The United States will open a consulate in Western Sahara following President Trump’s decision to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed region.
Mr. Trump announced on December 10 that the U.S. would recognise Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara as part of a deal for the North African country to normalise relations with Israel.
Recognising Western Sahara was a reversal of decades of U.S. policy and the move has been heavily criticised, not least by those in Western Sahara who have fought for independence and want a referendum on the territory’s future.
The U.S. decision to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara has drawn criticism from the U.N. as well as American allies in Africa and beyond.
Britain and the European Union have struck a free-trade deal on December 24 that should avert economic chaos on New Year's and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil.
Once ratified by both sides, the agreement will ensure Britain and the 27-nation bloc can continue to trade in goods without tariffs or quotas after the U.K. breaks fully free of the EU on January 1.
It took more than three years of wrangling before Britain left the bloc’s political structures in January 2019.
Britain say that it gives the U.K. control over its money, borders, laws and fishing waters and ensures the country is no longer under the influence of EU.
A group of seven influential U.S. lawmakers have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to raise the issue of farmers’ protest in India with his Indian counterpart.
India has called the remarks by foreign leaders and politicians on protests by farmers as “ill-informed” and “unwarranted”, asserting that the matter pertains to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
The lawmakers say that many Indian Americans are directly affected as they have family members and ancestral land in Punjab and are concerned for the well-being of their families in India.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced that a new world-class hockey stadium would be constructed at Rourkela in Sundargarh district as part of preparations for the 2023 Hockey World Cup which will be hosted by the state.
The proposed stadium would be the largest hockey stadium in India with a seating capacity for 20,000 people.
The stadium along with the allied facilities will be developed as a benchmark for other hockey stadiums around the world. It would be constructed over 15 acres of land in the Biju Patnaik University of Technology campus in Rourkela.
The BCCI has named Chetan Sharma as the chairman of the selection committee, while Abey Kuruvilla and Debasish Mohanty were the other members in the panel.
While 11 candidates were interviewed, the Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee
recommended Sharma, Kuruvilla and Mohanty for the role.
Three positions were vacant after the exit of Jatin Paranjape (west zone), Sharandeep Singh (north) and Devang Gandhi (east).
Even though Sunil Joshi had taken charge as the chairman of the committee, the role will now be handed over to Sharma - who has featured in 23 Tests for India. As the BCCI constitution, the person with highest Test appearances will be handed the job.