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Digest of international news for week May 9 – May 15, 2015

Moscow: Russia today showcases its new war machines here at a grand parade, marking the 70th anniversary of the country’s victory over Nazi Germany, witnessed by many world leaders including President Pranab Mukherjee, an event boycotted by the Western powers due to standoff over Ukraine.


Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban today releases a video showing its militants with a surface-to-air missile which it claimed was used to bring down an army helicopter in the PoK that killed seven people including two ambassadors.

Moscow: President Pranab Mukherjee today inaugurates a seven-month-long festival of Indian culture “Namaste Russia”, and said it would be enjoyed and appreciated across Russia.

On Board Special Aircraft: Notwithstanding Russia’s plans to supply arms to Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee today says Russia is India’s “dependable partner” in defence and energy sectors irrespective of Moscow’s growing ties with any other nation.

London: Prime Minister David Cameron today promots one of Britain’s most prominent Indian-origin MPs Priti Patel by making her the new Employment Minister, as he unveiled the first all-Conservative Cabinet in nearly 20 years with his top four aides retaining their previous portfolio.

Dhaka: Machete-wielding masked men hacked to death a 33-year-old secular blogger in Bangladesh today with terror group Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent claiming responsibility for the brutal murder, the third such attack by Islamists since February in the Muslim-majority nation.
Kathmandu: A new 7.3-magnitude earthquake and seven powerful aftershocks struck Nepal today killing at least 50 people and triggering panic in the Himalayan nation already devastated by a monster temblor less than three weeks ago that had claimed over 8,000 lives.

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today accuses “foreign elements” of trying to sabotage the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project through PoK, an ambitious venture that has raised India’s concerns.

Baghdad: Iraq’s Defence Ministry today says an airstrike by the US-led coalition killed a senior Islamic State commander and others near the extremist-held city of Mosul.

Karachi: Kalashnikov-wielding IS militants donning police uniforms today guns down 45 Shia Ismaili Muslims, shooting them in the head as they attacked their bus in Pakistan’s volatile Karachi city as the dreaded terror outfit claimed carrying out their first attack in the region.

Kathmandu: Five aftershocks jolted Nepal today, triggering panic among the people as the death toll in the powerful 7.3- magnitude earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation two days ago climbed to over 100.

Kabul: Four Indians, two Pakistanis and an American were among 14 people killed in a Taliban attack on a guesthouse here with a top Afghan official saying the Indian Ambassador could have been the target of the militants who stormed the complex popular among expats.

Beijing: India and China today signs a record 24 agreements in key sectors, including in railways and education, on day two of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the communist neighbour.

Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says both India and China face the threat of growing extremism and terrorism whose source “is in the same region”, in a veiled reference to terror networks in Pakistan.

Beijing: India and China today agrees to seek a “political” solution to the border dispute at the earliest as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks Beijing to “reconsider its approach on some issues” and announced CBMs like e-visa for Chinese tourists and operationalisation of hotline between two militaries.

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