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International news of week


Digest of international news for week Jul 19- Jul 25, 2014


Washington / Vienna: The negotiations between the P5+1 nations and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program failed to reach an agreement before the deadline of July 20 and agreed to extend the talks till November 24 for brokering an agreement

Islamabad: At least 11 Taliban militants were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, officials say.


Kiev: Pro-Moscow insurgents took control of the 219 bodies recovered so far from the debris of the downed Malaysian jet, even as global pressure mounted on Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure unfettered access to the crash site in Ukraine’s rebel-held region.

Cairo: In a brazen attack, at least 22 Egyptian soldiers were killed when militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a military checkpoint in southern Egypt, bordering Libya and Sudan.


Vienna: Iran has eliminated all its most sensitive nuclear material in line with an interim deal struck with world powers, a new UN atomic agency report showed.

Beijing: China’s new special envoy to Afghanistan gave a clean chit to Pakistan and its powerful spy agency ISI amid allegations that they backed terrorist outfits.

Gaza/Jerusalem: Four Indian tailors working in Gaza for the last two years have been evacuated unharmed with the help of the Representative Office of India (ROI) in Ramallah, a top UN official says.


Kharkiv (Ukraine): Dutch experts prepared to fly out some 280 bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, after a train carrying the remains arrived in the government-held Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

United Nations: India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report says.

Donetsk (Ukraine): Rebels controlling the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 handed over the plane’s black boxes, and declared a localised truce to allow international experts full access to the forensic minefield in east Ukraine.


Taipei (Taiwan): A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.

Eindhoven (Netherlands): Two military transport planes carrying 40 coffins bearing victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 landed today in the southern city of Eindhoven, and pro-Russian rebels shot down two fighter jets in Ukraine’s restive east as fighting flared in the region.

Geneva: India along with BRICS countries voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel’s offensive on Gaza.


Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou says.

Magong (Taiwan): Rescuers say they had recovered black boxes from the Taiwanese aircraft which crashed in torrential rain killing 48 people, as angry relatives blamed authorities for the worst air disaster in a decade.

Glasgow: Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood music provided the Indian connect as Scotland ushered in the 20th Commonwealth Games with a dazzling and colourful opening ceremony which celebrated the country’s culture and heritage to set the ball rolling for the 11-day sporting extravaganza.


Glasgow: It was a memorable swansong at the Commonwealth Games for Abhinav Bindra as the ace marksman bagged the 10m Air Rifle gold medal in a gripping finale with young schoolgirl Malaika Goel turning out to be surprise package winning silver in the 10m air pistol event.

Bamako: France announced there were no survivors among the 116 people on board the Air Algerie flight that crashed over Mali, saying bad weather was the likely cause of the disaster.

Gaza/Jerusalem: Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed a top militant commander, two of his sons and a pregnant woman among others, taking the Palestinian toll to 832, as the 18-day conflict spread to the West Bank where largest anti-Israel protests in years turned violent.

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