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International News for the week


International news for week- March 8- March 14, 2014


Beijing/Kuala Lumpur: A Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people, including five Indians, on board was presumed to have crashed and the worst is feared as two large oil slicks have been spotted off Vietnam’s sea coast where the plane went missing.

Washington: There is no change in the American position on visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, an Obama administration official has said.


Kuala Lumpur/Beijing: Malaysia launches a terror probe into the mysterious disappearance of a plane with 239 people aboard after it emerged that two passengers boarded the flight with stolen passports, even as a massive multinational search mission continued for the second day without any success.

New York: A 13-year old Indian-origin boy has emerged as the winner of a spelling bee contest in the US in an epic verbal duel that lasted a total of 95 rounds, after judges ran out of words in a previous marathon round held last month.


Kuala Lumpur: The mystery over the missing Malaysian aircraft with 239 people on board continues for the third day today even as the multinational search operations to look for the wreckage widened to cover the Andaman Sea near Thailand’s border.

Beijing: As the mystery over a missing Malaysia Airlines plane deepens, China presses 10 high-resolution satellites to scurry South China Sea to find leads that could help locate the flight with 239 people on board.


Kuala Lumpur: Interpol, the international police agency, says that the mysterious disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 four days ago with 239 people on board, was unlikely to have been caused by a terror attack even as investigators were probing possibility of sabotage and hijacking.

Kabul: Vice President Hamid Ansari attends the funeral of Afghanistan’s First Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, and says in his demise India has lost a “true partner”.


New York: Two five-storey buildings in upscale Manhattan collapse following a massive explosion triggered by an apparent gas leak, killing two women and leaving 18 others injured.

Lahore: The hearing in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks trial against seven Pakistani suspects is adjourned till next week after the judge did not turn up, citing “security concerns”.


Kiev: Ukraine moves to mobilise a volunteer force to ward off Russia’s expansionist threat as Berlin warned Moscow of long-term damage to its economy and EU relations over the Crimea crisis.

Kuala Lumpur/New Delhi: India deploys four warships to locate the jetliner missing for six days as Malaysia debunked as false leads Chinese satellite image.

London: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid questions the role of the Supreme Court and the Election Commission in some matters, making mocking comments about them at a seminar at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

New York: Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and stripsearch soured Indo-US relations, won dismissal of a federal indictment against her in the visa fraud case with a US judge ruling she had full diplomatic immunity.


New York: In fresh trouble for Devyani Khobragade, US prosecutors re-indicted her on visa fraud charges and accused the Indian diplomat of “illegally” underpaying and “exploiting” her domestic maid.

London: Top Russian and US diplomats utterly fail to defuse the crisis over Ukraine, ending up at loggerheads following tense talks over the worst East-West clash since the Cold War.


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