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Digest of international news for week Dec 5 – Dec 11, 2015


Washington: The California massacre is being probed as an act of terrorism, the FBI has said amid reports that the Pakistani woman who carried out the assault with her Pakistani-American husband had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Faceboook.

Dhaka: At least 10 people were injured today when unidentified assailants hurled three crude bombs inside the premises of a temple in northern Bangladesh where over 5,000 people had gathered for a show to mark a Hindu festival, the latest assault in the country hit by attacks by Islamists.

N’Djamena: At least 27 people were killed and more than 80 wounded today in a triple suicide bombing on an island in Lake Chad, a security source says in the capital N’Djamena.


Sanaa (Yemen): A huge explosion kills the governor of Yemen’s southern Aden province and six of his bodyguards today, security officials say, in an attack that was later claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate.

London: A machete-wielding man reportedly screaming “this is for Syria” stabbed three people at a London Underground train station before police used a stun gun to arrest him, an assault Scotland Yard described as a “terrorist incident”.


Washington: Vowing to “destroy” the Islamic State, President Barack Obama today sought to reassure rattled Americans in the aftermath of the California massacre that the US would overcome a “new phase” of terror threat that seeks to “poison the minds” of people here and around the world.

Los Angeles: Sitarist Anoushka Shankar and ‘Amy’ director Asif Kapadia are among the Indian-origin names featuring in the nominees list at the 58th Grammy awards, which were announced here today.


Washington: Donald Trump today called for “a total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US in the aftermath of the California massacre, the most divisive remarks yet by the Republican presidential frontrunner, drawing swift condemnation from rivals and the White House.

Beijing: Half of private cars in smog-hit Beijing were today kept off the roads, with the Chinese capital enforced its first-ever red alert for pollution as air in the city of over 22 million people turned “hazardous” and schools and construction sites remained shut.

Paris: India along with other BASIC nations today expresses “disappointment” at the “low” level of support provided by the developed countries to the developing nations in fighting climate change and asserted that it was imperative that they must make “visible” lead in cutting emissions.


Islamabad: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani here and discussed connectivity, terror threats to the war-torn country and the peace and reconciliation process there.

Islamabad: Breaking the logjam in their ties, India and Pakistan today announces that they have decided to engage in a “comprehensive” dialogue that will include peace and security and Jammu and Kashmir.

Kandahar: Thirty seven people were killed when Taliban insurgents wearing military uniforms stormed Kandahar airport, triggering pitched gun battles in a lengthy siege as President Ashraf Ghani today sought to revive peace talks at a regional conference.


Washington: India today ruled out any change in its policy in the Middle East on assisting the international efforts to combat the Islamic State, saying it will only participate in UN approved programmes.

Washington: India and the US today vows to fast-track their military ties as defence ministers of the two countries held wide-ranging talks on regional and global security issues besides touching upon the growing global menace of terrorism.

Paris: Terming as “game changer” the national climate action plans of every country, India today strongly voiced its concern over exclusion of these plans in the new draft negotiating text unveiled by climate change negotiators and says developed countries did not fulfil their obligations.


Islamabad: The Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India will meet next month in Delhi to work out the details of the newly-announced Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue after the two countries decided to re-engage.

Le Bourget: Negotiations for a climate change deal hit a roadblock today with countries like India and China refusing to yield their ground on emissions and funding, stretching the high-stakes talks by a day to wrap up a highly-elusive deal.

Kabul: Multiple blasts and gunfire rocked Kabul’s diplomatic quarter as the Taliban pressed a deadly assault near the Spanish embassy today, officials say, the latest high-profile insurgent attack.

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