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Digest of international news for week June 13 -June 19, 2015

New York: Hillary Clinton formally launches her bid to become the first woman president of the United States, giving a rallying call to build a new era of “real and lasting prosperity” that “should be shared by all”.

Kandahar: An Afghan official says at least 20 police officers have been killed after militants ambushed checkpoints in the country’s volatile southern Helmand province.

Kathmandu: Nearly one million people have slipped below poverty line in Nepal due to two powerful earthquakes that left about 9,000 people dead and a trail of destruction across the country.

Dhaka: Buoyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit during which “history” was made by inking the long- pending Land Boundary Agreement, Bangladesh now looks forward to resolving the crucial Teesta water-sharing issue soon.

London: India is set to acquire a prime property here for an estimated 4 million pounds where B R Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution and dalit rights activist, lived during his student days in the 1920s.

Johannesburg: Sudanese President Omar-al-Bashir flew out of South Africa, defying a court order for him to stay as judges weighed up whether he should be arrested for alleged war crimes and genocide.

Thimpu: India achieves a milestone with the signing of a motor vehicles pact with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh enabling seamless transit of passenger, cargo and vehicles with the first stage of the USD-8 billion road connectivity project set to begin in October.

Bhaktapur: Nepal today reopens six heritage sites, including the famed Pashupathinath temple, for the public in a bid to woo tourists back, nearly two months after deadly earthquakes severely damaged some of the country’s historic cultural sites and killed nearly 9,000 people.

Cairo: An Egyptian court today sentences deposed president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie and 100 other Islamists to death for a mass jail break during the country’s 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

London: The UK today says it had acted “appropriately” and in accordance with rules when issuing travel documents to scam-tainted former IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today says that India and Pakistan must put aside differences and work for peace so that the people of the two countries “remember their leaders in good words.”

Bauchi (Nigeria): A large sack of home-made bombs discovered at an abandoned Boko Haram camp exploded, killing 63 people, witnesses say. The toll is higher than in any recent attack in northeast Nigeria.

United Nations: Nearly two billion people across 192 nations would have participated in commemorating the first International Yoga Day by the end of June 21, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj presiding over the celebrations at the world body, India’s envoy here says.

Islamabad: A Pakistani company had sold eight Japanese Yamaha engines to one of the 2008 Mumbai attack facilitators who supplied them to terrorists, including Ajmal Kasab, for reaching Mumbai in a dingy, a senior manager of the firm told an anti-terrorism court.

Geneva: A record 60 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide due to wars, persecution and conflict by 2014, an average of 42,500 individuals per day last year, enough to form the world’s 24th largest country, the UN says.

Niamey (Niger): Militants from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram crossed the border and attacked two towns in neighbouring Niger, setting homes ablaze and killing at least 40 people, a local government official say.

Washington: A dejected US President Barack Obama today strongly condemned the “senseless murders” of nine Americans by a white gunman inside a historic black church, saying such type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.

New York: India says its message to Pakistan is “very loud and clear” that it is interested in normalising ties but the onus of creating an environment for improving relationship depends on the “kind of provocations” that comes from its neighbour.

New York: India has the potential to grow at 8-9 per cent or even more in the next one to two years and global investors cannot ignore such an economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says today while blaming policy instability for deterring investment in the past.

Charleston: The young white man suspected of gunning down nine people at a black church in South Carolina has been charged with their murders, police say, as the state’s governor called for him to face the death penalty.

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