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The seesaw relationship

Arab News SHASHI THAROOR Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, Pakistan, on Christmas Day brought his hyperkinetic year of global diplomacy to a headline-grabbing close. It also raised serious questions about the direction of the highly fraught relationship between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Since Modi took office …

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North Korea raises alarm with H-bomb test announcement

Al Jazeera   Opponents rush to condemn statement that, if confirmed, would mark fourth time Pyongyang has exploded a nuclear bomb. North Korea said it has conducted a hydrogen bomb test in a surprise announcement that sparked regional tension and drew swift condemnation from opponents. If confirmed, the test would …

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Pathankot and Modi’s fatal Pakistan blunders

Asia Times RAJA MURTHY The person “responsible” for the Jan. 2 assault on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot resides in New Delhi and is paid a salary by Indian citizens. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, more than anyone else, is indirectly responsible and directly accountable for more lives lost …

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Open the door to green: China’s stockmarket crashes again

The Economist ONE of the many oddities of the topsy-turvy world of Chinese finance is that red is green and green is red. In most countries “going into the red” means losing money; stocks that are falling are often depicted in red on ticker boards. In China, however, red is …

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Beef Up Sanctions on North Korea

Wall Street Journal JOSHUA STANTON & SUNG-YOON LEE In December 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama blamed North Korea for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment over a film satirizing dictator Kim Jong Un, and for the cyberterrorist threats that drove the film from movie theaters across the U.S. Never before had …

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The need to overcome Islamophobia

Gulf News Abdullah Al Shayji I ended my last column last month, “Islam and the West…No Clash of Civilisations” by demanding that “Muslim scholars, governments, academics… should lead the discussion on not falling into the trap of the clash of civilisations that groups such as Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State …

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Gas pipeline runs through South Asia’s tensions

Pakistan could use its influence on Afghan Taliban groups to protect the new TAPI gas pipeline Al Jazeera Barnett Rubin When or if completed, a new natural gas pipeline would carry 33 billion cubic metres of gas from Turkmenistan through three South Asian countries. Pakistan and India would each purchase …

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Setting priorities for 2016

Arab News MUHAMMAD WAQAS On the eve of New Year, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had signaled a clear intent to make a decisive push against terrorism for a more secure and brighter future of the country. He had also pledged to successfully complete uplift projects across the country for …

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Sandwiched between superpowers

Arab News ABDULRAHMAN AL-RASHED Since the start of October, the Russians have become a driving force in battles in Syria and the wider region. Before that, they had been playing an undisclosed role on financial, intelligence and operational fronts. The result was that, for the first time, the Syrian regime …

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