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Digest of international news for week Nov 14 – Nov 20, 2015


Brussels: Belgian police arrested several suspects in Brussels today during raids connected to the Paris attacks, including one who was in the French capital at the time of the carnage, Prime Minister Charles Michel said.

Paris: Three teams of extremists carried out the coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris that left 129 people dead and 352 injured, a French prosecutor said today.


Antalya: Joining world leaders in calling for joint action against terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought steps to choke financing, supply of arms and communication channels of terrorists and enhance global cooperation to check use of cyber networks by militant groups.

Antalya: Projecting over 8 per cent growth for India next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today says public investments need to be enhanced to stimulate growth and asked multilateral development banks to boost their capital to support infrastructure needs of developing countrie

Antalya: Pledging to quadruple India’s renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatt by 2022 and cut fossil fuel subsidies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks world’s top economies to ensure reaching the target of USD 100 billion a year green climate fund by 2020.


Beirut: US-led coalition warplanes have pounded the Islamic State group in Syria after the Paris attacks, with French raids hitting IS stronghold Raqa and another strike destroying dozens of oil tankers.


Dhaka: India and Bangladesh today agrees to share information on militants as their home secretaries conclues talks here reviewing internal security and other cross-border issues, days after the two countries exchanged a top separatist leader and a wanted criminal.

Berlin: German police releases seven people they had arrested today, saying there was no evidence linking them to the Paris attacks.

Karachi: At least 16 people were killed and more than 150 injured today when a speeding train derailed in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, weeks after it was targeted by Baloch militants in a blast near Quetta.


Kaduna (Nigeria): More than 30 people were killed when a bomb ripped through packed crowds in Yola, northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, the Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says.

Beirut: The Islamic State group says today it had killed a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage, as French and Russian air strikes on its Syrian stronghold were reported to have left dead 33 fighters.


Paris: Prime Minister Manuel Valls warns today of the danger of an attack in France using “chemical or biological weapons”, in a speech to lawmakers debating the extension of a state of emergency.

Beijing: Expressing concern over the recurring incidents of incursions by Chinese troops, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that there should be an effective border management until the two sides reach a settlement over the dispute.

Paris: The Islamic State jihadist suspected of orchestrating the Paris attacks was killed in a major police raid, prosecutors confirm today, as French lawmakers extended emergency powers imposed after the carnage.

Washington: Pakistani-American LeT terrorist and 26/11 terrorist attacks convict David Coleman Headley would testify before a TADA court in Mumbai through video conference, his attorney indicated today.


Bamako (Mali): Armed Islamist extremists today barged into a luxury hotel here taking 170 people hostage and killing at least 27 of them, while 20 captured Indians were evacuated unharmed.

Paris: The death toll from the attacks on Paris has risen to 130, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said today after one of those wounded succumbed to their injuries.

Beijing: India and China today agreed to set up a dedicated communication channel to boost security cooperation as Home Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with China’s security czar on issues like cross border terrorism from Pakistan and the Afghan situation.

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