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International news of week


Digest of international news for the week Sep 6- Sep 12, 2014


London: A third person has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of one of the 35 Afghan Sikh stowaways found inside an airtight shipping container on a dockyard in British port last month.


Tokyo: Notwithstanding the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in place, India is facing market access problems in various sectors in Japan and concerns over this were articulated during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.


Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 29-30 during which the two leaders would discuss a wide range of bilateral and strategic issues including economic growth, a top Obama administration officials say.

Geneva: The jihadist militants who have seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria are intent upon creating “a house of blood”, the UN’s new human rights chief say.

United Nations: The UN system stands ready to help governments in India and Pakistan in their efforts to provide relief and assistance to the hundreds impacted by the severe floods in Kashmir, a spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.


Geneva: The Ebola epidemic in west Africa has claimed nearly 2,300 lives, the World Health Organization says, stressing that nearly half had died in less than a month.

United Nations: The UN General Assembly has decided to carry forward talks on Security Council reforms to the next session, with India expressing dismay that the draft decision was no different from the one adopted a year ago and hoping that there will be a “clear roadmap” on the issue in the upcoming session.

The Hague(Netherlands): A Malaysian passenger jet which blew up over rebel-held east Ukraine with the loss of all 298 people on board was hit by numerous “high-energy objects”, according to a report which could back up claims it was downed by a missile.


Kabul: As Afghanistan prepares for a democratic transition of power, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghan President Hamid Karazi held wide-ranging talks on political and security situation in the war-torn country and agreed to intensify cooperation in areas like security and defence.

London: Alarmed by recent polls, British Prime Minister David Cameron rushed to Scotland to make an impassioned plea to Scots not to split the “family of nations”, saying it would be heartbreaking if the Union is “torn apart”.

Kabul: “India is here to stay,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured Afghanistan as she conveyed the new government’s resolve to work “hand-in-hand” with the war-torn country by providing all possible assistance, including in key areas of defence and security.


Washington: Asserting that Pakistan and Afghanistan based militant groups continue to pose a direct threat to the US interests and its allies in the region, a top American counter-terrorism official says that the LeT is against improving relations between India and Pakistan.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s army used helicopters and boats to rescue thousands of stranded people as the country grapples with the deadliest floods in its history that have killed over 260 people and affected over a million others in Punjab and PoK.

Dushanbe (Tajikistan): Resolving to give a new momentum to bilateral ties, India and Tajikist decided to step up cooperation in diverse areas including combating terrorism in the region in the backdrop of US-led forces’ drawdown from Afghanistan later this year.


Dushanbe (Tajikistan): India sought resolute and comprehensive global action against terror infrastructure, saying the challenge must be taken seriously as different “theatres” are getting interconnected through terror networks as well as globalisation of the “supply chain of ideology”.

Dushanbe (Tajikistan): India and Russia reviewed entire gamut of their bilateral relationship including cooperation in crucial sectors of defence, energy security, trade and investment and agreed to inject fresh vigour in the strategic and time-tested ties.

Islamabad: After causing widespread damage in northern Punjab in Pakistan, the devastating floods now threaten the historic city of Multan and its famous shrines, even as authorities struggle to save the city.

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