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Digest of international news for week Oct 24 – Oct 30, 2015


Male: The Vice President of the Maldives will be charged with high treason after being arrested today in connection with an explosion aboard the president’s boat last month that authorities have called an assassination attempt, officials said.

Islamabad: Shiites in Pakistan today demanded more protection from the government even as they observed Ashura amid tight security, a day after militant group LeJ carried out a suicide bombing on a Muharram procession in the Sindh province that claimed 24 lives.

Washington: US President Barack Obama has made it clear to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that his country should not discriminate between terrorist groups, the White House said.


Khoms: The bodies of at least 43 people thought to be migrants washed up on Libyan beaches east of the capital Tripoli at the weekend, the Red Crescent said on today.

Aden: Heavy clashes and air strikes in Yemen’s third city Taez left at least 36 fighters dead today, army sources said, as aid workers struggled to make medical deliveries.

Dhaka: Bangladeshi police has arrested three people in connection with the bomb blasts here targeting Shia community that claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy in an attack claimed by the dreaded Islamic State militant group.


Islamabad: At least 200 people were killed and more than 1,300 others injured today as a powerful 7.5- magnitude earthquake – the strongest in 10 years – rocked Pakistan, sending severe shock waves as far as Punjab and PoK.

Kabul: At least a dozen schoolgirls were trampled to death in the remote northern Afghan province of Takhar, in the most horrifying tragedy to emerge so far from a quake that rocked parts of South Asia Monday, killing at least 180 people.

Beijing: In an “extremely rare” reshuffle, more than half senior officials of China’s ruling Communist Party were removed or moved to new positions as it kicked off a four-day meet today to chart a blueprint for next five years to halt the slide of the world’s second-largest economy.


Washington: India now ranks 130 out of 189 countries in the ease of doing business, moving up 12 places from last year, according to a World Bank report. (MORE) PTI TRS DBL

Lahore: Former president Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Pakistan supported and trained groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in 1990s to carry out militancy in Kashmir.

Colombo: At least 34 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their boats seized by the Sri Lankan Navy, authorities here said today.


Islamabad: Pakistan will get 34 trainer-cum- fighter aircraft from Turkey free of cost under a major defence deal inked between the two countries, the Defence Ministry announced today.

Kathmandu: Communist leader Vidya Devi Bhandari was today elected as Nepal’s first woman President by the parliament, weeks after it adopted a new landmark Constitution that declared the country a secular state.

Lahore: An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan today indicted 20 Christian men in the lynching case of two Muslims here following deadly church suicide blasts in March.


Beijing: Amid reports that China plans to cut down its growth target to 6.5 per cent from 7 per cent, the ruling Communist Party today endorsed the 13th five-year plan which will target “medium-high economic growth” in the world’s second largest economy from 2016-20.

London: Well-known British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor today expressed solidarity with the ongoing protests by writers and artists in India against growing intolerance in the country, saying “fascism” stifles creativity.

Beijing: Grappling with a major demographic crisis and an economic slowdown, China’s ruling Communist Party today scrapped its controversial three decades-long one-child policy, allowing all couples in the world’s most populous nation to have two children.


Vienna: The United States, Russia and more than a dozen other nations directed the UN today to start a new diplomatic process between Syria’s government and opposition groups with the goal of reaching a nationwide cease-fire and political transition but without an explicit demand for President Bashar Assad to quickly leave power.

Bali: The process for deportation of underworld don Chhota Rajan has begun even as India and Indonesia are to expedite the work on implementation of an extradition treaty.

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