With India and Pakistan's membership, the bloc will include countries encompassing over 40 per cent of the world's population. BEIJING-China supports Iran's membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) security bloc, jointly led by China and Russian Federation, and the subject will be discussed at the group's summit this week, a senior diplomat said on Monday.
Last month, India's anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP ) claimed EVMs are susceptible to tampering. The Election Commission in its letter said that the machine are randomly selected and brought sealed from different polling booth from five state which went on polling recently.
Police personnel were posted outside hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani's residence at Hyderpora where the separatists leaders were to hold a meeting and later address a press conference, a police official said. Several leaders and close aide of the separatists were also questioned. "We warn Delhi of dire consequences if all these harassing measures are not stopped forthwith".
The area - a warren of closely spaced buildings and narrow streets - has posed a significant challenge to Iraqi forces , which have surrounded it with a large number of civilians trapped inside. Since Friday, the government has been working to get civilians out of the areas in plans to attack, dropping leaflets to alert citizens to "safe passages" where they could flee with the help of "guides, protectors and (transportation)".
Russian President Vladimir Putin during an interview in France on Tuesday brushed aside accusations of Russian meddling in the United States presidential election. Mr Putin added that the "people who lost the vote hate to acknowledge that they indeed lost because the person who won was closer to the people and had a better understanding of what people wanted".
The benefit concert held less than two weeks after the Manchester attack turned into a night of unity, healing and joy for 50,000 music fans. Twenty-two people were killed, including four people from the North East, in the Manchester Arena attack as fans left Grande's show.