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Digest of international news for week Dec 12 – Dec 18, 2015


Kabul: At least seven people have been killed in a Taliban attack near the Spanish embassy in the capital, Kabul, the government says.

Dakar (Senegal): Gambia’s president has declared the tiny West African country an Islamic republic, saying it is line with the country’s majority religion and is an effort to break from a colonial past.

Le Bourget: A landmark climate change deal was tonight clinched with the approval of India, China and the US, after days of tough negotiations here with the legally-binding pact seeking to limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and committing USD 100 billion a year from 2020 to help developing nations.


Riyadh: At least 19 Saudi women have won seats on local municipal councils a day after women voted and ran in elections for the first time in the country’s history, according to initial results released today.

Mary (Turkmenistan): Vice President Hamid Ansari, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and leaders from Turkmenistan and Afghanistan today broke the ground here for the ambitious USD 7.6 billion TAPI pipeline project which will provide energy-hungry India gas to run its power plants.


Cairo: Egypt today says there was “no evidence of a terrorist attack” or “illicit meddling” yet to support Russia’s view of foul play in the October crash of its passenger plane that killed all 224 people on board and was earlier claimed by the ISIS.

Melbourne: A cartoon published in a leading Australian daily today depicts Indians as starving and eating solar panels, drawing rebuke with many condemning it as “racist”.


Beijing: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today says his recent meetings with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yielded “encouraging results” with both countries agreeing to resume the comprehensive bilateral dialogue.

Baikonur (Kazakhstan): Tim Peake, the first Briton to travel to the International Space Station, blasted off today from the Baikonur cosmodrome with Russian space veteran Yury Malenchenko and Tim Kopra of NASA for a six-month mission.

Beijing: India and Pakistan today struck a rare united stand to forge collective action to curb terrorism at the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) meeting in China where New Delhi also called on Islamabad to end cross border terrorism and external interference in Afghanistan.


Peshawar: Teary-eyed relatives of children massacred in a Taliban assault on an army-run school here paraded the city today carrying photos of victims as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of its worst terror attack with Premier Nawaz Sharif vowing revenge “for every drop of blood”.

United Nations: UN has kicked off the process to elect the next Secretary General, with the Security Council and General Assembly making an unprecedented call to member states to recommend woman candidates for the top job that has been held by a man for the past 70 years.


Moscow: President Vladimir Putin says today that Russia supported a US-backed draft resolution aimed at ramping up sanctions against the Islamic State group and cutting off its revenue flows.

Washington: US today announced the resumption of regular flights to and from Cuba, the latest step in the thawing relationship between the two Cold War-era enemies.

Paris: International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde was ordered today to stand trial over her handling of a massive state payout to French tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was finance minister.


Dhaka: At least six people were injured when two Molotov cocktails exploded at a mosque inside a major naval base in Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong after Friday prayers, the latest in a series of attacks on temples, security establishments and foreigners claimed by Islamists.

Moscow: In the presence of foreign experts, Russian officials today opens the damaged black box of a warplane shot down by Turkey last month, promising a transparent probe into the incident.

Nairobi: Any consensus was elusive at the WTO tonight on major agriculture-related issues as India lodges a strong protest against any move to eliminate farm export subsidies without safeguarding the interest of developing nations.

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