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International news of week


Digest of international news for week Aug 2- Aug 8, 2014


Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel indicates that it may be scaling down its offensive in Gaza and heading for a unilateral withdrawal as its troops pulled out from parts of the coastal strip, even as the Jewish state decided against sending representatives for fresh truce talks in Cairo.

Kathmandu: At least eight persons are killed in a massive landslide that blocked Sunkoshi river in northeast Nepal, turning the river into a grand lake with rescuers resorting to controlled blasts to drain the water posing a risk of flash floods.


Kathmandu: Assuring Nepal that India did not want to interfere in its internal affairs, Narendra Modi, the first Indian Premier to visit the Himalayan nation in 17 years, today stressed that their border should be a “bridge” and not a barrier, as he announced a USD 1 billion Line Of Credit to this country.

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala during which the two sides inked three agreements, including one on the 5,600 MW Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project that will pave the way to start the stalled project.

Gaza/Jerusalem: At least 10 people are killed in a fresh Israeli strike on a UN school sheltering displaced Palestinians in southern Gaza even as Israel began withdrawing some troops from the coastal strip with the Palestinian death toll climbing to over 1,800.


Kathmandu: With an intent of opening a “new chapter” in ties with Nepal, India announces a slew of sops for it focusing on 4Cs cooperation, connectivity, culture and constitution amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to review any aspect of the 1950 Treaty that may be of concern here.

Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel resumes shelling on Gaza Strip as a seven-hour humanitarian ceasefire ended and vows to press ahead with its offensive against Hamas until long-term calm is restored even as the death toll in the 28-day conflict neared 1,900.


Kabul: An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general at an army training centre in Kabul — the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

London: A man was arrested on suspicion of making a mid-air hoax bomb threat that forced a Qatar Airways plane carrying 282 people to make an emergency landing at Manchester Airport with British fighter jets escorting it to safety.


Jerusalem: Israel agrees to extend beyond Friday a 72-hour ceasefire that has halted a month of fighting in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, officials say as Egyptian efforts intensified to broker a long-term truce between the two sides.

Islamabad: At least seven militants are killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan tribal region where the Pakistani military is conducting an offensive against foreign and local terrorists.


Gaza/Cairo: Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo scramble to broker a long-term truce in war-torn Gaza as the three-day ceasefire enters its last 12 hours with no breakthrough yet.

United Nations: India has said the current crisis in Gaza can be resolved through a negotiated political settlementĀ and dialogue remains the “only viable option” to effectively address issues confronting the region and its people.


Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel resumes air strikes on Gaza killing five Palestinians in retaliation to a barrage of rockets fired by Hamas, as talks in Cairo for a durable truce collapsed after a 72-hour ceasefire ended.

Nay Pyi Taw: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrives on a four-day visit to attend three key multilateral forums including India-ASIAN Foreign Ministers meeting, East Asia Summit, besides bilateral talks with her counterparts from China, Australia and other nations.


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