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Digest of foreign news for the week Feb 21-Feb 27, 2015

Beijing: China summoned Indian Ambassador here and lodged a protest over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying it “undermined China’s territorial sovereignty, right and interests”.

Dhaka: Visiting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assures Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of a “positive role” in resolving the outstanding Teesta river issue to protect interests of both sides.

Washington: US President Barack Obama has welcomed the recent remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he condemned religious based violence and gave an assurance that his government will give equal respect to all religions.
Dhaka: At least 48 people, including many women and children, are killed when an overcrowded ferry with over 150 passengers sank in a river in northwestern Bangladesh after colliding with a trawler, the latest maritime tragedy to hit the country.

Male: Mohamed Nasheed, the former Maldivian president and opposition leader, is arrested under anti-terrorism laws for allegedly ordering the arrest a senior judge in 2012 that triggered violence in the Indian Ocean island.

Lagos: A 45-year-old Indian national who is attacked by armed robbers in Nigeria has succumbed to his injuries here, a media report.

Los Angeles: Dark comedy “Birdman”, the story of a former superstar struggling for career revival on Broadway, walked away with four Oscars including best picture and director honours.

London: Facing a multi-nation probe for “alleged tax evasion, money laundering and unlawful cross- border banking solicitation”, global giant HSBC says it has been served summons by the Indian tax department.

Baghdad: A series of bombings in Iraq, including twin blasts in a busy street in a Baghdad suburb, kills at least 31 people and wounded dozens.

United Nations: The UN makes it clear that it will not conduct any inquiry into accusations of sexual harassment against R K Pachauri, who resigned as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as the case is being probed by national authorities.

Washington: In a move that is likely to benefit thousands of Indians, the US has decided to provide work permit for spouses of H-1B visa holders from May 26.

Islamabad: A new Pakistani anti-terrorism court hearing the 2008 Mumbai attack case involving seven suspects, including mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi re-issues summons to four official witnesses for the next hearing on March 4 after they failed to appear in the court.

Washington: Praising the decisive leadership style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts, a top American spy official says lawmakers here that India under Modi would work more closely with the US on security, terrorism and economic issues, despite maintaining an independent foreign policy.

London: Britain will mark the recently-declared ‘World Yoga Day’ by the United Nations with a mega event on June 21, in what may be seen as India’s growing “soft power” in the world.

Baghdad: The Islamic State group releases a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing them as idols that must be removed.

Colombo: As many as 86 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 10 fishing boats seized by the Sri Lanka Navy for allegedly poaching in the country’s waters, naval officials say.

Beijing: China proposes trilateral cooperation involving India and Sri Lanka for regional stability as the new government in Colombo sought to re-balance its ties with China, preferring to follow a “non-aligned” policy.

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