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Digest for international stories for week Nov 26 – Dec 2, 2016


Havana: Cuba’s historic revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died aged 90, after defying the United States during a half-century of iron-fisted rule and surviving the eclipse of global communism.

Seoul: Up to 1.3 million protesters braved sleet and freezing temperatures in Seoul to demand President Park Geun-Hye resign over a corruption scandal or face impeachment, organisers said.

Islamabad: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who has extensive experience of handling affairs in PoK and the northern areas, was appointed as Pakistan’s new army chief to succeed Gen Raheel Sharif.


Colombo: Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba arrived here on a five day bilateral visit aimed at consolidating and enhance the bilateral maritime security relations between India and Sri Lanka.

Goma (DR Congo): At least 34 civilians were killed in a flare up of ethnic violence in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, following a week of soaring tensions.

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Prachanda’s coalition government failed to keep its promise of registering the Constitution amendment bill in Nepal’s ParliamentĀ  as uncertainty loomed over the process.


Columbus: At least eight people were stabbed, hit by a vehicle or otherwise injured in an attack on the Ohio State University campus, and a suspect was shot to death, school and hospital officials said.

Washington: Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of Al-Qaeda’s key allies in North Africa, is thought to have been killed in a French air strike, a US official said.

New York: President-elect Donald Trump threatened to end the US thaw with Cuba unless Havana makes concessions on human rights and opening up its economy.


Istanbul: Twelve people, most of them children, were killed when a fire broke out at a school dormitory in the southern Turkish city of Adana, local officials said.

Washington: A “soldier” of the Islamic State group carried out the car and knife attack on an Ohio campus that left 11 people wounded, a jihadist-linked news agency said.

Washington: The Pentagon said that intelligence errors resulted in a US-led coalition air strike in Syria in September that reportedly killed around 90 Syrian government forces.


Washington: India-born US Attorney Preet Bharara has agreed to remain a federal prosecutor at President-elect Donald Trump’s request Pilot told Colombia controllers ‘no fuel’ before crash.

Medellin: The pilot of the chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel before crashing into the Andes, according to a leaked recording of the final minutes of the doomed flight.

Washington: US president-elect Donald TrumpĀ  picked former banker and trusted campaign ally Steven Mnuchin as his Treasury Secretary.


Paris: French President Francois Hollande announced he would not seek re-election next year as he bowed to historically low approval ratings after a troubled five years in power.

Arbil: A total of 1,600 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed since the start on October 17 of a huge offensive to retake the jihadist bastion of Mosul, a spokesman said.

Bangkok: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed the new Thai King, heralding a new chapter in the country’s monarchy after the passing away of his revered father who was the world’s longest reigning monarch.


Seoul: South Korea’s three opposition parties filed an impeachment motion against scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye which will be put to a vote in the national assembly next week.

Caracas: South American nations suspended Venezuela from the Mercosur trade group over what they said was its failure to comply with the commitments made when it joined the group in 2012.

Aleppo: Syrian government forces have recaptured half the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, a monitor said, in an offensive that has left bodies in streets and sparked global outrage.

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