International News for the week
Digest of international news for week Nov 29- Dec 5, 2014
Beijing: Fifteen people were killed and 14 others injured when militants armed with knives and bombs attacked crowds at a food street in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang province, official media reported.
Adelaide: With the cricket world mourning Phillip Hughes’ tragic death, next week’s first Test between India and Australia was pushed back to an unspecified date to let the players attend the late batsman’s funeral scheduled on Wednesday in his hometown.
Cairo: Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was acquitted of a murder charge by a court which found him not guilty in the killing of hundreds of unarmed protesters during the 2011 revolution that toppled the former strongman’s nearly three decades-long regime.
Kathmandu: Afghanistan’s new regime has expressed unhappiness over India’s delay in supply of military hardware as it grapples with intensified Taliban attacks ahead of the US-led NATO troop drawdown from the war-torn country.
Ferguson (US): The white American policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson has resigned, but it failed to deter angry protesters demanding justice and reform.
Islamabad/Beijing: China and Pakistan have kicked off their multi-billion dollar Economic Corridor project that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) by laying the foundation of a fenced four-lane motorway, setting in motion a mammoth project connecting the two countries.
Lima (Peru): Officials from over 190 nations, including India, converged here at the UN climate summit to negotiate on a new ambitious and binding deal to cut global carbon emissions, in the last chance to reach on a historic deal to be signed next year in Paris.
Dhaka: Three Myanmar nationals have been arrested here in connection with the Burdwan blast, as India and Bangladesh stepped up the hunt for the conspirators along their borders to nab over 100 militants of the outlawed JMB.
Lima (Peru): Amid rising emissions and 2014 threatening to be the hottest year in history, India and representatives from over 190 nations began talks at the UN climate summit on a new ambitious and binding deal to cut global carbon emissions ahead of next year’s deadline.
Cairo: An Egyptian court sentenced 188 people to death pending the opinion of the country’s top religious authority, the latest mass death sentence handed down by the country’s judicial system despite widespread international criticism.
Dhaka: A close aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was arrested after he completed a five-year jail term in Bangladesh and was sent to police custody for questioning over possible terror links.
United Nations: India, along with the US and Pakistan, has voted against a provision in a UN resolution calling on to “promptly” accede to the NPT as non-nuclear-weapon nation “without conditions” and to place all its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards.
Kano: More than 150 people, including 38 police, died in a Boko Haram raid on the northeast Nigerian city of Damaturu this week, police, a rescue official and a health worker said.
Washington: US President Barack Obama praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to shake up the “bureaucratic inertia” in India, less than a month after he described the Indian leader as a “man of action”.
Lima (Peru): Telling rich nations that they cannot be absolved of their past “sins”, India demanded that they should compensate developing nations for the effects their greenhouse gas emissions have had on climate.
Cape Canaveral (US): The US space agency’s Orion capsule blasted off today on its first journey into orbit, in a key test flight before carrying people to deep space destinations like Mars in the coming years.
Male/New Delhi: With the Maldives facing a national crisis after a fire in its capital’s lone water treatment plant, India sent nearly 200 tonnes of water by air and dispatched a naval vessel carrying a large consignment of water and RO facility to the island nation.
Washington: The Indo-US defence relationship may now get personal attention with strong India-backer Ashton Carter being nominated by President Barack Obama for the key post of the Defense Secretary.