• Looking forward to working with PM Modi to further develop 'unique and warm relations': new Israeli Premier Bennett
    Jerusalem, June 14 (PTI): Israel's newly elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that he was looking forward to working with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to further develop the "unique and warm relations" between the two democracies. Bennett, the 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina party who on Sunday became the new premier ending Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year hold on power, said this while responding to Prime Minister Modi's congra
  • NATO: China is a constant security challenge
    BRUSSELS, June 14 (AP) — NATO leaders targeted China in a strongly worded warning Monday, declaring the nation poses a constant security challenge, is trying to undermine world order and is working on nuclear missile development at a worrisome pace. In a summit statement, the leaders said that China’s goals and “assertive behavior present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security.” The warning to Chi
  • Pak & India agree to share ownership of Basmati rice
    Islamabad, June 14 (IANS): In a rare agreement between two arch-rivals India and Pakistan, which have a history of long-time rivalry with disputes on every front from sea to land, exporters from both sides of the border have mutually agreed to share the ownership of the regions prized Basmati rice, a solution considered the most workable to reach the European markets. "There has to be a joint ownership, which is a logical solution to the dispute," said Faizan Ali Ghouri, a
  • Putin calls accusation of cyberattacks against US ''farcical''
    Moscow, June 14 (AP): Russian President Vladimir Putin has sharply dismissed allegations that his country is carrying out cyberattacks against the United States as baseless. Putin's comments in an interview aired on NBC on Monday come two days before he is to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in Geneva and underline the tensions between the two countries. Where is the evidence? Where is proof? It's becoming farcical, Putin said. We have been accused of all kinds of things
  • Putin calls Trump 'colourful individual'
    Moscow, June 14 (IANS): Russian President Vladimir Putin called his former US counterpart Donald Trump a "colourful individual" during an exclusive NBC News interview which will air on Monday "Well even now, I believe that former US President Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become US President," TASS News Agency quoted Putin as saying in the interview. "He is a colourful individual. You may like
  • Key Taliban commander arrested in Afghanistan
    KABUL, JUNE 14 (IANS): A key Taliban divisional commander has been arrested in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar, amidst the ongoing violence in country, a local spokesman confirmed on Monday. "Rohullah Rohani and one of his protectors have been arrested following an operative task conducted by personnel National Directorate of Security (NDS), or national intelligence agency in Yangi Qala district in Takhar," the spokesman told Xinhua news agency. The provin
  • Biden at NATO: Ready to talk China, Russia and soothe allies
    Brussels, June 14 (AP): President Joe Biden makes his entrance at a NATO summit aiming to consult European allies on efforts to counter provocative actions by China and Russia while highlighting the US commitment to the 30-country alliance that was frequently maligned by predecessor Donald Trump. The summit Monday comes as Biden tries to rally allies for greater coordination in checking China and Russia, two adversaries whose actions on economic and national security fronts have bec
  • Myanmar forces detaining protesters' families
    Kolkata, June 14 (IANS): Myanmar security forces are arbitrarily arresting and detaining family and friends of activists, protesters and opposition members. The trend is increasing, says global rights groups, who demand the authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all those wrongfully held and end all collective punishment. Since the February 1 military coup in Myanmar, security forces have detained at least 76 people, including an infant, during raids when they
  • Selfish, nationalistic approaches marred initial Covid fight: UK PM
    London, June 14 (IANS): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted that "selfish and nationalistic approaches" had marred the initial global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. "I know the world was looking to us to reject some of the selfish and nationalistic approaches that have marred the initial global response to the pandemic," Johnson said at a press conference on Sunday as the G7 leaders wrapped up their first in-person summit in almost two years in the south
  • Seoul calls on N.Korea to respond to dialogue offer
    Seoul, June 14 (IANS): South Korea's Unification Ministry on Monday called on North Korea to respond to Seoul's dialogue offer ahead of the 21st anniversary of the June 15, 2000, joint declaration. Ministry spokesperson said while addressing a press briefing that the government urges the North to return to the spirit of the declaration and positively respond to the call for dialogue and cooperation between the two Koreas, reports Xinhua news agency. She said the governmen
  • Pak SC stops demolition of Hindu dharamshala
    Islamabad, June 14 (IANS): The Pakistan Supreme Court has barred the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) from demolishing a Hindu dharamshala in Karachi and leasing it out to an individual. A three-judge bench issued the order in the case related to the implementation of a 2014 judgment on minorities rights. Ramesh Kumar, the co-opt member of the one-man commission on minorities, upraised the court that the property, located in the heart of Saddar town in Karachi city and measuri
  • Ousted Myanmar leader on trial; critics say charges bogus
    Bangkok, June 14 (AP): Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to go on trial Monday on charges that many observers have criticized as attempt by the military junta that deposed her to delegitimise her democratic election and cripple her political future. Suu Kyi's prosecution poses the greatest challenge for the 75-year-old and her National League for Democracy party since February's military coup, which prevented them from taking office for a second five-year
  • Israel's new government gets to work after Netanyahu ouster
    Jerusalem, June 14 (AP): For the first time in 12 years, Israelis on Monday woke up to a new government and a new prime minister after Naftali Bennett secured the backing of parliament and ousted longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu. The two were slated to hold a handover meeting later in the day, but without the formal ceremony that traditionally accompanies a change in government. Israel's parliament, the Knesset, narrowly approved the new Bennett-led coalition government on
  • Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu’s long rule
    JERUSALEM, June 14 (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, became prime minister after the 60-59 vote. Promising to try to heal a divided nation, Bennett will preside over a diverse and fragile coalition comprised of eight parties with deep ideologi
  • 12 killed, 150 injured in powerful gas explosion in central China
    Beijing June 13 (PTI): A powerful gas line explosion ripped through a residential neighbourhood in central China's Hubei Province on Sunday early morning, killing at least 12 people and injuring 150 others, including 39 critically. The blast took place at about 6:30 am local time in the Zhangwan district of Shiyan city in Hubei province, killing 12 people and trapping a large number of people under the rubble of their homes. Authorities have rescued nearly 150 people from the
  • G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations
    Carbis Bay (England), June 13 (AP): The leaders of the world's richest countries have pledged more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, endorsed a global minimum tax on multinational corporations and agreed they will work together to challenge China's non-market economic practices and to call on Beijing to respect human rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Speaking at the end of a G-7 leaders' summit in southwest England on Sunday, British Prime Minis
  • Locals surprised as Bidens attend Sunday service
    Falmouth (England), June 13 (AP): Churchgoers in a seaside resort in England say they have been left gobsmacked when US President Joe Biden and the first lady Jill Biden dropped in for a Sunday service. The Bidens are in Cornwall, southwest England, where the US president is attending a Group of Seven wealthy democracies summit. On Sunday morning, ahead of the summit's conclusion, they were seen attending mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in St. Ives. I think gobsma
  • At an arms control crossroads, Biden and Putin face choices
    Washington, June 13 (AP): At a low point in US-Russian relations, President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear to agree broadly on at least one thing their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday is a chance to set the stage for a new era in arms control. Whether that leads to actual arms negotiations is another matter, complicated by the soured relationship and accusations by each country that the other has cheated on past arms treaties. The fabric of arms contro
  • Biden gifts custom-made cycle to Johnson
    London, June 13 (IANS): US President Joe Biden gifted UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson a custom-made bicycle while they met for the ongoing G7 Leaders' Summit in Carbis Bay, England. According to a BBC report on Saturday, the bike was made by the Philadelphia-based Bilenky Cycle Works, a business with a staff of four who usually take up to 18 months to make a machine. The US State Department has contacted the company's owner, Stephen Bilenky, on May 23 about designing the
  • New Israeli government to be sworn in, ending Netanyahu's uninterrupted twelve-year premiership
    Jerusalem, June 13 (PTI): Israel's parliament is set to vote on Sunday on a new government that will oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from power after an uninterrupted twelve years at the helm of affairs. The prospective government - an unprecedented coalition of ideologically divergent political parties drawn from the Right, the Left and the Centre, along with an Arab party - has a razor-thin majority of one seat. The Knesset (Israeli parliament) is scheduled to meet a