Published:  12:22 AM, 29 September 2021

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling
Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are full of apologies when we start our Zoom interview. They are running 20 minutes late because they have "just been rambling", admits London-born Perkins. But if there is one double act you are willing to forgive, it is these two, because chatting to them is non-stop fun. Having met while studying at Cambridge University, the comedians have toured together (as duo Mel and Sue), presented together and acted together (the reason we are talking is the return of Sky Comedy, Hitmen).

Foreign policy should be multi aligned. It should have friends not only among the big and the powerful, but also among others with whom we generally may not engage much because given the limitations that we all operate on. Many issues that the United Nations is dealing with are not limited to geographic locations, they are impinging on others and they are not confined to political elites. Each of the issues has an impact on the lives of ordinary people. Therefore, what diplomats do has gained in salience compared to what was the situation previously. Former Permanent Representative of India to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin discusses with Huma Siddiqui various issues ranging from importance of UNSC, situation in Afghanistan, Peacekeeping, and his recent book.

A British warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait - a move that angered China, which claims self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory. China's military followed and warned the British warship that sailed across the waters the People's Liberation Army said on Monday, adding that Britain was engaging in behavior that "harbored evil intentions". "After a busy period working with partners and allies in the East China Sea, we are new en route through the Taiwan straight to visit Vietnam and the Vietnam People's Navy," the official account of the frigate HMS Richmond said on Twitter.

Climate change protesters have defied a court order and blocked part of the M25 at Heathrow Airport. A total of 53 people have been arrested as Insulate Britain blocked the slip road at junction 14 just after 08:00 BST. The road has now reopened. A High Court injunction banning protests around the M25 and Dartford Crossing was issued last Thursday. It is the latest of several protests targeting major roads in the south east. The order, which was granted to National Highways Ltd, states demonstrators are banned from "causing damage to the surface of or to any apparatus on or around the M25 including but not limited to painting, damaging by fire, or affixing any item or structure thereto".

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