US Approves $930 Million Sale To India of Apache Attack Helicopters

JUN 13, 2018 — The United States government has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters manufactured by Boeing for $930 million, the State Department said Tuesday. The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval, but if no US lawmaker raises an objection the contract is […]

Kim Flew In For Summit With Trump On Chinese Plane, in Victory For Xi

JUN 12, 2018 — Two days after arriving in Singapore, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shook hands on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump at the start of their momentous US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa island — both leaders made history as the world waits for the their meet […]

India to Examine ‘Spy Pigeon Working For Pakistan’

JUN 12, 2018 — Amritsar police on Monday said it would have a pigeon x-rayed over suspicions of spying for Pakistan, Times of India reported. As per the details, police in Ajnala town of Amritsar district would have the bird examined to ascertain it did not have any spy gadget embedded in its body and […]

Trump Pulls Out of Joint G7 Statement, France Blasts ‘Incoherent’ Trump After Fiasco

JUN 10, 2018 — The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat of global trade war as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. Just minutes after a joint communique that had been approved by the leaders of the Group of Seven […]

China-Led SCO Summit Kicks Off With Pak, India New Members, Iran’s Rouhani Attending

JUN 10, 2018 — The heads of eight member states – China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan – as well as those of four observer states- Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia are participating in the 18th SCO summit in Qingdao on the coast of Yellow Sea. It is the first such summit […]

Austria Will Expel 60 Imams And Shut 7 Mosques; Is This Just The Beginning?

The far-right government in Vienna claims it’s due to “national security” concerns. JUN 9, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)– Central Europe’s German-speaking country Austria plans to shut seven mosques and expel five dozen imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as […]

Europe Says It Aims To Protect Its Position In Iran And Nuclear Deal

Jun 7, 2018 (BE2C2) — The European Union is taking step to protect Iran nuclear deal and moving forward with a measure to protect EU companies trying to invest in Iran particularly in the Iranian energy and infrastructure sector. THE European Union is also concerned that 20 billion Euro worth of investments in Iran are […]

Fury in Kashmir After Indian Forces Vehicle Crush Youth To Death; Shotguns Fired At Funeral

Incident is the second in less than a month involving Indian security forces vehicle killing Kashmiri protester during the weekly stone-throwing demonstrations in the restive Himalayan valley Jun 2, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Indian occupied Kashmir is once again in the grip of violence after an Indian military vehicle crushed a young man to death in […]

India to Buy Some Israeli Anti-Tank ‘Spike’ Missiles Until It Makes Them Locally

Jun 2, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — India is reportedly set to buy a batch of anti-tank guided missiles from Israel in a bid to boost its military capabilities against Pakistan and China and preparedness for a potential two-front war with its western and northern neighbors. Indian government is likely to soon finalize with Israel purchase of […]

Denmark Becomes the Latest European Country to Ban Burqa, Niqab

May 31, 2018 — Denmark joined some other European countries in deciding Thursday to ban garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers approved the law presented by the center-right governing coalition. The government says that it is not aimed […]

London Mosque Accepting Cryptocurrency For Ramadan Donations

May 29, 2018 (BE2C2) — A mosque in East London is hoping to double the amount of charity donations made during Ramadan month by becoming the first in Britain to accept bitcoin payments. The mosque Imam tells Reuters it needs funds to help the poor and accepting bitcoin payments helps it expand its donor base. […]

Over 150 Detained in Dhaka’s Camp Geneva Raid Amid Accusations of Extrajudicial Killings

Geneva Camp is a crammed slum home to more than 40,000 Urdu-speaking people called “Stranded Pakistanis”. May 26, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Security forces in Bangladesh raided an area in capital Dhaka on Saturday and detained at least 150 suspects as part of a nationwide anti-drug crackdown, amid accusations that extrajudicial killings have taken place during […]

Video Showing Brave Sikh Police Officer Protecting Muslim Boy From Hindu Mob Goes Viral

May 25, 2018 (DESPARDES) — Video showing rare act of valor by a Sikh police officer shielding a Muslim man from being violently attacked by an angry mob in the Indian state of Uttarakhand has gone viral. The viral video posted on Facebook said, “Hats off to Gagandeep, he saved an innocent Muslim from the […]

Russia Says U.S. Sanctions Against It Could Be Seen As Treasonous

Sanctions from Washington reach deep into the Russian energy sector, which accounts for about a third of total Russian GDP May 23, 2018 — With its energy sector the target of U.S. sanctions pressure, a Russian legislator on Wednesday proposed making those sanctions synonymous with treason. Andrei Isayev, the head of legislation in the State […]

Climate Change To Cause More Migrants than Conflicts And Wars

May 24, 2018 (BE2C2) — Climate change is one of the main drivers of migration and will be increasingly so. It will even have a more significant role in the displacement of people than armed conflicts, which today cause major refugee crises. This was the warning sounded by Ovais Sarmad, the Deputy Executive Secretary of […]

Two U.S. Diplomats Expelled From Venezuela Over ‘Conspiracy’

President Trump responded on Monday with an executive order limiting Venezuela’s ability to sell state assets May 23, 2018 (DESPARDES) — Re-elected Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas, accusing them of a ‘conspiracy’ that was denied by the US State Department. Maduro made the announcement […]

Muslim Man Beaten to Death By Mob In India For “Killing a Cow”

In the past seven years, 86 per cent of 28 Indians who were killed in such cow-related violence were Muslims, and almost 97 per cent of these attacks have taken course after May 2014 when Modi’s BJP party came into power. May 22, 2018 (DESPARDES) — A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was […]

China Asks All Mosques To Hang National Flag In ‘Prominent Position’, Promote Spirit of Patriotism

The country is home to some 23 million Muslims, but restrictions on them are intensifying, particularly in the northwestern province of Xinjiang which is home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, where there are bans on beards and public prayers May 21, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — All Chinese mosques should raise the national flag to “promote […]

Why Sweden Is Distributing ‘Be Prepared For War’ Leaflet to All 4.8M Homes

‘Everyone has duty to defend Sweden’ May 22, 2018 (DESPARDES) — Sweden has begun distributing ‘be prepared for war’ leaflet to all 4.8m homes for the first time in more than half a century, saying: “Sweden is safer than many other countries but threats exist.” Furthermore, the booklet makes it clear that all fit Swedes […]

Modi To Fly To Sochi For Talks With Putin On Regional Issues

May 19, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) –Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heading to the Black Sea resort of Sochi to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 21 to discuss ways to strengthen the two countries’ “privileged strategic” relationship. The Kremlin has said Modi and Putin will discuss “key issues of developing the Russian-Indian privileged […]