International news of week
Beijing: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit New Delhi as a special envoy of President Xi Jinping to establish political contacts with the new Indian government amid hopes here of an upswing in bilateral ties due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s familiarity with China.
London: Pakistan’s powerful MQM chief Altaf Hussain is released on bail, four days after he was arrested here by the British police on charges of money laundering.
London: An iconic statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the UK has been vandalized in the city of Leicester apparently in protest against the 1984 Operation Bluestar military raid on the Golden Temple.
Cairo: Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi pledges to “correct the mistakes of the past” as he is sworn-in as the country’s new President, strengthening the military’s grip on power in the deeply polarized nation.
Karachi: After a 13-hour intense gun battle, the brazen attack on Karachi international airport by Taliban militants disguised as security forces ends , leaving 30 people dead, including all the 10 terrorists who were planning for a lengthy siege of the key facility.
Moscow: The road map for units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant should be ready by July after which work can begin on implementing the General Framework Agreement signed between Russia and India.
Moscow: Russia has in principle agreed on the Indian nuclear liability law, paving the way for signing a contract for unit 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in July, Russian officials say.
Karachi: Taliban militants attack a training camp of the Airport Security Force outside Karachi international airport, but fled after Pakistani forces repulsed the assault, a day after an all-night siege at the facility leaves nearly 40 people dead.
Beijing: China says Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s just concluded visit to India is of “great significance” and sends out a message that Chinese leaders pay high attention to bilateral ties and their mutual interests far outweigh disputes.
Washington: India had made clear to US that it would not exercise restraint in case of a second attack on its soil after the 2008 Mumbai assault by Pakistan- based terrorists, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says.
Peshawar: At least six militants are killed in US’ first drone strike in Pakistan this year and a high value target may be among the fatalities in the attack in the country’s restive tribal region.
Lahore: The English translation of Ajmal Kasab’s statement is submitted in a Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court conducting the trial of the seven accused in the 2008 Mumbai attack that had claimed 166 lives.
Baghdad: Jihadists moved nearer to Baghdad after capturing a town just hours to the north, as President Barack Obama says Washington was exploring all options to save Iraq’s security forces from collapse.
Washington: The US encourages talks between India and Pakistan and believes that bilateral dialogue is an important step for them to move forward, says a top Obama Administration official.
Washington: President Barack Obama rules out sending US ground troops “back into combat” in Iraq, but says that he is reviewing a range of other options to help the war-torn country counter the violent Islamic insurgency.
Bangkok: Thailand’s military government fully lifts a curfew it imposed nationwide after seizing power last month, saying there is no threat of violence.
Islamabad/New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, saying he looked forward to charting a “new course” in the bilateral relations in an atmosphere “free from confrontation and violence”.