India has constitutionally enshrined rights for minorities: US

Washington, September 13: India is a vibrant democracy which has constitutionally enshrined rights for minorities for freedom of religion, a senior Trump Administration official said Wednesday. The United States has conversations about human rights with all countries including India, Alice…

Imran Khan calls spy agency ISI Pakistan’s ‘first line of defence’

Islamabad, September 13: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) the country’s “first line of defence” when he visited the headquarters of the powerful spy agency in Islamabad for the first time after assuming power. Senior…

Suu Kyi says handling of Rohingya could have been better

Hanoi, September 13: Myanmar’s handling of its Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal counterinsurgency campaign, could have been handled better, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday. Myanmar is…

Trump to order sanctions against countries that interfere in US elections

Washington, September 12: US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday that would authorise sanctions against countries or foreigners who try to interfere in American elections, according to a media report. The move comes amidst…

India regrets UN Human Rights Chief’s remarks on Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, September 12: India has voiced regret over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir being raised in the United Nations Human Rights Commission or UNHRC after High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made a reference to Kashmir during…

Putin urges ‘security guarantees’ for NKorea denuclearisation

Vladivostok, September 12: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said North Korea must be given security guarantees in exchange for steps towards denuclearisation. “North Korea, in return for its denuclearisation, was after all promised security guarantees. Clearly it is waiting…

Pope Francis summons bishops for summit on sexual abuse scandals

Vatican City, September 12: Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children–evidence that he realises the scandal is global and that inaction…

US to miss Paris Climate Pact target by a third: Report

SAN FRANCISCO, September 12: The United States will fall short by a third on its commitment under the Paris climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released Wednesday in San Francisco. A crescendo of efforts at…

UN chief warns of ‘runaway’ global warming if no action is taken by 2020

New York, September 11: Warning of the risks of “runaway” global warming, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday called on global leaders to rein in climate change faster. “If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the…

US wants Pakistan to fully cooperate in war against terrorism: NSA

Washington, September 11: The US has conveyed to Pakistan that it wants Islamabad to cooperate fully in the war against terrorism as it is a matter of “extraordinary importance” to America, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton has…