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Digest of international news for week Aug 1- Aug 7, 2015


London: Three members of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s family, including his stepmother and sister, were among the four people killed when a private jet crashed in southern England while landing.

Dhaka: Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 adversely-held enclaves at the stroke of the midnight, ending one of the world’s most complex border disputes that had lingered since seven decades.


Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family today escaped unharmed when a private vehicle came close to his car, breaching the Premier’s convoy.

Beijing: China has imposed strict conditions on the export of drones to ensure they do not “compromise national security”, a move that comes after the controversy over Pakistan’s claims of shooting down an “Indian spy drone”, which was later found out to be a China-made UAV.


Lahore: Pakistan may not re-challenge the bail to Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a senior official says today citing the government’s “own weakness” for not seeking bail revocation, even as the deadline to conclude the 26/11 case ended over a month ago.

Male: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who is on a two-day visit to the Maldives on the concluding leg of his ‘SAARC yatra’ aimed at firming up India’s ties with the grouping’s members, today held wide-ranging discussions with the Maldivian Vice President.


United Nations: As the UN reached a consensus on the ambitious post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, India says it is already implementing the new goals as most of the government’s initiatives can be related to one or more of the SDGs to be adopted in September.

Islamabad/Kabul: The son of late Taliban supremo Mullah Omar has been killed in Quetta with opposing factions and Pakistan having a hand in his death, according to a top Afghan lawmaker.

Islamabad: In deeply embarrassing disclosures for Pakistan, its chief investigator of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack has stated that the mayhem was planned and launched from this country and that the operation was directed from an ops room in Karachi.


Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak today says that a piece of aircraft wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island last week is from missing flight MH370, solving the mystery of the plane that disappeared with 239 people on board more than a year ago.

Melbourne: Indian mining giant Adani’s plan to build one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia today suffered a major setback after a court revoked the environmental approval for the controversy-hit 16.5 billion dollar project opposed by green groups and local residents.

Rome: Some 400 migrants have been rescued and 25 bodies recovered after a fishing boat carrying an estimated 600 capsized today in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, an Italian Coast Guard official say.


Islamabad: Pakistan was today in denial mode over assertions from India that the terrorist caught alive after the ambush on a BSF convoy in Udhampur yesterday was a Pakistani national and asked New Delhi not to make “accusations” without proof.

Melbourne/Kuala Lumpur: Australian and Malaysian Prime Ministers today voiced confidence in solving MH370’s “baffling mystery”, a day after Malaysia confirmed the plane debris washed up on an Indian Ocean island was from the ill-fated jet that vanished last year with 239 people aboard.

Cairo: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi today opened a new USD 9 billion Suez Canal amid lavish celebrations as Egypt unveiled its ‘gift to the world’, a historic waterway that will run parallel to the existing one amid hopes of boosting the country’s ailing economy.


Dhaka: A 40-year-old secular Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death at his flat here today by five machete-wielding unidentified assailants believed to be Islamist militants, the fourth such brutal murder in the country in less than six months.

Kabul: A huge truck bomb in Kabul early kills eight people and wounded more than 100 others in the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death.

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