people are trying to threaten us through the economy, through interest rates, foreign exchange, […]

Putin Dances at Austrian Foreign Minister’s Wedding

AUG 18, 2018: Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm in arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack […]