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Digest of international news for week Jan 24- Jan 30, 2015

Washington: Describing the unprecedented second visit of US President Barack Obama to India as “game changing”, the White House has said his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi would “elevate the nature of the relationship” between the world’s two largest democracies.

Islamabad: Contrary to reports, the Pakistan government has not banned Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) outfit, headed by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, and only some actions have been initiated against it.


Cairo: At least 16 people were killed in clashes between Islamists and Egyptian security forces as the country marks the fourth anniversary of the uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, prompting authorities to extend curfew in the restive North Sinai region.

Beijing: US President Barack Obama’s unprecedented second visit to India is a “superficial rapprochement” given their hard differences on issues like climate change and nuclear energy cooperation, a wary China says as it kept a close watch on the outcome of talks.


Beijing: Showcasing the growing warmth in Sino-Indian ties, China says the visit by US President Barrack Obama to India will have little impact on bilateral ties, asserting that New Delhi also needs Beijing as a “crucial” partner.

Beijing: China extends conditional support for India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group membership bid but said “prudence and caution” needs to be exercised on the issue, a day after US President Barack Obama backed India’s inclusion into the elite 48-member body.


Islamabad: At least 53 militants, including a Taliban commander, were killed in air strikes by Pakistani security forces in the volatile northwest tribal region, where the military is locked in a major offensive against insurgents.

Islamabad: Peeved at the breakthrough in the operationalisation of the Indo-US nuclear deal, Pakistan says the move for “political and economic expediencies” would have a “detrimental” impact on deterrence stability in South Asia.


Jerusalem: At least two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed and seven others injured when a missile fired by Lebanese Hezbollah group hit an army convoy prompting  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to threaten a retaliation similar to the one carried out in Gaza last year.

Islamabad: Pakistan wants “normal” ties with India on the basis of “mutual respect and sovereign equality”, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says describing India as an important neighbour.


Kuala Lumpur: Nearly 11 months after the mysterious disappearance of its airliner MH370, Malaysia declares it an “accident” and all 239 people, including five Indians, on board as presumed dead, paving the way for their kins to claim compensation.

Islamabad: Upping its ante on Kashmir, Pakistan says resolving the long-standing issue was “pivotal” to the regional peace and security as it called on the international community for a “sustainable and lasting solution” to the dispute.

Tokyo: Japan says a fresh message from Islamic militants threatening to kill Japanese and Jordanian hostages was very likely genuine.


Karachi: At least 61 people, including children, are killed today in a suicide bombing during Friday prayers at a packed minority Shia mosque in Pakistan’s Sindh province, the deadliest sectarian attack to hit the country in recent times.

New York: A 25-year-old Indian woman, allegedly raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi last month, has sued the online taxi service company in a US court for failing to maintain basic safety measures, including lax screening of its drivers, that led to the assault and humiliation.

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