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International news of the week

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Islamabad/Washington: Post slaying of Osama bin Laden, the US has drawn up a list of five terrorists, including al- Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri, Mullah Omar and Illyas Kashmiri, on whom it expects Pakistan to provide intelligence immediately and possibly target them in joint operations, according to US officials.

Washington: The Taliban says they have no plans to attack Pakistan's nuclear arsenal as it is the only Muslim state to possess such weapons, amid global concerns over the possibility of atomic weapons falling into the hands of terrorists.

Singapore/Chennai: Film actor Rajinikanth has been admitted to the intensive care unit at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital, where his condition is said to be stable but before leaving Chennai he left behind a voice message promising his fans that he will be back soon.

Kathmandu: Averting a major Constitutional crisis, Nepal's key parties strike a last-minute deal to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly (CA) by three months under which Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal will step down for the formation of a national unity government.

Herat (Afghanistan): Five Afghans are killed and 52 people wounded, including five Italian soldiers, when the Taliban attacked a Nato compound and a crowded roundabout in a usually peaceful city.

Geneva: UN rights watchdog chief Navi Pillay denounces the escalating wave of repressive measures and brutal killings by the governments in Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, cautioning that repression will not put an end to the political aspirations of the people.

Islamabad: Prominent journalist Syed  Saleem Shahzad, who went missing in the Pakistani capital over the weekend, is found dead in Punjab province with his body bearing marks of torture.

Sanaa: Deadly clashes erupt in the Yemeni capital shattering a truce between loyalist troops and dissident tribesmen as security forces shot dead seven protesters in the second-largest city of Taez.

Chicago: LeT operative David Headley testifies before a US court that al-Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri had a plan to kill CEO of Lockheed Martin in frustration over drone attacks along the Af-Pak border and had sent men for surveillance.

Tripoli: The UN accuses both Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's regime and opposition forces of committing war crimes in their 15-week conflict, as NATO extends its Libya air war by three months.

Islamabad: Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency denies any involvement in the killing of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad and said the incident should not be used to "target and malign" the country's security agencies.

London: After ending the famous 15-year feud with American writer Paul Theroux at the Hay Festival this week, Nobel laureate V S Naipaul has sparked off another row by claiming that there has been no woman writer whom he considers his equal.

United Nations: India, where 95,000 adolescents are living with HIV, has been listed along with the sub-Saharan countries having the highest number of youngsters infected by the deadly virus, according to a UN report.

Sanaa: Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh is wounded along with his premier and other officials as shells struck a mosque in the presidential palace compound.

Islamabad: Hundreds of Taliban fighters carry out fresh attacks in a remote area in northwest Pakistan bordering Afghanistan though security forces claimed to have regained control of the region after fierce fighting that killed nearly 80 people, including 28 troops.

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First Published: Sat, June 04 2011. 14:00 IST