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Rebel attack on Saudi pipeline highlights risk to Middle East oil exports

Tuesday's drone attack on Saudi pipeline underlines the risks crude oil faces as US-Iran tensions spike.

India tells Iran that decision on oil imports will be taken after elections

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif that India will take the decision based on ‘energy security and economic interests’.
Javad Zarif (File photo)

Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif in India to boost ties, days after halt on oil purchase

Ahead of a meeting with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif described India as 'one of our most important partners'.
Workers at a busy shipping yard

Melting ice caps will have extreme geopolitical & security consequences

National security imperatives of the waters are rising as surely as the sea levels around the world because of climate change.

The winner from Trump’s Iran sanctions? Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is poised to raise its own output to meet all requests for oil purchases it has received from countries that have had to stop buying Iranian crude.
US President Donald Trump | Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The world wants to join Trump’s trade war against China

Trump’s trade war is the wrong war being fought in the wrong way – even if against the right target. The US should first form a coalition of the willing.
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US commerce secretary slams India for ‘restrictive’ market access, ‘unjustified’ tariffs

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, on a visit to New Delhi, said trade between the two countries is affected by a plethora of tariff and non-tariff barriers.
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France looks to include India and several other countries as permanent UNSC members

India is at the forefront of efforts to push for the long-pending reform of UNSC, emphasising that it rightly deserves to be a permanent UN member.

This is how China wants India to pay it back for listing Masood Azhar a terrorist

It was China's serial 'technical hold' that had kept Jaish chief Masood Azhar from the UN list, and the sanctions it entails, since 2009.
FATF

Pakistan claims India ‘politicising’ FATF proceedings against it

The statement comes after finance minister Arun Jaitley said India will seek downgrading Pakistan on the FATF financing list.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.