Digest of international news for week Feb 6- Feb 12, 2016
Damascus: Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warns that Saudi or other foreign ground troops entering Syria would “return home in wooden coffins,” and calls on rebel groups fighting a massive government offensive in the north to “come to their senses” and lay down their weapons.
Karachi: At least nine people, including four security personnel and an eight-year-old girl, were killed and about 40 others injured in a Taliban suicide attack that targeted a Frontier Corps vehicle in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.
Lagos (Nigeria): A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has kills 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare up of the virus, according to data from the nation’s health authorities released today.
Tainan: Rescuers race to free around 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 34 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse.
Seoul: North Korea says it has successfully put a satellite into orbit, with a rocket launch widely condemned as another defiant step towards a missile capable of striking the US mainland.
Islamabad: Pakistan Army plans to raise a new security division as well as additional 28 battalions and has sought extra funds from the government for it, amid increasing terror attacks on the educational institutions in the country.
Istanbul: Twenty-seven people including 11 children drown after their boat sinks in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard says.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Madhesis protesting against a new Constitution calls off their nearly five-month long crippling blockade at the border with India that led to severe shortages of fuel, medicine and other essentials in the landlocked nation and strained Indo-Nepal ties.
Abu Dhabi: Warning that India is not immune to the threat from Islamic State (ISIS), the UAE, which has deported about a dozen Indians with suspected links to the terror group, says that its anti-terror cooperation with India is going to get “more institutionalised”.
Bad Aibling (Germany): German authorities were investigating how two commuter trains fitted with automatic braking systems to prevent accidents collide in southern Germany, leaving at least ten dead and dozens injured.
Islamabad: Two Pakistani Army pilots die when their fighter jet crashes in Gujranwala district in Punjab province during a training mission.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, a moderate leader who had backed friendly ties with India and was instrumental in the ushering in of the new Constitution last year, dies here.
Kathmandu: An unexpected lifting of the nearly six month-long border blockade with India and back-to- back high-level visits by Indian and Nepalese officials have cleared the decks for the much-awaited visit of Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli to India beginning February 19.
Karachi: Sonam Kapoor-starrer “Neerja”, based on real incidents during the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986, has been banned in Pakistan allegedly for showing the country in poor light.
Washington: Hillary Clinton is handed out a shocking defeat by her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary while controversial Donald Trump solidifies his frontrunner status in the Republican party by registering a thumping victory in the race to the White House.
Washington: In a landmark discovery for physics and astronomy, international scientists says they have glimpsed the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago.
Melbourne: Australia appoints veteran woman career diplomat Harinder Sidhu as its next High Commissioner to India, the second Indian-origin official to serve as the country’s envoy to India in less than five years.
Lahore: The prosecution in the 26/11 attack case decides to challenge a Pakistan anti-terrorism court’s rejection of their plea to form a commission to examine a boat used by LeT terrorists to reach Mumbai in 2008.
Karachi: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is rushed to the ICU of a naval hospital here after he developed high blood pressure and fainted.
Islamabad: Pakistan alleges that the Nuclear Supplier Group’s “discriminatory waiver” to India and the Indo-US nuclear deal have allowed it to increase its fissile material and disturb the strategic stability in South Asia.
Washington: The US is working closely with India and is committed to doing all it can to assist the country in bringing the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack to justice, a top official says amid Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley’s deposition before a Mumbai court.