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International News for the week

Digest of international news for week Nov 8- Nov 14, 2014


Thimphu: Terming his just-concluded state visit to Bhutan as very successful and his “most memorable”, President Pranab Mukherjee hoped that bilateral relations between the two countries would continue to grow from strength to strength.

United Nations: The UN rights chief has accused Sri Lanka of sabotaging a UN-mandated probe into the country’s nearly three decades-long brutal civil war, drawing a sharp reaction from Colombo as it dismissed the charges.


Berlin: Thousands of illuminated balloons sailed into the night sky today from the former route of the Berlin Wall, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its fall 25 years ago proved that “dreams can come true”.

Tel Aviv: India is confident that the Islamic State militants will not be able to make a “big impact” in the country and the government is trying its best to prevent radicalisation among the youth, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said.


Beijing: Amid growing big-power rivalries, China rolls out the red carpet for world leaders including US President Barack Obama at the APEC Summit which got off to a colourful start.

Washington: Six out of ten men in India have acted violently against their wives or partners at some point of time, with those facing economic woes more likely to perpetrate violence, says a new study highlighting prevalence of intimate partner abuse.

Beijing: In a diplomatic breakthrough, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe today held their maiden talks, marking the “first step” towards mending ties between the two Asian rivals after years of territorial disputes and animosity due to wartime history.


Islamabad: At least 37 militants, including some foreign fighters believed to be involved in the deadly Wagah Border attack, are killed by Pakistani military which also lost six soldiers in the restive northwestern tribal region.

Kathmandu: India extends full support to Nepal to develop its transport system and infrastructure and suggested it to follow India’s successful public-private partnership model in constructing roads and other development projects.

Washington: Nine American and Israeli victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks have demanded a compensation of USD 688 million from the Pakistan-based perpetrators of the terror assault, including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed.

Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives here in the Myanmarese capital to attend the ASEAN and the East Asia summits on the first leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to Australia and Fiji.


Darmstadt (Germany): Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet – an audacious cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the origin of the universe.

Kathmandu: Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag meets with his Nepalese counterpart and other top military officers here and discussed ways to step up bilateral defence ties.

Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a brief interaction here with Barack Obama during which the US President called him a “man of action”.

Nay Pyi Taw: Asserting that India and ASEAN have “no irritants” in their ties and can be “great” partners, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says there will be “major improvement” in India’s trade policy and environment and proposes a special facility for speedy implementation of connectivity projects with the 10-nation bloc.


Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposes SAARC-specific benefits like polio eradication and dedicated regional satellite to Myanmar, an observer in the eight-member South Asian grouping.

Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells world leaders that his government accorded high priority to turn India’s erstwhile “Look East” policy into an “Act East” policy.

Islamabad: Pakistan successfully test-fires a ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to targets as far as 1,500 kilometres, bringing many Indian cities under its range.

Nay Pyi Taw: Ahead of next month’s annual Indo-Russia summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev who says India is a “close and valued” partner for his country.


Brisbane: The resolution of a row between India and the US over food subsidies is hailed as a “win-win” situation by leading industrialised countries — Japan, the EU and the UK — who expressed confidence that a landmark global trade pact stalled for months can now move forward.

Brisbane: After Yoga got a strong leg up on the world stage following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for observing an International Yoga Day, the European Union (EU) has backed the initiative.

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