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Digest of international news for week May 2 – May 8, 2015

Colombo: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Sri Lanka that “true reconciliation” with Tamils will take time, even as he praised the “openness” of the new government in efforts to boost democracy, human rights and reaching out to the minority community.

United Nations: India has sought UN’s intervention in the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, saying it was in violation of the norms of the global body and it should raise the matter with Pakistan.


Kathmandu: Swayambhunath Stupa, believed to be the world’s oldest Buddhist shrine, has been partially damaged by Nepal’s devastating April 25 earthquake that has killed over 7,000 people.

Rome: Another 5,800 migrants desperate to reach Europe were rescued this weekend as they tried to cross the Mediterranean on rickety boats, more than 2,150 of them, the Italian coastguard says.

Kathmandu: The Indian media is facing flak for its coverage of the earthquake disaster in Nepal with complaints in the social media that it was treating the tragedy as a “public relations exercise” on behalf of the Indian government.

Kathmandu: At least 41 Indians are among 57 foreigners killed in Nepal in the powerful earthquake that left a trail of devastation and suffering, flattening buildings and uprooting electric poles and trees.

Kathmandu: Nepal’s devastating earthquake is likely to hit the tourism industry – the country’s main forex earner – hard, to the tune of 10 billion rupees, losing as many as two lakh international tourists including many Indians in the immediate future.

Kathmandu: Nepal government today asked hundreds of foreign rescue workers to leave the quake-hit country as immediate relief has already been provided and the remaining tasks will be carried out by its army and police.

Houston: The Islamic State today claims responsibility for an attack outside an event centre hosting a controversial cartoon contest concerning Prophet Mohammed, its first assault on US soil, and threatened to carry out “more bitter” violence in the country.

Geneva: India had a staggering 345,000 internally displaced persons in Assam alone in 2014 and at least 850,000 IDPs overall in the last five years, a Norwegian NGO for refugees has says.

Kathmandu: The altitude of the Kathmandu Valley has risen by 80 centimetres after the devastating earthquake struck Nepal last month, the Survey Department says.

Tehran: Notwithstanding US objections, India went ahead with the signing of an agreement with Iran for the development of the strategically important Chabahar port which will give India sea-land access route to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today terms as a “huge diplomatic success” the ratification of a historic bill in the Indian Parliament that provides for the exchange of territories to settle the 41-year-old border issue between the two countries.

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinches a 11th-hour deal with a right-wing party to form a hard-line coalition government that could pose a major challenge to any global initiative to break the logjam in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Islamabad: Pakistan says the Indian government’s written reply in Parliament on the whereabouts of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has vindicated its sustained stand that the fugitive was not in its territory.

Moscow: Terrorism emanating from the neighbourhood of Russia and India is a major security threat to the two countries and a strong commitment by the international community is needed to combat the menace, President Pranab Mukherjee says.

Islamabad: Envoys of the Philippines and Norway and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors were among seven persons killed when a Pakistani military helicopter today crashed in the PoK as the Taliban claimed responsibility for the downing of the chopper and says premier Nawaz Sharif was their target.

London: Prime Minister David Cameron won a stunning majority in Britain, disproving predictions of a terribly hung parliament and was on course to forming a single party government ending a brief coalition era.

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