‘Deep and disturbing’ decline found in world media

Paris : A leading journalism advocacy group says media freedom experienced a sharp decline around the world over the past year, citing increasing government restrictions in places like Turkey, Poland, Tajikistan, and Egypt.

In its 2016 World Press Freedom Index released on April 20, Reporters Without Borders said that there had been a “deep and disturbing” decline in freedom of information in many places around the world.

Women rally in support of Rousseff in Brasilia

Rio de Janeiro : Hundreds of women rallied in front of the Planalto Palace, the government headquarters, in Brasilia in support of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and against her impeachment.

During the rally on Tuesday they carried red and white roses as well as signs calling for the president to stay, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rousseff met several leaders of the women's rally in the palace and left the building to personally greet the demonstrators, many of whom travelled from other states to show their support.

Jaitley discusses drug problem with British, Sri Lankan, Thai ministers

United Nations : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has met here with ministers from Britain, Sri Lanka and Thailand to discuss cooperation in fighting the international drug menace.

Jaitley met the ministers on the sidelines of the General Assembly Special Session on the drug problem, according to the Indian mission.

Ten-Year action plan for Islamic world: Muslim states agree on creation of Anti-terror Islamic Interpol

Islamic heads of more than 30 states have agreed a Ten-year plan of action in a bid to tackle extremism and security issues threatening the Islamic world.

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Istanbul: Over 30 heads of Islamic countries have established a Ten-Year plan of action for Islamic world and committed to create new anti-extremism centre and an international peace conference to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict.

Can't afford double standards on terror: Sushma Swaraj

Moscow: Terrorism poses the biggest challenge to international security and nations cannot afford to adopt double standards in the fight against it, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday at the 14th Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers meet here.

"If we continue to adopt double standards in dealing with terrorism, it will have serious consequences not just for our own countries, but the international community as a whole," she said.

Nine Guantanamo detainees transferred to Saudi Arabia

Washington : At least nine Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Saudi Arabia, cutting the number of inmates of the notorious US detention facility in Cuba to 80, the Pentagon has said.

The nine detainees include Tariq Ali Abdullah Ahmed Ba Odah, a Yemeni cleared for transfer by the US government in 2009 who had been on a hunger strike since 2007 in protest of his indefinite detention without charge or trial, said Pentagon on Saturday.

Helping family repatriate Indian's body from Saudi Arabia: government

New Delhi : The Indian government is working with authorities in Saudi Arabia for repatriation of the mortal remains of an Indian worker allegedly killed in the Gulf nation by his employers.

Government sources said that within the limits of Saudi law, the Indian embassy in Riyadh has been engaged with the matter of the death of Mohammad Afsar continually since March 26 last year after being informed of it by the victim's brother who was also working in Saudi Arabia.

India, US to deepen alliance for combating tax evasion

Washington : As nations across the globe are in hot pursuit of tax evaders and terror financing, India and the US have agreed to step up their joint work in this area, while Washington has extended its support for India's trillion-dollar infrastructure development needs.

Visiting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and US Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew met here Thursday evening for the 6th Annual US-India Economic and Financial Partnership, which was formed in 2010, and released a joint statement, covering collaborations in areas ranging from regulation to money laundering.

Jordan security forces close Muslim brotherhood headquarters

Amman : Jordanian security personnel stormed the headquarters of the Muslim brotherhood, the main opposition group in Amman, dismissed all people inside and sealed the premises on Wednesday, sources said.

All the people inside were forced to leave the headquarters of the brotherhood, located in the Abdali district, Efe news quoted brotherhood sources as saying.

Relations between the Jordanian authorities and the Muslim brotherhood, the country's main opposition force, have been strained for years and have recently worsened.

OIC reiterates support for Kashmir right to self-determination

Turkey : The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated its support for Jammu and Kashmir's right to self-determination.

In a meeting held here, on the sidelines of the 13th OIC Summit, the OIC contact group on Jammu and Kashmir voiced its continued support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir "in their legitimate struggle for the right to self-determination" in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.