Digest of international news for the week Apr 4- Apr 10, 2015
Los Angeles: A US court has ruled that Yoga classes in an elementary school in California do not endorse Hinduism or violate students’ right to religious freedom and are “devoid of any religious or mystical trappings”.
New York: India-born ex-Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta’s conviction on insider trading charges should not be thrown out as the government provided “overwhelming” proof against him for passing on illegal information in return for “expected potential pecuniary gains,” US prosecutors say.
Garissa (Kenya): Somalia’s Islamic extremist group al-Shabab warns of more attacks in Kenya like the assault on Garissa University College that killed 148 people.
Nairobi: Kenya begins three days of national mourning for the 148 people massacred by Somalia’s Shebab militants at a university as authorities identified one of the gunmen as a smart law graduate.
Dhaka: Bangladesh’s opposition chief and former premier Khaleda Zia is granted bail in two graft cases after she appeared in a court here, leaving her office for the first time in nearly three months, amid signs that the country’s deadly political logjam was easing.
Dhaka: A top leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh loses his final bid to overturn his death sentence for war crimes and mass killing committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, triggering violence in which a protester was killed.
Aden: Fierce clashes rage between rebels and loyalists in southern Yemen, leaving more than 140 dead in 24 hours, as the Red Cross faced delays to urgently needed aid deliveries.
Washington: The US approves sale of USD 952 million worth of attack helicopters, missiles and other defence equipment to Pakistan to help the country with its counter-terrorism operations, but said the deal would “not alter” the military balance in the region.
Ashgabat: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives here on a three-day visit to resource-rich Turkmenistan during which she will co-chair a meeting to discuss key bilateral and regional issues, including the USD 10 billion TAPI gas pipeline project.
Ashgabat: Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov commits to deepen bilateral ties with India and begin the construction of USD 10-billion TAPI gas pipeline project this year, as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held “preparatory” talks here for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to this country in July.
New York: The lawyer of a 25-year-old Indian woman allegedly raped by an Uber driver has said the app-based taxi service company’s move to dismiss the lawsuit is an “obvious attempt” to deflect responsibility and the firm will be held accountable for its actions.
Lahore/New Delhi: A Pakistani court sets free Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT operations commander, a development which India says “eroded” the value of assurances repeatedly conveyed to it by Pakistan on cross-border terrorists.
Beijing: China says its “huge dispute” with India over Arunachal Pradesh is an “undeniable fact” even as it echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s views that the two countries should create favourable conditions for a mutually-acceptable settlement of the vexed boundary issue.
Paris: India will buy 36 Rafale fighter jets in flyaway condition from France “as soon as possible” after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande agreed to conclude an Inter-Governmental Agreement bypassing the protracted negotiations for purchase of 126 such jets.
Lahore: Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, who guides 10 LeT gunmen from a control room during the 26/11 Mumbai attack, walks free after being under detention for six years, a day after a Pakistani court ordered his release.