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Key foreign news for the week Mar 20-26

Press Trust of India 


Kathmandu: Nepal's five-time Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, a close friend of India and architect of the landmark peace deal with Maoists that ended a bloody decade-long insurgency, dies of multiple organ failure at the age of 85.  

Islamabad: Lawyers for LeT's operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six more accused in the the Mumbai attacks case today demanded at an anti-terror court that Ajmal Kasab be brought from India to Pakistan to face trial with the other suspects.  


Islamabad: The President's sweeping powers, including those relating to imposition of emergency and appointment of judges, are expected to be "massively clipped" in an upcoming Constitutional amendment package in Pakistan, a media report says  amid mounting pressure on incumbent Asif Ali Zardari to surrender more of his authority.  

Chicago: A status hearing in the case of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, set for March 23, has been cancelled following his confession in a US court about involvement in the Mumbai attacks.  


Melbourne: Indian-born American doctor Jayant Patel, facing accusations of botching operations and causing death of three patients, today pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges at a court in Brisbane in Australia.  

Washington: In a landmark legislation, the US House of Representatives passes the sweeping health care reform package, extending medicare coverage to 32 million uncovered Americans and cracking down on insurance companies.  


Washington: Thirty-one year old Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan becomes the first Sikh officer in the US Army in over two decades to complete basic training without shedding his turban and other articles of faith.  

Islamabad: Notwithstanding India's reservations, the US today said it would "consider" Pakistan's request for a civil nuclear deal as it wanted to help the country meet its immediate and long-term energy needs.  


Washington: US and Pakistan opens their first Strategic Dialogue with both sides talking about cooperation in the field of energy, an apparent reference to a nuclear deal that Islamabad is seeking from Washington on the lines of the Indo-US atomic pact.

London: The UN has admitted that a 2006 report concluding that livestock farming is responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions was "flawed" and exaggerated the impact of eating meat on climate change.  

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes it clear that Washington has no intention to mediate between India and Pakistan, contending that it can only encourage not "dictate" foreign policy of other nations.  


Dhaka: Bangladesh sets up a special tribunal for the trial of "war criminals" accused of genocide and those who sided with the Pakistani military during the 1971 'Liberation War'.  

Dubai: World's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden warns that al-Qaeda will kill American soldiers if the self-confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is executed.  


Washington: The US and Pakistan ends their upgraded strategic dialogue with no signs of a civilian nuclear deal materialising for Islamabad even as it was assured of help to overcome its crippling energy deficit.  

Peshawar: Taliban fighters storm a security check post in the tribal belt close to Afghan border killing six Pakistani soldiers and in a fierce battle that ensued 25 militants are also killed.

First Published: Sat, March 27 2010. 14:01 IST