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Growth of Pak, India’s nuke programmes increases risk of security incident in South Asia: Coats Washington: The continued growth of the atomic weapon programmes of Pakistan and India increases the risk of a “nuclear security incident” in South Asia, America’s top spymaster has warned. By Lalit K Jha


Member states should seek new ways to engage on UNSC reform process: India United Nations: Frustrated by the slow pace of the UN Security Council’s reform process, India has called on the member states to seek new ways to engage to achieve credible progress on the issue by building on the past negotiations and not supplanting the past. By Yoshita Singh


China harps on NPT as P5 members meet to discuss nuclear non-proliferation Beijing: China, which has been opposing India’s entry into the (NSG), on Wednesday said that there should be no double standards in enforcing the NPT, as five permanent members of the UN Security Council began two-day meeting here to discuss issues related to nuclear disarmament.By K J M Varma


Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit India on Feb 11 Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to India on February 11 on a day-long visit during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his second visit to New Delhi in just over a year. By Harinder Mishra


Aasia Bibi case: Over 90 members of hardline groups arrested in Pak’s Punjab Lahore: Over 90 members of hardline religious parities have been arrested from different parts of Pakistan’s Punjab province for holding demonstrations against the Supreme Court’s decision to reject a review plea against the acquittal of Christian woman Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case. By M Zulqernain FGN16 US-PAK-MILITANTS

Pak supported militant groups will continue attacks in India, Af: US spymaster Washington: Militant groups supported by Pakistan, which uses some terror outfits as “policy tools”, will continue to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, according to America’s top spymaster. By Lalit K Jha FGN9 UK-2NDLD BREXIT

UK MPs reject ‘no deal’ Brexit, send Theresa May back to renegotiate divorce agreement with EU London: British MPs have voted to reject a chaotic ‘no-deal’ Brexit, but backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to renegotiate the divorce agreement already struck with the EU, setting up a new showdown with the 28-member bloc after it ruled out any change. By Aditi Khanna


Brexit envoy insists EU united as UK’s May seeks concessions Brussels: Top European Union Brexit officials insisted Wednesday that the EU’s divorce agreement with Britain cannot be renegotiated as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to seek fresh concessions from the bloc just weeks before her country is set to leave. (AP)


Maduro ‘ready to negotiate’ with opposition, calls for early parliamentary polls: RIA Moscow: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said he was prepared to hold negotiations with the US-backed opposition and added he would support early parliamentary elections, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.(AFP) FGN17 VENEZUELA-GUAIDO-EU-SANCTIONS

Venezuela’s Guaido urges ‘more sanctions’ from EU: German media Berlin: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called on the European Union Wednesday to level “more sanctions” against President Nicolas Maduro’s government, in an interview with German daily Bild. (AFP) RUP

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