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Digest of international news for week April 25 – May 1, 2015


New York: A deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s branch in the Indian subcontinent, who was seen as a “rising star” in militant circles, died in an American drone strike in Pakistan in January that also killed an American and Italian hostage, according to a media report.

Kathmandu: Nepal’s 19th-century nine-storey Dharhara tower in the heart of the capital became a burial ground for hundreds of visitors who had come to see the panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley from the top of the minaret.
Kathmandu: A strong 7.5-magnitude earthquake today hit near Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu where some houses have been damaged and walls toppled.


Baghdad: Militants unleashed a wave of bombings targeting commercial areas in and around the Iraqi capital, killing at least 18 civilians, officials say, as clashes continued between government forces and Islamic State militants in the western province of Anbar.

Kathmandu: At least 22 climbers have died and 217 others were missing near the base camp of Mt Everest where hundreds of climbers, including many foreigners, are stranded after an avalanche triggered by Nepal’s massive earthquake swept down the world’s highest peak.


Kathmandu: Chaos prevailed at Nepal’s only international airport here today with hundreds waiting to be evacuated from the earthquake-ravaged country as India and other nations scurried to bring back their panic-stricken citizens.

Kathmandu: Rescue teams today deployed specially trained dogs from India, France and Spain for locating victims buried under tonnes of debris following the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Lobuche (Nepal): Climbers stranded for two days were plucked today from high altitudes on Mount Everest following a deadly quake-triggered avalanche, as exhausted and emotional mountaineers say they were thankful to be alive.


Beijing: The death toll in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region due to Saturday’s earthquake and its aftershocks, climbed to 25 today, even as rescuers continued to reach out to the affected people in the remotest of areas.

Geneva: UN today released USD 15 million as emergency aid for quake-hit Nepal to “scale up” the rescue operations in the country which is facing an acute shortage of food, water, electricity and medicines.

Gorkha (Nepal): An official says 250 people are believed missing following a mudslide and avalanche in an isolated village in rural Nepal not far from the epicentre of Saturday’s powerful earthquake.


Kathmandu: In a miracle, a four-month-old baby was pulled out alive by rescue workers from the rubble of a collapsed building in Bhaktapur town, at least 22 hours after the devastating temblor that struck Nepal.

Moscow: An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft ferrying supplies to the International Space Station is plunging back to Earth and apparently out of control, an official say.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s “sincere” desire for good neighbourly ties with India have not been “reciprocated”, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said, ascribing the continuing deadlock in bilateral talks to a “frivolous” issue.


Peshawar: Ten Pakistani Taliban militants were today sentenced to 25 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court for their 2012 gun attack on Malala Yousafzai, the teenage child rights activist who last year won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Islamabad/New Delhi: Pakistan today says that any creation of “dedicated” townships in Kashmir Valley for displaced Kashmiri Pandits would change the demography of the state and be in violation of UN resolutions, a stand rejected outright by India.

Kathmandu: Miraculous pullouts of a teenaged boy and a woman alive today lifted the gloom on a rainy day while three fresh aftershocks kept people on edge, even as Nepal’s Army Chief feared that the death toll in the quake could be as high as 15,000.


Kathmandu: Nepal’s centuries of architectural heritage having historic importance in the Kathmandu Valley were reduced to rubble in just 80 seconds by a powerful earthquake last week that left over 6,000 people dead.

Kathmandu: Nepal’s remote mountainous areas have suffered “almost total devastation” from the powerful quake that claimed over 6,300 lives, aid agencies warned today, even as relief slowly began to reach far-flung regions amid fresh aftershocks that kept people on edge.

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