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International news of week


Digest of international news for week May 17- May 23



Dhaka: Rescuers retrieved 25 bodies from a sunken ferry in Bangladesh, taking the death toll to 54 as search continued with many more feared to have drowned when the overcrowded vessel capsized two days ago.

Washington: President Barack Obama congratulated Narendra Modi for his electoral victory during a telephone call and invited him to visit the US to further strengthen bilateral ties.


Damascus: The head of Syria’s air defenses was killed in clashes near the capital, Damascus, a government official and activists today said, one of a few high-ranking military officers to be killed in the country’s 3-year-old civil war.

Beijing: Stung by anti-China riots in Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute, Beijing today hit back by suspending plans for bilateral exchanges with Hanoi even as it evacuated over 3,000 Chinese workers from the Southeast Asian nation.

Kathmandu: Indian priests in Nepal ended their month-long protest after the government agreed to provide 17 per cent allowance from the income generated by special worshipping at the famous Pashupatinath temple here.


Islamabad/Wagah: The two Indian journalists posted in Islamabad left for home after their abrupt expulsion even as India has taken up the issue with Pakistan.

Baghdad: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki won the most seats in Iraq’s elections but fell short of a majority leaving him in the driver’s seat to retain his post despite vocal opposition.


Bangkok: Thailand’s military in a surprise pre-dawn move declares martial law to maintain order after six months of anti-government protests that left the country paralyzed, but denied it had staged a coup even as the interim premier announced fresh elections on August 3.

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon “very much” hopes that Narendra Modi attends the UN General Assembly here later this year and particularly participates in the climate change summit.


Islamabad: Pakistani air force jets pound Taliban targets in the country’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border while clashes took place between the military and insurgents in the same area, leaving 71 militants and four soldiers dead.

London: Britain is taking action to overturn the EU ban on import of mangoes from India though it is unlikely to be lifted before the end of this mango season, says leading Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz.


Bangkok: In a sudden move, Thailand’s army seizes power in a bloodless coup, suspends the Constitution and declares night curfew after months of anti-government protests left the country in limbo.

Baghdad: A wave of suicide and car bomb attacks in Iraq killed at least 29 people and wounds dozens more today, officials said, as political rivals prepared to launch negotiations on forming a new government after last month’s national elections.


Bangkok: Thailand’s military junta tightens its grip on the politically unstable nation, summoning the entire ousted cabinet, including former premier Yingluck Shinawatra to a meeting to restore peace and order, a day after it staged a coup.

Kabul: Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province was attacked by four heavily-armed gunmen, who were subsequently killed by the security forces after a nine-hour-long encounter.


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