The Indian Prime Minister made a surprise stopover in Pakistan on Friday - the first visit by an Indian premier in more than a decade. It has raised hopes that tense relations between the two nuclear-armed states may start to improve.
Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan have been elected to the prestigious UN Human Rights Council. But experts say these countries have a dismal rights record and their election to the body is condemnable.
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, recently said the key to India becoming a permanent member of the UNSC is "not to touch the veto." But why would New Delhi and other aspirants accept such a position?
For Pakistan, breaking away from the US and getting closer to China come with a price. The Islamic country's powerful army wants to spearhead new regional alignments, but ousted PM Nawaz Sharif is trying to resist.
Indian PM Narendra Modi is visiting Myanmar at a tricky time when the country and its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi are increasingly coming under sharp international criticism due to the plight of Rohingya Muslims.
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