India agrees $560 million US artillery deal

India agrees $560 million US artillery deal

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(New Delhi) - India has agreed a $560-million deal to buy 145 howitzer guns from BAE Systems of the United States as it upgrades its antiquated military hardware, an official said. Indian government will spend 30 billion rupees ($560 million)…
UAE participates in NAM's 17th Foreign Ministers meeting

UAE participates in NAM's 17th Foreign Ministers meeting

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(Sharm el-Sheikh) - The 17th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) opened in the Red-Sea resort of Sharam el-Sheikh with the participation of UAE along with 119 other member countries from around the globe. 17 other…
Russian parliament confirms Medvedev as PM

Russian parliament confirms Medvedev as PM

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(France) - Russia’s lower house of parliament confirmed former head of state Dmitry Medvedev as Prime Minister after he was nominated by newly inaugurated President Vladimir Putin. Medvedev was backed by 299 deputies in the State Duma with…
Pressure mounts on Pakistani PM to resign following SC judgement

Pressure mounts on Pakistani PM to resign following SC judgement

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(Islamabad) - Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued detailed judgment against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt of court case. Gilani was convicted on 26th April by the country’s top court for contempt of court because he failed…
Hollande wins French Presidency

Hollande wins French Presidency

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(Paris) - French socialist, Francois Hollande has won a clear victory in the country's presidential election. Hollande got an estimated 52% of votes in Sunday's run-off. Admitting defeat, Nicolas Sarkozy wished "good luck" to Hollande. Exuberant…
Saudi King orders reopening of mission in Egypt

Saudi King orders reopening of mission in Egypt

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(Riyadh) - Saudi King, Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has "instructed the Kingdom's Ambassador to Cairo to resume his post, and ordered the reopening of the embassy and the consulates in Alexandria and Suez", state agency SPA reported. The decision…
Arab League chief in China for Syria talks

Arab League chief in China for Syria talks

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(Shanghai) - Head of Arab League, Nabil al-Arabi who has played a key role in mediating the Syria crisis arrived in China for discussions with top Chinese leaders including Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, China’s Foreign Ministry said. "The…
US goal in Afghanistan within reach: Obama

US goal in Afghanistan within reach: Obama

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(Bagram Air Base) - U.S. President, Barack Obama marked the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death with a speedy trip to Afghanistan, signing a strategic pact with Kabul and delivering an election-year message to Americans that the war is…
China launches two navigation satellites

China launches two navigation satellites

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(Beijing) - China has successfully launched two satellites for its proposed Beidou global navigation and positioning network being built to counter the US Global Position System (GPS). With the two, China has so far launched 13 satellites to…
Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister

Obama meets Japanese Prime Minister

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(Washington) - U.S. President, Barack Obama welcomed Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda at the White House, followed by a working lunch and then a joint news conference. Japanese Prime Minister comes as a step forward by Japan and United…
Ban Ki-moon makes historic visit to Burma

Ban Ki-moon makes historic visit to Burma

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(New York) - UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon is making a landmark visit to Burma to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and press the government for more democratic reforms. The trip is the latest high-profile diplomatic visit to the once-isolated nation…
Afghanistan-US reach pact on post 2014 American support

Afghanistan-US reach pact on post 2014 American support

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(Kabul) - After more than a year of negotiations, U.S. and Afghan officials have reached an agreement confirming the United States’ commitment to Afghanistan for a decade after its formal troop withdrawal in 2014. The document, which must…
China, Russia hold first naval exercise

China, Russia hold first naval exercise

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(Beijing) - China and Russia launched their first joint naval exercises amid tensions between China and its Asian neighbours over regional territorial claims. The six days of drills are taking place in the Yellow Sea off China's east coast. The…
Situation in Syria 'highly precarious': Ban Ki Moon

Situation in Syria 'highly precarious': Ban Ki Moon

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(United Nations) - Secretary General United Nations, Ban Ki-moon has said the situation in Syria remains "highly precarious". The UN has reached a preliminary deal with the Syrian government on rules governing the deployment of observers to…