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Chabahar no game-changer yet: China overshadows Indian footprint in region

May 25, 2016

Chabahar no game-changer yet: China overshadows Indian footprint in region

In Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revived the Chabahar initiative, begun by the first NDA government of prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. #Narendra Modi #Afghanistan #ConnectTheDots #Atal Bihari Vajpayee #Foreign policy #India-Iran relations #Gwadar Port #Hassan Rouhani #Chabahar port #China-Pakistan relations
Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

GRANSEE, Germany Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday he would not exclude the possibility of his country taking in refugees directly from Turkey or other countries. Roivas said his country had agreed to take refugees from Greece and Italy and this was "ongoing work". "But I would definitely not rule out (taking them from) Turkey or any other country as well so we are willing to do that, of course," he told Reuters during a visit to Germany, where he took part in a meeting of Germany's cabinet at Meseberg palace 60 km (37 miles) north of Berlin. #United States #Middle East #science #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #article
Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Estonian PM doesn't rule out taking refugees direct from Turkey | Reuters

GRANSEE, Germany Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said on Tuesday he would not exclude the possibility of his country taking in refugees directly from Turkey or other countries. Roivas said his country had agreed to take refugees from Greece and Italy and this was "ongoing work". "But I would definitely not rule out (taking them from) Turkey or any other country as well so we are willing to do that, of course," he told Reuters during a visit to Germany, where he took part in a meeting of Germany's cabinet at Meseberg palace 60 km (37 miles) north of Berlin #Economy #Business #United Kingdom #Turkey #Entertainment #Foreign policy
Egyptian appeals court cancels five-year jail terms for 47 over island protests | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Egyptian appeals court cancels five-year jail terms for 47 over island protests | Reuters

CAIRO An Egyptian appeals court on Tuesday cancelled five-year prison terms handed to 47 people earlier this month for protesting a government decision to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, judicial sources said. A lower misdemeanours court had sentenced them to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($11,261.39) each on May 14 for demonstrating against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to hand over Tiran and Sanafir islands. The appeals court voided the jail sentences but kept the fines. #Egypt #Middle East #Crime #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #article
Daughter of detained Hong Kong bookseller appeals for U.S. help | Reuters

May 25, 2016

Daughter of detained Hong Kong bookseller appeals for U.S. help | Reuters

WASHINGTON The daughter of a Hong Kong-based bookseller detained in China took her campaign for his release to Washington on Tuesday, appealing for help in pressing China for information as to his status and to release him. #United States #science #Europe #United Kingdom #Foreign policy
Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians | Reuters

May 24, 2016

Iraq forces keep up shelling of Falluja, U.N. concern mounts for civilians | Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad, as international concern mounted for the security of civilians. Residents in the city, 50 km (30 miles) from the capital, reported sporadic shelling around the city centre, but said it was less intense than on Monday. #United States #Middle East #Argentina #Iraq #crisis #Foreign policy
Egypt forensics chief says too soon to say explosion downed plane | Reuters

May 24, 2016

Egypt forensics chief says too soon to say explosion downed plane | Reuters

CAIRO The head of Egypt's forensics authority dismissed as premature a suggestion on Tuesday that the small size of the body parts retrieved since an EgyptAir plane crashed last week indicated there was an explosion on board. Investigators struggling to work out why the Airbus 320 jet vanished from radar screens last Thursday, with 66 passengers and crew on board, are looking for clues in the human remains and debris recovered from the Mediterranean Sea so far. #Economy #India #Egypt #Entertainment #Foreign policy #article
North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader | Reuters

May 24, 2016

North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader | Reuters

GENEVA U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "kind of propaganda or advertisement" in the election race, a senior North Korean official said on Monday. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters in New York last week, said he is willing to talk to the North Korean leader to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear programme, proposing a major shift in U.S. #India #Business #South Korea #Entertainment #Foreign policy #indian
U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

May 24, 2016

U.N. worried about Falluja civilians ahead of Iraqi offensive | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations expressed concern about some 50,000 people still in Falluja as Iraqi government forces clashed with Islamic State militants near the city, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday. #Syria #Argentina #Iraq #crisis #Foreign policy
Taliban leader attacked because he posed threat to U.S. troops - Pentagon | Reuters

May 24, 2016

Taliban leader attacked because he posed threat to U.S. troops - Pentagon | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. forces killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in an air strike last week because he was engaged in plotting that posed "specific, imminent threats" to U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Monday #Economy #Argentina #Copyright #Foreign policy #article