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Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations

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Deal comes six years after an Israeli raid killed Turkish activists on a flotilla seeking to deliver aid to Gaza.. Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalise ties, according to Israeli and Turkish media. The highly anticipated agreement was reported on Sunday, six years after an Israeli raid that killed 10 Turkish activists as an aid flotilla sought to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip… Source: Israel and Turkey reach deal to restore relations Read More »

Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said pulses will be imported from Burma, Africa and Canada and 1 lakh tonnes of lentil will be available in markets soon to keep a lid on prices.. The government is also encouraging farmers to increase production of pulses. Sitharaman, who was at Bilaspur to highlight achievements of the Modi… Source: Nirmala Sitharaman talks of pulse imports from Burma, Africa | The Financial Express Read More »

Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia

During his visit to Yerevan, leader of the Catholic Church describes 1915 killing as great catastrophe of last century.. Pope Francis has denounced the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking strong reaction from Turkey as he met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan… Source: Pope Francis speaks of ‘genocide’ in Armenia – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

PM: Malaysia well-positioned to face any volatility post-Brexit referendum

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which has sound fundamentals, diversified economic structure and ample liquidity in its financial markets, is well-positioned to face any volatility following the UK referendum result, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. “I am confident we will be able to weather this period of uncertainty. The government will also continue to strengthen the economy and further our fiscal reforms,” he said in a statement yesterday. He said exit from the 28-nation European Union (EU) would not ... Read More »

State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US

Baku, Azerbaijan By Anakhanum Idayatova – Trend: Azerbaijan is an important partner of the US, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink told reporters during a press conference in Baku June 24. She noted that the US and Azerbaijan will continue their partnership in the spheres of security, energy, economy and democracy… Source: State Department: Azerbaijan – important partner of US Read More »

NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know

India’s entry bid into NSG has been scuttled, not only by China, but also Switzerland, which had earlier supported the membership proposal.. PM Narendra Modi’s last-ditch attempt to reach out to Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to have been snubbed, with China insisting that India must first sign the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty)… Source: NSG: India’s entry bid scuttled; PM Modi fails to bag China & Switzerland’s support: 10 things to know | The Financial Express Read More »

Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates

Australia will formally back India to join the club of nuclear suppliers at a summit in Seoul on Friday, a move that will finally lay to rest a bitter stoush over selling uranium to the nuclear armed giant. But China has signalled it could veto the bid because India has refused to sign the international treaty to stop the spread of atomic weapons… Source: Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates Read More »

Turkish Stream: Will Russia’s energy interests overcome its political considerations?

Baku, Azerbaijan, By Aygun Badalova – Trend: The Turkish Stream gas pipeline project can be used as a tool for Turkey to normalize its relations with Russia, given the importance of Turkish gas market for Russia, says Agnia Grigas, energy and political risks expert, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Turkish Stream, meant to carry Russian natural gas to Turkey through the Black Sea, was suspended by Russia following the deterioration of the relations between Ankara and Moscow after ... Read More »

On the road with José Ramos-Horta

But that’s Ramos-Horta. He is neither Che Guevara nor Sukarno. He is a realistic man and leader who has experienced, endured and overcome many things – from gun battles in East Timor’s forests to negotiation wars against colonial powers to free his country, and from handling the delicate separation process with Indonesia to the nation building and development of his country… Source: On the road with José Ramos-Horta – The Jakarta Post Read More »

China to generate a quarter of electricity from wind power by 2030

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Report says figures could rise to nearly one-third with power sector reforms, making it the world wind energy leader by a large margin.. China is on track to generate more than a quarter of its electricity from wind power by 2030, and the figure could rise to nearly a third with power sector reforms, a new study has found… Source: China to generate a quarter of electricity from wind power by 2030 | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria

Says ISIS Faces Difficulty, Loss Would Put Israel in ‘Hard Position’ by Jason Ditz In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government to a whole ‘nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war… Source: Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria — News from Antiwar.com Read More »

M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia have agreed in principle for their respective armed forces or relevant agencies to establish a trilateral maritime patrol working group to… Source: M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo Read More »

500 liquor shops shut as Indian state goes dry

Five hundred liquor shops were ordered closed from June 19 in India s southern state of Tamil Nadu after its newly re-elected government pledged to ban alcohol to curb violence and other problems.. The Tamil Nadu government issued a statement ordering the closures as part of staggered plans to become the latest state in India to introduce prohibition… Source: 500 liquor shops shut as Indian state goes dry – ASIA Read More »

3 Reasons China Fears Brexit

China’s economic opportunities in Europe would vanish with Britain’s departure.. Ivan Lidarev No doubt, the United States stands to lose a great deal from a Brexit. In recent months, countless commentators, as well as the Obama administration, haveemphatically made this point. But few analysts have noted that the same holds true for China. Britain’s departure from the EU would be a costly economic and political blow to China, which worries Beijing. Thus, China has quietly but… Source: 3 Reasons China ... Read More »

Palestinians say they are negotiating sea border with Egypt

Palestinians say they have started negotiations with Egypt to determine the boundaries of their undersea territory that could be exploited for resources as a first step to determining the sea borders of a Palestinian state. Source: Palestinians say they are negotiating sea border with Egypt | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR Read More »

Mr. Modi, Don’t Patent Cow Urine

BANGALORE, India — The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is famously obsessed with the cow, which is venerated in Hindu cosmology. Most Indian states have now banned cow slaughter. The government of Punjab wants to tax alcohol to pay for shelters for stray cattle. Last year, after a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh was lynched by a mob for eating beef, a cabinet minister from the B.J.P. demanded to know who else was “involved in the crime” — meaning the beef ... Read More »