Barely two years since the Maldives’ new constitution was adopted, opening doors for a new era of democracy, the country is now stuck in a bitter power struggle, its governance deadlocked, midst signs of early polls and a referendum.
Documents reveal multimillion-dollar funding to journalists and media in Venezuela. State Department documents declassified under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) evidence more than $4 million USD in funding to journalists and private media in Venezuela during the last three years.
In a BBC report, Barbara Plett, BBC UN correspondent has reported that senior UN Auditor Inga Britt Ahlenius has launched a blistering attack on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's leadership. Ms Ahlenius is the outgoing head of a body charged with combating corruption and misconduct within the organisation.
A meeting was held between Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on 15-16 July as a follow up of Indo-Pak talks at Foreign Secretary level on 24 June and Interior Ministers meeting on 25 June. While it was crystal clear that India was in no mood to resume talks with Pakistan, it had to reluctantly give in under US pressure.