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AFGHANISTHAN

US Special Forces handed over their base in a strategic district of eastern Afghanistan to Afghan Special Forces.

An Afghanistan teen stabbed to death an American soldier who was playing with a group of local children.

In incidents of violence, Taliban insurgents attacked a court in the town of Farah killing about 44 people. Two NATO soldiers were killed Tuesday when a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan.

ARGENTINA

At least 52 people drowned in their homes and cars, were electrocuted or died in other accidents as flooding from days of torrential rains swamped Argentina's low-lying capital of Buenos Aires.


AUSTRALIA

Australia gave environment approval for a new uranium mine with conditions to guard against negative impact from radiation and other factors.

BANGLADESH

Bangladesh arrested 3 atheist bloggers for defaming Islam and the Prophet.

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina firmly rejected demands by Islamists for a new anti-blasphemy law to punish those who defame Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

BOSNIA

Veselin Vlahovic, Bosnian serb paramilitary who was dubbed the monster of Grbavica was sentenced to 45 years in jail for inflicting a reign of terror during the 1992-95 war.

BRAZIL

Brazil’s northwestern state of Acre declared a “social emergency” as it attempts to slow a wave of undocumented immigrants smuggled overland from neighbouring countries.

BRICS

The combined output of BRICS countries will surpass the aggregate GDP of the US, Canada and other European nations by 2020, said a UN report.

CHINA

83 workers were buried in a massive landslide that hit a gold mine in Lhasa area of Tibet.

Chinese authorities said that nearly 24 million people have been affected by drought in China's various provinces since last October causing a big financial loss to the government.

China’s first satellite for its high—resolution system for Earth observation, aimed at reducing disasters and protecting resources, will be launched in April, authorities said.

Two people died of a lesser known strain of bird flu called H7N9, the first known human deaths from the strains. Many more people died of the disease later. Authorities in Shanghai began the mass slaughter of poultry. Hangzhou city also ordered culling of live poultry.

The biggest border crossing between North Korea and China was closed to tourist groups, as nuclear tensions mounted, but business travel is still allowed.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

The UN Security council approved the first ever UN peacekeeping brigade to battle rebels in DRC.

Central African rebel Prime Minister Nicholas Tiangaye named his new post coup government made of rebels and former opposition.

EGYPT

Clashes broke out in Cairo and Alexandria between opponents and supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, injuring 10 people.

Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in sectarian violence clashed with a mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing one person.

EUROPEAN UNION

France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom “have launched actions on the basis of the provisions laid down in their respective national legislation” to force Google to bring its privacy policy in line with European regulations

FRANCE

The 4,000 French soldiers deployed in Mali to fight Islamist rebels will be reduced to 1,000 by the year-end, French President Francois Hollande has said.

The President vowed to eradicate tax havens in Europe and the world as he pursued anti-corruption efforts in the wake of a tax-fraud scandal.

G8

A foreign minister of the world’s most advanced G8 countries adopted a historic declaration committing to track sexual violence in conflict zones.

INDIA

India and Singapore signed an enhanced air services agreement to build on the existing 216 weekly flights and meet the growing demand for air connectivity between the two countries.

Pharma giant Novartis lost a plea for patent on cancer drug Glivec that could pave the way for Indian companies to provide affordable drugs to cancer patients.

India and Germany have agreed to expand and intensify bilateral cooperation in a number of fields, including trade and infrastructure.

India and China opened a two day dialogue on counterterrorism.



INDONESIA

A group of Myanmar Muslims beat 8 Buddhists to dead at an Indonesian detention camp after becoming enraged about news of violence in their homeland.

A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit a remote part of eastern Indonesia causing residents to panic, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

IRAN

Iran opened a new uranium mine and a new uranium conversion site located in the central Yazd province, after international talks on its disputed nuclear programme ended without a breakthrough.

At least 32 people were killed and 850 injured when an earthquake, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, hit Iran's Bushehr province.

IRAQ

Over 450 people, including 229 civilians, were killed and more than 1,100 injured in the terror attacks and violence in Iraq during March, according to the UN. Violence between the Shiite-led government and the Sunnis and by various terrorist groups like al Qaeda is the cause of deaths in the country.

ITALY

Italy remained in a political gridlock after the centre- left leader Pier Luigi Bersani failed to form a government.

JAPAN

Japan and US have reached an agreement on plans to return land near Kadena Air Base in Okinawa now used by the US to Japan.

Authorities are moving tons of highly radioactive water from a temporary storage tank to another after detecting signs of leakage at Japan nuclear plant at Fukushima.

Japan deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack.

Japan raised the safety standards for its nuclear power plants.

MALAYSIA

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved the Parliament to call for general elections that may pose a stiff challenge to the ruling coalition’s 56-year rule as it faces a resurgent opposition.

MALDIVES

A Maldivian court suspended the trial of former President Mohammed Nasheed who maintains that the case against him is to thwart his re-election bid in November.

MEXICO

An earthquake rattled the Pacific resort of Acapulco and was felt as far north as Mexico City. It caused buildings to sway, but there were no immediate reports of damage.



MYANMAR

Myanmar's government rejected remarks by a U.N. human rights official that the authorities bear some blame for recent mob attacks by Buddhists on minority Muslims that killed dozens of people in the country.

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted northern Myanmar.

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

Russian defence officials and NATO representatives are to discuss the creation of army maintenance bases in Afghanistan in May.

President Barack Obama is to nominate Air Force General Philip Breedlove as new NATO commander, after the earlier nominee John Allen decided to retire.

As part of a NATO-Russia project in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, counter-narcotics personnel training will be expanded within the next few years.

NORTH KOREA

North Korea issued a threat saying it has entered "a state of war" with South Korea a day after Kim Jong Un, its leader threatened the United States because two American B-2 bombers flew a training mission in South Korea.

North Korea said it has decided to restart operations at the Nyongbyon nuclear complex including a uranium enrichment plant and a 5MW graphite moderated reactor that had been disabled under an agreement reached at the six-party talks in October 2007.

North Korea blocked South Korean access to the Kaesong joint industrial park. South Korea issued an appeal for North Korea to lift the access ban which has forced a dozen South Korean firms to halt operations.

North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's defence minister said, but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

North Korea has asked Britain and other embassies and foreigners to evacuate saying it will not be able to guarantee the safety of staff in the event of conflict from April 10.

North Korea urged all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate, saying the two countries are on the verge of a nuclear war.

PAKISTAN

Incidents of violence continued this fortnight too in Pakistan. A convoy of security personnel near the US Consulate in Peshawar city was targeted in a suicide attack where at least 12 people were killed and 31 injured. 4 soldiers and 14 militants were killed in the lawless Khyber region during an operation.

7 people were killed in an attack on a power station by militants in northwest Pakistan.

Militants torched five trucks transporting NATO equipment from Afghanistan in the restive Baluchistan province of southwest Pakistan.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud has described democracy as a system of “kafirs” (non-believers) and vowed to wage jihad to implement Islamic law in the country.

Pakistan successfully launched an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) that can carry nuclear warheads, the military said.

PORTUGAL

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced new cuts in social security, health programmes, education and state-run businesses after the Constitutional Court struck down austerity measures contained in the 2013 budget.



RUSSIA

An arsenal of World War II firearms have been discovered in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad in an apartment belonging to a local resident. The authorities are investigating.



SOUTH KOREA

South Korean President Park Geun-hye instructed the military to strongly respond to North Korean provocation. The country’s defence ministry unveiled a new plan of "active deterrence", allowing it to pre-emptively strike North Korea if it detects any sign of an imminent nuclear or missile attack. South Korea's missile defence system may intercept North Korean missiles, if they are to strike South Korean territory, the defence ministry said.

South Korea called on North Korea to come to the dialogue table to resolve the deadlock.

SOUTH SUDAN

Five Indian UN peacekeepers were killed in a rebel attack on a UN convoy in South Sudan. The UN condemned the killings.

SYRIA

War between rebels and the government forces continued with suicide attacks, bombings and airstrikes causing many deaths and much destruction.

A rebel group has said that March was the bloodiest month in Syria's 2-year-old conflict with more than 6,000 documented deaths. Syrian rebels took over a neighbourhood of Aleppo after days of heavy clashes.

TAIWAN

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou Ma commissioned a new vessel to beef up patrol in a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea also claimed by China and Japan.

Japan and Taiwan signed a fishing rights accord for waters near the islands at the centre of territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Andorra discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations as well as issues of mutual interest and latest regional and international developments.

UNITED KINGDOM

Protesters across the UK took part in demonstrations against changes to the country’s benefits system, including the controversial “bedroom tax” which refers to a cut in housing benefit for claimants whose home has a spare room.

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first woman prime minister who was known as the "Iron Lady", died after suffering a stroke. She was 87

UNITED NATION

The final draft of a global Arms Trade Treaty aimed to regulate the $70 billion conventional arms trade around the world was strongly criticized by India as "flawed" and tilted against weapons-importing countries. Iran, North Korea and Syria have blocked adoption of the UN treaty.

A new round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) in the Kazakh city of Almaty, to find a compromise on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme, failed to reach a breakthrough.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A Turkish woman Oytun Ayse Mihalik, a lawful resident of California, was sentenced to five years in jail by a US court on charges of sending money to a terrorist outfit in Pakistan for attacks against American military personnel.

The U.S. Defence Department said it was deploying a missile defence shield to the Pacific as North Korea renewed its threat of a nuclear attack on the United States.

US issued a second waiver in six months for the sale of mega weapons to Pakistan citing national security reasons.

The United States has asked its citizens to defer all its non-essential travel to Pakistan, arguing that the presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a “potential danger” to American citizens in the country.

The Pentagon has said its military intelligence budget for the fiscal 2014 is $ 14.6 billion.

President Obama signed the order for $109 billion reductions to military and domestic programs for the year starting from 1 October 2013.



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