US House Republicans impeach Biden’s top border official by just one vote- first time in almost 150 years

 The Republican-controlled US House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly voted to impeach Democratic President Joe Biden’s top border official, as immigration shapes up to be a major issue in this year’s elections. By a vote of 214-213, the House approved two articles of impeachment accusing Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of not enforcing U.S. immigration laws, which Republicans argue led to record flows of migrants across the US-Mexico border, and making false statements to Congress. The vote marked just the second time in US history, and the first time in almost…

India Secures Diplomatic Triumph as Qatar Frees 8 Ex-Navy Officers; 7 Returned

In a significant diplomatic coup for India, Qatar has released eight former Indian Navy officers who had been incarcerated on espionage charges. This milestone achievement was facilitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s adept utilization of his rapport with Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. While S Jaishankar managed the diplomatic aspects, the intricate negotiations for the ex-Navy personnel’s release were steered by N SA Ajit Doval, acting on the counsel of PM Modi. The ex-naval officers were apprehended in September 2022 while working for Dahra Global, a company…

Maldives Grapples with Looming Debt Crisis as Chinese Borrowings Surge, IMF Issues Warning

The Maldives is facing an imminent threat of a debt crisis, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since the ascent of pro-China President Mohamed Muizzu to power in November, Beijing has significantly increased its financial commitments to the Maldives. The IMF’s assessment underscores the urgency for the Maldives to implement “urgent policy adjustments” to mitigate the risk of debt distress. The unique geographical and geopolitical significance of the Maldives amplifies concerns over its economic stability amidst rising debt levels and geopolitical tensions. The IMF’s warning serves as a wake-up…

US Suspends $3-Billion Drone Sale to India likely due to the controversy surrounding Pannun assassination plot

The US government has delayed the delivery of 31 MQ-9A Sea Guardian and Sky Guardian drones to India. The US government demands a “meaningful investigation” into the alleged conspiracy to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The controversy surrounding the Pannun plot has not only stalled drone procurement but also affected other Indian acquisitions. US federal prosecutors allege that Gupta promised $100,000 to an FBI agent posing as a hitman to kill Pannun in New York. In a significant development, the US government has delayed the delivery of 31 MQ-9A Sea Guardian…

Pakistan: Imran Khan, wife Bushra Bibi sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in Toshakhana case

Imran has been barred from holding office for 10 years as he and his wife were slapped with a fine of Rs 787 million. They are accused of retaining a jewellery set received from the Saudi crown prince against an undervalued assessment. Incarcerated former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s troubles refuse to end as he was again sentenced to a 14-year term in jail, alongside his wife Bushra Bibi, in the Toshakhana case, Dawn reported. The sentence came one day after he and his deputy Shah Mahmood Qureshi were sentenced…

Indian Navy’s INS Sumitra rescues 19 Pakistan sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates

The Indian Navy warship INS Sumitra successfully rescued fishing vessel Al Naeemi and 19 crew, all Pakistani nationals, from 11 Somali pirates, along the East Coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden on Monday. This came within 36 hours after INS Sumitra, which was deployed on anti-piracy operations, rescued another fishing vessel FV Iman with 17 crew members on board. INS Sumitra, the indigenous offshore patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, had been deployed for anti-piracy and maritime security operations east of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. The…

Joe Biden Says ‘We Shall Respond’ After US Soldiers Killed In Jordan Drone Strike

Three U.S. service members lost their lives, and 25 others were injured on January 28 as a drone struck an installation in northeast Jordan, near the Syria border. U.S. Central Command confirmed the incident, with the extent of injuries to the wounded still unknown. President Joe Biden, in a statement on Sunday, attributed the attack to radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq. He expressed condolences, saying, “Jill and I join the families and friends of our fallen — and Americans across the country — in grieving the…

Putin Accuses Europe Of ‘Russophobia’: What’s Behind The Term?

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised Europe for “Russophobia” and condemned the Baltic States over human rights during the unveiling of a World War Two memorial, as reported by Reuters. The Soviet Union lost around 27 million people during World War II. Speaking in the Leningrad region for the 80th anniversary of the end of the Nazi siege, Putin said, “The regime in Kyiv exalts Hitler’s accomplices, the SS men… In a number of European countries, Russophobia is promoted as state policy.” The Germans’ aims then were to steal the Soviet…

Annual Meeting 2024: Rebuilding Trust Amid Uncertainty

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland– Amid rising geopolitical tensions, close to 3,000 policy-makers, business executives, international organization and civil society leaders, academics and innovators from around the world came together for the 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum to rebuild a basis of trust, generate new ideas and develop partnerships that can improve outcomes for people, economies and the planet.More than 450 sessions and workshops took place during the Annual Meeting 2024, facilitating dialogue, debate and alignment across many perspectives. Over the course of the week, the Forum and its partners also launched or advanced more…

Opposition Red-Flags Govt’s ‘Anti-India Stance’, Calls Country ‘Most Long-Standing Ally’

Amid escalating tensions between India and the Maldives over the government’s perceived anti-India stance, opposition parties jointly express concerns, highlighting India as their most long-standing ally and calling for a reconsideration of foreign policy decisions. n response to the Maldives government’s recent actions, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the Democrats, two primary opposition parties, voiced their concern over what they perceive as an “anti-India stance.” In a joint statement, they declared India as their “most long-standing ally.”