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China invites Britain to attend new Silk Road summit

Leaders from 20 countries have confirmed their attendance at the summit being held in May.

China has invited British Prime Minister Theresa May to attend a major summit in May on its “One Belt, One Road” initiative to build a new Silk Road, diplomatic sources told Reuters, as London said she would visit China this year. “One Belt, One Road” is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s landmark programme to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure projects ... Read More »

Sikh militant commander recaptured after India jailbreak

A top Sikh militant commander was recaptured by police in the Indian capital Delhi on Monday, a day after he was freed in a dramatic jailbreak by a gang wearing police uniforms. Harminder Singh Mintoo, who heads a Sikh separatist group, was arrested on the outskirts of Delhi some 200 kilometres (124 miles) from the high-security prison in Punjab where ... Read More »

Members of the Congress party hold up the banned 500 and 1000 rupee notes as they shout slogans during a protest as part of 'Jan Aakrosh Diwas' in front of the Reserve Bank of India. ─AFP

Tens of thousands of people turned out Monday for nationwide protests against India’s controversial ban on high-value banknotes, which opposition party organisers say has caused a “financial emergency”. India is still reeling from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s shock decision nearly three weeks ago to pull 86 per cent of the currency from circulation overnight, triggering a chronic shortage of notes ... Read More »

Chinese naval ships at Gwadar port call for a rethink of India’s regional policy


The transformation of Gwadar port as a base for Chinese Navy ships was long expected, but when media reports actually appeared on Friday to that effect, it was startling news for India. Read more: ‘Pak-China naval collaboration gains more importance due to CPEC’ The reports quoted Pakistani officials saying that China proposes to deploy its naval ships in coordination with ... Read More »

Ex-Indian army chief praises Pakistan’s incoming chief Gen Bajwa


Former Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh has said Pakistan’s incoming Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is a “professional”. “In the UN operations, Gen Bajwa’s performance was totally professional and outstanding,” Gen Singh was quoted as saying by Times of India as he described the time when Gen Bajwa had served under him on a United ... Read More »

Clinton team to take part in US state vote recount, Trump blasts effort


Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign will take part in a recount of Wisconsin votes in the United States (US) presidential race, an effort Republican winner Donald Trump called “ridiculous” on Saturday. Wisconsin’s election board on Friday approved the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She has said she wants to guarantee the integrity of the US voting system since ... Read More »

Suicide attack leaves 100 dead in Iraq


BAGHDAD: A suicide truck bomb on Thursday killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla, about 100km south of Baghdad, police and medical sources said. The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement. The pilgrims were en route back to Iran from Karbala, ... Read More »

EU Parliament votes for freeze of Turkish membership talks


STRASBOURG: The European Parliament on Thursday voted to freeze membership talks with Turkey over its “disproportionate” post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey immediately branded the non-binding vote “insignificant”, while Erdogan had already said in his latest broadside against the European Union that the result was worthless. Most EU states meanwhile want to keep the Turkey ... Read More »

Trump picks first woman, a critic, for his cabinet


PALM BEACH: Donald Trump chose a Republican critic to join his cabinet on Wednesday, the first woman on his top team after his early picks rewarded campaign loyalists. Trump’s nomination of South Carolina’s 44-year-old governor, Nikki Haley, as US ambassador to the United Nations will be seen as a sign he is ready to broaden his political base. It came ... Read More »