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International news of week


Digest of international news for the week Sep 20- Sep 26, 2014


Wellington: New Zealand’s conservative Prime Minister John Key swept to a historic election victory, securing a third term as voters ignored campaign allegations of dirty tricks and mass spying.

Ankara: Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu say, ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis.


Colombo: In a major blow to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his ruling coalition’s popularity dwindled by an unprecedented 23 per cent in a key provincial election seen as precursor to a possible snap presidential poll.

Kabul: Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan’s next president, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result.

Karachi: Thousands turned up at Imran Khan’s anti-government protest rally as he renewed his demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit and fresh elections to end Pakistan’s political logjam that has paralysed the nation for over a month.


Dhaka: Bangladesh’s main opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia went on trial accused of embezzling about USD 680,000 in two corruption cases that could see her jailed for life if found guilty.

Islamabad: Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, a close confidant of Pakistan’s Army Chief, was named the new head of the powerful spy agency ISI, enhancing the military’s clout over the embattled government facing protests.


United Nations: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz are expected to meet at two multilateral fora on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week.

United Nations: India tops the chart in showing attractive women in its movies and as much as 35 per cent of these female characters are shown with some nudity, finds a first-ever UN sponsored global study of female characters in popular films across the world.

United Nations: Warning that the cost of climate change is “fast becoming unbearable”, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked an unprecedented gathering of world leaders to take action to reverse global warming and begin to capitalise the Green Climate Fund, an issue that India says it would raise at the conference.


United Nations: India has told a high-powered summit on climate change convened by UN chief Ban Ki-moon that if the developed world “walks the talk”, the international community can certainly achieve the targets it has set to tackle climate change.

Algiers: Jihadists linked to the Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded a Frenchman abducted in Algeria in a video posted online today, after Paris rejected their demand to halt strikes in Iraq.

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu here during his stay in the city to attend the UN General Assembly.


United Nations: In a rare move, US President Barack Obama chaired a crucial UN Security Council meeting during which a resolution was unanimously adopted demanding that countries take action to stem the flow of foreign jihadists to terror groups like the Islamic State.

Beijing: India and China held hectic parlays to resolve the standoff at the Ladakh border area even as the Chinese military played it down, saying such incidents are “sometimes inevitable” but the situation is under “effective control” with the joint efforts of the two sides.


United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly here and blamed India for “another missed opportunity” to address outstanding issues by cancelling the Foreign Secretary-level talks.

New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says Pakistan “spoiled the talks” by talking to Hurriyat leaders just ahead of Foreign Secretaries of the two nations were scheduled to meet in Islamabad last month.

New York: Describing America as India’s “natural global partner”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on a five-day visit to the US, holding out an assurance that India is “open and friendly” for business and innovations.


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