International news of week
Digest of international news for week Jul 26- Aug 1, 2014
Kathmandu: India and Nepal agreed to “review” and adjust” the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 to reflect the current realties.
Kathmandu: India told Nepal that the new government is very keen to impart “renewed momentum” to their multifaceted bilateral ties even as the two countries decided to step up cooperation in key areas of defence, security, trade and and hydro power.
Washington: The US expressed disappointment over India’s stand on worldwide reform of trade facilitation rules saying “backsliding” on commitments has brought the WTO to the brink of crisis.
Grabove: The Netherlands scrapped plans to send an international armed mission to secure the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, fearing a deployment risked being dragged into the conflict in east Ukraine.
Kathmandu: Days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here, Nepal hailed the new Indian government’s “sincere initiatives” to bring fresh momentum in ties with its neighbours and says it will result in economic growth and prosperity to all the SAARC nations.
Washington: Noting that deepening America’s ties with India is a strategic imperative, US Secretary of State John Kerry says time has come to transform bilateral relationship into a historic partnership that can create a more prosperous future for the world.
Beijing/New Delhi: India and China admitted to intrusion by Chinese herdsmen into Ladakh last week but both the sides sought to play it down saying the issue was resolved amicably through a flag meeting.
Beijing: China made a strong pitch to improve relations with Bhutan and expressed readiness for an early and “fair” solution to their boundary dispute, amid efforts by the new Indian government to cement ties with Thimpu.
Washington: Asserting that the solution to climate change is energy policy, Secretary of State John Kerry has fully supported the “saffron revolution” call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that cooperation between India and the US in the field would kick off a new chapter in bilateral ties.
United Nations: India has warned the UN Security Council that the new trend of using peacekeepers to tackle internal political conflicts is an “unsustainable” approach to the maintenance of global peace and security.
Kabul: A cousin and close associate of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber who hid his explosives under his turban, a provincial official say.
Beijing: At least 32 people were killed and several others wounded in a major terror attack by a mob armed with knives and axes in northwest China’s volatile Xinjiang province on the eve of Eid, in the latest violence blamed on Islamist militants.
United Nations: Condemning as “unjustifiable and shameful” the shelling of a UN-run school in Gaza sheltering thousands of displaced Palestinians, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.
United Nations: The UN General Assembly adopted a draft resolution that aims at using information and communications technologies for development, a significant victory for developing countries, led by India which says the resolution will focus on bridging the digital divide.
Rozsypne (Ukraine): Explosions rang out near the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine as international investigators arrived for the first time in nearly a week after Kiev announced a surprise one-day halt to its offensive against rebels.
Beijing: For the first time, the Chinese military acknowledged last year’s incursion at the Depsang Valley in Ladakh region and said such incidents occurred due to different perception about the Line of Actual Control.
Colombo: Sri Lanka tendered an unqualified apology to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa over a derogatory article posted on its Defence Ministry website that triggered a furore in India.
Conakry: The World Health Organisation warned west Africa’s Ebola-hit nations that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing “catastrophic” loss of life and severe economic disruption.
Gaza/Jerusalem: Massive shelling by Israel killed at least 160 people across the Hamas-ruled Gaza following the collapse of a 72-hour truce shortly after it began, while two of its soldiers died and another was believed to have been abducted by the Palestinian militant group.