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Digest of international news for week Aug 8- Aug 14, 2015


Dhaka: A murder case has been filed against four suspected Islamist militants in connection with the brutal killing of a secular Bangladeshi blogger who was hacked to death after the assailants entered his flat here posing as potential tenants.

Kabul: Fifteen more fatalities were confirmed today from a barrage of bombings in Kabul, taking the toll to 51 in the deadliest day in the Afghan capital since the NATO combat mission ended in December.


London: Indian Premier League (IPL) founder Lalit Modi, against whom a non-bailable warrant has been issued in a case of money laundering, gave at least USD 30,000 to a charity set up to protect elephants in India headed by Britain’s Prince Charles, a media report said today.

Kathmandu: Nepal’s four major parties have reached a landmark deal to divide the country into six provinces, each sharing its border with India, resolving contentious issues of federalism under the new constitution, a crucial development praised by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

Kabul: A suicide bomber in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province has killed 29 people, mainly members of illegal armed groups that have clashed with security forces and the insurgents in the past, an Afghan official said today.


Baghdad: Two bombs striking neighbourhoods in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province killed at least 42 people today, officials said, less than a month after it was the scene of one of the deadliest attacks to hit the country in recent years.

United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a high-level summit on sustainable development hosted by the UN on September 25 and will also travel to San Francisco during his US visit, becoming the fourth Indian premier to visit America’s West Coast.

Kabul: An apparent suicide car bombing at a busy roundabout near the entrance to Kabul’s international airport today killed at least four people and wounded another 15, officials said.


Kano: At least 47 people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb blast today in a part of northeast Nigeria frequently targeted by Boko Haram Islamists, a medical source and witnesses said.

Athens: The European Commission said today that Greece has reached a technical agreement “in principle” with its international creditors on a third debt bailout.

New York: India-born Sundar Pichai will be the new CEO of Google under a major restructuring at the technology giant, as co-founder Larry Page lauded the IIT alumnus’ “progress and dedication” and said it is “time” for him to take over the company’s reins


United Nations: In a setback to India’s bid for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council, the US, along with Russia and China, has opposed negotiations to reform the powerful UN body, refusing to contribute to a text that will form the basis for the long-drawn reform process.

Kabul: Afghanistan’s intelligence agency claims Pakistan was involved in last week’s attacks on Kabul that killed more than 50 people and wounded hundreds.

Beijing: Faced with sluggish economic growth and dwindling exports, China today devalued its currency for the second consecutive day, sending fresh shockwaves through global markets and fuelling fears of a currency war as jittery Asian neighbours came under pressure to devalue as well.


Islamabad: Six militants involved in the brutal massacre of over 150 people, mostly school children, at a military-run school in Peshawar have been sentenced to death while one has been handed down life imprisonment by military courts, the Pakistan army announced today.

Tianjin: Powerful explosions tore through a warehouse storing hazardous chemicals in north China’s major port city, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 700 others as the twin blasts sent fireballs, cars and containers raining down on panic-stricken residents.

Baghdad: A massive truck bomb ripped through a popular Baghdad food market in a predominantly Shiite neighbourhood early today morning, killing at least 67 people, police officials said.


Islamabad: Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner here twice to lodge protests over the NIA’s decision not to oppose bail to Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the case of the 2007 Samjhauta blasts, and for the killing of a Pakistani woman in alleged ceasefire violations.

Washington: Facing common threat from overseas cyber-attacks, India and the US today decided to join hands in combating cyber crime that would not only help them address these challenges, but also advance Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious goal of a digital India.

Kathmandu: India and Nepal are set to sign an agreement for the construction of the much-touted cross border oil pipeline for supplying petroleum products to the land-locked Himalayan country, India’s Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae said here today.

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