Digest of international news for week Jan 23 – Jan 29, 2016
Manama: India and Bahrain vow to strengthen their ties in key areas like trade and counter-terrorism besides signing an agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj holds talks with her Bahraini counterpart here.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s parliament votes to amend the country’s Constitution with a two-thirds majority four months after its promulgation, in a bid to resolve the political crisis involving the minority Madhesi community.
Beirut: At least 29 civilians die in air strikes suspected to have been carried by Russian warplanes on a village in eastern Syria, a monitoring group says.
Manama: India and the Arab League vow to combat terrorism and call for developing a strategy to “eliminate” its sources and its funding as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj makes a strong pitch for delinking religion from terrorism.
Islamabad: The foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India are expected to meet next month and the two sides are in touch for finalising the new dates amid some “forward movement”, a senior Pakistani official says.
London: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says India has given fresh leads relating to the Pathankot terror attack and Pakistan is verifying the facts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Madhesis announce fresh week-long protest programmes, a day after they rejected as “incomplete” the constitutional amendments passed by the Parliament for failing to address their concerns.
Yaounde: Local officials say that four suicide bombers attacked a town in Cameroon’s Far North region near the border with Nigeria, killing at least 28 people and wounding 65 others.
Peshawar: Amid tight security and special prayers, Bacha Khan University in northwestern Pakistan briefly reopens before closing down indefinitely, days after it was attacked by the Taliban, killing 21 people, mostly students.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Oli says it would not be appropriate to visit India until the “border blockade” ends, linking his maiden foreign trip next month to the normalisation of situation at the border.
United Nations: Pledging India’s commitment to the UN, new permanent representative Syed Akbaruddin assures Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of his support in helping the world body achieve its goals.
Kandahar: A rogue policeman drugs and then shoots dead 10 of his colleagues in southern Afghanistan, officials say, the second insider attack on police in just over a week.
Kathmandu: Nepal may have some differences with India but can never show enmity towards the country, Deputy Prime Minister C P Mainali says in a climbdown from his earlier hardline stance.
Washington: India is “doing great” but no one talks about it, controversial Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, known for his critical views on developing countries like China and Mexico says.
Kano: At least 13 people die when three suicide bombers blow themselves up in the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls.
Washington: Describing terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, which is home to the Taliban and the Haqqani network, as a major challenge, a top US general nominated to be the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan says it is difficult to destroy enemy having sanctuaries like this.
Paris: President Hassan Rouhani hails a “new relationship” between Iran and France during a visit that saw the signing of a host of post-sanctions business deals.
Athens: The bodies of 24 migrants, including 10 children, are discovered off the Greek island of Samos after their boat capsizes, the Greek coastguard says.
Geneva: The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and can infect upto four million people, the WHO warns as it issues a warning to all countries, including India, who have the vector of Aedes mosquito that also causes Dengue and Chikungunya.
Riyadh: Four people die and 18 get wounded when a suicide bomber attacks a mosque in Shiite-populated eastern Saudi Arabia, state media says.
Islamabad: Amidst Taliban threats, over 230 educational institutions, most of them government-run, in Pakistan’s Punjab province have been shut, with authorities asking them to step up security by Sunday or face action.
Karachi: A Taliban suicide bomber rams an explosive-laden vehicle into the gate of an army facility in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, injuring at least six security personnel and a child.