UK suffering ‘identity crisis’ on world stage: study

London:┬áBritain is becoming “increasingly insular and self-absorbed”, as revealed by its impotence in the Syria and Ukraine crises and its “ambivalence” towards the European Union, a report said today. The country should give up its obsession “with its supposed past glories” and instead seek to reinvent itself as an “enabler of cooperation” on the world […]

Tech-sharing key to success of climate summit: France

Seoul: French President Francois Hollande said today that sharing emissions-cutting technology with emerging nations like India and China will be a key part of the “success or failure” of climate change talks in Paris next month. Hollande made the call on a visit to South Korea, the first by a French head of state in […]

Indian killed as Nepal police clear border point; India upset

Kathmandu/New Delhi:┬áAn Indian youth was todaykilled when Nepalese police opened fire on protesters near the Indo-Nepal border, prompting a “concerned” India to ask its transporters to exercise caution and not endanger their lives, in an advisory which may deepen the supply crisis in Nepal. A 19-year-old, Ashish Ram, of Raxaul in Bihar was killed after […]

‘External activity’ caused Russian plane crash

Cairo:┬áThe Russian airline Kogalymavia blamed “external activity” for its plane crash on Saturday in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula in which all 224 people on board were killed. “The only reasonable explanation is that the plane crash was due to external activity,” the BBC quoted an airline official as saying. An investigation by aviation experts using data […]

Paul Ryan elected US Speaker of the House

Washingto:┬áPaul Ryan, the former Republicanvice presidential nominee, was today elected and sworn in as the new Speaker of the US House of Representatives, which is similar to Indian Parliament’s lower house, the Lok Sabha. Ryan, 45, is the 54th Speaker of the US House of Representatives and replaces John Boehner. He was formally elected by […]

India to widen engagement with Africa, give $10 bn more credit

New Delhi: In its biggest ever engagement with Africa, India on Thursday sought to recharge its ties with all 54 African countries, announcing increased interaction in areas like energy and agriculture while offering an additional concessional credit of $10 billion at the summit attended by 41 heads of state and government. The virtual who’s who […]