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  • India No. 2 Investor in Bavaria (March 12, 2007)
    According to foreign trade and location marketing of German state of Bavaria Thies Claussen, India may soon assume the second largest foreign investor in the state known for technology and industry.<More>

  • India Rises on "Positive Influence" (March 06, 2007)
    A survey by BBC World Service radio of 28,000 people in 27 countries found Japan, France, the European Union and Canada to have the most positive influence while India was the only nation to have vastly improved its global stature last year.<More>

  • Sunni-Shia Consensus? (March 05, 2007)
    Iranian hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz have reportedly agreed to stem increasing rift between Sunni and Shia Muslims that is dragging West Asia into crisis.<More>

  • India, Saudi Youth Initiatives (February 19, 2007)
    Taking forward the cooperation agreement between India and Saudi Arabia signed during the visit of King Abdullah to India in January 2006, the two nations have agreed to hold bilateral exchange programs involving students, youth, and sportspersons.<More>

  • Trilateral Conference Concludes in Delhi (February 19, 2007)
    The first structured and sixth trilateral conference between India, Russia, and China ended in New Delhi with an emphasis on cooperation rather than confrontation should govern approaches to regional and global affairs."<More>

  • No Accord over Palestine Control (February 08, 2007)
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh continued their discussions in the Islamic holy city of Mecca to make peace and reach understanding over disagreement on Israel and averting a civil war.<More>

  • Indians 3rd Largest Immigrants to Australia (February 08, 2007)
    Indians have overtaken Chinese population in Australia to become the third largest settlers in that continent after Britain (23,320) and New Zealand (20,250).<More>

  • First India-Russia-China Structured Meeting (January 30 , 2007)
    India, Russia, and China will hold their first structured foreign ministerial meeting in New Delhi seen as an effort to coordinate response and efforts in international affairs, although the foreign ministers have met thrice over the last 2 years .<More>

  • Lebanon Aid Pledge Mired in Internal Strife (January 29, 2007)
    Saudi Arabia and United States got 30 other nations to pledge USD 7.6 billion to shore up a shaky Lebanese government led by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora under siege by Hezbollah-led Shiite population.<More>

  • Chavez Armed With Decree Powers (January 23, 2007)
    Empowering President Hugo Chavez with sweeping powers to enforce economic, social, and political change via, Venezuelan lawmakers called such measures a “historic necessity” to initiate an “unstoppable” process.<More>

  • Mexican War on Drugs (January 22, 2007)
    Mexico said that it has deployed 7,600 soldiers in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero to neutralize drug gangs who have committed atrocities such as beheadings and perpetrated violence in resort haven Acapulco.<More>

  • Halted Support for US Iraq Strategy (January 22, 2007)
    Even as US allies in West Asia expressed support for the US’s new Iraq strategy, Riyadh haltingly expressed support but also doubted the even-handedness of the government in Baghdad to deal with the Sunni population or its capacity to stop sectarian violence.<More>

  • Hamas Wants Internal Peace (January 16, 2007)
    Hamas leader and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh urged Palestinians to “halt internal clashes” and renewed his call for a “national unity government” but President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fattah party quickly rejected the call as “vague.” <More>

  • Indo-Portugal Ties Takes Off (January 16, 2007)
    Portugal President Professor Anibal Cavaco Silva, a politically representative parliamentary delegation, and large business delegation visited India and signed 4 significant agreements.<More>

  • Saudi Cabinet Changes Possible (January 10, 2007)
    Saudi Arabian King Abdullah is reportedly considering his first Cabinet reshuffle and could include changes to important positions as foreign minister and oil minister in order to induce new talent into his regime.<More>

  • Ortega Assumes Power in Nicaragua (January 10, 2007)
    Ringing warning bells in Washington, former revolutionary Daniel Ortega assumed office in a ceremony attended by a dozen anti-American world leaders and left ideologues even as he promised to balance economic and ideological considerations.<More>

  • New Goal-Oriented Iraq Strategy (January 08, 2007)
    As US Generals gave a sobering view of progress made by their troops in Iraq, a recent report suggested that President George Bush may introduce a new policy in Iraq that includes a set of goals that the government must meet.< Abbas Shows Street Muscle (January 08, 2007)
    Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s supporters showed their strength through a massive congregation at a stadium in Gaza City and encouraged Fattah party strongman Mohammed Dahlan threaten hard-line party Hamas of reprisals.<More>

  • Indo-Japan Ties Need Boost (January 04, 2007)
    Given regional and global developments arising out of globalization and nuclear weapons program of North Korea, industry leaders are asking for a more active political engagement of Japan which they say will be more active this century.<More>

  • Saddam Hanged, West Asia Crisis Intensifies (January 02, 2007)
    Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein convicted by a court of questionable credentials following controversial judicial process was hanged heightening the growing divide in the Islamic world that threatens to envelop the region and indirectly the world.<More>

  • Islamists Driven Out of Mogadishu (January 02, 2007)
    Islamists controlling Somali capital Mogadishu the last 6 months and enforcing medieval laws were driven out by Western-supported Somali government troops and backed by Ethiopian tanks and MIG fighter jets.<More>

  • Ethiopia Declares War against Islamists (December 27, 2006)
    Ethiopia formally declared war on Islamists in neighboring Somalia claiming that such dramatic step was necessary to protect its sovereignty and its warplanes bombed two Islamist-held airfields in Somalia including the one in capital Mogadishu.<More>

  • Israel Proposes Prisoner Exchange (December 26, 2006)
    In an act of good faith, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert suggested that his government would be willing to release Palestinian prisoners even though the captured Israeli soldiers remain in Gaza but also proposed a formal agreement with the Palestinian Authority.<More>

  • Somalia in “State of War” with Ethiopia (December 25, 2006)
    Somali Islamic leader Sheik Hassan ahir Aweys claimed that the nation is in a “state of war…against Ethiopia” contradicting his earlier pledge to return to peace talks with the government and is now asking “All Somalis” to “take part in struggle.”<More>

  • Iran Sanctions, Shaky Azeri Relations (December 25, 2006)
    After inviting UNSC sanctions and losing civic level elections, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to upgrade his souring domestic popularity by escalating tirades against the West and called President Bush "the most hated person" in the world.<More>

  • ICG Says Iraq Close to Collapse (December 20, 2006)
    As the Pentagon reported an all-time high violence levels, an International Crisis Group (ICG) report warned that Iraq is on the brink of total disintegration and drag the entire West Asian region into a regional war.<More>

  • Chavez Single Party System (December 20, 2006)
    Venezuela President Hugo Chavez initiated steps to consolidate his landslide re-election to move his nation towards a single party system through consolidation of loosely allied parties and concentrate more powers to himself.<More>

  • Elections in Palestine (December 19, 2006)
    Within a year of elections that returned hard-line Hamas into power resulting in the abortion of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and internal discord and civil-war conditions, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced plans that he is pushing ahead with early elections.<More>

  • No Sanctions Says NK (December 19, 2006)
    A defiant Pyongyang declaring itself a nuclear power and threatening to increase its arsenal unless UN sanctions imposed on it since its October 9 nuclear test and remove financial restrictions that prompted the bankrupt nation to break-off the 6 nation dialogue 13 months ago.<More>

  • Manmohan’s Japan Visit (December 18, 2006)
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Japan where he invited greater investment from Japan under a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and also requested Tokyo’s support for the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).<More>

  • Hamas Takes Over Gaza Border (December 15, 2006)
    After weeks of politically motivated assassinations and murder of children, Hamas gunmen fought fiercely with Fatah-allied border guards to seize control of the Gaza Strip’s EU-monitored border crossing with Egypt.<More>

  • Iran Wants US Out of Iraq (December 11, 2006)
    Even as Iran said it will help when the US pulls out of the region, the Iraqi President rejected recommendations by the Iraq Study Group because it contained “dangerous articles” undermining “the sovereignty of Iraq ” and was an “insult to the Iraqi people.”<More>

  • Hezbollah Show of Force (December 11, 2006)
    Heightening the political deadlock, the pro-Syrian Hezbollah led massive demonstrations outside government offices demanding the government’s dissolution accusing it of “corrupt” leadership but Lebanon ’s west-backed cabinet vowed not to give in.”<More>

  • Mauritius Offers 2 Islands (December 08, 2006)
    During negotiations for a bilateral trade pact, Mauritius offered two islands over 1000 kilometers from its borders measuring 70 square kilometers to India to develop for tourism, trade, or strategic purposes.<More>

  • Chávez Wins a Polarized Nation (December 07, 2006)
    In yet another irritant for globalization enthusiasts, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez won the presidential election by a landslide for the 3rd time based on a strong economy and blatant anti-Americanism and global economy he calls “socialist revolution.”<More>

  • Jordan King Visit (December 05, 2006)
    King Abdullah II visited India on a three day state visit and both nations used the visit to boost ties by signing four agreements to promote and protect investments, cooperate in agriculture, conduct exchange programs, and increase tourism.<More>

  • No Role for Iran in Iraq (December 01, 2006)
    US President George Bush met Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to review the Iraqi situation and assured him of giving him the “the tools,” “capacity to respond,” and that the US was not looking for a “graceful exit” promising to stay “until the job is complete.”<More>

  • Left Win in Ecuador (November 30, 2006)
    Adding to the string of leftist victories in South America, a Leftist economist, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, with radical views such as cutting off relations with international lenders, won the Presidency of poor and politically unstable Ecuador.<More>

  • Israel’s Peace Plan (November 30, 2006)
    Israel unveiled several steps that, if met, could lead to serious peace negotiation with Palestinians leading to prisoner exchange, withdrawal of Israeli forces from many parts of West Bank, ease of transit checkpoints, and lifting of financial sanctions.<More>

  • Good Voter turnout in Bahrain (November 27, 2006)
    Despite high tension between the Government and Shia political groups based on allegations of planned rigging, voter turnout in Bahrain parliamentary elections was high surrounded by controversy over grant of citizenship to non-Shia groups.<More>

  • Indo-Mozambique Agriculture Plan (November 22, 2006)
    India and Republic of Mozambique signed a work plan to cooperate in agriculture includes training programs for Mozambique experts in India, and technical assistance in agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, and fisheries.<More>

  • India Offers ICT to Brunei (November 22, 2006)
    India told a visiting delegation from Burnei Darussalam that it is prepared to shared its expertise Information Communication Technology (ICT) to further that nation’s plans in e-governance, IT education, IT parks, and cyber security to protect critical infrastructure.<More>

  • The Last Big Push (November 20, 2006)
    Accused of being “in a state of denial,” US President George Bush rejected calls for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and instead has come up with a plan that will give it one “last big push” recognizing “the conditions on the ground.”<More>

  • Iran Flexes Missile Muscle Again (November 17, 2006)
    In a surprise and unscheduled military exercise displaying its conventional weapons strength and leaving Israel very worried, Iran fired a battery and range of land and ship-borne missiles and maneuvers along with anti-tank and anti-helicopter weapons.<More>

  • Lebanese Political Crisis and West Asia (November 14, 2006)
    The resignation of 5 Shiite Ministers from the Lebanon Government increased regional tensions across sectarian and religious lines and the US Government (USG) applauded an Argentinean court branding the Hezbollah “global nexus of terrorism.”<More>

  • The Donkey’s Kick (November 10, 2006)
    As Democrats routed the Republicans in the US mid-polls and seized both houses of the Congress after 12 years, there is a lot of fear in India that Indo-US relations, specifically the nuclear deal, assiduously built by the Bush Administration may be a casualty.<More>

  • India 3rd Largest Investor in Belgium (November 08, 2006)
    Making a strong pitch for Indian investments in Belgium, visiting Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said that his country has fought red tape and liberalized tax and labor laws and is becoming a “magnet” for investments making India is the 3rd largest investor.<More>

  • Saudis Warn of Iraq Disintegration (November 07, 2006)
    Saudi Arabia believes that Iraq is a “lost battle” that will disintegrate because of Iranian “interference,” Kurdish drive for quasi- independence, and there is no “endgame” to the US occupation that has “failed by every single measure.”<More>

  • Saddam to Hang (November 06, 2006)
    An astounded Islamic world was shocked at the anticipated verdict of death by hanging for ousted Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein for the 1982 killing of 148 people coincidentally timed for the November US elections as observers remained divided.<More>

  • Honorable Citation for Army in Lebanon (October 31, 2006)
    The 4 Sikh Regiment, that participated in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), received the Force Commander’s Unit Citation for commendable service during the war in South Lebanon.<More>

  • Sudan Expels UN Envoy over Blog (October 24, 2006)
    Looking for an excuse to rid the UN of its soil to pursue its unholy war on innocent ethnic Africans, Sudan expelled UN envoy for authoring a blog that reported a serious Sudanese army reversal in fighting insurgents in Northern Darfur.<More>

  • China Surprises on NK (October 23, 2006)
    In a sign of successful visit to Beijing by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the US and China presented a united face by demanding that North Korea (NK) return unconditionally to the 6-party talks.<More>

  • Russia-EU Energy Disagreement (October 23, 2006)
    Depending on over 25% of energy from Russia, the 25 EU nations are unable to agree on how to demand “predictability” in energy supply while balancing values and economic interests.<More>

  • India, Ethiopia Plan Agri Cooperation (October 17, 2006)
    Following a request by the Ethiopian Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry , India is considering a proposal by the Department of Agricultural Research and Education to send a 4-member team to salinity and give technical advice to boost production.<More>

  • Darfur Refugees Live in Fear (October 16, 2006)
    Belying expectations that African Union (AU) peacekeepers would bring peace to the ethnically torn Darfur region of Sudan , refugees in camps say that the peacekeeping mission is escalating the conflict and the resultant violence is driving away aid.<More>

  • Softened North Korean Sanctions (October 16, 2006)
    Facing severe opposition from China, the UN Security Council led by the US whittle down the sanctions targeted at North Korea (NK) as punishment for its nuclear test even as NK and Iran rejected the sanctions as discriminatory and “gangster-like.”<More>

  • 7th Indo-EU Summit (October 14, 2006)
    Inaugurating the 7th Indo-EU summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh emphasized that the “Consolidation of strategic partnership and intensification of dialogue with the European Union” is a key foreign policy priority for India.<More>

  • India-Mozambique to Co-Operate on Mining (October 11, 2006)
    A Republic of Mozambique delegation led by its Minister for Mineral Resources Esperanca Laurinda Bias, Mozambique is visiting India to discuss bilateral cooperation in the mining sector, related technologies, and expertise sharing.<More>

  • South Africa to Back Nuke Deal (October 06, 2006)
    Visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh elicited South Africa to support its civilian nuclear deal with the US and got a commitment from President Thabo Mbeko that his country will support the deal in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG).<More>

  • Russia-US Relations Set to Worsen (September 27, 2006)
    A Russian Parliamentary report alerted policy makers that the US will continue to pursue a hostile policy towards Moscow regardless of political affiliations or incumbent in the White House as they struggle for influence over world energy, power, and politics.<More>

  • Hezbollah Refuses to Disarm (September 26, 2006)
    In his first public appearance Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed before a massive 500,000-rally that his cadre will not disarm and claimed a “divine, historic and strategic victory” even as Israeli troops withdrew and UN peacekeepers deployment was on track.<More>

  • Military Coup in Thailand (September 22, 2006)
    The Thai Army took over administration from to break deadlock and stop “rampant corruption” in the 74 year old democracy but promised to return “power to the people” as soon as possible but after cleaning the political system.<More>

  • Energy Usage Patterns and Social Progress (September 14, 2006)
    India estimates that it will consume 70% more energy by 2030 and although it seeks to generate energy through other sources such as nuclear, coal, and renewable sources, about 60% of this will be from oil and natural gas.<More>

  • India Ups CFTC Contribution (September 14, 2006)
    Pledging support to “develop institutional capacity among the developing member countries” of the Commonwealth, India promised to increase its contribution to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation by £50,000 to £850,000.<More>

  • US-Russia Civilian N-Deal (July 10, 2006)
    US President George Bush is reportedly wanting to reverse decades of nuclear policy isolating Russia to permit extensive civilian nuclear cooperation with that country which could result in large monetary gains for Moscow but may face opposition in the Congress. <More>

  • Putin Criticizes US (July 04, 2006)
    Ahead of the Russia-US summit next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin trashed American and EU accusations of Russia’s “neo-imperial ambitions” and “energy blackmail” and warned of American diktat in international relations. <More>

  • Uzbekistan Rejoins Russian-led Defense Pact (June 28, 2006)
    Uzbekistan rejoined a Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) allowing the organization to extend its reach beyond the borders of the former Soviet Union.<More>

  • Russia Plans to Mine Rare Metals on Moon (June 14, 2006)
    Russia announced plans to start experiments to try mining rare earth metals and minerals from the moon that could be used in the electronics and medical equipment.<More>

  • Tenuous Russia-US Relations (June 07, 2006)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that his country is “strengthening” its “cooperation” with the US “in the international arena” and cited the positive interaction to provide a renewed deal to Iran.<More>

  • No Russia-China Accord on Pipeline  (March 22, 2006)
    Visiting Russian President and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao signed three pacts but failed to agree on a pipeline to carry Natural Gas from Siberia to China.<More>

  • Russia, US Compete for Lunar Helium-3 (January 30, 2006)
    Russia & the US are in a new race to built permanent bases on the moon to begin an industrial-scale delivery of the rare isotope Helium-3 by 2020. <More>

  • EU’s one-China policy (July 14, 2006)
    Seeking to generate goodwill, visiting European Parliament President Josep Borrell Fontelles reiterated the European Union (EU) one-China policy and appreciated China's rapid growth and increasingly important role in international affairs. <More>

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