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Obama told Pakistan US would push India on Kashmir

Published on Nov 29 2013 // People, Politics, World
Obama told Pakistan US would push India on Kashmir
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama secretly offered Pakistan in 2009 that he would nudge India towards negotiations on Kashmir in lieu of it ending support to terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Taliban, but much to his disappointment Islamabad rejected the offer. “Since the 1950s Pakistan...

Where does the Iranian nuclear deal leave Binyamin Netanyahu?

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Latest, People, Politics, World
Where does the Iranian nuclear deal leave Binyamin Netanyahu?
First it was bad. Then it became very bad; soon, exceedingly bad. Finally, it was condemned as a “historic mistake” which made the world a “much more dangerous place”. The blunt rhetoric and raw anger of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, over the deal struck between...

Germany’s biggest parties agree to form ‘grand coalition’

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Elections, Politics, World
Germany’s biggest parties agree to form ‘grand coalition’
BERLIN, Germany — The country’s two leading political rivals agreed on a “grand coalition” on Wednesday that will almost certainly install Angela Merkel as chancellor for her third term. “This contract forms a great coalition for great challenges,” Merkel told reporters. Following...

Japan, South Korea send military aircraft into China

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Politics, World
Japan, South Korea send military aircraft into China
Japan and South Korea said Thursday they had flown military aircraft into China’s new air-defense zone in defiance of rules imposed by Beijing in the East China Sea. The announcement came days after the US sent two B-52 Bombers into the airspace over disputed islands known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku...

Iran nuclear deal: Historic agreement reached with US

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Latest, Politics, World
Iran nuclear deal: Historic agreement reached with US
In the early hours of this morning, the United States and five other world powers made history by sealing a landmark deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programme in hopes of preventing Tehran from building a nuclear bomb. The 4.30am agreement in Geneva, made possible by the election of moderate Iranian...

Leveson Report: David Yelland says press misleading public

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Elections, Most Read, People, Politics, World
Leveson Report: David Yelland says press misleading public
The press is misleading the public and engaging in hysteria over press regulation plans, according to a former editor of the Sun. In a speech later, David Yelland is expected to accuse newspapers of censoring debate on the Leveson Report and its proposals for new press rules. He will warn the public...

Energy bills: Ministers not seeking ‘price pledge’

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Elections, People, Politics, World
Energy bills: Ministers not seeking ‘price pledge’
The government has denied reports it is seeking a commitment from energy firms to hold their prices down until 2015. The companies told BBC News ministers were putting pressure on them to commit to a price freeze. But Treasury sources say this is not part of their plan – and they were looking instead...

EU summit shows no sign of reviving Ukraine deal

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Elections, Latest, Politics, World
EU summit shows no sign of reviving Ukraine deal
European leaders appear to have made no progress on reviving a far-reaching association agreement with Ukraine at an EU summit in Vilnius. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych abruptly froze plans to sign the trade and reform deal last week, under pressure from Russia. The Ukraine agreement, the summit’s...

Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra rules out early election

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Politics, World
Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra rules out early election
Thai Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ruled out an early election, following six days of protests aimed at removing her from office. She told the BBC the situation in Thailand was not calm enough for polls. She also said she would not authorise the use of force against protesters occupying government...

China strikes balance!

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Politics, World
China strikes balance!
Since President Xi Jinping assumed power, he’s reshaped China’s foreign policy by recalibrating its stresses on sovereignty and stability, what the Chinese call wei quan and wei wen. On the one hand, China has stepped up its emphasis on sovereignty, especially concerning its territorial dispute...