Digest of international news for week Oct 10 – Oct 16, 2015
N’Djamena: Three explosions blamed on the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram killed 37 people today in a Chadian city on the shores of Lake Chad, security sources said.
Beijing: At least 17 people were killed today in an explosion that ripped through a restaurant in east China’s Anhui Province, authorities said.
Lahore: Pakistan and India should live like “good neighbours” and resolve all issues including Kashmir through dialogue, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said today.
Male: India and the Maldives today decided to ramp up cooperation in various fields including defence, security and trade as the two nations restarted the Joint Commission talks after a hiatus of 15 years.
Kathmandu: Veteran Communist party leader K P Sharma Oli was today elected as Nepal’s new Prime Minister, comfortably defeating Nepali Congress chief Sushil Koirala, and will now have to deal with challenges like protests and blockade of a key border trade point with India over the country’s new Constitution.
Ankara: At least 95 people were killed in Ankara when bombs set off by two suspected suicide attackers ripped through a crowd of leftist and pro-Kurdish activists at a peace rally, in the deadliest such attack in Turkey’s recent history.
Ramallah: 38 Indians missing in Iraq for several months are alive, according to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who, however, provided no evidence to back up the claim.
Ramallah: Amidst spiralling violence in the region, India and Palestine today called for a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict based on internationally agreed upon principles which would lead to a united and viable state of Palestine.
Stockholm: Princeton University’s Angus Deaton won the Nobel prize in economics today for his wide ranging work on consumption that’s helped redefine the way poverty is measured around the world, notably in India.
Beijing: China today operationalised its USD 1.5 billion Zam Hydropower Station, the largest in Tibet, built on the Brahmaputra river, which has raised concerns in India over the likelihood of disrupting water supplies.
Ramallah: Observing that peace and stability in the Middle East region is in India’s interest, President Pranab Mukherjee today proposed a three-pillar framework to propel its “historic” ties with Palestine besides building a second Information Technology (IT) centre in Gaza.
Islamabad: Pakistan has expressed concern over campaign against prominent Pakistani personalities in India by a “fundamentalist organisation” and said there is a need to ensure that such incidents do not reoccur.
United Nations: India today said Pakistan’s raising the issue of Kashmir at multiple UN forums is “totally out of context” and constitutes a “clear interference” in its internal affairs.
Tehran: A senior council of Iranian clerics and lawyers today approved implementing the landmark nuclear deal with world powers, sealing the final required step in the process despite hard-liners’ efforts to derail it.
Lahore: At least seven people were killed and 12 others injured today in Pakistan’s Punjab province when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the political office of a ruling PML-N lawmaker, who was not there at the time of the attack claimed by Taliban’s splinter group.
Jerusalem: President Pranab Mukherjee was today conferred an honourary doctorate by the prestigious Hebrew University, the third on his six-day trip to West Asia, reflecting the warm relations India enjoys with Jordan, Palestine and Israel.
United Nations: India has called for the early adoption of a global convention on terrorism with a legal principle of “prosecute or extradite”, even as it voiced concern over the UN appearing “ineffective” in tackling the global scourge.
Melbourne: Indian mining giant Adani’s plan to build one of the world’s largest coal mines got a new lease of life today after the Australian government gave its re-approval to the 16.5 billion controversy-hit project but with “strictest conditions” amid environmental concerns.
Kathmandu: Nepalese lawmakers today unanimously elected a former guerrilla fighter as the country’s first woman speaker of Parliament following the formation of a new government.
Maiduguri: At least 34 people were killed in a wave of suicide bomb attacks in northeast Nigeria, as the military today warned Boko Haram militants threaten the country’s sovereignty.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today held a meeting with the army chief and other top civil and military leadership where he discussed the security situation and his upcoming US visit during which, Islamabad has said, it will raise the issue of stalled talks with India.