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International news for week

Digest of international news for week Nov 1- Nov 7, 2014

Beijing: China successfully completed its first return mission to the moon with its unmanned orbiter landing back on Earth, becoming only the third country in the world to do so after the former Soviet Union and the US accomplished the feat about 40 years ago.

Los Angeles: Virgin’s pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft has crashed on a test flight in California, killing  a pilot and scattering debris across the desert — and raising questions about the programme’s future.

Baghdad: Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 tribesmen and women in Iraq’s Anbar province, officials say, the latest mass killing committed by the group.


Dhaka: Top leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party and Bangladeshi media tycoon Mir Quasem Ali was sentenced to death by a special war crimes court for atrocities he committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, days after the party’s chief was given capital punishment on identical charges.
Wagah Border: At least 55 people, including 11 women and three security personnel, were killed and nearly 200 injured when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah in Pakistan, minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing.

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence given to a top fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leader for mass murder and war crimes during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, the third verdict within a week that went against the party’s stalwarts.

Lahore: At least 21 people, including a suicide-bomber, were arrested and explosives and a suicide vest recovered from Wagah border area as entire Pakistan was put on red alert after 61 people were killed in a deadly terror attack at the Indo-Pak land border crossing.

Male: India reaffirmed its strong commitment towards security, stability and prosperity of Maldives while favouring expansion of ties in areas like trade and investment.


Monaco: India asks Singapore to hasten the process of giving replies to judicial requests sent by country’s investigating agencies.

Washington: In a blunt assessment of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan, the Pentagon has told the US Congress that the country is using militant groups as proxies to counter the superior Indian military.

United Nations: Recognising the threat of nuclear terrorism, India has called for effective international cooperation and responsible action by governments to strengthen nuclear security and prevent non-state actors from acquiring vulnerable atomic material.


Monaco: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India says nations must refrain from hosting and encouraging terror activities and ensure that their territories are not used for setting up terrorist training camps.

Tokyo: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was conferred with one of Japan’s top national awards for his significant contribution to Indo-Japanese ties, becoming the first Indian to receive the rare honour.

Monaco: Seeking global cooperation in combating cyber-crime, India says social media is increasingly being used to instigate communal riots and women and children are equally vulnerable in cyberspace as in the real world.


Islamabad: Pakistan called Kashmiri separatists “freedom fighters”, a day after Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asked the country to draw a red line and decide whether it wants to talk to Government or those who want to break India.

Islamabad: Pakistan reacted sharply to Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks that it should decide whether to talk to India or to separatist Kashmiri leaders, saying it does not accept “any conditionality” in the dialogue process.

Washington: A day after a poll drubbing, US President Barack Obama struck a defiant tone saying he is ready to work with Republicans but could bypass Congress on his signature initiatives like immigration reforms that would allow 11 million illegal immigrants, including 2.4 lakh Indians, to stay in the country.


Thimphu: India says Bhutan and its security is “intricately interlinked” and it is important for the two neighbours to be sensitive to each other’s concerns, as President Pranab Mukherjee held wide-ranging talks with the Bhutanese leadership.

Islamabad: Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, a close confidant of Pakistan’s Army Chief, took over as the new head of the powerful spy agency ISI.

Tel Aviv: Recognising the evolving global terror threats, India and Israel have resolved to deepen cooperation in fighting the menace and collaborate in the field of cyber security.

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