• Trump Says U.S. Shot Down Iranian Drone In Strait Of Hormuz0

    July 18, 2019 19:38 GMT Updated July 18, 2019 20:00 GMT By RFE/RL President Donald Trump says a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on July 18 amid heightened tensions between the two countries. Trump, speaking at the White House, called it the latest “hostile” action by Iran. The

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  • Foreign vessel with 12 crew carrying ‘smuggled fuel’ seized in Persian Gulf – Iran’s IRGC0

    18 Jul, 2019 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a “foreign vessel,” saying it was “smuggling” one million liters of fuel, the Islamic Republic’s media reported. It comes amid Tehran’s quarrel with London over a seized tanker. The tanker was intercepted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz

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  • The Idea Of Indo-Pacific: ASEAN Steps In0

    July 18, 2019 RSIS The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) is an initial step towards formally incorporating ASEAN Centrality in the evolving Indo-Pacific concept. The AOIP has been much anticipated as different powers assert their conceptions of the Indo-Pacific region in which ASEAN claims a key role. What does this mean for sub-regional cooperation?

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  • Bangladesh – General Ershad: The deposed dictator who became kingmaker0

    Over the past four decades, General Ershad demonstrated he was a master of political survival. by Shafquat Rabbee   18 July 2019 General Hussain Muhammad Ershad, the military dictator of Bangladesh for most of the 1980s, died on July 14 in Dhaka. He was 89 years old. Ershad’s peaceful death due to old age marked an unexpectedly

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  • Alleged Indian spy’s Death sentence in Pakistan: Rivals both claim victory as ICJ orders review0

    The Daily Star  July 18, 2019  Cod Satrusayang  The International Court of Justice, the top United Nations Court, on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan had violated international law by denying consular access to Indian Navy Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav. The ICJ also ordered that Pakistan review the death penalty it handed down to Jadhav for spying. Jadhav

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  • Drug gangs behind Sri Lanka Easter blasts, president claims0

    After earlier blaming Islamist terrorists, Sirisena tries to tie bombings to his death-penalty politics; PM’s office rejects this By Amal Jayasinghe | James Broadbent 16 July 2019 International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter Sunday bombings, one of the country’s leaders claimed on Monday, despite having earlier blamed the attacks on Islamist terrorists. The

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  • India-Myanmar: NSCN-K Steady Depletion1

    By SATP 16 July 2019 By M.A. Athul* The Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw) launched the second phase of its Operation Sunrise-2, in the vicinity of Lahe and Nayun townships in the Sagaing Region of Myanmar, along the India-Myanmar border, targeting Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) based in Myanmar. The operation lasted 23 days – May 16 to

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  • Iran’s ‘Grace I’ reveals limits of sanctions dragnet0

    The impounding of oil tanker and the subsequent stand-down by the UK suggests US allies are seeking deescalation – not maximum pressure By Alison Tahmizian Meuse, Beirut 16 July 2019 The fate of the Iranian supertanker Grace I, impounded off the coast of Gibraltar for allegedly attempting to violate EU sanctions and likely poised to

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  • Bangladesh: General Hussain Muhammad Ershad obituary0

    Army officer and politician who seized power in Bangladesh in a bloodless coup in 1982 and declared himself president Derek Brown Sun 14 Jul 2019 As dictators go, Hussain Muhammad Ershad was not an outright brute. Bangladesh, under his rule, was not a land of mass terror, imprisonment and execution. It was, rather, a country where

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  • Global drug mafia behind Lanka blasts: Sirisena0

    Colombo Correspondent, July 15, 2019 President Maithripala Sirisena alleged on Sunday that the April 21 Easter Sunday ISIS-style suicide bombings were carried out by the international drug mafia. “Whatever anyone may say, I maintain that the terrorist attack on April 21 was the work of international terrorists. It was done to reverse my anti-drug initiatives

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  • Narendra Modi and His Vision of Hindu India1

    by Muhammad Mahmood — July 15, 2019 Is this something that had its origin in Nehruvian centralised unitary India as well?  Narendra Modi led his Hindu supremacist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to a second term victory in the 2019 Indian federal election. It was not a presidential election but almost looked like one – the

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  • Amid mounting Gulf tensions will India join a US coalition?0

    An indication of the pulls India may face came from a recent US Senate overture. The defence budget bill passed by the Senate early this month (July), asked the administration to conduct joint exercises with India in the Persian Gulf, expanding the area of partnership beyond the Indian Ocean, and western Pacific regions, where the

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  • Explained: What exactly is the National Register of Citizens (NRC)?0

    And why it is contentious. Ipsita Chakravarty 15 July 2019 On July 31, Assam will release the final National Register of Citizens, a list of Indian citizens living in the state. Possibly the largest citizenship screening drive in the world, it has put millions of people on edge. In a month-long reporting project called The

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  • Arakan Army: Myanmar’s New Front of Conflict0

    By Iftekharul Bashar 14 July 2019 SYNOPSIS The Arakan Army (AA) is a relatively new addition to conflict in western Myanmar, a region that has seen much unrest in recent years. Singapore’s 10 July 2019 announcement of the arrests of AA supporters raises questions about the outfit and its support among Rakhine Buddhists in confronting

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