Digest of international news for week Feb 20- Feb 26, 2016
Washington: Christian Lagarde, who steered the IMF through some troubled times including the Eupropean financial crisis, has been re-appointed as its Managing Director for a second five-year term after an uncontested election.
Brussels: British Prime Minister David Cameron seals a deal for “special status” in the EU after a marathon summit, paving the way for him to campaign to stay in the bloc in a historic referendum.
Chicago: A man arrested on suspicion of shooting dead six people in the northern US state of Michigan was an Uber driver who may have been picking up fares just before the killing spree began.
Sayyida Zeinab (Syria): A string of suicide bombings near a Shiite shrine outside Syria’s capital and in Homs claimed by jihadists kill at least 127 people as the US and Russia work to secure a ceasefire.
Lahore: Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore could not cross the Wagah Border into India as Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency Immigration stops her for not having a ‘police report’ of her stay in Lahore.
Washington: In a call initiated by Kremlin, US President Barack Obama speaks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss efforts to establish a nation-wide “cessation of hostilities” between the Syrian regime and its armed opposition, according to the White House.
London: Prime Minister David Cameron uses trade deals between the European Union (EU) and India as part of his case to convince the British Parliament against so-called “Brexit” from the EU, a referendum for which will be held on June 23.
New York: The “authoritarian drift” of the Modi government has come under sharp criticism by two of the world’s leading newspapers which squarely blame it for “the lynch mob mentality” witnessed in New Delhi in recent days.
Washington: US President Barack Obama says he is submitting to the Congress a four-point plan to shut down the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
Islamabad/Kabul: The stalled Afghan peace process is expected to be revived with the “direct” meeting of Afghan government and Taliban representatives as early as next week, an international group seeking to relaunch the troubled dialogue announces.
Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that his government will sign the proposed Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India by the middle of this year notwithstanding opposition from political parties and trade unions.
Islamabad: Describing its nuclear arsenal as a “factor of stability in South Asia”, Pakistan says it will maintain a full-spectrum deterrence and take steps to effectively respond to the threats to its national security.
Las Vegas: Donald Trump storms to victory in the crucial Nevada caucuses as he notches up his third straight win, inching closer to the US Republican presidential nomination ahead of a key multi-state vote next week.
Moscow: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assures Russia’s Vladimir Putin of his readiness to respect a ceasefire agreement as the Kremlin strongman launches a diplomatic offensive to get the deal off the ground.
Islamabad: Pakistan says a team of special investigators probing the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase will visit India soon to collect evidence.
Beijing: China says it has started constructing its first overseas logistics facility in the strategically-located Djibouti to support PLA’s anti-piracy operations off the Somali coast, bolstering its presence in the Indian Ocean.
Beijing: Allaying global fears over China’s continued slowdown, Premier Li Keqiang says the country has experience in dealing with various risks and has sufficient policies to manage the deceleration of world’s second largest economy as the growth slipped below 7 per cent.
Tehran: Long lines formed and voting is extended as Iranians cast ballots in an election test for President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who hopes to curb conservative dominance after a nuclear deal with world powers.
Kathmandu: Nepal says Prime Minister K P Oli’s recent visit to India is “fruitful” as it clears the “misunderstanding” between the two neighbours caused by the turbulence after the promulgation of the new Constitution.
Islamabad: Spelling further trouble for military ruler Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s Supreme Court rules that only he should be tried on the charge of treason for subverting the Constitution in 2007.