Archive for the ‘South East Asia’ Category

India affirms its support for a democratic evolution in Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Comments Off

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said India was proud of its close relations with Afghanistan and shared Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s goal of building a strong, prosperous and independent Afghanistan. He was speaking at the Rastrapati Bhawan during a banquet hosted for the Afghan president who was on a three-day visit to India. Mukherjee […]

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Report shows over a thousand civilians killed in Yemen by Houthi militias

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Comments Off

The head of a local committee tasked with assessing the needs of humanitarian relief for Yemen said that around 1,000 people are registered to have been killed by Houthi militias or their allies. These deaths have been recorded across Aden, Taiz and Dhale’, Izzudine Al-Asbahi said. In Taiz alone, there are over 100, while in […]

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India, France start joint naval exercises

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Comments Off

Indian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that Indian Naval Force has started 10-day-long joint military exercises with the French fleet near the Indian state of Goa. Four French Naval ships including Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and its entourage including Rafel fighter jets have arrived in Goa today, according to a statement by the ministry. […]

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Saudi-led coalition ends air strikes in Yemen, enters political phase

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

A Saudi-led coalition declared an end April 21 to four weeks of air strikes in Yemen, saying it had eliminated the threat posed by Iran-backed rebels, as Washington welcomed the move and urged talks to end the crisis. Despite the claims of success in a campaign launched by Sunni Arab nations to restore the authority […]

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India, France to finalise Rafale deal by end of May

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Comments Off

India and France aim to finalise the deal for 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) by the end of May, according to defence industry sources. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is believed to have insisted on this deadline with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris, soon after announcing the fighters’ […]

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Modi wraps up visit to Europe

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday returned to India after concluding a successful three-nation, nine day tour of France, Germany and Canada, landing at the Palam Air Force Station in the national capital. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including the party’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay and Vijay Goel, were present to receive Prime Minister Modi, […]

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Heavy clashes continue in Yemen

Monday, April 20, 2015 Comments Off

Clashes between rebels and pro-government forces and Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 85 people in Yemen, medics and military sources said today, after Riyadh pledged to fund a UN aid appeal. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families have fled their homes since the coalition air war began […]

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Pakistan affirms readiness to help on UN resolution on Yemen

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan on Thursday expressed readiness to help in implementation of a UN Security Council resolution on Yemen which banned arms supply to the Shia Houthi rebels in the war-torn country. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on the Yemen situation here. According to an official statement, the meeting was briefed by a high-level […]

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Over 70 killed in Yemen fight

Friday, April 17, 2015 Comments Off

At least 76 people were killed in Yemen today as Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebels heading to bolster an assault on loyalists in Aden and fighting raged in Taez, officials said. At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armoured vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on a convoy headed out of […]

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Turkey welcomes UN decision on Houthi rebels

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Comments Off

Ankara has voiced pleasure over the adoption of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing an arms embargo targeting Houthi rebels who rule most of Yemen, calling the decision “a clear message and warning” to the force. “In order for peaceful conditions, that will provide the realization of a political resolution, to occur, it is important […]

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Saudi-led coalition hit rebel base in central Yemen

Monday, April 13, 2015 Comments Off

Saudi-led air strikes hit a rebel base in central Yemen on April 12 and clashes raged in southern city Aden as France’s top diplomat voiced Western support for the air campaign in Riyadh. In the third week of strikes mounted by Saudi Arabia and its allies, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Pariswas “naturally on the side of […]

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India, France agree on Rafale jets

Monday, April 13, 2015 Comments Off

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked France and wrapped up his first visit that saw the two nations elevate their strategic ties to a new level as they agreed on a deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and decided to move ahead with the log-stalled Jaitapur nuclear project.

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Modi to discuss Rafale deal during France visit

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Comments Off

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins an eight-day visit to France, Germany and Canada on Thursday in a bid to further his agenda to boost Indian manufacturing, ensure his country’s energy security and increase foreign investment. The focus of the prime minister’s three days in France will be a fighter aircraft deal and a nuclear […]

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Saudis airdrop arms to Aden defenders

Friday, April 3, 2015 Comments Off

Houthi forces pulled back from a central Aden district on Friday and aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition dropped weapons and medical aid to fighters defending the southern Yemeni city, a last symbolic foothold of the country’s absent president. The Shi’ite Houthi fighters and their allies withdrew from Crater neighbourhood as well as one of Aden’s […]

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Turkey, Pakistan pledge to support Saudi over Yemen crisis

Friday, April 3, 2015 Comments Off

Turkey and Pakistan have called on “all Yemeni groups” for a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis, while pledging support for Saudi Arabia’s actions, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on April 3. Turkey and Pakistan agreed to lend “all potential support” to Saudi Arabia in order to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of […]

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Houthis seize central Aden district in Yemen

Friday, April 3, 2015 Comments Off

Yemeni Houthi fighters and their allies seized a central Aden district on April 2, striking a heavy blow against the Saudi-led coalition that has waged a week of air strikes to try to stem advances by the Iran-allied Shi’ite group. Hours after the Houthis took over Aden’s central Crater neighbourhood, they marked another symbolic victory […]

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India condemns attack in Kenyan university campus

Thursday, April 2, 2015 Comments Off

India on Thursday strongly condemned the “barbaric terrorist attack” on a university campus in northeastern Kenya in which 70 people were killed and said the international community needs to further strengthen its fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

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Russian consulate in Aden city of Yemen attacked by Houthi rebels

Thursday, April 2, 2015 Comments Off

The Russian consulate in Yemen’s Aden city was attacked and looted by Shia Houthi militia, media reported on Thursday. Armed groups of Houthi rebels on Wednesday attacked the consulate, breaking the doors open, seizing property and office equipment.

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UN calls on all parties to protect Yemen civilians

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Comments Off

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Ibn Al-Hussein called on all parties here Tuesday to protect civilians from harm and resolve the Yemen’s current crisis through dialogue. Ibn Al-Hussein on Tuesday warned against the fast deteriorating human rights situation in Yemen since 22 January when President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi submitted his […]

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Saudi led coalition takes control of Yemen sea ports

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Comments Off

Saudi Arabia, leading the 10-nation coalition undertaking a military operation against the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, announced on Monday the coalition’s control over Yemen’s sea ports. Ahmed Al Asiri, spokesperson of the “Decisive Storm” military operation, said that the Saudi-led coalition carried out a maritime campaign which succeeded in securing Yemen’s sea ports, where […]

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Afghan security forces kill over 70 rebels during operations

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Around eighty insurgents and eleven Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel were killed during operations in several provinces, claimed Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday. According to the MoD, 68 rebels were killed in Andar and Waghaz districts of southern Ghazni province and over 20 insurgents were killed in Badakhshan and Kunar provinces. It confirmed that […]

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Yemen’s main airport paralysed by Saudi-led strikes

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Arab coalition warplanes targeting Iran-backed rebels bombed the runway at the Yemeni capital’s international airport and killed 15 pro-rebel troops elsewhere in Sanaa, military and aviation sources said today. On the fourth night of raids against Shiite rebels and allied troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi-led strikes paralysed the airport in the […]

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Pakistan backs Saudi Arabia over Yemen strikes

Monday, March 30, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz that he will soon send a high-level delegation to Riyadh to discuss cooperation for the Saudi-led strikes on Yemen, a top diplomat said. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told a press conference late on Saturday that the delegation could depart within 24 to […]

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Indian PM to embark for Europe tour

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on an eight-day tour of France, Germany and Canada on April 9 with a focus on attracting investment and enhancing overall cooperation with the three countries. Modi will first travel to France on April 9 and from there he will leave for Germany on April 12. On the third […]

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US to maintain 10k troops in Afghanistan through end of year

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he approved Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s request for “some flexibility on our drawdown timelines. “I’ve consulted with General Campbell in Afghanistan. My national security team and I’ve decided that we will maintain our current posture of 9,800 troops through the end of this year,” Obama said at a joint […]

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Over thirty militants killed in air strikes in northern Pakistan

Thursday, March 26, 2015 Comments Off

At least thirty militants were killed in fresh air strikes by security forces in Khyber tribal region of northern Pakistan, said the military on Wednesday. According to the Pakistan military’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), those killed also included important commanders of terrorists. Two caches of arms and ammunition

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US, Afghanistan announce new development partnership

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Comments Off

Secretary of State John Kerry announced a “new development partnership” with Afghanistan that includes USD 800 million in aid and plans for the Pentagon to request funding for 352,000 Afghan Security Force personnel through 2017. The details were announced in a press conference where Kerry spoke alongside Secretary of Defense (DoD) Ash Carter, Afghan President […]

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India, China to hold border talks

Monday, March 23, 2015 Comments Off

India and China will hold the 18th round of border talks in Delhi from tomorrow – the first round of negotiations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last year – where the two sides are expected to focus on clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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India has not taken final decision yet on Rafale deal

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 Comments Off

Despite several meetings between Indian and French officials to close the 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal worth $20 bn before PM Narendra Modi travels to Paris next month, defence minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that “no final decision” has been taken yet.

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Obama, Ghani discuss Afghan progress

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan by video conference, along with Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the White House announced. Obama “encouraged accelerated Afghan progress toward forming an inclusive national unity government and expressed his expectation that their visit to Washington later this month (March) will demonstrate […]

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India calls for deeper UNSC commitment on war torn countries

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Comments Off

India has stressed on deeper engagement and commitment by the UN Security Council to ensure long-lasting peace in countries torn by civil war and to avoid relapse into conflict. In an an Ambassadorial-level meeting of Organisational Committee, Peacebuilding Commission here yesterday, Deputy Permanent Representative of India Ambassador Bhagwant Bishnoi said peacebuilding is necessary to rebuild […]

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US names next ambassador to Pakistan

Thursday, March 12, 2015 Comments Off

US President Barack Obama has nominated veteran diplomat David Hale as the next ambassador to Pakistan. A career foreign service official, Hale is currently the US Ambassador to Lebanon, a position he has held since 2013. Obama named him for the post yesterday and if confirmed by the Senate, Hale would replace Cameron Munter.

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France vows to continue support to rebuild Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Comments Off

In a meeting with Nasir Ahmad Durrani, the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister, Jean-Michel Marlaud, the French ambassador to Afghanistan said that his country has a long standing relationship with Afghanistan and will continue to help the Afghans by fully cooperating with the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation (MRRD) in their efforts to build the rural […]

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Pakistan tested ballistic missile on Monday

Monday, March 9, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test launch of Shaheen-III Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 Kilometers, the military said. According to a press release by Pakistan military’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the test launch was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of […]

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India, Pakistan to discuss bilateral relations

Monday, March 2, 2015 Comments Off

Pakistan will hold dialogue with India on all issues including the longstanding Kashmir dispute, National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said today ahead of the Foreign Secretary-level talks next week. Talking to Radio Pakistan in Lahore, Aziz said that India cancelled Foreign Secretary level talks last year and now it took initiative to restore these talks.

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