Digest of international news for week Sep 19 – Sep 25, 2015
Peshawar: Pakistani authorities today arrests 28 suspects, including eight Afghans, a day after the deadly Taliban attack on an air force base near here that killed 42 people.
Kathmandu: Nepal today adopts a historic Constitution after seven years of painstaking deliberations marking its transition into a fully secular and democratic republic from a Hindu monarchy, amid violence by minority Madhesi groups over a seven province federal structure.
Athens: Greece’s charismatic radical left leader Alexis Tsipras today appears on track for a second mandate as premier of the crisis-hit nation after a tense election race against his mainstream conservative rivals.
Nickelsdorf (Austria): Crowded aboard buses and trains, thousands more migrants flooded into Austria today as at least 13 desperate refugees drowned making the perilous trip to Europe in search of a better life.
Maiduguri: Boko Haram carried out its deadliest attacks on the key northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power, killing scores in a series of coordinated bomb blasts.
Colombo: Sri Lanka today describes as “reparative, judgmental” and “counterproductive” the text of the draft resolution to be moved by the US at the UN rights body in Geneva on the country’s alleged war crimes during the last phase of civil war with the LTTE.
Washington: India and the US have signed a significant MoU on energy security, climate change and clean energy which Secretary of State John Kerry said reflects the commitment of the two countries to make the Paris summit later this year a success.
Washington: Recognising the threat posed by outfits like the al-Qaeda, LeT and the D-Company, India and the US today agrees to deepen cooperation in fighting terrorism and asked Pakistan to bring to justice the 2008 Mumbai attack perpetrators.
Frankfurt: The Volkswagen pollution cheating scandal escalated dramatically today when the automaker revealed 11 million of its cars worldwide could be affected, wiping a third off the company’s market value and threatening to topple its chief executive.
Dublin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of UN Security council and international export control regimes including NSG during wide ranging talks with his Irish counterpart which also covered global challenges like terror and radicalisation.
Brussels: The EU’s president urged leaders gathering for an emergency summit today to stop fighting over a refugee quota deal and take urgent action to secure the bloc’s borders in the face of “millions” of migrants.
Dublin: With Irish children welcoming him by reciting Sanskrit shlokas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a dig at secularists back home saying had this been done in India it would have raised questions.
New York: India will host a “very substantive and significant” summit meeting of the G-4 nations aimed at pushing for early UN Security Council reforms in the wake of the UN General Assembly adopting a decision to commence text-based negotiations on the long-pending reforms.
New York: Presenting India as a technology-driven society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pledges protection to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) as he met top executives of major media and communication companies here.
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a “productive meeting” his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina here discussing bilateral ties.
United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met UN chief Ban Ki-moon who said he “counted on India’s leadership” in South Asia, at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) summit here marking the world body’s landmark 70th anniversary session.
United Nations: Introducing a new irritant into the bilateral ties, Pakistan has complained to UN Security Council alleging that India was building a wall along the International Border in violation of the world body’s resolutions.
United Nations: Amid India’s strong bid for a permanent seat in UN Security Council, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitches for reform of the powerful world body to make it “broad-based”, saying it is essential to maintain its credibility and legitimacy in the current world realities. Row over PM signing a cloth painting
Mina: As the massive stampede at the Haj raised serious safety questions with Saudi Arabia today facing mounting criticism, 14 pilgrims from India were among the 717 killed in the worst tragedy to hit the annual pilgrimage in the kingdom in 25 years.