Despite facing the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, India has firmly and maturely dealt with the “worst crisis” in decades along its border with China, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on October 29, during his address at a leading think-tank in Paris, Institut Français des Relations Internationales. Speaking further,Continue Reading

Condemning the knife attack that took place in the French city of Nice, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has extended his condolences to the families of the victims. In a statement released by his Spokesperson, António Guterres has also reaffirmed the solidarity of the United Nations with theContinue Reading

Underscoring the need for the United Nations Security Council to effectively integrate women, peace and security considerations into the sanctions regimes, India in a statement to the Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security said, “Violence against women and girls perpetrated by terrorists deserve our strong condemnation. SuchContinue Reading

Replacing its Interior Minister, the Belarusian government on October 29 partially closed the country’s land borders and named three security officials to new roles. Ivan Kubrakov, who as head of police in the capital Minsk has led the crackdown on the demonstrations, has been appointed as the Interior Minister while hiContinue Reading

On October 29, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, held a Leaders’ Virtual Meeting. According to a press release by the European Commission, the leaders re-affirmed their determination to continue jointContinue Reading

The United States has expressed concerns at the election results in Guinea.  A statement issued by the US Embassy in Guinea reads: ‘ The United States notes the Guinean Independent National Electoral Commission’s announcement of the provisional results of the October 18 presidential election. We express concern about the questions raised by electionContinue Reading

Liberian President George Weah will not seek a third term in office as Liberian President. This was announced by his chief of staff Nathaniel McGill.  “It is not good for one man to be president for a long time,” he said.  “The president is not thinking about a third term.”  Speculation hadContinue Reading

As Azerbaijan and Armenia continued to accuse each other of shelling civilians in and around the mountain enclave, Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 29 called on Turkey for its involvement in talks to put to an end, the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh region. “Armenia had fired at its military units andContinue Reading

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast her ballot in advance for the upcoming Presidential Election in Myanmar.  Hundreds of thousands of elderly voters across the country expected to follow suit to reduce the risk of coronavirus.  General elections are scheduled to be held in Myanmar on 8 November 2020. VotingContinue Reading

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released a report on biodiversity and pandemic. COVID-19 is at least the sixth global health pandemic since the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918, and although it has its origins in microbes carried by animals, like all pandemics its emergence has been entirelyContinue Reading