Digest of international news for week Jul 9- Jul 15, 2016
Dar-es-Salaam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Tanzania as part of his four-nation Africa tour aimed at enhancing ties with the continent, particularly in the economic sphere.
Pietermaritzburg (SA): Reliving Mahatma Gandhi’s historic train journey, Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to a railway station where the Father of the Nation was thrown out of a train compartment, an incident that proved to be a turning point in his fight against racial discrimination in South Africa.
Seoul: North Korea appears to have test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Seoul’s defence ministry said, a day after the US and South Korea decided to deploy an advanced missile defence system in the South.
Nairobi: Describing terrorism as one of the two major challenges facing the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says all forces believing in humanity must come together to defeat this “anti-humanity” menace.
Dar-es-Salaam: India offers USD 92 million Line of Credit to Tanzania for a key water supply project and signed five agreements as the two countries decided to cooperate in a number of areas, including food security and natural gas sector to boost bilateral ties.
Dhaka: Bangladesh bans the broadcast of controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, cracking down on the channel and radical sermons after reports that “provocative” speeches inspired some of the militants who carried out the country’s worst terror attack at a cafe here.
Juba: South Sudan’s president and his estranged deputy orders a ceasefire after a new day of heavy fighting in the capital that sent thousands fleeing and threatened a return to civil war.
Dhaka: Senior US diplomat Nisha Desai Biswal met top Bangladeshi officials as well as Dhaka-based diplomats including the Indian High Commissioner here and discusses the security situation in the country following two high-profile terror attacks in the Muslim-majority nation.
Nairobi: Seeking to bolster their ties, India and Kenya decide to deepen and expand cooperation in a wide range of areas as they signed seven pacts, including in the field of defence and security and avoidance of double taxation.
Islamabad: Pakistan has expressed shock over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in Kashmir and deplored “oppressive measures” and “excessive” force used against civilians in the latest wave of violence in the Valley.
Dhaka: Bangladesh and India sign a landmark deal for the construction of a 1,320 megawatt coal fired power plant, the biggest project under bilateral cooperation that would mark the transition from electricity export to generation level.
Beijing/The Hague: In a major diplomatic blow to China, a UN-backed tribunal strikes down the Communist giant’s claims of “historical rights” in the strategic South China Sea, triggering an angry response from President Xi Jinping who vowed not to accept it “under any circumstances”.
London: Theresa May becomes Britain’s second woman prime minister after Margaret Thatcher, vowing to forge “a bold new positive role” for the UK in the world post-Brexit.
Beijing: China escalated its condemnation of the ruling by a UN-backed tribunal that struck down its “historical rights” over the South China Sea, issuing a “white paper” that asserted its claims over the strategic region and accused the Philippines of illegally occupying its territory.
London: Theresa May began her first full day in office as UK’s new Prime Minister with a series of sackings after surprising many by naming “Leave” campaigner Boris Johnson as foreign minister against the backdrop of putting Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) in motion.
Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia): Vice President Hamid Ansari arrives here leading an Indian delegation to the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit being held amid dramatic changes in Europe following Britain’s exit from the EU and a global economic slowdown.
United Nations: In a strong rebuff to Pakistan for raising the issue of killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and Kashmir at the UN, India accused it of extolling the virtues of terrorists and “coveting” the territory of others.
Nice (France): A Tunisian-born man zigzagged a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing at least 84 and injuring dozens of children, an attack that plunged the country again into grief and anger.
Ulaanbaatar: The 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit commenced here in the Mongolian capital with top leaders from 49 nations, including India, observing a minute of silence following the deadly truck attack in the French city of Nice that killed over 75 people.
Washington: After a 13-year wait, the US publishes a redacted version of the 28-unreleased pages from the 9/11 report that show that the probe into the links between Saudi Arabia and the attacks found multiple suspicions but no proven ties.