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Japan revokes Russia’s status of ‘most favoured nation’ for trade over Ukraine war

Tokyo: Days after announcing its intention to revoke the status of most favoured nation for trade given to Russia, Japan on Wednesday formally revoked it. This was one of the sanctions announced by Japan PM Fumio Kishida following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The revocation of the trade status will also apply to Russian imports. Besides...
China says it has signed security pact with Solomon Islands

China says it has signed security pact with Solomon Islands

Beijing: In a development that can  increase the West’s concerns over China’s increasing hold in the South Pacific region, the latter said on Tuesday that it has signed a security pack with the Solomon Islands. China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Solomon Islands Foreign minister Manele recently signed the framework pact. China...

US closes airspace for Russian flights in support for Ukraine

Washington: The United States has closed its airspace for Russian flights. In his State of the Union (SOTU) address, US President Joe Biden announced that the ex-Soviet nation’s aircraft would be banned from entering American airspace. On Monday, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had urged the US and European nations to close their airspace for Russia....

Biden approves $350 million in military assistance to Ukraine

Washington DC: The United States President Joe Biden on Friday approved $350 million in military assistance to Ukraine. According to the White House, Biden authorised the Secretary of State Antony Blinken “to direct the drawdown of up to an aggregate value of $350 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and...

As Russian attack continues, Ukraine’s Zelenskyy says crucial moment to decide on EU membership

Kyiv: On Day 3 of the war with Russia, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was now a crucial moment to decide on the country’s membership in the European Union. He said he had discussed further effective assistance with European Council president Charles Michel. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy, who has been winning praises for his firm stance...

Ukraine says soldier killed in shelling in separatist east

Kyiv: The fears that Russia may invade Ukraine despite all its claims are intensifying with reports of increasing attacks by Russia-backed rebels. On Saturday, Ukrainian army said that one of its soldier was killed in clashes with the rebels in the separatist east. The military said that separatists had opened fire on more than 20...

Russia to begin ‘strategic’ drills from Saturday

Moscow: Russia has announced that it will begin new drills from Saturday. These drills will involve “strategic forces”. The defense ministry of the country on Friday said that President Vladimir Putin would be overseeing “strategic” missile drills on Saturday. This will include ballistic and cruise missile launches, according to reports. The...

US refuses to believe Russia’s claims of withdrawal from Ukraine border

Washington: Russia may have announced that it is withdrawing its troops from Ukraine border, indicating de-escalation of the tension that had been mounting over the recent past. But, the United States does not seem to be in a mood to believe the claims. A senior official in the Joe Biden government claimed that the country...

United States announces opening of borders for non-essential travel from Nov 8

Washington DC: Starting November 8, fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to travel to the United States. President Joe Biden released on Monday additional details for implementation of the new international air travel policy. As per the policy, foreign travellers to the US will have to be fully vaccinated. “Starting on November 8, non-citizen, non-immigrant...

3 Indian Americans among 19 appointed as White House fellows

Washington DC: Three Indian Americans are among 19 persons appointed to the 2021-22 class of White House Fellows. The announcement of appointments to the prestigious programme was made on Monday. The three who have been selected are Joy Basu and Sunny Patel from California and Aakash Shah from New Jersey. The class of 2021-22 is...

US troops leave Afghanistan after 20 years of military presence

Kabul: The withdrawal is complete. Twenty years after setting foot on the Afghan soil, the American troops have left the country, adhering to an August 31 deadline set for the US military’s exit from country. There was a scurry by the troops to get the final batch of evacuees on the planes and then themselves...

Afghanistan: Day before US withdrawal, rockets fired near Kabul airport

Kabul: Rockets were launched in an area near the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Kabul on Monday, a day before the scheduled withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. About five rockets were launched, as per a report; however, they were intercepted by a missile defence system, a US official was quoted as having said....