Legendary Princess Is Icon for Modern Indo-Korean Ties

New Indian Express, The | Jul 7, 2015

As one of its new initiatives, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the cultural diplomacy wing of the Ministry of External Affairs, is organising an International Conference about Princess Suriratna of Ayodhya, who is believed to have married a Korean King.

Kenya: Mama Sarah Obama Endorse the Safari Initiative

Geeska Afrika | Jul 7, 2015

Grand Mama Sarah Obama the Grand Mother of U.S. President Barack Obama Jr. endorsed the Safari Initiative, for  the first US President ever to visit Kenya. The Presidency, Foreign Affairs and Tourism ministries, and security agencies top the list of State departments that have received millions of the Obama-visit funds.

Another Sign that U.S.-China Relations are Souring

National Interest, The | Jul 7, 2015

First introduced by then-Vice President Xi during a state visit in 2012, the NTGPR framework has since come to dominate Chinese public diplomacy towards the United States. Like the “China Dream” and “One Belt, One Road,” the “new model” of Sino-American relations occupies an important ideological space for the Party’s 5th generation leadership. 

Nobel Laureates Urge Donors to Boost Education Funds Ahead of Global Meet

Reuters | Jul 6, 2015

International donors must boost aid to developing nations to ensure that millions of the world's poorest and marginalised children can go to school, a group of Nobel laureates said on Monday, ahead of a global conference on financing for education.

BRICS Summit Gives Putin a Chance to Show Russia not Isolated

Reuters | Jul 6, 2015

The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world financial institutions and show Moscow is not isolated.

South Korean Violinist Wants Border Concert with North Korea

Press of Atlantic City | Jul 6, 2015

Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history.

The 2015 World Cup Should Start a Revolution in U.S. Soccer

For The Win | Jul 6, 2015

Because of the U.S.’s performance in 1999, countries like Germany, France, Japan, and England began to invest in the women’s game and begin to compete – and at times surpass – the U.S. The game as a whole was made stronger by the U.S. in 1999.

If the ‘Product’ is Wrong, a Rebrand Won’t Help Israel

National, The | Jul 6, 2015

The Israeli government believes it is locked in an epic struggle to save Israel from the growing movement calling for an international boycott. Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel must “rebrand” itself to avoid pariah status. Ordinary Israelis are therefore being conscripted into an army of spin doctors in a campaign termed “hasbara”.

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