International news of week
Digest of international news for week Jul 12- Jul 18, 2014
Baghdad: Gunmen killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people when they stormed two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound reputed to be used for prostitution, police and government sources say.
Donetsk: Panicked refugees flooded highways and packed trains heading out of the main remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine fearing an attack by government forces who lost 30 servicemen to defiant militants.
London: The UK Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a minimum income threshold of 18,600 pounds for British citizens bringing foreign spouses to live with them in the country, a move likely to affect thousands of visa applicants, including Indian-origin people.
Vienna: Western foreign ministers appeared to have failed in their mission to inject momentum into talks with Iran, seven days before the deadline to strike a momentous nuclear deal.
Kiev: Escalating clashes between pro-Kremlin separatists and Ukrainian forces killed 18 civilians and forced the new Western-backed leader to cancel a pivotal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the World Cup in Brazil.
London: A Pakistan-based militant group has become the first jihadi outfit in the South Asia region to break ranks from al-Qaeda and declare its allegiance to the Islamic State, that has seized power across Iraq and Syria.
Davydo-Mykilske (Ukraine): Ukrainian forces hunted for the crew of a downed military plane after Kiev says the aircraft was “likely” shot down from Russia, ratcheting up tensions along their volatile border.
Vienna: US Secretary of State John Kerry held what he called “very tough” talks with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna just six days before a deadline to cut a historic nuclear deal.
Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping here and pressed for a solution to the boundary question, saying if the two sides could amicably resolve the vexed issue, it would set an example for the world on peaceful conflict resolution.
Fortaleza: Deprecating the “different yardsticks” in dealing with global terrorism which has assumed war-like proportions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says collective pressure should be put on states to deny sanctuaries and support to terrorists, a statement seen as a veiled reference to India’s neighbourhood.
Fortaleza: In a major victory for India, the BRICS Summit decided to establish the new development bank with an initial authorised capital of USD 100 billion for which the initial subscribed capital will be equally shared by the founding members, a point New Delhi emphasised to prevent by domination by anyone of the members.
Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel threatened ground operations in Gaza and asked 100,000 Palestinians to flee their homes as it stepped up its airstrikes on the ninth day of the military offensive that has claimed 220 lives.
Brasilia: Giving a fillip to bilateral ties, India and Brazil decided to expand trade and investment flows while deepening collaboration in the fields of renewable energy, defence and cyber security as they signed three pacts including one on cooperation in the environment sector.
Fortaleza: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has favoured broadening of the strategic partnership with Russia in nuclear, defence and energy sectors and invited President Vladimir Putin to visit Kudankulam atomic power project during his trip in December for his annual summit.
Kuala Lumpur/Kiev: All 295 people on board a Malaysia Airlines plane were killed after the jet was shot down by “terrorists” over war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, nearly four months after the mysterious disappearance of MH370 in the Indian Ocean.
Brasilia: Asserting that distance is not a barrier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will work more closely with the resource-rich Latin American nations than ever before as the setting up of the BRICS development bank opens up newer opportunities for cooperation.
Frankfurt: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and conveyed that Germany was a “valued friend” of India and he was looking forward to working with her to make bilateral ties stronger.
Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel warned it would “significantly widen” its first ground offensive in five years in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, after 11 days of airstrikes that have killed 285 Palestinians so far failed to stop the militants’ rocket attacks on the Jewish state.
Beijing: China is distributing millions of controversial updated maps to its military in the first upgrade in 30 years, reportedly reinforcing its claims over Arunachal Pradesh.
Kuala Lumpur/Kiev: Ukraine’s security agency has claimed that they have intercepted phone calls between Russian military officers and pro-Russian separatists with the rebels claiming responsibility for shooting down a Malaysian plane killing all 298 people on board, a media report says.