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Saturday

Aleppo: Syrian rebels stave off a fightback by regime forces in amid growing concern about the risks of reprisals against civilians in the country's commercial capital.

Abuja: Two suspected members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram are killed and 26 others arrested by the Nigerian military in the northern Maiduguri city for their alleged involvement in the killing of two Indians.

Islamabad: A Pakistani court conducting the trial of seven terror suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks today did not record the statements of two prosecution witnesses after defence lawyers raised legal objections to their testimony.

Sunday

Hanoi: In a bid to break a four-year deadlock involving Tata Steel's $5 billion project, Vietnam seeks financial assistance of $100 million from India towards payment of land compensation cost.

Washington / Islamabad: Pakistan's chief Lt Gen Zahir-ul-Islam will visit the US from August 1 to 3 to meet his counterpart David Petraeus, the first meeting between the spy chiefs amidst persisting tensions between their countries.

Monday

Kathmandu: Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal cannot be held on November 22, the says citing legal and constitutional ambiguities as well as lack of political consensus among parties.

Beijing: A book written by veteran Indian diplomat on Mahatma Gandhi's outstanding leadership qualities, which have great relevance in world plagued by violence and terrorism, has been translated into Mandarin and will soon hit the stands in China.

Tuesday

Islamabad: Pakistan and the US sign a deal on the transit of supplies for forces in Afghanistan through Pakistani soil that bars transportation of all lethal equipment, including arms and ammunition, prompting Washington to agree to release $1.1 billion in frozen military aid.

Islamabad: Pakistan and the US sign an intensely negotiated agreement on transporting key supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan through Pakistani soil that will also see the release of $1.1 billion American aid.

Wednesday

Long Beach (California): The first of India's 10 Globemaster III heavy-lift military aircraft that would add strategic depth to the will arrive in India next year well on time.

Islamabad: The Pakistan government has formally informed India that evidence provided by New Delhi in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case is not admissible in a Pakistani court as defence lawyers were not allowed to cross-examine Indian officials.

Thursday

Lahore: A terrorist wanted for alleged involvement in the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team is killed in a shootout with police in Pakistan's Punjab province.

United Nations: resigns as the international envoy for after months of failed efforts to end conflict in the troubled nation, and lashes out at the divided international community for failing to support his peace plan.

Friday

United Nations: The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopts a Saudi-drafted resolution on Syria that expressed "grave concern" at the escalating violence in the country but India was among the 31 nations that abstained.

London: At a time when both countries are trying to mend their ties, Pakistan's top envoy here says some factions in the US still prefer to work with "just one man" rather than a democratic government, and accused Washington of "talking in miles" when it comes to democracy but of "moving in inches".

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