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Digest of international news for the week Jan 3 -Jan 9, 2015

Islamabad: Pakistan appeared to threaten India with retaliation over the killing of its soldiers in cross-border firing, saying it will now “communicate in the language they understand”.

Islamabad: The Pakistan government challenged LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s bail in the Islamabad High Court, saying an anti-terrorism court ignored testimony in the 26/11 case while granting bail to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind.


Dhaka: Bangladesh police banned all protest rallies in the capital and confined opposition leader Khaleda Zia to her office amid fears of violence during the first anniversary of the controversial elections boycotted by the former premier’s party.
Jakarta/Singapore: Four more bodies and a fifth large object belonging to the crashed AirAsia jet were retrieved from the Java Sea as rescuers battled bad weather in their efforts to reach the fuselage believed to contain the remaining victims besides the crucial black box.

Islamabad: At least 10 militants, including a top Taliban commander, were killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, the first such attack this year by CIA-operated pilotless aircraft in the country.


Dhaka: Four BNP supporters were shot dead and at least 200 people injured in street clashes in Bangladesh with ruling Awami League activists on the first anniversary of the controversial polls, as opposition leader Khaleda Zia announced an indefinite nationwide blockade.

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has not issued any certificate to the Congress on the progress made by Pakistan in taking action against terrorist groups, his spokesperson says.

Peshawar: The government of Pakistan’s restive Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa province announced a combined bounty of Rs 760 million for 615 high-profile militants, including a Rs 10 million bounty for information leading to the arrest or death of Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah.


Dhaka: Bangladesh authorities threatened to slap murder charges on the country’s besieged opposition leader Khaleda Zia and arrested her deputy for inciting a series of deadly street violence by party supporters.

Islamabad: Pakistan termed as “baseless and preposterous” India’s assertions that the boat, which exploded off the Gujarat coast during an Indian Coast Guard operation, belonged
to it.

Bangkok: Thailand has arrested a fugitive Sikh terrorist, convicted for life for his involvement in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh and 17 others in 1995, police says.


Islamabad: Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, who was at the centre of a controversy involving former union minister Shashi Tharoor, says that she was ready to answer any question on the issue.

Paris: Heavily armed men shouting Islamist slogans stormed the Paris headquarters of a satirical weekly, killing 12 people in cold blood in the worst attack in France in decades.

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed senior Indian diplomat Atul Khare as the Under Secretary-General for Field Support to head the department that provides dedicated support to peacekeeping missions around the world.

Paris: An 18-year-old implicated alongside two brothers in the bloody attack against a satirical weekly in Paris has surrendered to police, according to a source close to the case.

Dhaka: Bangladesh opposition vowed to continue its nationwide blockade as three more people were killed in the violence after the first anniversary of the controversial polls, raising uncertainty over the annual Muslim congregation, said to be the second largest after Haj, scheduled to begin tomorrow.

Paris: French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo announced it will defy its attackers and publish a special edition with a print run of a million copies next week, as a wave of public support rose up to save it from bankruptcy.


Jakarta/Singapore: Rescuers hunting for the crashed AirAsia plane detected “pings” believed to be from its crucial black box, a top Indonesian official say, raising hopes of unravelling the mystery of the deadly crash.

Paris: At least one person was injured when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris and took at least five people hostage.

Paris: Three terrorists who seized hostages at separate locations and ignited fear across Paris were killed along with three of their hostages as the gunmen clashed with thousands of French security forces.

Colombo: In a stunning verdict, Sri Lankan voters ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose in his place his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena, who has vowed to deliver promised change.

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