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Digest of international news for the week

Press Trust of India/ 16 Jun 12 | 12:56 PM

Saturday

Singapore: Vidya Balan is named the best actress at the 13th IIFA awards tonight for her portrayal of south siren Silk Smitha in "The Dirty Picture", while Ranbir Kapoor took home the best actor award for "Rockstar".

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Lahore: Pakistan's ruling PPP demands immediate resignation of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry amid calls from legal experts that he separate himself from benches hearing cases against a real estate tycoon from whom his son allegedly received millions of rupees.

Sunday

Cairo: Egypt's jailed president Hosni Mubarak's health deteriorated further as he was slipping in and out of coma in a prison hospital and was at risk of suffering a stroke any time.

Lahore: Pakistan now has the best-ever ties with India and is working on measures to import electricity and gas from the neighbouring country, Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani said describing these steps as a "revolution".

Los Angeles: A former Indian Army officer, Major Avtar Singh, who was wanted in India for the murder of a prominent Kashmiri lawyer, has killed himself along with his wife and two children in his California home.

Monday

Kabul: As many as 100 people are feared dead in an earthquake and landslide that buried more than 20 houses in northern Afghanistan.

Washington: The US said it would exempt India and six other countries from financial sanctions because they have significantly cut purchases of Iranian oil.

Islamabad: Pakistan called for the "amicable resolution" of all issues with India as their Defence Secretaries began talks to ease the military standoff on Siachen against the backdrop of calls to demilitarise the world's highest battlefield.

Tuesday

Islamabad: India and Pakistan unable to make any forward movement in ending the military standoff on Siachen, merely committing themselves to "serious, sustained and result- oriented efforts" for an amicable settlement of the issue over the world's highest battlefield.

New York: The eldest daughter of former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta, facing trail for insider trading, twells the jury that her father was "very upset, frustrated and stressed" about his USD 10 million loss in an investment fund parked with convicted hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam's Galleon group.

Wednesday

Washington: Focusing on five key areas including security cooperation and trade, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today said India and the United States are moving to forge a new and more mature phase of ties, as the 3rd Indo-US Strategic Dialogue kicked off here.

Karachi: Mehdi Hassan, the India-born 'Emperor of Ghazals' who captivated millions of fans in the subcontinent with hits like 'patta, patta, boota boota' and 'ab ke hum bichhade' in a five-decade-long musical journey, dies in a hospital here of multiple organ failure.

Beijing: Four Indian naval warships, on a first in six years goodwill tour to China, docked at the Shanghai port today to a warm reception by the Chinese navy, as the two forces work to overcome mistrust and warm up for maritime cooperation.

Thursday

Cairo: Egypt's Supreme Court rules that general elections held last year were "unconstitutional" and ordered the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated lower house of parliament, sparking fresh turmoil in the politically divided nation.

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his final bid to block his extradition to Sweden to face sex offence charges after the British Supreme Court dismisses his appeal to re-open the high-profile case.

Friday

New York: Former Goldman Director Rajat Gupta, the poster boy of Indians at the Wall Street, is found guilty of illegally tipping off his friend Raj Rajaratnam of confidential market information, in one of America's biggest insider trading cases.

Kabul: Minister of Law and Justice Salman Khurshid tells the first Ministerial Meeting of the Istanbul Process in Kabul that in addition to military measures to fight terrorism, it was also crucial to bring in private and foreign capital to begin a fresh narrative of "opportunity and hope" in war-torn Afghanistan.

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