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India-Russia Joint Military Exercise to Fight Terrorism

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India-Russia Joint Military Exercise to Fight Terrorism

The eighth edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘Indra 2016’ has begun in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia. Main focus of this edition of the joint exercise is on ‘counter-terrorism operations in semi mountainous and jungle terrain under United Nations mandate’. To achieve interoperability in joint operations, troops from both sides would acquaint themselves [...]

Dates Announced for the 2016 Nobel Prizes

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Dates Announced for the 2016 Nobel Prizes

Dates Announced for the 2016 Nobel Prizes The date and time for the announcements of the recipients of the Nobel Prize and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel are now set. The process of the Nobel Committees to independently and expertly select the 2016 Nobel Laureates is now in [...]

Russia Launches Vostochno-Messoyakha Oilfield

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Russia Launches Vostochno-Messoyakha Oilfield

President of Russia Vladimir Putin launched operations at the Vostochno-Messoyakha oilfield, Russia’s northernmost onshore deposit. The launch ceremony for the largest Arctic project took place Wednesday via a video linkup. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin reported on the project’s progress to the President. The Vostochno-Messoyakha oilfield is operated by Messoyakhaneftegaz, a [...]

NATO to Help UN Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

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NATO to Help UN Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined world leaders in New York on Monday to attend the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The UNGA general debate will take place 20 – 26 September 2016. During his five-day visit to the United States, Mr. Stoltenberg will meet with United Nations Secretary General Ban [...]

Day of Peace May See 24-hour Ceasefire in the World

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Day of Peace May See 24-hour Ceasefire in the World

Ahead of the International Day of Peace, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that each of the new global Sustainable Development Goals adopted a year ago by 193 countries are the “building blocks” for peace. Mr. Ban said that every year on that day, the United Nations calls on warring parties around the [...]

EU to Create Investment Fund for Africa

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EU to Create Investment Fund for Africa

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered Wednesday his 2016 State of the Union address, setting out key priorities for the year including the creation of an investment fund for Africa and other European Union (EU) neighbors. “With economic growth in developing countries at its lowest level since 2003, this is crucial. The new Plan will [...]

Greek Volunteers Win Nansen Refugee Award

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Greek Volunteers Win Nansen Refugee Award

Konstantinos Mitragas on behalf of the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) and Efi Latsoudi, the human rights activist behind “PIKPA village” on the Greek island of Lesvos, are joint winners of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award 2016. The award recognizes their voluntary efforts to aid refugees arriving in Greece during 2015, and reflects the spirit of volunteerism [...]

UN Human Rights Chief Says Beware of the Demagogues

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UN Human Rights Chief Says Beware of the Demagogues

UN Human Rights Chief Says Beware of the Demagogues The United Nations (UN) human rights chief has warned against the impact that populists and demagogues are having on society, and called for more effort to safeguard human rights law. “Populists use half-truths and oversimplification – the two scalpels of the arch propagandist, and here the [...]

Vladimir Putin Pays Tribute to Islam Karimov

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Vladimir Putin Pays Tribute to Islam Karimov

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, arrived in Samarkand today to pay tribute to the memory of the first President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov. He was the first president of Uzbekistan from its independence in September 1991 to his death last week on September 2. Karimov suffered a stroke on August 29 and was put [...]

NATO Surveillance Planes to Counter ISIS Terrorism

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NATO Surveillance Planes to Counter ISIS Terrorism

NATO Surveillance Planes to Counter ISIS Terrorism NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed the new German White Paper on Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr. This includes the German government’s commitment to participate even more in shaping international security – in an address to Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union [...]

Pope Francis to Add Mother Teresa in the List of Saints

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Pope Francis to Add Mother Teresa in the List of Saints

Pope Francis to Add Mother Teresa in the List of Saints Mother Teresa will be declared a saint by Pope Francis today at a canonisation ceremony to be held in Vatican City. The canonization is taking place on the eve of Mother Teresa’s 19th death anniversary. She died on September 5, 1997. After the ceremony, [...]

Russia Honors Gold Medal Winners of 2016 Olympics

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Russia Honors Gold Medal Winners of 2016 Olympics

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, presented state awards to the Russian athletes who won gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Russia’s national team took fourth place in the medals table with 56 medals in total: 19 gold, 18 silver, and 19 bronze. “We will have a thorough consideration [...]

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