Digest for international stories for week, Dec 17-Dec 23, 2016
Beijing: China slams the US for “making a fuss” over the seizure of its underwater drone in the disputed South China Sea, saying it will return the device in an “appropriate manner” even as it called its action as “professional and responsible”.
Karachi: Pakistani film exhibitors and cinema owners are likely to end a self-imposed ban on screening of Indian films on Monday that was put in place amid escalating tensions between the two countries following the Uri terror attack.
Sydney: Tsunami warnings were issued for several nations after a major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and the US Geological Survey said.
Sanna : A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a military camp in the southern Yemeni city of Aden killing at least 52 soldiers, a security official said.
Karachi: Police in Pakistan’s Sindh province have warns 13 lawmakers and a bureaucrat, who were part of the recently-passed Minorities Bill which criminalises forced conversions in the Muslim-majority country, that religious parties and defunct organisations could “harm” them.
Aleppo: Evacuations of fighters and civilians from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo were postpones until further notice after gunmen attacked buses for a similar operation from two rebel-besieged villages.
Beirut: The leaders of Russia and Iran, military allies of Syria’s president, talked today about joining forces to reach a quick political settlement in Syria, as the country’s largest city, Aleppo, was poised to return to full government control.
Washington: The US strongly condemned the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov in Ankara, saying the “heinous” attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable, and offered assistance in investigation.
Paris: A French court today found IMF head Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence over a massive state payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister but spared her a fine or prison sentence.
Berlin: A Pakistani asylum seeker was detained for mowing down Christmas shoppers in a crowded market in the heart of Berlin with a large truck, killing at least 12 people and injuring nearly 50 others even as authorities retracted later saying he may not be behind the “terror attack”.
Amman: The extremist Islamic State group claims responsibility for a series of shooting attacks on police and tourists in Jordan that killed 10 people, including a woman from Canada.
Karachi: The screening of Bollywood films has resumed in Pakistan after three months in a low-key manner with cinema owners still fearing an adverse reaction from extremists amid recent tensions between India and Pakistan.
Berlin: Germany today launched a Europe-wide manhunt for a “violent and armed” Tunisian man with ties to Islamic extremists who has used at least six different names and three different nationalities, saying he is a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack.
Quetta: The Balochistan High Court today warned former Pakistani dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf that a ‘red warrant’ would be issued if he fails to appear in court in connection with the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in a military operation in 2006.
Islamabad: Pakistan Navy fires a live surface-to-surface anti-ship missile along the North Arabian Sea and said the successful test reaffirms its commitment to safeguard maritime frontiers “against all threats”.
Baghdad: Mortar fire and car bombs killed more than 30 people including aid workers near Mosul as Iraqi forces battled to seize the city from the Islamic State group.
Aleppo: More than 4,000 fighters left rebel-held areas of Aleppo, the Red Cross says, in the “last stages” of an evacuation clearing the way for Syria’s army to retake the city.
United Nations: Outgoing UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asks India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue and exercise restraint as he maintains his concern over the increase in tensions between the two neighbours along the Line of Control in recent months.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, is among the three diplomats shortlisted for the next Foreign Secretary, a key position that will fall vacant next month as incumbent Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has been named Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States.
Valletta: Hijackers claiming to have a grenade took over a Libyan plane today and diverted it to Malta before releasing everyone on board and surrendering to authorities, official says.
Milan: The Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin was killed early today in a shootout with police in Milan, ending a Europe-wide manhunt, Italy’s interior minister says.
Valletta: A hijacked plane from Libya lands on the Mediterranean island of Malta with 118 people including seven crew members on board, Malta’s prime minister and government sources says.