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  • Afghan President backs new US policy on terrorism

    Ashraf Ghani

    The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has expressed concern over terrorist threats and backed the new US Strategy. 

    He was addressing the United Nations General Assembly yesterday in New York. Ghani said US President Donald Trump’s new Afghan strategy sent a signal to Taliban guerrillas that they cannot win on the field and must negotiate peace. 

  • Australia says, it will oppose Beijing's construction of artificial reefs & militarisation in South China Sea

    Julie Bishop

    Australia has said, it will oppose Beijing's construction of artificial reefs and their militarisation in the disputed South China Sea. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who is New Delhi on two day visit said that freedom of navigation in the Sea must be ensured. 

    Delivering a lecture in New Delhi yesterday she said, Australia will continue to oppose the construction of artificial reefs and militarisation of those structures in the South China Sea.

  • UN Security Council emergency meeting today to discuss response to North Korea's latest nuclear test

    UN Security Council

    The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting today to discuss an international response to North Korea's latest nuclear test. The UNSC in a statement has said that the US, Britain, France, Japan and South Korea requested the urgent meeting.

    The council will meet in an open session, in contrast to many other meetings on North Korea that have been held behind closed doors. The latest meeting comes in the wake of North Korea's sixth nuclear test, in defiance of UN resolutions that prohibits Pyongyang from pursuing nuclear and missile programs. Yesterday, North Korea had said, it tested a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a missile and is its biggest nuclear detonation. Meanwhile, North Korea's action has been condemned around the world.

  • UNSC to hold closed-door session today on Myanmar violence

    Rohingya Militants

    The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door session today on the violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The meeting was requested by Britain and Sweden. The exodus from Rakine state began after Rohingya militants attacked police posts on the 25th of last month, prompting a military backlash that forced nearly 3 lakh 70,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes.

    Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote a letter to the Council urging members to send a message to Myanmar authorities to end the security operation. Two leading human rights groups, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have slammed the Council for inaction over the crisis. They deplored the Council's failure to speak out and demand an end to the violence.