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In a new twist, it has now emerged that senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade enjoyed full diplomatic immunity including from personal arrest and detention on December 12 when she was taken into custody by the US authorities in a visa fraud case. 39-year-old Khobragade, who was posted as Deputy Consul General in New York, was also accredited as an "Advisor to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations" by the UN w.e.f. 26th August 2013 and her status as an Advisor was valid until 31 December 2013. The accreditation was for the UN General Assembly 2013. Under the "Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations", Article 4 Section 11A specifies "Immunities from personal arrest or detention and from the seizure of their personal baggage" of all representatives of members to the UN and further the Article specifies that the expression "Representative" shall be deemed to include all Delegates, Deputy Delegates, Advisors, Technical Experts and Secretaries of delegations. "Her arrest, therefore, on December 12th 2013 was contrary to her status on that date," sources said. The sources also said India has taken up the matter with the US State Department. The 1999-batch IFS officer was arrested on December 12 on charges of making false declarations in a visa application for her maid Sangeeta Richards. The diplomat was released on a USD 250,000 bond after being charged with visa fraud. Subsequent revelations that she was strip searched and held with criminals triggered a row between the two sides with India downgrading privileges of certain category of US diplomats among other steps.

EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; U.S. expected to follow

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EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; U.S. expected to follow

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defence firms, by far the strongest inte...


Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

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Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets on Tuesday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its ...

EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; Ukraine fighting kills dozens

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EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; Ukraine fighting kills dozens

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defence firms, by far the strongest inte...

Chinese police shoot dead dozens after attack in Xinjiang

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Chinese police shoot dead dozens after attack in Xinjiang

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers on Monday morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news a...

Dozens killed in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine

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Dozens killed in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine

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U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

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U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Force...

Navy gets Centre's go-ahead for international fleet review

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Navy gets Centre's go-ahead for international fleet review

New Delhi: The Central government has given the Navy the go-ahead to hold an international fleet review in 2016, after a gap of 15 years, in which more than 50 countries are expected to participate.Th...