1. Ukraine: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is pinning its hopes on Russia after they received a financial bailout from the country. The activists from opposition are however claiming that this will not serve the Ukraine’s priority of looking for a solution to its economic troubles and will invariably make Ukraine more dependent on Russia.
2. Sudan: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is concerned after hearing the news about the attempt to stage a coup in South Sudan by former vice-president Riek Machar. Although Machar denied his involvement in the incident in an interview given to BBC, he also accused the President Salva Kiir of “inciting tribal and ethnic violence”. The UN is worried that the ongoing disturbances may possibly cause the country to descend in a civil war like situation after hundreds have been killed.
3. India-U.S. ties: Both India and US have entered into an all out diplomatic row after Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade had been arrested in New York on Dec.12 after she was found guilty of submitting false documents on the live and work application in U.S. of her housekeeper and not paying her the minimum wage set by authorities. Following arrest the diplomat had been handcuffed, strip-searched and kept in prison with drug addicts. Since then, Khobragade had been released on a $250,000 bail.