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International News for the week

Digest of international news for the week Dec 13- Dec 19, 2014

Kabul: Taliban insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of gun and suicide attacks in Afghanistan, underlining worsening security as US-led NATO forces end their combat mission in the country.

Moscow: Russia responded angrily to news that US senators had passed a bill calling for fresh sanctions against Moscow and the supply of lethal military aid to Ukraine.


Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turnout threatened to cloud any mandate.

Lima: Negotiators adopted a compromise draft for national pledges to cut global carbon emissions at marathon UN climate talks here that addressed all of India’s concerns and paved way for a new ambitious and binding deal to be signed in Paris next year to combat climate change.

Sydney: A 17-hour-long hostage drama in which a lone heavily-armed man of Iranian-origin held 17 people hostage at a cafe here ended late tonight with the police storming it, resulting in three deaths but two Indians who were among the captives escaped safely.

Lahore: Pakistan Opposition Leader Imran Khan gave a 48-hour deadline to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to constitute a judicial commission to investigate the alleged rigging of 2013 elections as his party workers blocked all major roads, cutting the city from rest of the country.

Sydney: Two hostages who have been killed in the 17-hour-long hostage drama at a cafeteria here were identified as the manager of the Lindt Chocolate cafe and a lawyer.

Sydney: Prime Minister Tony Abbott led a shocked nation in mourning the death of two Australians who lost their lives at the cafe siege here that ended with the killing of lone Iranian-born ISIS sympathiser who took 17 people hostages, including two Indians.

Peshawar: As many as 141 people, nearly all of them school children, were massacred when heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed a Pakistan army-run school here, firing indiscriminately, leaving another 130 injured.

Peshawar: Shaken by the Taliban terror attack in which 148 people, including 132 school children, were killed here yesterday, Pakistan pledged to announce a “national plan” to tackle terrorism within a week with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying “this entire region” should be cleaned of terrorism.

Peshawar: Seven more adults wounded in the brutal terror attack on a school run by Pakistan army here succumbed to their injuries today, taking the number of those fallen to the bullets of Taliban militants to 148, most of them children.
Beijing: The Dalai Lama conceded that he may be the last one to hold the top spiritual title in Tibetan Buddhism, even as he blamed “hardliners” in Beijing for holding back President Xi Jinping from taking an objective look at his demand for genuine autonomy for Tibet.

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin vowed that Russia would rapidly recover from its financial crisis and says his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

Peshawar: Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, his deputy Khalid Haqqani and 14 of the top commanders of the militant group have been named in an FIR in the Peshawar school massacre, even as investigators visited the site, collected evidence and recorded statements from the survivors.


Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition pledged to have closer ties with India that would be neither “anti-Indian nor dependent” if they win the January presidential polls against incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Islamabad: Mumbai attack planner Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, whose bail from a court sparked an outrage in India, was blocked from coming out of a Rawalpindi jail as Pakistan government detained him for three months under a preventive detention law.

Havana: Cuba’s parliament unanimously ratified a deal reached between Havana and Washington normalising relations after a half-century of hostility.

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