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Colombian general kidnapped by rebels

A Colombian army general went missing in an area where leftist FARC rebels are active, President Juan Manuel Santos said, in a potentially serious strain to the South American country’s peace process. Santos ordered Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon to travel to the isolated Choco department town of Quibdo to lead the investigation into yesterday’s presumed “abduction” of Brigadier General ...

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“Indo-Bangla ties have withstood test of time”

India-Bangladesh relations have withstood “the test of time”, setting a precedent for other regional countries to emulate, Bangladeshi foreign minister said today even as former envoys of the two nations warned that trust deficit is still a problem in bilateral ties. “Despite ups and downs (in the past), Bangladesh-India relations now reached such a height, from where it will now ...

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Putin slams G20 for imposing sanctions over Ukraine

Russian president Vladimir Putin has slammed G20 member countries for imposing sanctions on Russia, ahead of his arrival in Brisbane for the group’s summit. Mr Putin arrived at Brisbane International Airport on Friday night just after 9:10pm (AEST), travelling on an Ilyushin Il-96-300PU Russian airliner. In an interview with Russia’s state news agency TASS before he left for Australia, Mr ...

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Obama seeks human rights waiver on war funds

The Obama administration has repeatedly asked congress to exempt its military effort against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from a longstanding ban on US assistance to torturers and war criminals, highlighting doubts about finding “clean” American allies in a region wracked by ethnic animosity and religious extremism. The latest proposal is included in a 10 November request ...

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India’s UN resolution on Yoga gets backing of about 130 states

In an overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for commemorating an International Day of Yoga, about 130 countries have joined as co-sponsors to an India-led UN General Assembly resolution recognising yoga’s benefits. The draft resolution for an ‘International Day of Yoga’ was prepared by India and informal consultations were convened last month by the Indian mission in the ...

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Israel says won’t cooperate with UN Gaza inquiry

Israel will not cooperate with a United Nations inquiry into its 50-day war with rocket-firing militants in Gaza this summer, a government spokesman said Wednesday. “Since the Schabas commission is not an inquiry but a commission that gives its conclusions in advance, Israel will not cooperate with the UN Commission on Human Rights over the last conflict with Hamas,” foreign ...

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India calls for text negotiations for UNSC reform by 2015

Describing the unreformed UN Security Council as a “seriously impaired organ,” India has emphasised the urgent need to achieve reform of the powerful body by next year, saying a text should be tabled to begin “actual negotiations” on its reform and expansion. Highlighting the shortfalls of an unreformed Security Council, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Asoke Mukerji said ...

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No fixed date for declaring MH370 status: Malaysia

Amid reports that authorities would declare Flight MH370 as ‘lost’, Malaysia has said it has not fixed the date to declare the status of the plane that vanished mysteriously eight months ago with 239 people on board. Deputy Transport minister Abd Aziz Kaprawi said the government was still negotiating with the Chinese government in making a declaration as to whether ...

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Community leaders hail Verma’s nomination as India’s US envoy

The nomination of Richard Rahul Verma as the US Ambassador to India is a “crowning moment” for Indian-Americans, members of whose have been appointed in record numbers by President Barack Obama, according to eminent leaders from the community. Verma, if confirmed by the Senate would be the first-ever Indian-American to be the US Ambassador to India. “It is a crowning ...

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US welcomes meet b/w Chinese and Japanese leaders

The US has welcomed the meeting between the Chinese president and the Japanese prime minister in Beijing. “Dialogue between the two countries and a positive relationship is something that we feel is important for not only relations between the countries, but peace and prosperity for the region and the world,” State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters. “So we certainly ...

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