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Digest of international news for week Sep 12 – Sep 18, 2015


Cairo: Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and his cabinet resigned today after 15 months in office following corruption allegations.

Mecca: Saudi authorities today were investigating a construction crane collapse that killed at least 107 people during a storm at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, pledging that the annual hajj pilgrimage would go ahead.

New York: Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes scripted history by notching up the US Open mixed doubles title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis to become the format’s most successful male player in the Open era.


New York: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis continued their domination in the women’s doubles by winning the US Open crown, their second Grand Slam of the season, after a crushing victory over Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova, here today.

Jeddah: Nine more Indians were today confirmed dead in Friday’s Grand Mosque crane collapse in Mecca in addition to two reported dead earlier.

Athens: At least 34 people, among them 15 babies and children, drowned when their overcrowded boat capsized in high winds off a Greek island today, the latest migrant tragedy at sea.


Germany: Ashok Sridharan, a mayoral candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel-led Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has comprehensively won the election in Bonn, becoming the first person of Indian-origin to occupy the mayor’s office in a major German city.

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today inaugurated five ‘Pakistan-China Friendship Tunnels’ built at the cost of about USD 275 million to restore a strategic road link to China via Gilgit-Baltistan.

Beijing: Downplaying Indian Army’s removal of a Chinese hut on Indian soil following fresh incursion by the PLA, China today said there is no “face-off” along the border in Ladakh and sought “clarification” from India on the issue.


On Board Special Aircraft: There is space for both India and China to invest in Cambodia, Vice President Hamid Ansari says today as he dismissed the notion that India’s foray into the Southeast Asian country would make the communist giant uneasy.

Canberra: Multi-millionaire former banker Malcolm Turnbull was today sworn in as Australia’s fourth Prime Minister in just over two years after ousting Tony Abbott in a party coup, promising to create a dynamic economy and restore an open, consultative model of governance.


Phnom Penh: Asserting that India-ASEAN ties are poised to scale new heights, Vice President Hamid Ansari today says India’s relationship with Cambodia was a “key element” in its engagement with the key regional grouping as the country moves forward with the Act East policy.

Phnom Penh: With commerce, culture and connectivity driving India-ASEAN relations, Vice President Hamid Ansari today says the ties were poised to scale new heights as he held talks with top Cambodian leadership here to boost investment to bolster India’s engagement in the region.

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Constituent Assembly today overwhelmingly approved a new constitution after seven years of painstaking efforts and deliberations, splitting the country into seven federal provinces.


Illapel (Chile): A million people were evacuated in Chile after an 8.3-magnitude quake struck offshore in the Pacific, killing at least 10 people and triggering tsunami waves along its northern coast.

Vientiane: Vice President Hamid Ansari says India wants to build a “solid” relationship with ASEAN countries and is looking to actively build linkages with them as he arrived here to hold talks with the Laotian leadership to bolster economic engagement as part of the Act East policy.


Vientiane: India and Laos today agrees to bolster their economic engagement and signed an air services agreement after Vice President Hamid Ansari held extensive talks with the top Laotian leadership to strengthen India’s linkages with the ASEAN.

Peshawar: Forty-two people, including 23 air force personnel, were killed today when heavily-armed Taliban militants donning military uniforms stormed a Pakistan Air Force base and a mosque inside the compound here and resorted to firing, in one of the brazen attacks on a defence facility.

Juba: At least 186 people are now thought have been killed and even more injured in an oil tanker explosion in South Sudan this week, the government says.

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