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US to end waivers to countries buying Iran's oil

Amid soaring US-Iran tensions, a look at why and how the situation escalated this far

While the US has ended waivers on imports of Iranian oil, Iran withdrew partially from the 2015 nuclear deal earlier this month.
File photo of US President Donald Trump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Donald Trump shouldn’t drag India into his trade war

India represents rare bright spot in US foreign policy. With much difficulty, a years-long, bipartisan effort has deepened ties with prickly New Delhi.
iran oil

With US lifting waiver on oil import, how will India salvage ties with Iran?

Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in New Delhi Tuesday, less than two weeks after the US ended the exemptions from sanctions granted to India to import oil from Iran.

White nationalists want America to be white again, but here’s why it won’t happen

The white share of the US population has been dropping, from a little under 90 per cent in 1950 to 60 per cent in 2018.
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Clash of Civilisations model won’t help US win competition against China

The US should not be affirming the civilisational wall the Chinese regime has sought to build between its citizens and the democratic world.
NATO

NATO is dead; long Live NATO

NATO’s Cold War and post-Cold War existence has seen a succession of internal crises — it is and always will be on the verge of collapse.
Masood Azhar

China has a responsibility to not shield Pakistan, says Trump official

This comes after China put a technical hold on the proposal to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist for the fourth time.
The Offutt Air Force Base

Strategic US air force base lies under water as arctic weather gives way to flooding

One-third of the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, which is home to US Strategic Command, is under water.
India today produced debris of the AIM-120 missile which was fired by the Pakistani F-16

US ‘very closely’ monitoring reports of F-16 misuse after Pakistan’s denial

The Indian Air Force displayed evidence to prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations.
GSP

Is India’s protectionism reason enough for Donald Trump’s GSP move or is US being a bully?

President Donald Trump informed the US Congress Tuesday he will terminate preferential trade treatment for India by striking it off the GSP list.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

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.