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July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia Wednesday reacted to the imposition of United Nations sanctions by shutting down the U.N. mission in the country, calling for a boycott of American and Russian goods in the Muslim world, and reiterating its refusal to hand over wanted terror suspect Osama bin Laden."These are cruel sanctions, unjust, irrational and unilateral,'' Mullah Abdul Zalam Zaeef, the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan, told a news conference.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
March 23, 2001New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - In a significant shift in its nuclear policy, Pakistan has indicated its keenness to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, a move foreign policy analysts Friday attributed to economic considerations.But neighboring India, which considers the treaty discriminatory, is unlikely to follow suit, analysts said."We are not quite there, but getting there," said Pakistan military ruler General Pervez Musharraf in an interview with a U.S. newspaper, in reference to the CTBT.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - FBI agent Robert Hanssen, charged with selling secrets to Moscow, reportedly sent $20,000 of his spying earnings to the late Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity on the advice of a Roman Catholic priest he confessed to.The order, which cares for the destitute and orphans in India, said Tuesday it never checks the source of donations nor does it impose any limits - upper or lower - on the amounts donated.
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New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - President Clinton has praised India's unilateral decision to extend a cease-fire in disputed Kashmir by another month, and Pakistan's partial pullback of troops from the disputed border.But even as he welcomed what he called "an important step forward," the new peace initiative was marred Thursday by mutual accusations by the two protagonists.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - American sanctions imposed on India after it tested nuclear devices in 1998 could be lifted next month, when Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh makes a three-day visit to Washington, analysts here predicted Monday.Singh, who also holds the defense portfolio, is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other senior Pentagon officials.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Alarmed by Pakistan's shift toward Beijing, its economic collapse and the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, Washington is working out a regional strategy that includes a closer relationship with Islamabad."We are in the process of working it out, in my view for the first time, a relationship with Pakistan," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Indian daily The Hindu 0 this week.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan is considering urging the United Nations Security Council to review its decision to impose sanctions against the Taliban militia ruling most of Afghanistan."Pakistan has received the sanctions resolution against Afghanistan and it is closely examining it," Foreign Office spokesman Riaz Mohammad Khan said Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Former President Clinton arrives in India Tuesday on a low-key humanitarian mission that contrasts sharply to his high-profile visit to the subcontinent last year.On his first major overseas visit since leaving office, Clinton is scheduled to tour Bhuj, the epicenter of the devastating January 26 earthquake, as well as surrounding areas, and to witness the rehabilitation work."Essentially, this is a private visit for the rehabilitation of earthquake victims," the Indian foreign ministry spokesman said.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Alarmed by Pakistan's shift toward Beijing, its economic collapse and the threat of Islamic fundamentalism, Washington is working out a regional strategy that includes a closer relationship with Islamabad."We are in the process of working it out, in my view for the first time, a relationship with Pakistan," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Indian daily The Hindu 0 this week.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - India denied claims Thursday that it was plotting with the United States and Russia to oust Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia, against whom the U.N. Security Council imposed fresh sanctions just last week.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Pakistan expressed anxiety Monday after reports that its archrival and neighbor, India, is establishing a defense cooperation agreement with the United States.Analysts said the pact, discussed during a visit by Foreign and Defense Minister Jaswant Singh to Washington, could spark off a new arms race in the region, whose regional powers have fought three wars since gaining independence in 1947.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Religious leaders in India have joined the battle to protect female babies in their mothers' wombs, because legislation has failed to protect them in a society that displays a preference for sons, sociologists said on Wednesday.The killing of preborn female babies in the country has grown to such a degree that the ratio of women to men is no longer in line with global trends.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - As the Iron Curtain crumbled, the Berlin wall collapsed, the Cold War ended and the world entered the new millennium, a new relationship between two estranged democracies, India and the United States, developed.The Cold War foes transformed themselves from estranged democracies into engaged democracies as the explosion of information technology revealed how much the two countries had in common.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Despite U.S.-imposed sanctions on technology transfers, India on Wednesday successfully launched a satellite rocket, thus joining an elite club of nations capable of launching commercial satellites."It was a textbook flight," an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) official said.The geo-synchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) rocket, which cost $300 million and took 10 years to build, is carrying a 1.5 tonne (metric ton) experimental satellite.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - An upcoming weekend summit between nuclear neighbors Pakistan and India is considered a high-stakes event for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, analysts said on Wednesday."The failed summit would be more damaging to Musharraf, compounding his poor international standing," according to the Henry L. Stimson Center, a leading American think tank.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun a probe into the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in 1999 and Interpol has issued a "red notice" alert for Pakistani nationals allegedly involved in the hijacking."A copy of the red corner alert notice issued by the Interpol has been received by us," S.M. Khan, spokesperson for India's Central Bureau of Investigation, said Wednesday."Interpol has indicated that an alert notice has been sent to Pakistan authorities."
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The slowdown in the U.S. economy has affected Indian technology firms, resulting in massive layoffs of IT professionals and their return home from the Silicon Valley in large numbers.The slowdown is also expected to affect Indian software exports, as the U.S. market accounts for 60 percent of Indian sales abroad.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - The likelihood of continuing bloodshed looms large in Kashmir after an India-Pakistan summit failed to achieve any breakthrough over the territory disputed between the two nuclear rivals, regional analysts said on Tuesday.Several militant Islamic groups based in Pakistan said the collapse of the talks would give new impetus to their efforts to end India's control over part of Kashmir.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Visiting U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) Thursday expressed concern over the attacks on Christians in India and said New Delhi was not doing enough to contain the attacks."I am not satisfied by the steps taken by Indian government to curb such incidents," said the Pennsylvania Republican, who is visiting India.Indian officials are concerned that further attacks on the country's Christian minority could affect the recently improving relations with the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
New Delhi (CNSNews.com) - Behind Californian businessman Dennis Tito's historic trip as the world's first space tourist - he arrived at the International Space Station early Monday - stands a company headed by a Sikh of Indian origin.Chirinjeev Kathuria, a telecom billionaire, set up MirCorp along with telecom entrepreneur Walt Anderson and RSC Energia, a Russian enterprise that launched Sputnik and sent Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarian into orbit in 1961.