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US: Plea to pardon Julian Assange triggers debate on government mass surveillance and control of deep state
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US: Plea to pardon Julian Assange triggers debate on government mass surveillance and control of deep state

Summary: Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris has urged President Trump to pardon him before Christmas. Democrat senator Tulsi Gabbard has seconded her plea and has asked him to consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state. Another whistleblower Edward Snowden has said that no […]

Cambodia Government versus Opposition: Why has Cambodia’s longest serving PM arrested his political opponents and put them on trial?
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Cambodia Government versus Opposition: Why has Cambodia’s longest serving PM arrested his political opponents and put them on trial?

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen launched a sweeping crackdown on his opponents in 2017 charging them with treason and illegal attempt to take power. Most opposition leaders of CNRP were arrested along with their supporters. The opposition charges the PM and his party the CPP of human rights abuses, torture, control of media and corruption. As […]

Bangkok 2012 bombings: Thai government approves transfer of 3 Iranians charged with involvement in botched bomb attack
Asia, Middle East, World

Bangkok 2012 bombings: Thai government approves transfer of 3 Iranians charged with involvement in botched bomb attack

The 2012 bomb plot involving the three Iranian was exposed when an accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were staying. Three Iranians Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, Saeid Moradi and Mohammad Kharzei were arrested by the Bangkok police. Investigations by the Thai and Israeli security agencies revealed that those arrested were planning for a bomb attack on Israeli diplomats in Bangkok.

How the world reacted to 26/11 Mumbai Attacks
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How the world reacted to 26/11 Mumbai Attacks

The United Nations, President of the United States, President of France, PM of Britain, PM of Australia, Pope Benedict XVI, leaders of Asian and Middle-Eastern countries, and many others condemned the Mumbai attacks of 26/11. Here is a representative compilation of reactions from major world leaders.

Convicted Islamic terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika stripped of his Australian citizenship
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Convicted Islamic terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika stripped of his Australian citizenship

Islamic terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika convicted of being involved in terrorist attacks in Australia has been stripped of his citizenship, as per Australian news reports. He is slated to be released from the Victorian prison where he was imprisoned since 2008. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton confirmed the news that Australian passport of the terrorist […]

3-day visit of US Admiral to Taiwan rankles China; Vows to make a ‘legitimate’ and necessary response
Asia, World

3-day visit of US Admiral to Taiwan rankles China; Vows to make a ‘legitimate’ and necessary response

The visit of Rear Admiral Michael Studeman to Taiwan, a top US admiral who heads intelligence at the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command, has rankled China. Rear Admiral Studeman arrived in Taipei on Sunday. The visit would make Studeman one of the highest-ranking U.S. military officers to have visited Taiwan in recent years, says a report in the Singapore based news channel CNA.

Why didn’t India sign the RCEP agreement?
Asia, Featured

Why didn’t India sign the RCEP agreement?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “The present form of the RCEP Agreement does not fully reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles of RCEP. It also does not address satisfactorily India’s outstanding issues and concerns. In such a situation, it is not possible for India to join the RCEP agreement.”

What happens during US Presidential transition?
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What happens during US Presidential transition?

Though the transition means the handover of important information and duties from one administration to the next, in the United States the transition has a long history due to which each of the dates and activities in the run-up to the oath taking are important to understand. The 11 weeks at present is much shorter than the 20 weeks of transition period which was the practice till 1952 when Dwight D. Eisenhower took over from Harry S. Truman.