Digest of international news for week April 18-24, 2015
Washington: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has sought urgent implementation of common reporting standards on automatic exchange of information globally, asserting that it is the only way to tackle the challenges posed by black money.
Faizabad: A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacks a bank branch today in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 people in a deadly attack the country’s president said was claimed by the Islamic State group.
Rome: Up to 700 people were feared drowned after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya in the latest and deadliest in a long list of migrant disasters in the Mediterranean.
Tripoli: The Islamic State jihadist group releases a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya.
Sanaa: Saudi-led air strikes on a missile depot in Yemen’s rebel-held capital sparks explosions that left at least 28 people dead and nearly 300 wounded, flattening houses and shaking faraway neighbourhoods.
Islamabad: Brushing aside India’s concerns, China cements its “all-weather ties” with Pakistan by agreeing to build a strategic USD 46-billion economic corridor through the PoK as part of 51 deals signed, expanding the communist giant’s influence in the region.
New York: In a setback to India-born former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta, the US Supreme Court rejects his appeal to overturn his conviction on insider trading charges and upheld his two-year prison term.
Islamabad: In yet another relief to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a Pakistani court acquits the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack case in connection with the kidnapping of an Afghan national in 2009.
Washington: Talking tough, India asks developed nations not to view climate change as “a business opportunity” and asserted that it would not allow “bullying” tactics as the days of “bulldozing” were over.
London: An Indian-origin futures trader was arrested here and faces extradition to the US, five years after he allegedly manipulated share prices that led to the 2010 Wall Street “flash crash”, wiping nearly USD 1 trillion off the value of US shares in minutes.
Fort Myer (Virginia): Indian-American Vivek Murthy is administered the oath for the top post of US Surgeon General by Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremonial ceremony here, becoming the youngest-ever in charge of the country’s public health.
Kathmandu: At least 17 Indian pilgrims including nine women were killed and 28 others injured when a bus carrying them from Gujarat plunged some 100 metres from a mountain highway in Nepal, officials said.
Jakarta: Addressing the Asian African Summit 2015 here, External Affairs Minister Swaraj called for UN reforms and cohesive action for a new world order.
Sanaa: Saudi-led warplanes launched more deadly strikes in Yemen despite a demand by Iran-backed rebels for a complete halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.
Jakarta: India thwarts attempts by Pakistan and China to remove a crucial line on the United Nations from a declaration adopted by Asian African Summit here.
United Nations: India has not fared well in a global ranking of the happiest nations, coming in at the 117th spot out of 158 countries on the index that took into account GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness.
Islamabad: A four-member Sikh family from India has gone missing in Pakistan where it had gone to celebrate Baisakhi, the first-ever such incident, prompting authorities to launch a search operation.