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After Switzerland, India bags NSG support from Mexico

Mexico City: India has bagged crucial support from Mexico and Switzerland, two important members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), ahead of a meeting called by the 48-member bloc when India's application for membership is expected to be taken up.

On Wednesday, Mexican President Enrique PeNa Nieto extended his country's support, saying Mexico supports "positively and constructively India's membership of the NSG".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on a five-hour stop over visit to the country, thanked President Nieto for his support.

"I thank President Pena Nieto for Mexico's positive and constructive support for India's membership of the NSG," Modi said in his speech after talks between the two leaders here.

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Terror being 'incubated' in India's neighbourhood: PM Modi

Washington: With Pakistan obviously in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said terrorism is being "incubated in India's neighbourhood" and pressed for action without making any distinction against groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Taliban and ISIS who share the "same philosophy of hate, murder and killings".

In his address to the joint sitting of US Congress here, he said terrorism has to be fought with "one voice" as he commended the American Parliament for sending out a clear message by refusing to "reward" those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains, an apparent reference to the blocking of sale of 8 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

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Pakistan intensifies lobbying against India's NSG bid

Islamabad: A day after India received the US's backing for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, Pakistan stepped up its diplomatic outreach among members of the cartel and warned that country-specific exemptions could negatively impact strategic stability in South Asia.

Pakistan foreign miistry's UN Desk on Wednesday held a briefing in Islamabad for diplomatic missions of NSG member-countries to put forward its arguments.

Adding to its diplomatic leverage, the Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telephoned a few foreign ministers, including from Russia, New Zealand and South Korea to seek backing for Pakistan's membership of the group.

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Global threat from Islamic States remains high: UN

United Nations: The global threat emanating from Islamic State (IS) remains high, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said in a report.

The continued military pressure exerted in Iraq and Syria by international coalition forces has led to serious military setbacks for IS, Xinhua quoted Ban as saying in the report issued on Monday.

"However, even though the territorial expansion of IS in both states (Syria and Iraq) has been halted and, in part reversed over recent months, many (UN) member states have noted that IS is not yet strategically and irreversibly weakened."

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ISIS burns 19 Yazidi girls for refusing sex with militants

Mosul (Iraq): Militants from the Islamic State group executed 19 Yezidi girls who refused to be sex slaves by burning them alive inside iron cages, news site ARA News reported.

The victims were set ablaze in the centre of Mosul on Thursday in front of a large crowd, ARA News reported, citing activists and witnesses.

“They were punished for refusing to have sex with IS militants,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla was quoted as telling ARA News.

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Modi's US visit: Consolidating & celebrating a relationship

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fourth visit to the US next week is seen here as consolidating and celebrating the India-US relationship that has undergone a transformation since 2000 under three presidents.

An important dimension of Modi's June 6-8 visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama will be his address to a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8 - eleven years after Washington revoked his visa under a religious freedom law passed by that very body.

Modi, the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address the US Congress starting with Rajiv Gandhi, will also get another rare honour - a lunch hosted by the Republican Speaker Paul Ryan and a reception by the Republican chairs and top Democrats on the House and Senate Foreign Relations panels.

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