Digest of international news for week Sep 5 – Sep 11, 2015
Ankara: In a virtual disapproval of China’s recent devaluation of yuan that triggered shocks in the global economy, world’s 20 big economies today called for moving towards market-determined currency rates and resist from competitive devaluation.
United Nations: Pakistan has once again knocked the doors of the UN Security Council, urging it to take note of “provocative” actions along the Line of Control and make India “exercise restraint”.
Islamabad: Pakistan is a responsible and peaceful nuclear power but will protect its sovereignty and security at all cost, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says today amid border tensions with India.
Beijing: China today says the Dalai Lama cannot deny it the right to confirm his successor through incarnation system, even as the government denounced his demand for “high degree of autonomy” in Tibet as an obstruction for progress in the sensitive Himalayan region.
Islamabad: Warning India of “unbearable damage” in case of a war, Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif says his troops are ready to tackle any long or short misadventure by the “enemy”.
Berlin: Britain and France today joins Germany in pledging to accept tens of thousands of refugees as Europe’s record influx of people fleeing war and misery sparked warnings that one Greek migrant chokepoint was “on the verge of explosion”.
Islamabad: In provocative remarks on the eve of Indo-Pak security talks, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz says Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to dictate terms for dialogue with Islamabad which will never accept any parleys without Kashmir being on the agenda.
Beijing: China today marks 50 years of Tibet’s amalgamation with the Communist giant, holding a grand parade in Lhasa showcasing its grip on the strategic Himalayan region even it adopted a tough stance against the Dalai Lama, calling for a crackdown on “separatist forces
Sanaa: Independent Yemeni security officials and witnesses say 12 Shiite rebels were killed in airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition in the province of Marib, where a rebel missile strike killed 45 Emirati soldiers earlier this week.
Houston: All 172 people on board a British Airways plane had a miraculous escape today after an engine of the aircraft burst into flames on the runway just before taking off from Las Vegas to London.
Strasbourg (France): EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled major plans today to force the bloc to share 160,000 refugees and ease the pressure on border states from the worst migration crisis since World War II.
London: Queen Elizabeth II today scripts history by becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch after surpassing Queen Victoria’s rule of over 63 years, as she was hailed as a “rock of stability” on the momentous occasion marked by tributes, celebrations and a gun salute.
Roszke (Hungary): Europe was increasingly divided over its refugee crisis today as record numbers of migrants streamed through the Balkans into Hungary, forcing Austria to suspend cross-border train services.
Dhaka: The chief of an Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militant group in Bangladesh was today arrested along with two other members of the outfit in connection with the brutal murder of two secular bloggers in the country that sparked global outrage
New York: In a hate crime, an elderly Sikh-American man was brutally assaulted and left with severe facial injuries by an assailant who yelled racial slurs like “terrorist” and “Bin Laden”, just before the US commemorates the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Washington: US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle today led Americans in observing the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Riyadh: A massive construction crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather today, killing at least 87 people and injuring 184, Saudi authorities say, less than a fortnight before the hajj pilgrimage starts.
Singapore: Singapore Premier Lee Hsien Loong’s People’s Action Party returned to power after scoring a landslide victory in today’s general election, dashing hopes of the opposition seeking to end half a century dominance by one-party.