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A file photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad | Commons

As Syria begins normalising relations with neighbours, a look back at bloody 10-year conflict

Syrian civil war has killed over 4 lakh people. Secy of State Antony Blinken has said US does not support efforts to ‘normalise relations’ with Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
File image of Mundra port | Wikimedia Commons

Adani Ports won’t handle cargo from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan after Mundra drug haul

Company says it’ll stop import and export of containers to and from these 3 countries from 15 November. Last month, heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore was seized at Mundra port.
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian | Photo: Twitter | @Amirabdolahian

Iran’s foreign minister to visit India as new Taliban govt begins to settle in Afghanistan

Iran is urging India to play larger role in Afghanistan and establish working relationship with Taliban. It also wants India to work out solution with US & resume oil imports.
Representational image of a plane | Piqsels

Ukraine, Iran deny reports of hijacking of evacuation plane from Afghanistan

Ukraine's deputy foreign minister Yevgeny Yenin Sunday claimed that a Ukrainian plane was hijacked in Afghanistan by unidentified people who flew it into Iran.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar | File photo: ANI

Jaishankar to attend swearing-in ceremony of Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi tomorrow

Ministry of External Affairs Wednesday announced that Dr S Jaishankar will call on the president and also meet other leaders during the two-day visit to Iran.

Why Iran’s new President Raisi will listen only to his mentor: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

Ebrahim Raisi only won the presidency because Khamenei fixed the contest in his favor. This leaves him with little political legitimacy of his own, and more beholden to Khamenei.
Pedestrians walk past a banner indicating a vaccination point at a residential compound in Beijing, China, in April 2021 | Yan Cong | Bloomberg

Covid-19 pandemic: China sees its worst outbreak, Cambodia begins giving booster shots

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

Jaishankar speaks to Iranian counterpart on evolving Afghan situation, bilateral issues

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had earlier held talks with Javad Zarif and called on Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi during a stopover at Tehran on his way to Russia.
Foreign minister S Jaishankar with Iran President-elect Ebrahim Raisi | Twitter

The Afghan chessboard is up for grabs again. And India is looking towards Iran this time

Pakistan is the most important player in Afghanistan today — it has waited for 20 years for the Americans to leave.
Iran's president Ebrahim Raisi during a news conference in Tehran, on 21 June 21

Why Iran won’t smile for long about Taliban becoming new neighbour in Afghanistan

Taliban's ascendancy in Afghan civil war is sure to send refugees flooding across the border between the nations, along with a rise in drug & human trafficking & terrorist activity.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.