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Digest of international news for week May 30-Jun 5, 2015

Karachi: Unidentified militants shoot dead at least 22 people after abducting about 30 passengers from two Karachi-bound buses in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province, prompting a massive operation by security forces to hunt down the gunmen.

Singapore: Ahead of his India visit next week, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter says America is looking for new ways to complement India’s ‘Act East’ policy and find meaningful areas of cooperation in the Asia Pacific.

Johannesburg: Two Indian-origin youths from South Africa are dead allegedly fighting for the Islamic State, becoming one of the first South Africans to have died in strife-torn Syria.

Stockholm: President Pranab Mukherjee arrives here on the first leg of his five-day state visit to Sweden and Belarus, the first ever by any Indian head of state, during which a number of key agreements on sustainable development, scientific research are likely to be signed.

Geneva/Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry, a cycling enthusiast, breaks his leg in a bike accident in France and will return his home town Boston for further treatment.


Stockholm: India and Sweden sign several agreements to boost ties and decided to restart the bilateral strategic dialogue besides finding ways for investment by the Nordic country in India’s defence sector under the ambitious ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Kathmandu: About 25,000 foreign tourists, mostly Indians, planning to visit Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet through Nepal have been forced to change their plans as China has shut down all border points in the region after the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

Kathmandu: At least four persons, including a Dutch woman, were killed when their helicopter crashed while returning after distributing relief materials to earthquake victims in Nepal’s mountainous region.

Stockholm: Sweden, a key member of the Missile Technology Control Regime, has backed India’s bid for entry into the elite group of countries that seek to prevent the proliferation of missile and unmanned aerial vehicle technology.

Beijing: At least 400 people, mostly the elderly, are missing after a ship capsized on the Yangtze river in southern China after being caught in a cyclone, with strong winds and heavy rains hindering the rescue effort.


Beirut: At least 37 people, including 10 children, are killed in government barrel bomb attacks in northern Syria.

Washington: An American lawmaker and a panel of four experts decry alleged “violence” against religious minorities in India and appealed to the US administration to include human rights violations as an issue for discussion in its talks with the new Indian government.

Minsk: India and Belarus decide to work together on defence and security issues as President Pranab Mukherjee met his Belarusian counterpart and agreed on a 17-point roadmap aimed at strengthening mutual trust and confidence.

Islamabad: In remarks that can cause concerns in India, Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif say it is an “unfinished agenda” of the partition in 1947 and Pakistan and Kashmir are “inseparable”.


New York: A 22-year old Indian Wharton graduate working at Goldman Sachs dies days after he had complained to his father in India about long working hours and stress.

Jianli: Rescuers decide to lift the cruise ship capsized in China’s Yangtze river using two salvage vessels and massive cranes with bleak hopes of finding any survivors among the over 350 people missing in the tragedy after just 77 bodies were found and 14 rescued alive.

Beijing: China virtually rejects Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to clarify positions on the Line of Actual Control and says it prefers an agreement with India on a Code of Conduct to maintain peace along the border.

Beijing: China prefers a pact with India on a Code of Conduct to maintain peace along the border rather than clarification of Line of Actual Control proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit here last month.


Dhaka: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives here, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day maiden visit to Bangladesh.

Geneva: The US poses a salvo of questions to India on its domestic support programmes, including its cotton policies, minimum support price, public stockholding for food security purposes and landholding pooling by Indian farmers, in a meeting at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) here.

Jianli: Hopes of finding more survivors from the capsized cruise ship in China’s Yangtze river were dashed as its submerged hull is lifted, with the death toll crossing 100 and fate of over 250 still unknown in what could be the country’s worst maritime tragedy in 70 years.

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