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Iraq's Christians: Nearly all gone - Economist
Few of the Christian women fleeing to safety in northern Iraq arrived wearing rings in their ears or on their fingers. Fighters of the Islamic State, the self-proclaimed new name of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the jihadist group that captured Mosul last month, relieved them of just about everything valuable—except their lives.
Pakistan plays a role in the story of ISIS founder Abu Musaab al Zarqawi - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has mutated into the Islamic State after capturing parts of Syria and Iraq. The historic Islamic term “Sham” is the name given by al-Qaeda to Syria, which the Syrians don’t like because it means “left hand” and “shame”, and instead use the pagan term, Suriya, based on the correct pronunciation of the Greek letter “y” in Syria.
European ransoms bankrolling Qaida - Rukmini Callimachi, Times of India
The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million. The German official charged with delivering this cargo arrived here aboard a nearly empty military plane and was whisked away to a secret meeting with the president of Mali, who had offered Europe a face-saving solution to a vexing problem. Officially, Germany had budgeted the money as humanitarian aid for the poor, landlocked nation of Mali.
Intervention, evasion, destabilisation - Brahma Chellaney, Hindu
If Libya, Syria and Iraq are coming undone and Ukraine has been gravely destabilised, it is the result of interventionsby big powers that claim to be international law enforcers when, in reality, they are lawbreakers.
European ransoms now Al-Qaeda's major funding afp n Washington - Pioneer
Al-Qaeda is increasingly funding terror operations thanks to at least $125 million in ransom paid since 2008, largely by European Governments to free western hostages, according to a media report. The payments totalled USD 66 million in 2013 alone, according to an investigation by the New York Times published on Tuesday.
Nepal-India: Going beyond the ceremonial - Nihar R Nayak, Hindu
The much discussed issue — the lack of high-level political engagement between India and Nepal — was back in focus with the three-day official visit of Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister, to Kathmandu. Although the foreign minister’s visit to Nepal during this period every year is almost a calendar event, its most important part was the revival of the Joint Commission (JC) after 23 years, and preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the country in early August after 17 years.
With Microsoft in sights, China starts to squeeze US tech firms - Andrew Jacobs, Chris Buckley & Nick Wingfield, Business Standard
China, once the hottest growth market for United States technology companies, is turning chillier. In the latest sign of the change in climate, officials from a Chinese government agency that enforces antimonopoly laws and other business regulations visited four Microsoft offices across China on Monday, the company said.
A tired Indonesia votes for an outsider - Business Standard
Indonesia, the second-largest democracy in Asia, is going through a transition. Last week, the country's election authority announced that Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the incumbent governor of Jakarta province, had won a five-year term as president, defeating Prabowo Subianto, a retired general.
In Nepal, dhotiwallah betrays the 'dhoti' - Rajesh Singh, Pioneer
On July 26, during her first visit to Nepal as Union Minister for External Affairs, Ms Sushma Swaraj told leaders of pro-Madhesi parties that they must complain less and work more to unite for the cause they espoused. Either by way of a rebuke or a friendly advice, the Minister had touched a raw nerve, because the lack of unity among the parties has been the main stumbling block in the progress and prosperity of the Madhesis.
Building ties on realities, not rhetoric - Kanwal Sibal, Economic Times
The India-US strategic partnership has become frayed. The rhetoric does not match reality. Several differences at the bilateral, regional and global levels have emerged. The fifth strategic dialogue on July 31 will have the task of putting the relationship back on track.
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