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Digest of international news for week Aug 15- Aug 21, 2015


Rome: At least 40 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, apparently killed by fuel fumes, and some 320 others aboard were saved by the Italian navy, the rescue ship’s commander says.

Islamabad: A senior minister in Pakistan resigns from his post after a controversy over his claim that former ISI chief Zaheerul Islam plotted to overthrow Nawaz Sharif Government by encouraging violent demonstrations here last year.

Melbourne/Bangkok: The tricolour fluttered proudly at Indian missions across the globe today with envoys hoisting it to the melodious strains of the national anthem as hundreds of Indians and friends of India gather to celebrate the country’s 69th Independence Day.


Tianjin: Rescuers in special anti-toxic gear today began clearing hundreds of tonnes of highly-poisonous cyanide from the site of two massive explosions here as hopes of finding more survivors of China’s deadliest industrial accident faded amid a mounting death toll of 112.

Abu Dhabi: With terror and investments high on his agenda for talks with the UAE leadership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began his two-day trip to this strategic Gulf nation with a visit to the historic Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, the world’s third largest.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE today decides to allot land for building a temple here, the first in the Emirati capital as Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began his two-day visit to the strategic Gulf nation.


Abu Dhabi/Dubai: Elevating their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, India and the UAE came down heavily on countries sponsoring terrorism and asks all states to dismantle terror infrastructure, an oblique reference to Pakistan.

Abu Dhabi/Dubai: In a significant move, India and the UAE today decides to establish a “strategic security dialogue” and boost defence ties besides resolving to work together in counter-terrorism operations, combating money laundering, drug trafficking and trans-national crimes.

Dubai: Indian expats in trouble can now get financial help, including for fighting legal cases, under a new scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today as part of various measures for the welfare of diaspora.


Colombo: Vanquished Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hopes of staging a political comeback were today shattered when his party lost a closely-fought parliamentary election to incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Kano: Up to 150 people drowned in a river or were shot dead fleeing Boko Haram gunmen who raids a remote village in Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe state, locals say.

Jayapura (Indonesia): A plane that crashed in eastern Indonesia was today found “completely destroyed” with the bodies of all 54 people who had been aboard amid the wreckage in a fire-blackened clearing at a remote site in dense jungle.


United Nations: Upping the ante on another front before the NSA-level talks, Pakistan has once again raised the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council, seeking mediation from the world body and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to resolve the issue.

Islamabad: Pakistan today calls India’s Deputy High Commissioner here for the second time this week and lodged a protest against alleged ceasefire violations by Indian security forces along the LoC.

Dhaka: Three suspected al Qaeda-linked militants, including a British national who masterminded the recent murders of two prominent secular bloggers, were today remanded to police custody for seven days by a court here for interrogation in the brutal hacking deaths.


Islamabad: Unfazed by India’s strong reservations, Pakistan today says it will go ahead with its engagement with Kashmiri separatist leaders when National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz goes to New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.

Lahore: A Pakistani court today bans the release of Bollywood movie “Phantom” in the country on a plea filed by JuD chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed against it alleging that the film, set on post-26/11 attacks, contains “filthy propaganda” against him and his outfit.


Colombo: Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister for the fourth time following his party’s victory in the parliamentary polls, as the country’s two major political parties signed a power-sharing deal to form a national unity government.

Bangkok: Thailand says it has made “a lot of progress” in its probe into the blast in the Brahma temple here and suspected that the bomber had a number of “accomplices” in the country’s worst attack that had killed 20 people.

Islamabad: Pakistan says it was “deeply disappointed” at India putting forth “pre-conditions” for NSA-level talks, accusing it of going back on the decision mutually agreed at the highest level by coming up with “frivolous pretexts”.

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