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  • US's Kerry to woo Modi's India, but quick progress unlikely Yesterday

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry travels to India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader. The visit by Kerry and a trip by Defense Secretary Chuck...
  • Modi to attend BRICS meet; India to take up UNSC reforms July 6, 2014

    New Delhi: In his first participation in a global meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the sixth summit of BRICS countries in Brazil on July 14-16 where reforms of the UN Security Council and issues like the BRICS development bank and climate change are likely to be taken up. It...
  • Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes April 14, 2014

    Slaviansk: Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation. As the 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) deadline issued by authorities in Kiev expired, a Reuters...
  • UNSC unanimously approves Syria aid access resolution February 23, 2014

    The UN Security Council achieved rare unity to act on Syria's civil war on Saturday when Russia and China supported adoption of a resolution to boost aid access in Syria that threatens to take "further steps" in the case of non-compliance. Russia, supported by China, has shielded its ally Syria on...
  • Ideas 2014: One should have a sense of value, says Kofi Annan on subsidies in India February 6, 2014

    Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned India against too many populist subsidies. In conversation with CNN IBN's Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose on Ideas 2014, Annan said that subsidised water and power take away their value. ...
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari arrives in Cuba October 30, 2013

    Havana: After concluding a "landmark" tour of Peru during which four agreements were signed, Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived in Cuba, one of the founders of the Non-aligned movement like India. It is the first ever bilateral visit by any Indian VVIP to the Communist country as earlier trips by Prime...
  • Chile supports India, Brazil as permanent members of UNSC October 5, 2013

    Washington: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has supported India, Brazil, Germany and Japan's bid for a permanent seat in UNSC. "I think that countries like Brazil, Germany, Japan, India should be part of the Security Council as permanent members," Pinera told the popular Charlie Rose Show in an interview on the PBS. The...
  • UNSC adopts resolution on Syria, demands elimination of chemical arms September 28, 2013

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply. The unanimous vote by the 15-member Security Council ended weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and...
  • Western envoys say countries agreed on UNSC resolution on Syria, Russia denies it September 26, 2013

    Envoys from the United States, Russia, France, China and Britain have come to an agreement on the core of a UN Security Council resolution to get rid of Syria's chemical weapons, three Western diplomats said on Wednesday, but Russia denied such an accord had been reached and insisted work was...
  • Diplomatic efforts intensify on corralling Syrian chemical arms September 12, 2013

    Geneva: Diplomatic efforts to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control intensified on Wednesday while UN rights investigators detailed what they called war crimes carried out largely by Syrian government forces in the civil war. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone, the...
  • UN chief takes responsibility for failing to control Syrian war crimes September 12, 2013

    Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart in Geneva on Thursday to discuss Syria issue. ...
  • Nepal freezes assets of 224 persons, 64 groups with links to Dawood, al Qaeda September 10, 2013

    The Nepal government has directed freezing of assets of 224 individuals and 64 groups with links to al Qaeda and Indian underworld don Dawood Ibrahim if they are present in Nepal. Those on the list are individuals and groups identified by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as entities associated with...
  • Where G20 members stand on US military action against Syria September 7, 2013

    President Barack Obama had mixed results as he lobbied members of the G20 leading world economies to bolster international support for a military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. Here is where members of the G20 stand on intervention in Syria: AUSTRALIA Called, in a joint statement...
  • Russian President warns West against taking action in Syria without UNSC backing September 4, 2013

    President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia "doesn't exclude" supporting a UN resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press and Russia's state Channel...
  • UNSC fails to agree on military action against Syria August 29, 2013

    The five permanent members of the Security Council have failed to reach consensus on military action against Syrian regime. ...
  • South Africa demands permanent African seats in UNSC August 13, 2013

    South Africa on Monday appealed for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reforms and inclusion of Africa with at least two permanent seats. The appeal was made by South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane after hosting Vuk Jeremic, president of the 67th session of the UN...
  • Austria to quit UN's Golan force over Syria violence June 7, 2013

    Beirut: Austria said on Thursday it would pull out of a UN force on the Golan Heights after battles between Syrian troops and rebels there, in a blow to a mission that has kept the Israeli-Syrian war front quiet for 40 years. Israel, anxious for the international mission to remain in...
  • Financial sanctions delay North Korea's atom bomb work: UN May 15, 2013

    United Nations: A combination of increasingly tough financial sanctions, an arms embargo and other international restrictions on trade with North Korea have not stopped Pyongyang's illicit nuclear arms program but appear to have significantly delayed it, according to a confidential report by a UN panel of experts seen by Reuters...
  • UN lists Syrian Army and militias as sex predators April 17, 2013

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has listed Syria's Army and intelligence agency and an allied militia as sexual war criminals for assaults on women and children, along with the al Qaeda movement in Mali and various African rebel movements. The "name and shame" tally of sexual predators and outlaws was...
  • IMF recognises Somalia after 22 years of chaos April 13, 2013

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund has announced that it is recognising Somalia's new government after a 22-year break in relations with the once-chaotic country, part of a general push by the United States, United Nations and the West toward encouraging rehabilitation there. The US formally recognised the African nation's new government...
  • UNSC condemns Indian peacekeepers' killing in South Sudan April 10, 2013

    New York: Members of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms the killing of five Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan and asked that the perpetrators be brought to justice. The members condemned the April 9 attack by unidentified armed persons on a UN Mission in South Sudan...
  • Syrian civil war devastates farming, says UN January 24, 2013

    Rome/Beirut: Syria's 22-month civil war has ravaged vital infrastructure and halved the output of staple crops, the United Nations said on Wednesday, underscoring the lasting damage from which the country will take years to recover. What began as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad has killed more than 60,000...
  • India, Mauritius to intensify anti-piracy measures January 4, 2013

    New Delhi: India and Mauritius, the strategically located Indian Ocean island nation on January 4 decided to intensify counter-piracy cooperation and explored ways to scale up bilateral trade and investment. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid called on visiting Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag and discussed a host of bilateral issues. Purryag,...
  • India's UNSC term set to end, confident of returning soon December 21, 2012

    United Nations: The end of 2012 will see India complete an eventful two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, leaving the high-table of the world body with confidence of returning "very" soon having established its credentials as a dominant global power. India joined the 15-nation Council in...
  • UN condemns N Korea launch, weighs response December 13, 2012

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned North Korea's missile launch and will continue discussions on how to respond to Pyongyang's violations of a UN ban on North Korean ballistic missile development, the council president said. "Members of the Security Council condemned this launch, which is a clear...
  • North Korea rocket launch unwarranted: India December 12, 2012

    New Delhi: India on Wednesday reacted strongly to the rocket launch by North Korea, saying the "unwarranted action" by that country has adversely impact peace and stability in the Korean peninsula. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said India was concerned over the rocket launch which was in violation...
  • India to become economic superpower by 2030: US intelligence December 11, 2012

    Washington: US intelligence has predicted that in 2030, India could be the rising economic powerhouse of the world as China is seen today and that it will continue to consolidate its power advantage over Pakistan. "In 2030 India could be the rising economic powerhouse that China is seen to be today....
  • Pushing Palestinian resolution at UNGA a mistake: US November 29, 2012

    Washington: The US on Wednesday said that the Palestinian bid for a non-member observer states at the United Nations General Assembly would be a "mistake" and the move would not take them any closer to their goal of a statehood. With majority of nations deciding to vote on the resolution in...
  • UN imposes sanctions against Haqqani network November 6, 2012

    United Nations: The UN Security Council, under India's presidency, has imposed global sanctions against the dreaded Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network and the group's chief of suicide operations. The Council's Afghanistan/Taliban Sanctions Committee on Monday added the Haqqani group and Qari Zakir to its list of entities which face an assets...
  • Pirate problem a scourge that needs to be fought: SM Krishna October 2, 2012

    External Affairs Minister SM Krishna addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Krishna spoke about the steps underway to tackle piracy and bring our captive sailors back. "Piracy is a scrouge that needs to be fought with the cooperation of other countries. Families...