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Digest for FOREIGN stories for week Dec 31, 2016-Jan 6, 2017

    


Saturday
    
United Nations: The UN Security Council today unanimously approved a resolution supporting a Russian-Turkish peace initiative for Syria, including an ongoing ceasefire and talks next month in Kazakhstan.

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May used a New Year video message today to pledge that she would work towards getting the “right deal” for Britain as it prepares to leave the European Union (EU) after a “divisive” referendum.

Karachi: Sixty-six Indian fishermen have been arrested for alleged illegal fishing in Pakistani waters and a court here remanded them into custody today.


Sunday
    
Istanbul: A manhunt is on in Turkey for an assailant who unleashed a salvo of bullets in front of and inside a crowded Istanbul nightclub during New Year’s celebrations today, killing at least 39 people before fleeing.

London: Islamic State terror group is plotting mass casualty chemical attacks against Britain, a senior UK minister has warned.

Islamabad: Pakistan today said India’s bid at the UN to ban Masood Azhar was “politically motivated” and “replete with frivolous information”, two days after its close ally China blocked the proposal to get the JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind listed as a global terrorist.


    
Monday

Jerusalem: Police arrived at the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today to question him as part of a graft probe that has shaken Israeli politics, media reports said.

Rio De Janeiro: At least 60 inmates died during a prison riot in the northern state of Amazonas, including several who were beheaded or dismembered, Brazilian state authorities said today.

Beirut: An air raid has struck several cars in northwestern Syria, killing at least eight people, including al-Qaida-linked fighters and a senior commander with a Chinese Islamic militant faction, an activist group and a local jihadi commander said today.


    
Tuesday
    
Washington: US lawmakers voted today to retain congressman Paul Ryan as speaker of the House of Representatives, making him a critical player in Congress as Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency.

Washington: The Pentagon today asked North Korea to refrain from provocative actions amid reports that Pyongyang is planning to test an intercontinental ballistic missile that is capable of reaching the United States.

Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump today slammed his own Republican party’s leadership for allegedly weakening an independent congressional ethics board following which House Republicans made a U-turn on the issue.


    
Wednesday

Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump today appointed young Indian-American Raj Shah, who played a leading role in the Republican party’s anti-Clinton campaign during polls, to a key White House position.
    
Beirut: Turkey warned today that a new round of Syria peace talks was at risk, accusing President Bashar al-Assad’s government of violating a fragile truce it brokered with Russia last week.

Kidapawan (Philippines): Suspected Muslim rebels staged the Philippines’ biggest jailbreak today when they stormed a dilapidated jail in the violence-plagued south of the country, freeing 158 inmates and killing a guard, authorities said.


    
Thursday
    
Baghdad: Several attacks in and around Baghdad, including a suicide car bombing in a busy commercial area after nightfall today, killed at least 27 people in a particularly brutal day in the Iraqi capital.

Istanbul: A Turkish court today sentenced two army officers to life in jail over their roles in the failed July coup, the first verdicts to be handed out in the biggest legal process in the country’s history.
    
Washington: The Chinese government continues to run cyber-spying operations against the United States and American companies and organisations, despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 2015 agreement to halt those efforts, US spy chiefs said today.


Friday
    
Washington: President-elect Donald Trump declined to single out Russia over cyber-interference in the US election after a briefing by top intelligence chiefs today, and said he was confident the outcome was not affected by hacking.

Houston: At least five people were killed and eight others injured today when a gunman opened fire at US’ Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, the latest mass shooting incident to rock the country.

Washington: The US Congress certified today that Donald Trump won the November election to become the nation’s 45th president, as lawmakers counted and affirmed the votes by the Electoral College.


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