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Digest of international news for week Jul 11- Jul 17 2015

Cairo: Islamic State militants detonate a powerful car bomb outside the Italian consulate here, killing a civilian and injuring 10 people, the first assault on a foreign mission in Egypt since militants launched a campaign against security forces after Mohammed Morsi’s ouster in 2013.

Islamabad: The chief of Islamic State (IS) in Af-Pak region has been killed in a US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, dealing a major blow to the militant group whose another top leader died in a similar air raid three days ago.

Ashgabat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitches for early implementation of the USD 10 billion TAPI gas pipeline project during his talks with Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov as both countries inked seven pacts to ramp up engagement in key areas, including defence.

Islamabad: Pakistan has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have agreed in their meeting in Russia to address the issues of Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through Track II diplomacy.

Khost: At least 18 civilians are killed and six wounded in a suicide car bomb attack near a military base in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost, where Afghan and foreign soldiers are stationed.

Baghdad: series of bombings today across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, kills at least 14 people and wounded 41.

Brussels: Eurozone leaders strike a deal on a bailout to prevent debt-stricken Greece from crashing out of the euro, forcing Athens to push through draconian reforms in a matter of days.

Islamabad: In a turnaround, Pakistan asks for “more evidence and information” from India on the Mumbai attack case and asserted that talks cannot take place without Kashmir being on the agenda, barely three days after the two countries agreed to re-engage.


Athens: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras battle to hold his ruling Syriza party together as opposition mounted to a shocking new bailout deal that requires Athens to push through draconian reforms within two days.

Iran: major powers agree historic nuclear deal Vienna: Major powers clinched a historic deal aims at ensuring Iran does not obtain the nuclear bomb, opening up Tehran’s stricken economy and potentially ending decades of bad blood with the West.

Athens: Anti-austerity protesters hurl petrol bombs at police guarding the Greek parliament as MPs debated deeply unpopular reforms they need to vote in to clear the way for a eurozone rescue of Greece’s failing economy.

Islamabad: India takes up with Pakistan twice the issue of firing by its forces in a “major ceasefire violation” of the LoC in the Akhnoor sector in Jammu in which one woman was killed, saying it was “disappointed” at the fresh breach.

Islamabad/New Delhi: Pakistan army says that it has shot down an Indian “spy” drone which it alleged was being used for aerial photography near the Line of Control (LoC), a claim dismissed by India.

Brussels: A Greek parliament vote satisfies the initial terms of a bailout deal between Athens and its EU creditors agreed at a 17-hour summit earlier this week

Islamabad: Amid differing voices emanating from Pakistan over resuming talks with India, Pakistan says it is committed to the decisions taken in Ufa to lower tension even as it asserted that Kashmir is a “disputed territory” and no unilateral action can change its status.

London: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher received death threats to her life in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination in October 1984, according to newly-declassified UK government documents.

Brussels: The EU approves a short-term loan of USD 7.8 billion to Greece allowing it to meet a huge payment to the ECB and repay the IMF while a new bailout is still being ratified.

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