Digest of international news for week May 21- 27, 2016
Dhaka: At least 24 people are killed and over 100 others injured as cyclone Roanu battered Bangladesh’s southern coast leaving a trail of destruction and prompting authorities to evacuate about five lakh people.
Colombo: At least 71 people are killed and 127 others remained missing in floods and landslides triggered by the heaviest rains in Sri Lanka in over a quarter century as two Indian naval relief ships arrive here with supplies.
Tehran: Keen on deeper engagement with the sanction-free Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here on a maiden 2-day visit during which a contract for developing first phase of strategic Chabahar port will be signed and discussion on gas field development taken forward.
Washington: A man, who brandished a gun and refused orders by US Secret Service agents outside the White House to stop, was shot at and critically injured even as the official residence of the American President was put on lockdown for over an hour.
Tehran: Invoking India’s “civilisational ties” with Iran, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flies in here on a two-day visit, saying his talks with the Iranian leadership would provide him an opportunity to advance the “strategic partnership” between the two countries.
Washington/Kabul: Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour is killed in a rare US drone strike deep inside Pakistan, Afghanistan says inflicting a body blow to the insurgents and removing a major “threat” to the fragile peace process in the war-torn country.
Cairo: The French navy says that one of its ships has joined the search for the wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804, focusing especially on the hunt for its flight recorders, as questions remain over what caused the Airbus 320 to crash over the Mediterranean, killing all 66 on board.
Tehran: India and Iran asks all states to “explicitly reject” the use of terrorism against other countries while seeking an immediate end to all support and sanctuaries being provided to terror groups.
Tehran: A “milestone” pact on the strategic Chabahar Port in southern Iran which will give India access to Afghanistan and Europe bypassing Pakistan was among the agreements signed here today by India and Iran which also agreed to cooperate on combating radicalism and terror.
Guangzhou: The cardinal principle of India’s relationship with China is expanding areas of agreement and reducing divergence, President Pranab Mukherjee says ahead of his talks with top Chinese leaders during which he is likely to raise issues like India’s membership in the NSG.
New York: US agribusiness giant Monsanto Co rejects the USD 62 billion takeover bid by Germany’s Bayer AG as too low, but said it was willing to entertain further talks on a merger.
Kathmandu: Rescuers racing against time continue their search for the two missing Indian climbers on Mount Everest for the fourth day as hope to find them alive recedes.
Beijing: President Pranab Mukherjee says India and China must expand their shared interests for the good of the world and move forward significantly enhancing their convergences.
Berlin: German police received information about plans to carry out a bomb attack on a gurdwara in Essen by a group of teenagers from one of the suspects’ mother some weeks before an explosive was detonated there, media reports claim.
Washington: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton violated federal laws by using a private email server for official purposes when she was the secretary of state, according to an internal government watchdog’s report.
Dhaka: A Hindu businessman is hacked to death in Bangladesh after he allegedly refused to pay extortion money to drug addicts, the latest murder in the Muslim-majority nation which has witnessed a series of brutal killings of secular activists and minorities by Islamists.
Dhaka: A senior BNP leader in Bangladesh is charged with sedition over his alleged involvement in a plot to oust the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in collusion with Israel following his meeting in India with a top Israeli politician.
Nairobi: Underlining that environmental governance is the key factor in planning the future of any country, India says the UN environment programme must work on integrating the green dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Beijing: India seeks China’s cooperation in international fora like the UN in the fight against terrorism making it clear that there was “no good or bad terrorists” and told Beijing that it should play a positive role in ensuring a predictable nuclear regime as New Delhi seeks to join the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Washington: Rishi Nair, 12-year-old Indian American student, has won the prestigious USD 50,000 National Geographic Bee competition in which Indian-origin contestants maintained their dominance by sweeping all the top three slots.
Beijing: China has conveyed its willingess to enhance cooperation with India on combating the menace of terrorism, including in the United Nations, President Pranab Mukherjee says winding up a “fruitful and productive” four-day visit to that country.
Singapore: Six Bangladeshi men in Singapore are charged with involvement in financing terror activities back home to overthrow the government, the first to be prosecuted under the country’s tough terrorism act.
Hiroshima: Barack Obama pays moving tribute to victims of the world’s first nuclear attack during a historic visit to Hiroshima.