US, Indonesia prepare to hold the largest joint military exercise in South Sumatra in August
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US, Indonesia prepare to hold the largest joint military exercise in South Sumatra in August

Indonesia and the United States are prepared to hold their largest military exercises next month, dismissing worries about a split in their relationship over China's increasing investments in the Southeast Asian country. The increasing hostility between China and the US compelled the Indo-Pacific nations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans to sail through, as both superpowers advanced diplomatic lead in the geopolitically important region. Indonesia has been neutral amid the rivalry, throwing light on its long-term foreign policy ideology of being "independent and active." The US chairman

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Four out of five UNSC members support India’s bid for a permanent seat
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Four out of five UNSC members support India’s bid for a permanent seat

On Friday, the government announced that four of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had endorsed India's bid for a permanent seat in the body. The only country that has not yet supported India's bid to join the UNSC is China. Currently, the UNSC consists of five permanent members and ten non-permanent members, who the UN General Assembly elects for a two-year term. Russia, the UK, China, France, and the United States are the five permanent members and can veto any resolution. There is a growing demand for increased permanent membership to reflect the c

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Smt. Draupadi Murmu Becomes India’s First Tribal Woman President
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Smt. Draupadi Murmu Becomes India’s First Tribal Woman President

On Thursday, the NDA’s presidential candidate, Draupadi Murmu, emerged victorious with 64.03% of the vote in the presidential election. She created history by becoming the first tribal woman to win President-elect. Belonging to a tribal community in the Mayurbhanj district in Odisha, Smt. Murmu fought against all odds to become the 15th President of India. The 64-year-old Murmu bagged 6,76,803 votes against her opponent, Yashwant Sinha, who could manage only 3,803,177 votes. In the election counting, Murmu received votes from 2824 electors, including 540 MPs, out of 4809 electors, includ

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EU, Azerbaijan sign MOU to Double Gas Exports
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EU, Azerbaijan sign MOU to Double Gas Exports

The European Commission (EU), on Monday, struck a deal with Azerbaijan to double natural gas imports by 2027. The agreement was made after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Baku in an attempt to reduce the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas. According to Reuters, the deal between both countries will increase energy supply into the bloc through the Southern Gas Corridor pipeline. Azerbaijan began exporting natural gas to Europe through the Trans Adriatic Pipeline at the end of 2020. In 2021, the pipeline delivered 8 billion cubic meters of gas to the

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Sheik Hasina to begin global outreach with India visit in September
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Sheik Hasina to begin global outreach with India visit in September

Bangladeshi’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to launch diplomatic interactions beginning with a visit to India in September. It was originally scheduled for July. New Delhi sources indicate the visit will now take place from September 6 to 7. Currently, her party is being criticized by the western power for the democracy deficit before next year's elections. Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen announced, “The possible dates of the Prime Minister’s New Delhi visit could be within the first 10 days of September”. According to him the capitals have decided to implement the

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Italy signs energy deals with Algeria
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Italy signs energy deals with Algeria

Italy has sealed a series of agreements with Algeria, as European countries intensified their efforts to sidestep Russia after it invaded Ukraine and fix alternative energy supplies. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi during his visit to Algiers as part of the fourth Italy-Algeria intergovernmental summit met Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Monday. They signed fifteen agreements and memorandums of understanding in versatile areas such as energy, sustainable development, justice, and micro-enterprises. The finalization of the deal sees many energy companies, including Italy's

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US, Saudi Arabia pledge moves to stabilize global energy markets
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US, Saudi Arabia pledge moves to stabilize global energy markets

The United States and Saudi Arabia have conveyed their interest and devotion to securing the stability of global energy markets. US President Joe Biden held talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other top Saudi officials in Jeddah. In a joint statement carried out by the Saudi state news agency (SPA), the US welcomed Riyadh's dedication to supporting balanced international oil markets to attain sustainable economic growth. The two countries agreed to strategically collaborate as partners in dealing with climate and energy issues and would consult often on global energy mark

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US House Approves CAATSA Waiver for India’s Purchase of Russian S-400 Missile Defense System
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US House Approves CAATSA Waiver for India’s Purchase of Russian S-400 Missile Defense System

The US House of Representatives passed a legislative amendment on Thursday, July 14, that approves a waiver to India against the harsh CAATSA sanctions for its acquisition of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia to help scare off aggressors like China. The legislative amendment was passed as part of an en bloc (as a unit) amendment in the middle of floor consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Written and introduced by Indian-American congressional representative Ro Khanna, the amendment requests the Biden administration to use its power to offer India a

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Israel’s Airspace Is Opened To ‘All airlines’ By Saudi Arabia
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Israel’s Airspace Is Opened To ‘All airlines’ By Saudi Arabia

On Friday, in an apparent gesture of openness towards Israel ahead of US President Joe Biden's visit, Saudi Arabia lifted restrictions on "all carriers" using its airspace. The US president praised Riyadh's "historic" decision, the latest conciliatory move concerning the Jewish state, which Riyadh has refused to recognize despite Israeli efforts to establish ties with the Arab world. In a statement on Twitter, the Saudi civil aviation authority stated that it has decided to open its airspace to all airlines meeting the requirements for overflying its airspace. In addition to efforts

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G20 host Indonesia hopes for progress in global food security talks
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G20 host Indonesia hopes for progress in global food security talks

Bali will host the G20 finance leaders this week for talks that will tackle topics such as global food security and inflation. Wempi Saputra, Indonesia's deputy for finance in the G20, said the group will be seeking to ensure the supply and affordability of food and fertilizers in poor countries to cope with a possible food crisis. In addition to debt relief for poor countries, the summit will discuss the creation of a future pandemic fund at the World Bank, as well as the Resilience and Stability Trust at the International Monetary Fund. When talks end on Saturday, Indonesia expects

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