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Digest of international stories for week Aug 27 – Sep 2, 2016


Ascoli Piceno(Italy): Mourners in Italy pray, hug, weep and even applaud as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake pass by at a state funeral, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible.

Dhaka: Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, the mastermind of Bangladesh’s worst terror attack at a cafe that claimed 22 lives including of an Indian girl last month, is killed along with two of his aides in a police raid on their hideout near the capital.

Moscow: A fire sweeps through a Moscow printing plant warehouse killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia’s emergency services say.

Beirut: Turkish shelling and air strikes kill at least 40 Syrians, a monitor says, in the first significant civilian casualties in Turkey’s intensifying campaign in northern Syria.

Lahore: Four Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorists who were allegedly involved in the 2009 attack on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team are shot dead by Pakistani police.

Washington: Confident of greater bilateral trade and enhanced cooperation at global economic platforms, the US says it is ready to increase engagement with India to find new common ground at WTO and asserts that the future looks “bright” for this global trade body.

Washington: India and the US sign an important agreement that will make the two nations logistical allies and enable both the militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.

Washington: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrives for talks on defence and national security issues with his American counterpart Ashton Carter, who welcoms him with an enhanced honour cordon at the Pentagon.

Aden: An Islamic State group militant rams his explosives-laden car into an army recruiting centre in Aden, killing 71 people in the deadliest jihadist attack on the Yemeni city in over a year.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court rejects as “frivolous” a plea by opposition leader Imran Khan seeking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification from his office and the National Assembly for alleged involvement in corruption.

United Nations: UN chief Ban Ki-moon says that nations must work together for early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), underlining the “catastrophic risks” posed by atomic weapons to environmental security and human existence.

Geneva: The UN welcomes a decision by France’s highest administrative court to suspend a controversial ban on burkini swimwear, warning that the ban had fuelled religious intolerance and stigmatisation.


Brasilia: Brazil’s Michel Temer is sworn in as the country’s new president after leftist Dilma Rousseff was removed in a Senate impeachment trial.

Beirut: Islamic State group spokesman and top strategist Abu Mohamed al-Adnani is killed in Syria, the group says, with both Washington and Moscow claiming credit.

Beijing: While the global economy will dominate at this weekend’s summit of the Group of 20 industrialised and emerging-market nations, politics and security issues form the backdrop to the gathering of world leaders in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzho.

Wellington: The east coast of New Zealand is hit by a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake, generating a small tsunami, but officials say there is no significant damage or injuries.

Cape Canaveral: A massive fireball and explosion erupts at SpaceX’s main launch pad, destroying a rocket as well as a satellite that Facebook was counting on to spread internet service in Africa.

Singapore: India says it has the strength and conviction to stop the spreading scourge of radicalisation because it has an “ideological answer” to the menace.


Moscow: Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov dies, the government announces, ending over a quarter of a century of his iron-fisted rule in the Central Asian nation, with no clear successor in place.

Davao: At least 10 people die and dozens get injured when a bomb tears through a bustling night market in Philippine, President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city today, authorities say.

Geneva: The World Health Organization says the outbreak of Zika remains an international health emergency and that while the virus continues to hit new countries, experts still aren’t sure how big the risk is that pregnant women who catch the virus will give birth to brain-damaged babies.

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