European politicians 'proud' to be on Russian blacklist

European politicians who discovered they were on a Russian travel blacklist said Saturday they were proud of being included and would continue speaking out against Russia`s policy towards Ukraine.

Lanka to soon name new envoy to India

 Sri Lanka has recalled all non-career diplomats serving as heads of missions abroad who had held their posts before January except the High Commissioner to India with a new envoy to be named shortly.

Burundi condemns foreign diplomatic pressure over political crisis

Burundi`s government on Tuesday condemned mounting diplomatic pressure over President Pierre Nkurunziza`s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term, signalling it would not bow to international criticism.

Japan, South Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

Japan and South Korea on Saturday held the first dialogue of their financial chiefs in two and a half years, agreeing to improve economic ties despite diplomatic frictions between the two Asian countries.

State Department releases first Clinton emails

The State Department on Friday released a first batch of emails by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, relating to Libya and a 2012 militant attack on the US mission in Benghazi.

New messianic message for Israel diplomats

A top Israeli diplomat, in a video seen by AFP on Friday, has instructed envoys to quote the Bible as giving Jews sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, including the West Bank.

China declares victory in US surveillance overflight

China declared victory on Friday over an encounter with a US surveillance aircraft overflying the contested South China Sea, saying its military "drove away" the intruder with radio warnings.

South Korea envoy meets North Korea ceremonial head of state: Report

A South Korean envoy attending Russia`s World War II anniversary ceremony briefly met with North Korea`s ceremonial head of state in a rare high-level encounter between two Koreas, a report said Sunday.

At Vatican, Raul Castro to thank Pope Francis for mediation role with US

Cuban President Raul Castro will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday to thank the pontiff for his role in brokering the rapprochement between Havana and Washington.

European ministers hold talks on stemming tide of migrants

Defence ministers from five EU countries will meet Sunday for talks on a military campaign to stop human trafficking and reinforce the region`s defences against the flow of migrants from North Africa.

China in massive land reclamation in disputed waters: US official

 China has dramatically ramped up its land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea in the past five months, building artificial islands at an unprecedented pace to bolster its territorial claims in the area, US defense officials said Friday.

Separate talks with Syria rival sides to start Tuesday: UN

The UN will Tuesday start hosting separate talks with rival sides and "as many stakeholders as possible" in war-torn Syria in a bid to kickstart stalled negotiations to end the four-year conflict.

Egyptian president`s Spain trip angers human rights groups

Rights groups slammed an official visit to Spain on Thursday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying he should be shunned for his authoritarian rule rather than courted for business deals.

North Korean diplomats storm out of UN rights meeting

North Korean diplomats on Thursday walked out of a UN conference on human rights in protest at the testimonies from three defectors about their ordeal living under the regime.

Turkey detains 350 migrants en route to Europe: report

The Turkish coastguard has rounded up 350 mainly Syrian migrants in an operation against a ship planning to take them to Europe, the official Anatolia news agency said Sunday.

Australia says executions of two nationals in Indonesia `imminent`

The Australian government on Saturday said it has been told by Indonesia that the execution of "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan was "imminent".

Indonesia issues execution orders for Australians, Filipino: Report

Two Australian drug traffickers and a Filipino woman were on Saturday given official notification by Indonesia that they will be executed, but with no given date, reports and a lawyer said.

Families of death row inmates, fearing worst, head to Indonesia

Relatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island on Friday ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger.

Pakistan PM affirms Saudi `solidarity` despite Yemen snub

Pakistan`s prime minister expressed "solidarity" with Saudi Arabia during a visit on Thursday after his parliament refused to send forces to help a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, a Pakistani official said.

Turkey warns Austria over `genocide` condemnation by lawmakers

Austrian lawmakers` decision to condemn as "genocide" the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I will have "unfavourable repercussions" on Turkish-Austrian relations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.