South Asia and Beyond

Ashwin Ahmad

Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.

Outgoing Irish Prime Minister Has ‘No Regrets’ As He Formally Resigns

Irish (taoiseach) Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had “nor regrets” as he formally tendered his resignation to President Micheal D. Higgins in Dublin on Monday. The president’s wife, Sabina Higgins, was also in attendance. The formal announcement of his resignation followed his shock announcement in March when the Indian-origin and openly gay prime minister announced that […]Read More

UN Security Council Jolted By Minor Earthquake During Gaza Briefing

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was briefly interrupted after a rare 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit on Friday morning in New York. This was captured in a video posted by the UN on X by Janti Soeripto, president and CEO of “Save the Children” organisation. Commenting on X after the event, “The #earthquake may have disrupted my […]Read More

Peru’s President Clings On To Power Despite An Approval Rating of 9%

“Rolexgate” continues to haunt Peru’s president Dina Boluarte who has dismissed an investigation into her use of luxury watches as a “smoke screen.” Last week, 20 officials from the public prosecutor’s office and 20 police raided Boluarte’s house on Friday night, and the palace on Saturday morning. The charges were potential self-enrichment and the failure […]Read More

Russia Summons South Korea’s Envoy Over Sanctions, Calling It An ‘Unfriendly Step’

Russia has summoned South Korea’s envoy to protest what it called the “latest unfriendly step” by Seoul. The remarks were released by the Russian foreign after deputy foreign minister Andrey Rudenko summoned South Korean ambassador Lee Do-hoon on Friday to complain about South Korea’s sanctions on Moscow. According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, South […]Read More

India Is Now A Space Superpower, Says Russian Diplomat

Indians and foreigners from all walks of life thronged to the Russian center to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Indian to go into space, Rakesh Sharma. The event organised by the Russian mission, showed various still pictures of Sharma posing with his fellow Russian cosmonauts before and after the flight. Speaking at the event, […]Read More

UN Human Rights Council Demands Halt In Arms Sales To Israel

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has passed a draft resolution on Friday calling for the cessation of arms sales to Israel, nearly six months into the war in Gaza. This marks the first time the UN’s top rights body has taken a position on the bloodiest-ever Gaza war where over 30,000 Palestinians have died. […]Read More

Chinese Government Is Leveraging AI To Target US Voters, Says Microsoft Report

Online actors linked to the Chinese government are increasingly leveraging AI to target voters in the U.S. and elsewhere with disinformation, according to a new cyber-threat report published on Friday by Microsoft. The report says that Chinese-linked campaigns have laundered false information through fake accounts on social-media platforms, seeking to identify divisive domestic political issues […]Read More