International news of week
Digest of international news for week Jun 21- Jun 27, 2014
Beijing: Expressing its readiness to work with the new Indian government to promote bilateral ties, China invoked ‘Panchasheel’ to improve relations with neighbours to settle disputes peacefully while firmly holding on to its core interests.
Beijing: Thirteen assailants were shot dead by Chinese police after they rammed their explosive-laden vehicle into a police station in a suicide attack that injured three officers in the restive Xinjiang province.
Washington: Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has carved out a large fiefdom along the Iraqi-Syrian border, poses a medium and long-term threat, US President Barack Obama says.
Baghdad: Sunni militants captured two border crossings, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, security and military officials say, as they pressed on with their offensive in one of Iraq’s most restive regions.
Kabul: Afghanistan’s new Parliament building India is constructing here as a gift to the Afghan people aspiring to move towards a peaceful democracy, has been delayed further due to challenging working conditions and will now be ready by next year.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned a High Court ruling to lift a travel ban slapped on Pervez Musharraf last year, a setback to the former military ruler facing multiple trials including one for high-treason.
Lahore/Islamabad: Amid high drama, a Canada-based divisive cleric returned to Pakistan to lead a “revolution” against the government, but his Islamabad-bound flight was diverted to Lahore amid fears of unrest in the capital as his supporters fought pitched battles with police, leaving over 70 security personnel injured.
Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says he will not interfere in court rulings, rebuffing calls from the US and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists handed heavy prison terms a day earlier.
Washington: Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was responsible for the terror attack at the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province last month, the US says.
Washington: Tightening its noose around LeT, the US added its affiliates, including the JuD, to its list of designated terror organisations and slapped sanctions against two Pakistan-based LeT leaders.
Colombo: The UN has named three experts, including prominent Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir, to conduct a comprehensive probe into alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
Dhaka: Committing to move beyond quota-free and duty-free regime, India assured Bangladesh that it will address the trade imbalance between the two countries even as it announced Rs 60 crore grant for small projects.
Dhaka: Spelling out the new Indian government’s foreign policy towards its neighbours, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says India would actively engage with them to ensure security, stability and prosperity for all nations.
Dhaka: Carrying a “message of friendship and goodwill” from the newly-elected Indian government, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gave a commitment to address Bangladesh’s concerns over sharing of Teesta waters and implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) “in a manner that improves the welfare and well-being of both our people”.
Dhaka: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj returned home after her maiden standalone overseas tour to Bangladesh with an understanding that she has made an “excellent beginning” in addressing each others’ concerns in the spirit of good neighbourliness.
Brussels: Ukraine’s new leader today signed a landmark EU pact that drew immediate threats of retaliation by Russia in its standoff over the ex-Soviet country’s future with the West.
Baghdad: The United States confirmed it was flying armed drones over Baghdad to defend Americans, as Iraqi forces fought for a strategic university and launched air strikes in militant-held Tikrit.