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Digest of international news for week March 12-March 18, 2016


Chicago: Donald Trump cancells his campaign rally citing security concerns after hundreds of people gather at the arena to protest against his ‘politics of hatred’ and scuffled with his supporters in the largest-ever demonstration against the Republican presidential frontrunner.

New York: Two stolen Indian statutes dating back to as early as the 8th Century and valued at over USD 4,50,000 were seized in the US from premier auction house Christie’s, just days before an auction next week.


Washington: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, known for his witty repartees, tells an American audience that he has more Sikhs in his Cabinet than his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast): Heavily-armed gunmen go on a shooting rampage in the Ivory Coast resort of Grand-Bassam killing 16 people and leaving bodies strewn on the beach in the first attack of its kind in the country.

Ankara: A car bomb rips through a busy square in central Ankara killing at least 27 people and wounding 75, officials say the latest in a spate of attacks to hit Turkey.

Dubai: An Indian-origin entrepreneur in the UAE launches a new USD 200,000 fund to support education projects around the world by providing good teachers and quality education to every child including refugees.


Lahore: Shahid Afridi was dragged to court for “committing treason” and “hurting sentiments” of Pakistanis, a day after his statement that the national cricket team was “loved more in India” than in Pakistan.

Beijing: China dodges a direct response to reports of presence of PLA troops at a forward post in PoK and refuted allegations of recurring incursions by its troops into Indian territory, asserting that the PLA soldiers patrolled the Chinese side of the LAC.

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin orders the defence ministry to begin the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria tomorrow.

Brussels: Police shoots one suspect during a major Belgian-French anti-terror operation in Brussels linked to the Paris attacks, after gunmen open fire and wound four officers.

Naypyidaw: Myanmar gets its first civilian president in decades after lawmakers elect a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is expected to hold the real reins of power in the formerly junta-run nation.
Kathmandu: India says it wants to see political stability and development in Nepal as its own security is linked to the prosperity of the country which has witnessed crippling border blockades recently due to protests by Madhesis over the new Constitution.


London: India’s high commissioner to the UK, Navtej Sarna, made his posting official by presenting his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Washington: Indian-origin judge Sri Srinivasan loses the race for nomination as US Supreme Court judge with President Barack Obama choosing long time jurist Merrick Garland, calling him as one of the country’s “sharpest legal minds”.

Bangkok: An Air India jet from Delhi to Bangkok carrying 241 people is ordered to park at an isolated area of the Thai capital’s main airport after a bomb threat, officials say.


Colombo: The government of the Maldives says an ousted vice president has been charged with terrorism for his alleged role in an explosion on the president’s speedboat last September.

Islamabad: Pakistan government allows ailing Pervez Musharraf to go abroad for medical treatment, a day after the Supreme Court lifts a bar on foreign trips of the former military ruler facing trial in a number of cases including for high treason.

Islamabad: Pakistan rejects as “baseless rumour-mongering” the reports about presence of Chinese troops in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and asserted that Kashmir was a long-standing item on the agenda of the UN.


Brussels: Top Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, one of the most wanted men in Europe, is captured in Brussels during a raid by armed police, French police sources say.

Islamabad: Pakistan will host the 19th SAARC Summit from November 9-10 here for which invitations have been extended to the leaders of the member nations, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Seoul: North Korea test fires what appears to be two medium-range ballistic missiles just days after leader Kim Jong-Un promised a series of nuclear warhead tests and missile launches.

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