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Digest of international news for week July 4 -July 10, 2015

Beirut: The Islamic State group releases a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

Tunis: Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declares a state of emergency following last week’s beach massacre claimed by the Islamic State group in which 38 foreign tourists were killed.

Cairo: At least Six persons, including three children, were killed today in a bomb blast and shelling on a power station and house in Egypt’s restive North Sinai where troops are fighting with Islamic State militants.

Athens: Greece’s government today looked to have won a ‘No’ it had been seeking in a referendum on bailout terms, but the euro immediately plummeted on fears the result could splinter the eurozone.

Jerusalem: India’s abstention in a vote at the UNHCR on a UN report critical of Israel’s Gaza war last year is being seen here as a “significant shift” in New Delhi’s policy, a “testament to strong ties” which are “taking off” under the new NDA regime, experts say.

Jos: A day of extremist violence against both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria killed more than 60 people, including worshipers in a mosque who came to hear a cleric known for preaching peaceful coexistence of all faiths.

Tashkent: India and Uzbekistan today decides to boost ties in key areas of atomic energy, defence and trade during “productive” talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Islam Karimov as they also shared concerns over rise in terrorism in their “extended neighbourhood”.

Athens: Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns today in what appeared to be a concession by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to international creditors after his resounding victory in a historic bailout referendum.

Vienna: Global powers wrestling for a historic nuclear deal with Iran gave themselves yet more time today after foreign ministers failed to bridge what one diplomat called “very, very, very tough” remaining issues.

Astana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlines the common Islamic heritage of both India and Central Asia which has always rejected the forces of extremism and strongly pitched for enhanced defence and security cooperation between the two to combat terrorism.

Moscow: The 5-nation BRICS group today signs an agreement to create a USD 100 billion pool of foreign-exchange reserves to help each other “in case of any problems with dollar liquidity”, with India chipping in USD 18 billion.

Astana: India and Kazakhstan today inks five key agreements including a defence pact to enhance military cooperation and a contract for supply of uranium after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev held comprehensive talks in which they decided to actively engage in the fight against terrorism and extremism

Ufa (Russia): Russian President Vladimir Putin today pitches for increased cooperation with India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met him here for about 90-minutes, during which the two leaders discussed a host of issues, including market access issues and “challenges” to visa.

Ufa (Russia): Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has decides to include India as a full-fledged member, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight, two days ahead of the Summit of the six-nation grouping.

Ufa (Russia): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discusses wide ranging issues, including the strategically important Chabahar port project in Iran being built by India, besides connectivity, hydrocarbons and threat of terror.

Ufa (Russia): BRICS nations, including India, disapproves of selective approach to terrorism as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there should be no discrimination between the sponsors, or groups or targeted nations, in an apparent message to China which recently protected Pakistan at the UN from action over release of 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Brussels: The eurozone has received a detailed bailout request from Greece, a spokesman for Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem says today, ahead of a midnight deadline.

Ufa (Russia): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accepts an invitation from his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to visit Pakistan to attend the SAARC Summit in 2016 which could be his first to the country.

Ufa: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) today decides to include India as a full member, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer to work with the six-member grouping to enhance connectivity, combat terror and create an environment for boosting trade by easing barriers.
Ufa (Russia): Breaking the deadlock, India and Pakistan today decides to revive the stalled dialogue process and find ways to expedite trial of the Mumbai attack case at talks between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi who agreed to visit Pakistan next year for the SAARC Summit.

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