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Digest for international stories for week Sep 24- Sep 30, 2016

    


Saturday

Islamabad: Pakistan says it will approach Interpol for the extradition of Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti who has sought political asylum in India, a media report says.

Samarra : Militants kill 12 people in a shooting and a suicide bombing in the northern city of Tikrit, which was recaptured from the Islamic State group last year, police says.

Washington: US President Barack Obama vetoes a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, fearing that the move could have serious implications for America’s national interests.


Sunday

Peshawar: One of the top Pakistani Taliban commanders along with at least 10 other militants killed in an operation in eastern Afghanistan, a spokesman for a powerful faction of the outfit says.

Washington: The US says it strongly “encouraged” India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue to reduce tensions, as the war of words between the two neighbours escalated over the Kashmir issue.

Islamabad: Pakistan accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “irresponsible behaviour” by making provocative statements that it was exporting terror, saying his remarks were part of a “well thought out vilificatio ncampaign” to distract attention from Kashmir.


Monday

Houston: A disgruntled lawyer, believed to be half-Indian, fired indiscriminately and injured nine persons at a strip mall in southwest Houston before being shot dead by police in the latest incident of mass shooting in the US.

Lahore: Pakistan Railways authorities stops four Indian women passengers from boarding the Delhi-bound Samjhauta Express here allegedly over “incomplete” travel documents.

Islamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif claims that India was not serious to resolve “historical disputes” like the Kashmir issue and accuses its spy agency of “exploiting” the security situation on the border with Afghanistan.


Tuesday

Islamabad: Pakistan approaches the World Bank amid reports that India could revoke the 56-year- old Indus Water Treaty, with senior Pakistani officials taking up the matter with the international lender which had mediated the water-sharing deal.

Islamabad: Pakistan terms as “unfortunate” India’s decision to not attend the SAARC summit to be held here in November.

Beijing: India and China agrees to “jointly deal with security threats” and take measures to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism during their first dialogue on counter-terrorism and security here, amid Indo-Pak tensions following the Uri terror attack.


Wednesday

Nieuwegein (Netherlands): The missile that downed flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry reveals, as it announces that about 100 people were being investigated for playing “an active role” in the disaster.

Kathmandu: Nepal today “strongly urges” that a conducive environment be created to ensure participation of all members in the next SAARC Summit in Pakistan, after four countries of the regional grouping pull out of the summit indirectly blaming Islamabad.

Washington: The US Senate votes overwhelmingly to override Barack Obama’s veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the first such rebuke of his eight-year presidency.


Thursday

Hoboken (United States): A packed commuter train ploughs into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour, killing one person and injuring 108, some of them critically, the state’s governor says.

Jerusalem: Thousands of Israelis flocks to parliament to view the casket of Shimon Peres, paying final respects to the former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of his country.

Islamabad: Pakistan today summons Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale over “unprovoked firing” by India in which two Pakistani soldiers were killed.


Friday

Islamabad: Pakistan postpones the SAARC Summit to be held here next month after five member states of the grouping decided against attending the meet as India asserts that Islamabad was “compelled to recognise” the regional sentiment against terrorism.

London: India formally regains the possession of a 12th-century sculpture of Brahma and his consort Brahmani from the UK, 15 years after it was stolen.

Lahore: Major cinema houses in Pakistan  stops screening Indian films to express solidarity with the armed forces in the wake of heightened tensions between the two countries following the surgical strikes by India on terror launch pads across the LoC.


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