News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 22, 2019, 06.53 PM(IST)

File photo: China's President Xi Jinping. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Any attempt by Pakistan to engage with Hurriyat will not be taken lightly: India 

Indian External Affairs Minister spokesperson on Friday said that India has decided to not send any representative to Pakistan National Day reception in New Delhi after Islamabad extended invitation to Hurriyat leaders.

Trump's unfortunate statement on Golan Heights brings region to edge of new crisis: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned US President Donald Trump's pledge to recognise Israel's disputed annexation of the Golan Heights would risk a "new crisis".

Video: China protests US sanctions on shipping firms

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with the United States after Washington sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies for doing business with North Korea, the foreign ministry said Friday.

India one of world's fastest-growing large economies: IMF

India has been one of the fastest growing large economies in the world, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said, asserting that the country has carried out several key reforms in the last five years, but more needs to be done.

China's new Silk Road gets bumpy as Xi Jinping visits Italy

Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off a whistlestop European tour in Rome on Friday amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant's new Silk Road project.