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    Former top US diplomats slam President Donald Trump for dividing, isolating country

    Emphasising that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden knows that even the United States of America needs friends on this planet, John Kerry strongly criticised Trump for isolating the US on the world stage.

    US accuses Iran of 'dangerous' harassment of US warships

    The American vessels included the USS Paul Hamilton, a Navy destroyer, the USS Lewis...

    India engages with Iran to keep Strait of Hormuz safe

    Two-thirds of the oil and half the liquefied natural gas India imports come through the...

    • Khamenei spoke to the nation in a 30-minute speech aired on state television, as other officials in the past gave the keynote speech. He repeatedly referred to Israel as a “cancer” or “tumour” during the speech, criticizing the US and the West for equipping it with “various kinds of military and non-military tools of power, even with atomic weapons.”

      A petition, seeking evacuation of medical students from Bangladesh, said there are about 581 students stuck there and they are looking for help from Indian authorities.

      To zap a cancerous tumour with radiation is not to attack the body in which the tumour has grown, but to save it. Attempts to apply painful therapy without making this distinction clear or in bad faith, when the real goal is to finish off the patient, would be disastrous.

      A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant, which heard the matter through video-conferencing, issued notice to the Centre on the plea which has sought a direction to the government to provide adequate medical support to these Indian citizens who are stranded in Iran till their evacuation.

      In the biggest exercise of its kind globally, India will begin bringing back lakhs of its citizens stranded abroad from Thursday (May 7) in a phased manner on non-schedule flights and naval ships. Among the first targets is the UAE, where about 2 lakh people have registered with the local missions to return from Dubai and Abu Dhabi alone.

      The Konarak, a Hendijan-class support ship, which was taking part in the exercise, was too close to a target during an exercise on Sunday when the incident happened, the reports said. The vessel had been putting targets out for other ships to target. The media said the missile struck the vessel accidentally.

      This was his maiden visit to Tehran after taking over as the Foreign Minister and comes after his visit to Washington. The US' approach to sanctions betrays a pathological and reckless addiction—a condition that renders no bounds or boundary to what the US may or may not do," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday.

      Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh said that 273 of the evacuees are pilgrims. He said that among the people were 149 women and girls. The defence spokesperson said that the facility has a dedicated team of Army doctors, who will be constantly monitoring the health parameters of the evacuees for the duration of their stay.

      Iran says it is ready for unconditional prisoner swap talks with the United States because of fears that the coronavirus could put the lives of the prisoners at risk, Iranian media reported Sunday.

      The Chabahar port -- jointly being developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan -- is considered a gateway to golden opportunities for trade with central Asian nations by the three countries. It is located on the Indian Ocean in the Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran.

      The railway, almost 650 km in length, which will connect Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat cities and will later be extended to Kabul, is a major project agreed to by President Ashraf Ghani and President Mirziyoyev.

      Higher exports from India, the world's biggest producer of sugar, could put pressure on global prices and limit shipments from rivals such as Brazil and Thailand.

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