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China Downplays India-ASEAN Summit, Presence Of Top Leaders At R-Day

New Delhi: China has shown no concern over India hosting top ASEAN leaders on the country's 69th Republic Day and hoped that all countries can work jointly to maintain peace, stability and the development of the region.

India is holding a two-day India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit in New Delhi which is expected to give boost to the cooperation in key areas of counter-terrorism, security and connectivity amidst increasing Chinese economic and military assertiveness in the region.

In an unprecedented event, all the 10 ASEAN leaders will also be the chief guests at the Republic Day parade.

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Not Safe Yet For Rohingya Return To Myanmar: UN Official

New Delhi: It is not yet safe for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in refugee camps in Bangladesh to begin returning to Myanmar, according to a senior United Nations official. 

While many Rohingya want to eventually return to their villages, UNICEF deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said that no one he met during visits to Bangladesh's refugee camps said they would go back now.

"This moment is not safe to go back," he said. "We have to improve the security situation inside Myanmar to send them back."

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Pakistan PM Says Belt Road Initiative Much More Than Infra Partnership With China

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister ShahidKhaqanAbbasi has saidBelt and Road Initiative is much more than just an infrastructure partnership with China and will go a long way in creating a shared future in a fractured world.

Speaking at a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Abbasi said, "We strongly recognise the vision of China and President Xi Jinping".

China's massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) seeks to build rail, maritime and road links from Asia to Europe and Africa in a revival of ancient Silk Road trading routes.

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Attack On US By North Korea Not Imminent: CIA

New Delhi: CIA Director Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that North Korea was moving "ever closer" to putting Americans at risk with a nuclear-tipped missile. Pompeo said he believes leader Kim Jong Un won't rest until he's able to threaten multiple nuclear attacks against the US at the same time.

Despite his warning, Pompeo doesn't think a North Korean attack on the United States is imminent. He has said that President Donald Trump is going to do everything possible to avoid taking military action against Pyongyang.

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Pence Assets US Will 'Never Allow' Iran To Have A Nuclear Weapon

New Delhi: US Vice President Mike Pence has vowed in an address to the Israeli parliament that Washington will never allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

"I have a solemn promise to Israel, to all the Middle East and to the world -- the United States of America will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon," Pence said to applause from Israeli MPs.

The 2015 deal that was meant to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities was fiercely opposed by Israel, but backed by then US president Barack Obama.