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The US has been building up military presence in the region citing intelligence that Iran has been planning attacks on American facilities in the region, and that of its allies.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)

US to deploy more troops to West Asia as tensions with Iran rise

Hindustan Times Washington, USA | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 03:48 PM IST
Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement he was deploying 1,000 additional troops to the region “for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats”.
Given the interest in the region, Dubai-based airline Emirates has offered Indian customers an option of using their boarding passes for discounts of up to 50% at over 500 leisure and retail outlet locations across the United Arab Emirates from May 1 and August 31.(AFP)
Given the interest in the region, Dubai-based airline Emirates has offered Indian customers an option of using their boarding passes for discounts of up to 50% at over 500 leisure and retail outlet locations across the United Arab Emirates from May 1 and August 31.(AFP)

Dubai, Istanbul top tourist hubs this holiday season

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haidar
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 07:10 AM IST
Night markets, culinary trails and special shopping offers make local festivals an ideal time to see destinations at their best, say tour operators.
The Narendra Modi government and its foreign policy team led by the external affairs minister, S Jaishankar, will have to deal with a much more complex external environment as compared to Modi’s first term(PTI)
The Narendra Modi government and its foreign policy team led by the external affairs minister, S Jaishankar, will have to deal with a much more complex external environment as compared to Modi’s first term(PTI)

India’s pursuit of a leading power status is linked to its role in the neighbourhood

By Shyam Saran
PUBLISHED ON JUN 06, 2019 08:19 PM IST
Ensure more diplomacy at home rather than abroad to infuse decisions on reforms with a global perspective
Image for representation(AFP file photo)
Image for representation(AFP file photo)

As tension with Iran escalates, US plans to deploy 10,000 troops to West Asia

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 07:55 PM IST
The Pentagon presentation is slated for Thursday, but it was not known if President Donald Trump will attend the briefing.
The plan, it appears to be, is to approach the vexatious issue that has defied resolution for decades from the economic angle in a bid to prevent its outright rejection.(HT Photo)
The plan, it appears to be, is to approach the vexatious issue that has defied resolution for decades from the economic angle in a bid to prevent its outright rejection.(HT Photo)

US to co-host economic workshop in new West Asia peace push

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 09:04 AM IST
Called the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop, it is expected to “will facilitate discussions on an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and the region”.
In her suicide note, the woman blamed her husband for forcing her to bring money from her maternal home to pay the bank loan.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In her suicide note, the woman blamed her husband for forcing her to bring money from her maternal home to pay the bank loan.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Kerala woman and daughter blame family not bank loan for suicide

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 11:59 PM IST
Relatives had initially said the Canara Bank’s bid to attach their house for failing to repay a housing loan drove the two to kill themselves but police said they found a suicide note which squarely blamed family members for driving them to death
Satellite photo by Maxar Technologies shows a Saudi-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Fujairah, UAE. (Credit:AP)
Satellite photo by Maxar Technologies shows a Saudi-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Fujairah, UAE. (Credit:AP)

Trump denies US plans to send troops to Iran

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2019 12:36 AM IST
Trump had earlier warned Iran that “it’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that. They’re not going to be happy.”
A bearded man with Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's appearance speaks in this screen grab taken from video released on April 29, 2019.(REUTERS)
A bearded man with Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's appearance speaks in this screen grab taken from video released on April 29, 2019.(REUTERS)

‘Sri Lanka attack to avenge Syria ouster’: IS chief Baghdadi in first video in 5 years

Colombo | By Agencies
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 10:13 AM IST
The US-based SITE Intelligence Group said the acknowledgement of the Sri Lanka attack by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi came during his first propaganda video in five years.
Iran’s parliament approved the outlines of a bill to retaliate for the US designation of the Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist organization, Ali Najafi-Khoshroudi, spokesman for parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, was cited as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.(AFP)
Iran’s parliament approved the outlines of a bill to retaliate for the US designation of the Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist organization, Ali Najafi-Khoshroudi, spokesman for parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, was cited as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.(AFP)

Iran advances bill to retaliate for US action on elite forces

Iran | By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 09:45 AM IST
The bill declares that US Central Command forces in West Asia and any organizations or bodies working under them against Iran are terrorists.
Saudi-Iran tensions, war in Yemen and hostilities between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance have triggered a phenomenal increase in arms imports to West Asia, according to Stockholm-based arms trade monitor SIPRI.(AFP)
Saudi-Iran tensions, war in Yemen and hostilities between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance have triggered a phenomenal increase in arms imports to West Asia, according to Stockholm-based arms trade monitor SIPRI.(AFP)

Tensions, conflicts fanning arms sales in West Asia: Monitor

New Delhi | By Nadim Siraj
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2019 05:04 PM IST
West Asia is the only region that witnessed a rise in arms imports in the 2014-2018 period while the numbers fell in the rest of the world.
US President Donald Trump(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
US President Donald Trump(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Donald Trump roils West Asia with Golan Heights policy shift

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 10:01 PM IST
Trump’s tweet supporting Israel’s claim of sovereignty over Golan Heights doesn’t change much on the ground but it was condemned by most major players in the region and might further imperil his long-awaited West Asia peace initiative.
Image for representation(AP)
Image for representation(AP)

What is West Nile Virus and how does it spread? Read here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2019 10:20 AM IST
The WNV can cause neurological disease and death in people and is common in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America and West Asia.
India will host a two-day meeting with officials and foreign ministers of the Arab League states from January 31.(HT Photo)
India will host a two-day meeting with officials and foreign ministers of the Arab League states from January 31.(HT Photo)

India to host two-day Arab league meeting from January 31

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 11:25 PM IST
This will be the second ministerial meeting of the Arab-India Cooperation Forum, which was created to boost cooperation with the 22-member Arab League.
In this February 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain(AP)
In this February 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain(AP)

Khashoggi saga: It may unleash a power play with far-reaching ramifications

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2018 07:59 PM IST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has clearly decided to use the affair to make a push to project his country as the main Sunni player in the Muslim world while discrediting the Saudi prince.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France comes in the backdrop of statements by former French president Francois Hollande which added to the Rafale controversy.(HT File Photo)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to France comes in the backdrop of statements by former French president Francois Hollande which added to the Rafale controversy.(HT File Photo)

Nirmala Sitharaman likely to meet French defence minister next month

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 07:55 AM IST
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman is expected to travel to France next month for a defence ministers dialogue with her French counterpart Florence Parly as the two countries seek to expand their ties beyond bilateral joint exercises, with a focus on West Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian, who was killed during a protest against US embassy move to Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border, during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip, May 15, 2018(REUTERS)
Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian, who was killed during a protest against US embassy move to Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border, during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip, May 15, 2018(REUTERS)

Gaza unrest: Israel’s use of brute force must be condemned

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 06:23 PM IST
The association of the Hamas with the protests could be a reason for this inaction, but, there’s no excuse for Israel’s use of live ammunition on a largely unarmed group of Palestinian protesters
Kebabs and pilaus may have come to India from the Middle East, but biryani, I think, is our own creation(iStock)
Kebabs and pilaus may have come to India from the Middle East, but biryani, I think, is our own creation(iStock)

The secret ingredient of Indian food

Hindustan Times | By Vir Sanghvi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 11:40 PM IST
Dishes like pilaus may have come to us from West Asia, but it was India’s spice magic that raised them to another level entirely
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (centre) poses for camera during his visit to Google, Silicon Valley, April 6, 2018(REUTERS)
Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (centre) poses for camera during his visit to Google, Silicon Valley, April 6, 2018(REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will have to do more to change perceptions in the West

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 04:04 PM IST
Mohammed bin Salman’s tour to the United States and Europe is to attract investment and project the image of a reformer. But first he’ll have to address the tensions in West Asia, most importantly the war in Yemen
The development also comes against the backdrop of Saudi Arabia allowing a newly introduced Air India flight from New Delhi to Tel Aviv fly over its airspace, seen as a major diplomatic development in West Asia.(Reuters File Photo)
The development also comes against the backdrop of Saudi Arabia allowing a newly introduced Air India flight from New Delhi to Tel Aviv fly over its airspace, seen as a major diplomatic development in West Asia.(Reuters File Photo)

Saudi govt decides to not confiscate passports of Indian airlines crew: Air India

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2018 09:19 AM IST
The move comes as a big relief to the crew of Air India and Jet Airways, the two Indian airlines who fly to that country
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