UNSC to hold closed-door session today on Myanmar violence

United Nations to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

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…

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US Supreme Court allows President Trump to implement refugee ban

US Supreme Court allows President Trump to implement refugee ban

The US Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to implement broadly a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world. The court granted a request from the Trump administration to block a federal appeals court decision that would have eased the restrictive refugee policy and, according to the Justice Department, allowed up to 24,000 additional refugees to enter the US before October. Mr Trump had signed a revised executive order in March that banned travellers from six Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen…

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British Parliament passes EU Withdrawal Bill, which will end supremacy of EU law in UK

British Parliament passes EU Withdrawal Bill, which will end supremacy of EU law in UK

The Government’s bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first Parliamentary test. The EU Withdrawal Bill was backed by MPs by 326 to 290 in a late-night vote despite critics saying it represented a power-grab by the government. The bill, which will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, now moves onto its next Parliamentary stage. Ministers sought to reassure MPs by considering calls for safeguards over their use of new powers. Previously referred to as the Great Repeal Bill,…

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Russia and China join unanimous UN vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea

Russia and China join unanimous UN vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea

China and Russia have joined a unanimous UN vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The council voted 15-0 to back the US-drafted sanctions resolution banning exports of coal, lead and seafood. Pyongyang has claimed to have developed a hydrogen bomb and has continuously threatened to strike the US. North Korea is already under UN sanctions to force the leadership to curtail its weapons programmes. The new sanctions were agreed yesterday after the US removed some of the tougher proposals it had…

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PM reiterates India’s support to Afghanistan through humanitarian, development assistance

PM reiterates India's support to Afghanistan through humanitarian, development assistance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated India’s full support to Afghanistan through humanitarian and development assistance in their efforts to build a peaceful, united, democratic and prosperous nation. Mr Modi conveyed this while speaking to Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani who called on him at his residence today. He said, India attaches the highest priority to its ties with Afghanistan. Mr Modi also reiterated India’s strong support to Afghanistan in fight against terrorism imposed on that country and its people. During the interaction, Mr Rabbani briefed the Prime Minister on…

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Voting on UN resolution today placing ceiling on oil exports to North Korea

US Requests UN Security Council sanctions vote on North Korea

UN Security Council sanctions resolution to be put to a vote today will place a ceiling on crude oil exports to North Korea instead of a complete oil embargo. It remains unclear whether China and Russia will support the resolution. Both countries have veto rights and are cautious about strong sanctions. The United States last week circulated a draft resolution among the Security Council member nations after the North’s 6th nuclear test on the 3rd of this month. It included a total ban on crude oil and gas exports to…

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PM reiterates India’s strong support to Afghanistan in fight against terrorism

India's standing at global stage is rising due to people's power: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated India’s full support to Afghanistan through humanitarian and development assistance in their efforts to build a peaceful, united, democratic and prosperous nation. Mr Modi conveyed this while speaking to Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani who called on him at his residence today. He said, India attaches the highest priority to its ties with Afghanistan. Mr Modi also reiterated India’s strong support to Afghanistan in fight against terrorism imposed on that country and its people. During the interaction, Mr Rabbani briefed the Prime Minister on…

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US: Hurricane Irma lashes Florida mainland, Three killed

US: Hurricane Irma lashes Florida mainland, Three killed

United States, hurricane Irma lashed the Florida mainland. Three persons have been killed in Florida after the landfall by the storm due to which At least 30 deaths are attributable so far. With its high winds and rains now impacting all of south Florida, the storm is currently moving up along Florida’s western Gulf coast from Naples to Fort Myers and the densely populated Tampa Bay peninsula. Six million people, one third of the state’s population, have been ordered to flee the path of the hurricane, which weakened to a…

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Rohingya crisis: Insurgents declare temporary ceasefire

Rohingya crisis: Insurgents declare temporary ceasefire

Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar have declared a one-month unilateral ceasefire to ease the humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine state. Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said the truce will start today. Arsa also urged Mynamar’s army to lay down weapons as well. Arsa attacks on police last month triggered a response by the military. About 2.9 lakh Rohingya are said to have fled Rakhine and sought shelter over the border in Bangladesh since then. The UN says, there is a desperate need for food, water and health services for new…

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