Digest for international stories for week Oct 1- Oct 7, 2016
Kathmandu: SAARC Chair Nepal says it will hold talks with member states to press for holding the grouping’s summit which has been postponed following a pull- out by five countries, including India.
Beijing: Refusing to yield on its all-weather ally, China announces the extension of its “technical hold” on India’s bid to get Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN, days before it was to expire.
Islamabad: The Pakistan Army says that it was “sure” that Indian troops had suffered casualties in the surgical strike on terror launch pads in PoK, alleging that India was “hiding” its losses.
Bishoftu (Ethiopia): At least 52 people crushed to death in Ethiopia’s Oromia region in a stampede after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an anti-government protest that grew out of a massive religious festival, witnesses say.
United Nations: India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, ratifies the landmark Paris climate deal, giving a major boost to the deal which appeared tantalisingly close to enter into force by the end of this year.
Lahore: Pakistani cinema hall owners “temporarily” stops screening Indian films amidst rising tension between the two countries following the Uri terror attack.
Washington: The United States suspends negotiations with Russia on efforts to revive a failed ceasefire in Syria and set up a joint military cell to target jihadists.
Baghdad: Militants unleash a series of attacks in Shiite-majority neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 16 civilians, officials say.
Stockholm: Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan wins the Nobel Medicine Prize for his pioneering work on autophagy — a process whereby cells “eat themselves” — which when disrupted can cause Parkinson’s and diabetes.
Aleppo: Russia says it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalates between it and the United States over the five-year conflict.
Washington: The IMF leaves its global economic forecasts unchanged into 2017 but calls on governments to take action against the threats of low growth and protectionism.
Islamabad: Asserting that it cannot be cowed down by “hollow rhetoric” and “aggressive posturing”, Pakistan says its armed forces are fully capable of thwarting any threat to its sovereignty and territorial integrity, amid escalating tensions with India after the Uri terror attack.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hits back at his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying poverty cannot be eradicated by “driving tanks on farmlands” and once again needles India by calling Hizbul commander Burhan Wani the “valiant son of Kashmir”.
United Nations: India strongly criticises an “unresponsive” Security Council for being indecisive on sanctioning leaders of organisations it itself designates as terrorist entities after China extends its “technical hold” on India’s bid for a UN ban against JeM chief Masood Azhar.
United Nations: India slams Pakistan for its “unacceptable” remarks that persistent human rights violations could justify violent extremism in Kashmir, asserting that no cause can justify terrorist acts and terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights.
Miami: Some three million people on the US southeast coast faced urgent evacuation as monstrous Hurricane Matthew — now blamed for more than 100 deaths in Haiti alone — bore down for a direct hit on Florida.
Islamabad: Pakistan claims that a leading Indian channel aired a “forged” interview of a Pakistani official in which he allegedly confirmed India’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the border.
United Nations: Portugal’s former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres expresses “gratitude” on beingselected as the next UN chief, vowing to serve the “most vulnerable” with “humility” when he takes up the post.
Washington: The US warns its citizens against non-essential travel to Pakistan, saying the country continues to experience “significant” terrorist violence, including sectarian attacks.
Washington: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discusses international taxation issues in the backdrop of the Panama papers leak with Commonwealth Finance Ministers to devise a common strategy.
Islamabad: Pakistan Parliament unanimously passes a resolution rejecting India’s assertion that Kashmir is an integral part even as it called for a result-oriented dialogue with New Delhi for resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir.
Colombo: Under attack from the opposition for boycotting the SAARC Summit to be held in Islamabad, the Sri Lankan government says there was no question of pulling out when there was “no summit to attend”.