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International news of week


Digest of international news for the week Aug 16- Aug 22, 2014


Singapore: Having allocated over Rs 7,000 crores in its recent budget for development of 100 ‘smart cities’, India today roped in Singapore for providing its expertise in this even as the two countries decided to step up economic engagement besides defence and security cooperation.

Islamabad: Over 25,000 supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri vowing not to back down till Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns and dissolves Parliament and provincial assemblies, poured into the streets of Pakistan’s capital, posing the biggest challenge to the 15-month-old civilian government.

London: A man was found dead while several people from the Indian sub-continent, including at least seven children, were hospitalised after they were found inside a shipping container at a British port.


Islamabad: Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan declares a “civil disobedience movement” against the Nawaz Sharif-led government, saying the country’s future is bleak under the rule of businessmen, as cleric Tahirul Qadri gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the embattled Prime Minister to resign.

London: A group of 35 men, women and children found inside a shipping container at a UK port are Sikhs from Afghanistan who are victims of “people trafficking”, British police said.


London: Sikh men, women and children found in a shipping container in Britain were fleeing persecution in Afghanistan and had been trapped in the airless compartment without food or water for 18 hours, their translator said.

Islamabad: Opposition leader Imran Khan’s political party decide to withdraw its lawmakers from the National Assembly and all provincial assemblies except Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, piling pressure on beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit, even as efforts by the ruling PML-N to reach out to anti-government protesters failed.


Islamabad: Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri march with thousands of their supporters towards the Parliament, entering the heavily fortified ‘Red Zone’, the capital’s diplomatic and political enclave, even as minor clashes took place between anti-government protesters and security personnel.

London: Kashmiris were among 15 immigrants found in a lorry by the British police, as the vehicle’s German driver was arrested on suspicion of people smuggling.

Monrovia, (Liberia): Liberia said it had found 17 Ebola patients who had fled an attack on their clinic, sparking a panicked manhunt across a city in the throes of a seemingly unstoppable epidemic.


Islamabad: The protest against the Nawaz Sharif regime took a new turn with cleric Tahirul Qadri opening a dialogue with government and Imran Khan sticking to his ‘no-talks’ position unless the Prime Minister resigns as the Supreme Court summoned both the leaders tomorrow for hearing a petition against the siege of Parliament.

Washington: The disturbing video released by jihadist militants showing American journalist James Foley being brutally executed is authentic, the White House said.


Gaza/Jerusalem: Intensifying its targeted assassination of Hamas leadership, Israel’s air force bombs a house in Gaza killing three senior militant commanders and 21 other Palestinians on the 45th day of the deadly conflict that has claimed over 2,000 lives.

Bangkok: Thailand’s army chief is all set to become the country’s next prime minister after the junta- picked national assembly today overwhelmingly approved his nomination, consolidating the military’s hold on power three months after he ousted the elected government in a coup.


Jerusalem: In renewed hostilities between Hamas and Israel, the militant group publicly executes 18 suspected spies for collaborating with the Jewish state, even as a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed in Palestinian mortar fire on the 46th day of the conflict.

Islamabad: In a two-pronged strategy, 34 lawmakers of Imran Khan’s party resign to step up pressure on the Nawaz Sharif government but followed up with an offer to resume talks after the failed first round.

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