Digest of International news for week May 23 – May 29, 2015
Islamabad: Pakistan says that it will seek assistance from FBI and Interpol in investigating fake degrees scam by a Karachi-based IT firm accused of making millions of dollars through an elaborate global network of fictitious universities.
Cairo: Egypt’s ex-President Mohammed Morsi and several secular figures went on trial for “insulting the judiciary”, a week after the deposed leader was sentenced to death by a court here in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.
Trenton (US): John Forbes Nash Jr, a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.
London: There is an “infinitely” greater chance of the cash-rich Islamic State smuggling its first nuclear weapon from Pakistan to attack the US within a year, according to the latest edition of the dreaded group’s propaganda magazine.
Beijing: Sticking to its stand that McMahon Line on India-China boundary is “illegal”, China says it is ready to work with India to resolve the vexed border issue at an early date through “friendly consultations” to create more favourable conditions for bilateral ties.
Kandahar (Afghanistan): Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer says today from inside the compound.
Dhaka: Bangladesh today bans an Islamist militant outfit that is believed to be behind the gruesome hacking deaths of three secular bloggers in recent months that have evoked outrage in the country and across the globe.
Baghdad: Iraq vowed to retake Anbar province now mostly held by the Islamic State by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi.
Washington: More than 545,000 tech jobs remain vacant in the US which is having a deep impact on Silicon Valley-based firms, American IT industry says while arguing in favour of raising the cap on H-1B visas to attract brightest minds from across the globe.
Berne/New Delhi: Industrialist Yash Birla and son-in-law of late realty and liquor baron Ponty Chadha are among seven Indians with Swiss bank accounts whose names have been made public in Switzerland’s official gazette with regard to ongoing tax probes against them in India.
Sanaa: Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen’s capital today, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country’s exiled president, Shiite rebels say.
Baghdad: Islamic State extremists unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the militants from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman says.
Berne: In a major step towards shedding its long-held banking secrecy tag, Switzerland today signs an agreement for Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) with European Union, while similar pacts may follow with other jurisdictions, including India, to check the black money menace.
Islamabad: Pakistan says Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks that “terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists” should be a matter of concern for the region and beyond and warned of taking “appropriate measures” to safeguard its interests.
Rome/New Delhi: India is home to the highest number of hungry people in the world, at 194 million, surpassing China, according to United Nations annual hunger report.
Islamabad: Describing terrorism as a “central feature” holding back normalisation of Indo-Pak ties, India has said bilateral relations can improve depending on the kind of policies the two sides craft in future.
Washington: In a landmark decision, the US today removes Cuba from its list of State Sponsor of Terrorism, paving the way for normalising ties frozen for half a century and lifting of additional sanctions against the communist country.
United Nations: Two fallen peacekeepers from India were honured here today along with 124 other military, police and civilian personnel with a posthumous UN medal for their courage and sacrifice while serving in UN peacekeeping operations last year.