Digest of international news for week Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2015
Bamako: Two UN peacekeepers and a contractor died in a rocket attack today on a UN base in northeast Mali claimed by the jihadist Ansar Dine group, a week after a deadly siege at a Bamako hotel shocked the country.
Valletta (Malta): India today announced USD 2.5 million in aid for the small states in the Commonwealth to help them combat climate change.
Ankara: Russian President Vladimir Putin today calls for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.
Brussels: The European Union and Turkey agreed on a deal to stem the migrant crisis, including a three-billion-euro (USD 3.2-billion) aid package for Syrian refugees in Turkey, EU president Donald Tusk said after a summit in Brussels today.
Paris: French police detained 208 people and kept a total of 174 in custody, after activists clashed with police in Paris today ahead of key climate talks, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says.
Paris: Twenty countries, including India, the US and China, will today launch an initiative to double their clean energy research and development budget over the next five years as part of global efforts to tackle climate change.
Paris: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with French President Francois Hollande today jointly launches the International Solar Alliance and pledged India’s assistance of USD 30 million for the initiative that brings together developed and developing countries.
Paris: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight cautions against any unilateral steps that will lead to an economic barrier in the battle against climate change as he hoped that the developed countries would mobilise USD 100 billion annually by 2020 for mitigation and adaptation.
Beijing: Pitching for building consensus to deal with terrorism, climate change and other key issues, leaders of 25 media organisations from BRICS countries today pledges to follow the latest trends in information dissemination to cope up with fast paced developments in new media.
Le Bourget (France): A day after world leaders vowed to unitedly fight climate change, negotiators from 195 countries began marathon talks to strike a historic agreement with India today asking developed nations to commit to more progressive emission cuts for a “just and sustainable” deal.
Paris: India today says that the “huge” interest shown by various nations for the International Solar Alliance (ISA) launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a matter of “great” satisfaction and the initiative is an “effective” means of enhancing the deployment of renewable energy in various solar rich nations.
San Francisco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announces the birth of his first child as he and his wife pledged to give away 99 per cent of his company shares currently worth a whopping USD 45 billion to make the world a “better place” for daughter Maxima and other children.
Yaounde: Cameroon troops killed around 100 Boko Haram Islamist fighters from Nigeria, freed almost 900 hostages and seized Islamic State (IS) flags last week, the defence ministry says.
Le Bourget (France)/New Delhi: India today asked the developed world to ‘walk the talk’ and honour its pre-2020 commitments in the fight against climate change and joined Brazil, China and South Africa in seeking a clear roadmap in this regard.
San Francisco: At least 14 people were killed and 17 others injured today when a heavily-armed young Pakistani-origin couple opened indiscriminate fire during a Christmas party at a centre for people with disabilities in California, the deadliest shooting in the US since 2012.
Paris: On the fifth day of negotiations, the first draft text of the Paris agreement on climate change came out today which India described as satisfactory and asserted that it was “encouraged” by the progress.
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin vowes Turkey’s leadership would be made to regret the downing of one of Moscow’s warplanes as the top diplomats from both countries held their first high-level meeting since the incident.
Berlin: Lawmakers today approves plans for Germany to take on a direct role in the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria, answering France’s appeal for help after the deadly Paris attacks.
Paris: With negotiators at the climate change summit releasing all three new draft texts of the Paris deal, India today says it was “not too disappointed” with the way consensus building was taking place between various countries and hoped to narrow down review points in the next few days.
Washington: The FBI is investigating the deadly mass shooting in California by a Pakistani-origin couple that killed 14 people as an act of terrorism, officials say.