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Saturday

Islamabad: Talks between the Water Secretaries of India and Pakistan, scheduled to be held in Islamabad, have been put off in the wake of tensions between the neighbours over ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

Davos: Role of developing nations, including India, in spurring growth dominated the WEF meet, even as and others cautioned rich countries against complacency coming in the way of fragile global recovery.

Sunday

Cairo: The death toll in fierce clashes in Egypt rose to 42 with over 700 injured as President Muhammed Mursi declared emergency in riot-hit towns after fresh violence erupted during the funeral of the people killed in unrest triggered by death penalty given to 21 football fans.

Santa Maria (Brazil): At least 232 people died when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said.

Davos: The global economy may be in a better shape after its worst-ever crisis but it is no time to relax, and governments as well as business leaders must persist with job creation, income and gender diversification as also to meet aspirations of the youth to keep up the growth momentum.

Monday

Cairo: Egypt's main opposition coalition rejected as "waste of time" a call by Muhammed Mursi for a national dialogue to end a wave of unrest, a day after the embattled President declared an emergency in three riot-hit provinces following the death of nearly 50 people.

Dhaka: India and Bangladesh signed a liberalised visa agreement and a landmark extradition treaty that would pave the way for the deportation of jailed ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia and other wanted "criminals". 

Tuesday

Washington: The US said bringing to justice the perpetrators of 26/11 was still an "unfinished business" high on its priority, days after Pakistani American LeT terrorist David Headley was sent to 35 years in prison by a Chicago court, a sentence that has left India disappointed.

Almaty (Kazakhstan): All 21 people on board a domestic flight in Kazakhstan operated by SCAT airline died when their jet crashed on approach to Almaty airport in thick fog, officials said.

Wednesday

Islamabad: The Pakistan government approved the transfer of the management of the strategic Gwadar deep sea port from Singapore to China, a move that could raise concerns in India.

Beijing: China has approved construction of three more dams on Brahmaputra river in Tibet in addition to the one being built, and much to the disquiet of India, it has not been informed about the plans so far.

Thursday

Dhaka: Violence gripped Bangladesh as activists of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami clashed with police, leaving six people, including a constable, dead and several others injured, during a nationwide strike called to protest the 1971 war crimes trials.

Islamabad: Claiming that his 1999 Kargil operation was a "big success militarily", former President Pervez Musharraf says that if the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not visited the US, the Pakistani army would have "conquered" 300 square miles of India.

Friday

Washington: The US described as a "terrorist attack" the blast outside its highly-fortified Embassy in Turkey that claimed two lives and injured three others.

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have initiated steps to obtain travel documents for members of a judicial commission that is expected to visit India for a second time by the end of this month to interview four officials as part of the probe into the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Beijing: China's take over of Pakistan's strategic Gwadar port is not aimed at "encircling" India, but the move is crucial to the country's economic interests as it gives western China access to the Arabian Sea to access oil supplies from the Gulf, official Chinese media said.

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