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Digest of international news for week June 20 -June 26, 2015

Melbourne/London: Tens of thousands yoga enthusiasts around the world today took to mats and stretched, bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures in a symbol of universality of the ancient Indian spiritual practice as they marked the maiden International Day of Yoga.

United Nations: India today says Yoga should not be seen as belonging to any particular religion and the ancient spiritual practice can serve as the “perfect antidote” to stem “negative tendencies” and move humanity on the path of peace in a world beset by violence and conflict.

United Nations: Yoga is the most easy way to save the young generation from moving towards violence, suicides and depression, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says in a video message to the UN, marking the first International Yoga Day.


Naiduila (China): China today opened a new, “safer” and “more convenient” route for Indians undertaking the arduous Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra as the first batch of pilgrims crossed the Indian border and entered Tibet via Nathu La, in the latest confidence-building measure between the two neighbours.

Geneva: Both Israelis and Palestinians may have committed war crimes during the deadly Gaza war last year that killed over 2,300 people, according to a much anticipated UN report released today which cited “unprecedented number of civilian victims, including women and children”.


Dhaka: With the recent killings of three secular bloggers in Bangladesh by fundamentalists, the country’s intellectuals here are suspecting Pakistan’s hand behind the brutal attacks and feel that an international intervention is required to ensure their safety.

United Nations: China has blocked India’s move in the UN demanding action against Pakistan over release of Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in violation of a resolution of the world body as it contended that India provided insufficient information.


Beirut: Islamic State militants have destroyed two historic mausoleums in Palmyra, Syria’s top antiquities official say, raising fears that the extremists could next target the town’s famed Roman ruins.

Kabul: Afghanistan’s intelligence service says a Pakistani intelligence officer helped the Taliban carry out an attack on the parliament in Kabul earlier this week.

Washington: Indian-American Bobby Jindal announces his candidature for the 2016 US presidential elections, making him the 13th Republican aspirant to target the White House in this election cycle.


Islamabad: Pakistan accuses India of politicising the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee by making unfounded “insinuations” against it, days after China blocked India’s move calling for action against Pakistan over 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s release.

Karachi: Millions of people in Pakistan’s largest city heaved a sigh of relief as temperatures plunged by nearly 10 degrees today after rain lashed the parched Sindh province, providing a break from the killer heatwave that claimed over 1,000 lives in less than a week.

Kathmandu: Led by India and China, global donors pledged nearly USD 4.4 billion aid to quake-hit Nepal for the country’s massive reconstruction efforts and to revive its economy, with the Nepalese Prime Minister vowing “zero-tolerance” to corruption in disbursing the relief money.


Beirut: The Islamic State group killed 120 civilians in a 24-hour rampage through the Kurdish town of Kobane in what a monitor today said was one of the jihadists’ “worst massacres” in Syria.

Sousse: A young man unfurled an umbrella and pulled out a Kalashnikov, opening fire on European sunbathers and killing at least 37 at a Tunisian beach resort, one of three deadly attacks today from Europe to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists.

Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (France): At least one suspected Islamist today launched a daylight raid on an industrial gas factory in France and pinned a severed head to the gates, in what President Francois Hollande called a “terrorist” attack.

Washington: In a historic ruling, the US Supreme Court today legalised same sex marriage, holding that gay people can get married in all 50 states of the country.

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