Pope Calls Migrant Deaths an Affront to Humanity

Voice of America | Aug 30, 2015

Pope Francis on Sunday decried the deaths of 71 migrants in an abandoned truck in Austria, calling it an offense against "the entire human family. We entrust each of them to the mercy of God," the pontiff said in Rome, calling on world leaders "to cooperate with effectiveness to prevent these crimes."

Diaspora Could Become Vehicle of India's Soft Power

Hindustan Times | Aug 30, 2015

India’s vibrant diaspora could become a core component of foreign policy initiatives. It could be a vehicle of our soft power, writes NK Singh. [...] The initiatives of the ministry of overseas Indian affairs need innovation and restructuring. 

Moscow Book Fair an Opportunity for Cultural Exchange

IBNA | Aug 30, 2015

“One of the policies adopted by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the new period is cultural diplomacy, since we believe culture is able to make the societies closer to one another and book first for why the opportunities for the active cultural diplomacy." [...] "We think of attending Moscow event as an overture to our next activities in the other international book fairs, as we try to turn these activities into the landmarks for our cultural exchanges. 

African Superstars, Bono In Campaign to Empower Women

Public Opinion Online | Aug 30, 2015

African stars joined U2 frontman Bono on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world. Bono and top African male musicians D'banj, Diamond and Banky W announced that they will be included in a remix of the song "Strong Girl," a rallying cry for women's empowerment which features top African female talent.

Politics, Cricket, And Diplomacy

Sunday Leader | Aug 30, 2015

Rosy Senanayake and Kumar Sangakkara are two extremely popular Sri Lankans and shadows that have befallen their careers have caused heartburn among their fans. [...] This brings in the key question: Can anyone who is not a professional diplomat and wants to be one or is selected as one be a successful diplomat?

There is No Free Concert

Jakarta Post | Aug 30, 2015

I have discussed this issue with many foreign diplomats residing in Jakarta, mostly cultural attaches. Of course it is the best way to introduce their cultures, arts and artists. And cultural diplomacy is, as we know, perhaps the most effective way to build a strong understanding and solidarity among the peoples of various countries.

India Popular Among Australians for Short-Term Courses

Deccan Herald | Aug 29, 2015

India has become the third most popular destination for young Australians with a total of 569 students opting to undertake short-term study projects in various disciplines in the country.

WIT Israel Attracts Women Entrepreneurs From Around the World to The Startup Nation

Jewish Journal | Aug 29, 2015

A first of its kind international Women tech entrepreneurship conference was held in Israel last week, as a group of female tech bloggers and entrepreneurs from around the world were invited for a one-week trip to explore the 'Startup Nation'.

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