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Pakistan military holds first Republic Day parade in seven years

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan held its first Republic Day parade in seven years on Monday, full of flag-waving pomp and aerial military expertise, a symbolic show of strength in the war against the Taliban months after a militant attack on a school killed 132 children.

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Hugging for India’s security

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugged US President Barack Obama in New Delhi, it marked what could be the distant opening bell of a great geopolitical game.


Indian PM fires top diplomat, tightens grip over policy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fired the country's highest ranking diplomat and replaced her with India's ambassador to the United States, a day after a successful visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Obama warms ties with Modi as he ends visit on high-note

NEW DELHI: President Barack Obama said the United States could be India’s “best partner” as he wrapped up a three-day visit to New Delhi by highlighting the shared values of the world’s biggest democracies.


Nations will only succeed if women are successful, Obama tells India

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Barack Obama raised the issue of women's rights as he ended a visit to India on Tuesday, saying that if countries wanted to develop effectively, they must educate and empower their daughters as much as their sons.


In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country where relations between Hindus and minorities have come under strain.


Obama ends day of Indian pageantry with $4 billion pledge

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion (2.65 billion pounds) in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies.


Factbox - India's Republic Day: history, pomp and a parade

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to be guest of honour at India's annual Republic Day parade, a flamboyant display of the South Asian nation's military might and cultural diversity in the heart of the capital, New Delhi.


Obama-Modi 'bear hug' kicks off landmark US presidential visit to India

NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama began a landmark visit to India on Sunday with a bear hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, signalling a new warmth in a sometimes strained relationship.


Obama to go to Riyadh on Tuesday to meet new Saudi king - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet with new King Salman to pay respects after the death of King Abdullah, the White House said on Saturday.