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Digest of international news for week Aug 29- Sep 4, 2015


Paris: The leaders of France, Germany and Russia discusses the Ukraine crisis over the phone today and agrees to hold a new summit in the coming weeks, says the French presidency.

Vienna: Hungary says it has arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria.


Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today told US National Security Advisor Susan Rice that Pakistan wants a “meaningful” dialogue with India on all outstanding issues, as she “encouraged” Islamabad to advance regional peace and stability.

Lahore: Pakistan’s former military dictator Pervez Musharraf could soon stage a political comeback as head of a new party combining all factions of the Muslim League except the ruling PML-N of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, ahead of local body elections.


Kano: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback shot dead nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria’s restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents say today.

Manila: Whistleblower bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi, who was today conferred the Magasaysay Award for 2015 along with founder of NGO Goonj Anshu Gupta, said the prestigious award would serve as a “huge morale booster” for honest and sincere civil servants in Asia.


Beirut: Satellite images show the main temple in Syria’s Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State group.

United Nations: India today hails the 2030 development agenda for not confusing universalism with uniformity and recognising that “common but differentiated responsibilities” will be the guiding principle of global cooperation on sustainable development.

Kathmandu: Violence in Nepal continues unabated today as five more people were today killed and several others injured when police opened fire at ethnic Madhesi group protesters agitating against the proposed new Constitution in two separate towns bordering India.


Washington: Pakistan backs away from supporting Harakat-ul-Ansar terror group which it used as a proxy against India in the late 90s fearing that its backing would land it on the US list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism”, according to recently declassified CIA documents.

Sanaa: A suicide bomber hit a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital today, killing at least 28 people in the latest such attack to be claimed by the Islamic State group.

Bangkok: Thai police made considerable progress in its probe into a deadly bombing at a temple here after the main suspect admitted to being at the bombing scene and his fingerprints matched those found on a bottle containing bomb-making materials.


United Nations: India strongly rejects Pakistan’s call for plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, asserting that the state is an integral part of the country and its citizens have chosen a democratically-elected government.

Dhaka: A Bangladeshi student accused of killing prominent secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das has confessed to the crime, police say as they arrested one more person in connection with the brutal murder.

Karachi: A Pakistani court dismisses a petition filed by an Indian lawyer and social worker seeking custody of a deaf and mute Indian girl stuck in Pakistan for over a decade, refusing to issue orders for her “forced repatriation”.


Suruc (Turkey): The father of a Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world buried his family today in the war-torn town they originally fled, as divided European ministers scrambled to agree a response to the refugee crisis.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE says 45 of its soldiers engaged in a Saudi-led campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen were killed in an accidental explosion that the insurgents claimed was caused by rocket fire.

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