Digest of international news for week Aug 22- Aug 28, 2015
Islamabad/New Delhi: Putting the onus back on India, Pakistan says it was prepared for NSA-level talks without any pre-conditions amid continuing signs that the meeting was unlikely to take place.
Kabul: A suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy traveling through a crowded neighborhood in Afghanistan’s capital today, killing at least 12 people, including three American civilian contractors for the international military force, authorities say.
Bangkok: Thai police examins new CCTV footage showing an unidentified man dropping a package into a canal where a second explosion had taken place a day after the country’s worst terror attack here that killed 20 people though no credible leads have emerged in the case so far.
Baghdad: At least 23 Iraqi soldiers and government-allied militiamen were killed today in an attack by Islamic State militants in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad, Iraqi military and police officials say, in the second heavy death toll suffered by the Iraqi military and its allies in recent days in the vast Sunni region.
Tehran: Britain’s foreign secretary reopened his country’s embassy in Tehran today in a long-awaited step signalling better relations four years after a mob stormed the compound, forcing its closure.
Islamabad: A day after calling off Indo-Pak NSA-level talks, Pakistan says the meetings between the DGMOs of the two countries and representatives of Pakistan Rangers and BSF will go ahead as agreed in Ufa.
Beijing: In a move that will have strategic ramifications for India, China will soon deploy three more unmanned radars in Tibet in addition to the one already installed there to strengthen air surveillance in the Himalayan region along the Indian border.
Beirut: The Islamic State group has blown up a famed temple in Syria’s ancient Palmyra, in an act the UN condemned as a war crime and an “immense loss” for humanity.
Washington: The US today says there has not been any change in its position on Kashmir which remains a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, as it ruled out any role for itself in the revival of Indo-Pak talks.
Cairo: India today calls for a “comprehensive” fight against terror groups like the Pakistan-based LeT and Taliban which have grown in its neighbourhood and the dreaded ISIS that is now emerging as a threat in the Gulf region.
Kathmandu: India today conveys its concerns to Nepal over “unsubstantiated” statements made by Nepalese leaders over alleged intrusion by Indians in riot-hit areas, saying such actions could cause “misunderstandings” and “distort” perceptions about friendly bilateral ties.
Kathmandu: Violence in Nepal continues unabated as thousands of people protesting the proposed new Constitution clashed with police in which one person was killed, taking the death toll to 11 and prompting authorities to deploy army in a riot-hit district bordering India.
Kathmandu: Security has been tightened along the porous Indo-Nepal border in western Nepal even as an Indian national was among 11 persons arrested today following violent protests against the proposed new Constitution which have killed 11 people including seven policemen.
Berlin: India and Germany, both aspirants of a permanent seat in the Security Council, today hopes that there will be a strong momentum for “text-based” negotiations which can lead to a positive outcome in the reform of the UN ahead of its 70th anniversary.
Rome: A Swedish rescue crew cut up the deck of a migrant boat north of Libya today to make a grisly discovery in the hull: The corpses of 51 migrants who died making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing in hopes of reaching Europe.
Washington: Pakistan is on course of having about 350 nuclear weapons in about a decade, the world’s third-largest stockpile after the US and Russia and twice that of India, two major American think-tanks says.
Moscow: India can manufacture 160 out of the 200 Kamov Ka-226T Light Utility Helicopters — which will eventually replace the vintage Cheetah and Chetak choppers –while the rest will be made in Russia, the CEO of a state-run business and manufacturing conglomerate here has says.
Islamabad: Pakistan has informed the UN about the last-minute cancellation of the NSA-level talks with India to take the international community into confidence over the Kashmir issue and the situation at the LoC, a media report says.
Vienna: Police arrested three people in Hungary overnight in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants found in a refrigerated truck abandoned on Austria’s main highway, a police official says.
Seoul: Noted Indian agriculture scientist Dr Modadugu Vijay Gupta, who has done pioneering work in aquaculture in India and several other countries, was today awarded the first Sunhak Peace Prize, billed as an alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with the President of Kiribati Islands.
Dhaka: Two more members of an Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militant group in Bangladesh have been arrested in connection with the killing of a secular blogger who was brutally hacked to death here in the fourth such deadly attack this year in the country that sparked global outrage.
London: Dr B R Ambedkar will be the first Indian to have an entire home dedicated to his memory in London after India sealed a 3.1-million deal to acquire a bungalow where the Dalit icon and architect of Indian Constitution lived as a student in the 1920s.