International news of week
Digest of international news for the week Sep 13- Sep 19, 2014
Islamabad: Signs of a possible solution to end the political crisis engulfing Pakistan looked bleak as anti-government protest leaders suspended talks with the Nawaz Sharif government following a crackdown on demonstrators with opposition leader Imran Khan asserting that there was no room for negotiations any more.
Karachi: The Taliban militants who attacked Karachi’s naval dockyard over the weekend wanted to hijack a Pakistani navy missile frigate, media reports say, even as at least 17 navy personnel have been detained for their alleged involvement in the assault.
London: The beheading of a British aid worker by the dreaded Islamic State (IS) terror group was described by Prime Minister David Cameron as an act of “pure evil” even as Britain confirmed that the video showing the gruesome killing was genuine.
Dushanbe: Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit, China has sought “work efficiency” in India and welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to push reforms to spur economic growth, saying it was “ready to meet India halfway” in its quest for development and prosperity.
Dhaka: Bangladesh Supreme Court rejected the petitions of opposition leader Khaleda Zia, who challenged the legality of the appointment of a lower court judge who indicted her in two graft cases, paving the way for her trial on corruption charges.
Hanoi: Strategically important oil and gas cooperation and extension of a USD 100 million credit by India for defence purchases are among the seven pacts inked between India and Vietnam as they called for “freedom” of navigation in the South China Sea, a remark that could irk China which has been claiming territorial sovereignty over the high seas.
Islamabad: At least 312 people have died and over two million affected due to rains and devastating floods in Pakistan, even as swelling waters continued to ravage the country’s southern Punjab province, officials say.
Kabul: Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election inched towards a possible conclusion with a senior government official hailing a “breakthrough” in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to have won the vote.
Geneva: The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected nearly 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organisation says.
Ho Chi Minh City: India and Vietnam have agreed to work for securing the sea lanes in their international waters to safeguard maritime security in the face of threats posed by terrorists and transnational crimes.
Colombo: Sri Lanka and China clinched defence and maritime security cooperation deal with Colombo pledging to support silk trade route, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Colombo: Describing Sri Lanka as an “all-weather” friend, China put bilateral ties on a firm footing with President Xi Jinping launching the construction of a USD 1.4 billion port city, the single largest FDI project in the country being built on an artificial island near here.
Kathmandu: Seeking to resolve longstanding border issues, the first meeting of the Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) established after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Nepal, began here.
Washington: President Barack Obama nominated Indian-American, Richard Rahul Verma, as the next US Ambassador to India, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington later this month.
Kathmandu: SAARC countries are facing common challenges and they should cooperate with each other to address them, Home Minister Rajnath Singh says, underlining that India is committed to reviving the grouping as a major forum to promote active regional collaboration.
Kathmandu: Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed concern over the growth of religious fundamentalism in areas along the India-Nepal border.
Kathmandu: SAARC countries vowed to combat common challenges of terrorism, piracy, human trafficking, drugs smuggling, cyber crime and corruption by forging cooperation among the law enforcement agencies of the eight-member grouping.
London/Edinburgh: Scottish voters say a big “No” to independence and decided to stay in the 307-year-old union with England and Wales after a historic referendum that brought out bitter divisions while paving the way for a ‘devolution revolution’ in the UK.
Islamabad: Embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hit back at protesters, saying no “long or short march” can derail the government, even as Imran Khan vowed to continue his sit-in indefinitely till the Premier resigns.