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Russia Launches Its Largest Ever Military Drills Along With Chinese Soldiers

New Delhi: Russia has launched its largest ever military drills with hundreds of thousands of troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a show of force NATO condemned as a rehearsal for “large-scale conflict.” President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend the games after hosting an economic forum in Russia’s far eastern city Vladivostok where his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is one of the prominent guests.

The week-long war games dubbed “Vostok-2018”(East-2018) “have kicked off” in far eastern Russia, the defence ministry said.

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Ban Ki-Moon And Bill Gates To Head An International Commission On Climate Change

New Delhi: Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates will head an international commission on climate change to launch next month.

The commission, to be co-hosted by the Global Center on Adaptation, hosted by the Netherlands in partnership with the World Resources Institute, seeks to “convince countries across the globe to take measures to arm themselves against the consequences of climate change,” the Dutch minister for infrastructure and water management said.

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Obama Attacks Donald Trump In Most Scathing And Unusually Direct Manner

New Delhi: American presidents tend not to publicly criticise their successors or campaign against them directly, but Obama has been under pressure to step up to defend his policies and programmes from being dismantled by Trump and to rally Democrats who are without an impressive leader. Former US president Barack Obama returned to politics with a scathing and unusually direct rebuke of his successor Donald Trump.

President Trump pretended to be unmoved, saying, “I watched it but I fell asleep. I found he’s very good...for sleeping.” But he cared enough to retweet posts by supporters denouncing Obama.

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Iran And Russia Want To Retake Last Rebel-Held Area Of Syria But Turkey Wants Cease Fire

New Delhi: Presidents of Iran and Russia backed a military offensive to retake the last rebel-held area of Syria as Turkey’s president pushed for a cease fire, perhaps the final chance to avoid what activists warn will be a humanitarian disaster.

The trilateral summit in Tehran between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been viewed as a chance for a diplomatic solution before unleashing a full-scale assault on Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

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Pakistan To Become World’s Fifth-Largest Nuclear Weapon State By 2025

New Delhi: According to a new report from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), Pakistan’s stockpile of atomic warheads could increase to 220 to 250 by 2025 making it the world’s fifth-largest nuclear weapon state.

Though FAS’s latest report focused solely on Pakistan, an earlier report on global nuclear warhead inventories published in June had estimated that Pakistan currently has 150 atomic warheads, compared to 140 for India. It had also said in its earlier report that Pakistan, North Korea, China and India were among the countries that are increasing their warhead inventories.