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US-Russia: Joe Biden Talks Sanctions, Putin Warns Of Rupture Over Ukraine

Dec 31, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Amid growing alarm over Russia's troop buildup near Ukraine, a crisis that has deepened as the Kremlin has stiffened its insistence on border security guarantees, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin spoke for nearly an hour.

Ukraine: After NATO's Preconditions, Russia Demands Its Withdrawal From Eastern Europe

Dec 18, 2021 Deutsche Welle

Russia has released a series of security demands to NATO, including a veto on the alliance's expansion. It is calling for an immediate dialogue, but NATO members aren't likely to acquiesce to Moscow's wish list.


NATO Precondition For Russia: 'Ease Tensions With Ukraine'

Russia has recently moved thousands of its troops to its border with Ukraine, raising apprehensions that the former is going to invade the later early next year.

Ukraine: 'Don't Violate Territorial Integrity' Germany Warns Russia

Dec 15, 2021 Deutsche Welle

Ukraine: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock spoke with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, telling him that the 'territorial integrity of Ukraine must not be violated'.


China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin To Hold Virtual Summit

China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will hold a virtual summit on Wednesday over Ukraine this week. US President Joe Biden has already warned Russia against its attempts to invade Ukraine.

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08 December, 2021

Afghanistan: Taliban Foot Soldiers Manning Checkpoints In Afghan Cities

Associated Press (AP)

After three and a half months of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, many Taliban foot soldiers now have new jobs of manning checkpoints on the streets and carrying out security patrols in and around Afghan cities and towns.


07 December, 2021

US's Joe Biden, Russia's Vladimir Putin To Discuss Growing Tensions In Ukraine Today

Deutsche Welle

Ukraine: Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been deployed along its border. President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden will address the growing tensions — and other issues — in a video call Tuesday.


18 November, 2021

Moscow Should Explain Its Troop Buildup Near Ukraine: US Defence Secretary

Associated Press (AP)

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said the troop buildup has the Pentagon's attention and that the Russians should be 'more transparent about what they're up to.'


11 November, 2021

Pakistan Holds Meeting On Afghanistan With American, Chinese And Russian Diplomats

Seema Guha

The Pakistan move came soon after the NSA Ajit Doval meet on which was boycotted by Pakistan and China.


25 October, 2021

Chinese FM Wang Yi To Meet Taliban In Qatar

Associated Press (AP)

Wang Yi met with a delegation led by a top Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, in July in the Chinese city of Tianjin, shortly before the group seized power from Afghanistan's elected government.


22 October, 2021

China Vows No Concession On Taiwan After Biden Promises To Protect The Island

Associated Press (AP)

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reasserted China's longstanding claim that the island is its territory at a daily briefing after Biden made his comment a day before.


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22 October, 2021

China Vows No Concession On Taiwan After Biden Promises To Protect The Island

Associated Press (AP)

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reasserted China's longstanding claim that the island is its territory at a daily briefing after Biden made his comment a day before.


20 October, 2021

Jailed Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Wins Top EU prize

Associated Press (AP)

In awarding the Sakharov Prize to the 45-year-old activist, the European Parliament praised his 'immense personal bravery' who was poisoned with a nerve agent last year.


09 October, 2021

With Similar Agenda In South Asia, India Has No Complaints About US Deputy Secretary’s Pakistan Visit

Seema Guha

US Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman had said her Pakistan trip was to ‘consult deeply on how we see the changing circumstances, given the change that has taken place in Afghanistan’.


08 October, 2021

PM Andrej Babis Front-Runner In Czech Vote Despite Scandals

Associated Press (AP)

Two days of balloting are being held to fill 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the main legislative body in the eastern European country that's a member of the European Union and NATO.


25 September, 2021

It's Almost Certain Afghanistan's Taliban Won't Speak At UN

Associated Press (AP)

The Taliban challenged the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan's former government, which they ousted on August 15, and asked to represent the country at the assembly's high-level General Debate.


10 September, 2021

UK Spy Chief Warns Taliban Takeover Could Fuel Terror Plots

Associated Press (AP)

MI5 Director General Ken McCallum said the UK could face “more risk” because of the withdrawal of NATO troops and the overthrow of the internationally backed Afghan government.


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09 September, 2021

Taliban Hard-Line Path Worsens Afghanistan Dilemma: Analysis

Associated Press (AP)

The world will need to engage with the Taliban to some extent, despite disappointment with the new all-Taliban Cabinet that defied earlier promises it would be inclusive.


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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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