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Digest of International news for week May 16 – May 22, 2015

Shanghai: As many as 26 business agreements worth over USD 22 billion were signed today between Indian firms — including Adani group, Bharti Airtel and Welspun — and thier Chinese counterparts on the last day of Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to China.

Shanghai: Pitching for cooperation between India and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says two should together touch new heights of progress to eliminate poverty which will benefit the entire world as one-third of global population lives in the two countries.

Cairo: In major blow to Islamists, deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie and over 100 other members of the banned group were today sentenced to death by a court here in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.

Ulan Bator: India and Mongolia today came out strongly against the “double standards” and “selectivity” of the international community in dealing with terrorism and hoped that all safe havens and sanctuaries for terrorists will be wiped out without delay.
Ulan Bator: India today announces a USD one billion credit line to Mongolia for infrastructure development as they upgraded their ties to “Strategic Partnership” and agreed to deepen defence cooperation besides exploring potential for tie ups in areas like the civil nuclear sector.

Kathmandu: The death toll from the April 25 quake in Nepal today topped 8,500, making the temblor the deadliest of all times for the Himalayan nation, triggering as many as 240 aftershocks and injuring around 20,000 people.

Seoul: South Korea pledges USD 10 billion for financing infrastructure projects, including smart cities and railways, in India.

Geneva: India announces that it would contribute USD 2.1 million to the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a “reflection” of its commitment to the global health body and its mandate.

Seoul: India and South Korea today signs a revised double taxation avoidance pact and agreed to begin talks from mid next year to widen the scope of free trade pact to boost bilateral economic cooperation.

Seoul: Warning that “rivalries” will hold Asia back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says countries of the region should collectively tackle challenges like terrorism, an endeavour in which India will assume its responsibility.

Kabul: A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul today, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing four people, an Afghan official say.

Kathmandu: India pledged full support to the post-quake restoration and reconstruction works in Nepal and said it wants to share its experience gained from the 2001 Gujarat earthquake with the Himalayan nation.

Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court holding the trial of the seven Mumbai attack accused, including mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, summons seven witnesses for the next hearing after the case record was finally submitted to it.


Damascus: Islamic State group jihadists seizes full control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, putting the world heritage site and its priceless artefacts at risk of destruction.

Lahore: Over 100 suspects, including three clerics, were today indicted for their alleged involvement in burning alive a Christian couple last year in Punjab province.

London: Controversial author Salman Rushdie has joined fellow Booker Prize winners and celebrated writers like Amitav Ghosh and Margaret Atwood to appeal to Bangladesh government to do “all in its power” to punish the killers of three secular bloggers who were hacked to death recently.

Riyadh: A suicide bomber killed at least 19 people today in a blast inside a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers commemorated the 7th century birth of a revered figure, residents and officials say.

The Hague: The Dutch cabinet today approves a partial ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic veil, including in schools, hospitals and on public transport.

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