News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 17, 2019, 07.03 PM(IST)

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Neighbours mount pressure on Pakistan: Iran Summons Pak envoy; Afghanistan goes to UNSC against Islamabad

Iran on Sunday summoned Pakistan ambassador Riffat Masood to lodge a formal protest over a terror attack in the Southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan region that killed 27 of its Revolutionary Guards. 

Mission to isolate Pakistan: India raises Pulwama terror attack issue at Munich conference

India raised the issue of the Pulwama terror attack, which left 40 CRPF men dead, during bilateral meetings with several countries, including the US, Germany and Russia, at the three-day Munich Security Conference that concluded Sunday, officials said.

Thousands of Venezuela volunteers begin preparing US aid entry

Thousands of volunteers in Venezuela will begin mobilising on Sunday to bring American aid into their crisis-hit country despite a blockade by President Nicolas Maduro who claims the assistance could be cover for a US invasion.

Prince Salman's visit historic opportunity to strengthen ties with India: Saudi envoy

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to India presents a "historic opportunity" to expand collaboration in all sectors, the Gulf country's envoy here said on Sunday.

Iran President Rouhani says Iran ready to improve ties with Gulf states

Iran is ready to work with all of its neighbours to secure peace in the Middle East in the face of US and Israeli aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday (February 17), in his latest attempt to weaken ties between regional rival Saudi Arabia and America.