Digest for international stories for week Oct 15 – 21, 2016
Baghdad: Attacks killed at least 46 people in Iraq, including a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group that was the deadliest to hit Baghdad in months.
Baghdad: A suicide bombing targeting a funeral gathering in northern Baghdad today killed at least 35 people and left another 63 wounded, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is ready for talks with India if New Delhi was serious to resolve the Kashmir issue which, he said, is the “main cause of unrest” in the region.
Islamabad: Strongly reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that Pakistan is the “mothership of terrorism”, Premier Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz today accused the Indian leader of “misleading” the BRICS countries over the issue.
Kuwait City: Kuwait’s ruler dissolved parliament by royal decree today over unspecified security concerns as low oil prices squeeze government coffers, setting the stage for early elections in the tiny, oil-rich country.
Kathmandu/Benaulim: Pitching Nepal as a “dynamic bridge” between India and China, Prime Minister Prachanda floated a proposal for trilateral strategic ties to Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Nepalese media reported.
Berlin: A chemical company in southwestern Germany says a second employee has been killed by an explosion at a facility where flammable liquids and liquefied gas are unloaded.
Washington: The US asked India and Pakistan to look for ways to resolve their deeply-held differences peacefully.
Beijing: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed Pakistan as a “mothership of terrorism”, China staunchly defended its all-weather ally saying it is against linking any country or religion with terror and asked the world to acknowledge Pakistan’s “great sacrifices”.
London: Days ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s India visit, the UK today hailed Pakistan’s “significant sacrifices” in combating terror while responding to a petition calling on the British government to “strongly condemn” Pakistan for providing a safe haven for terrorists.
Paris: The UN cultural agency adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution condemning Israel’s actions at a flashpoint holy site in east Jerusalem that has sparked fury in the Jewish state.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda has said he raised issues of trilateral cooperation during his chance meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Goa to which both leaders responded “very positively”.
Rome: The bodies of five migrants were recovered in the central Mediterranean today during rescue operations that saved 300 others, the Italian coastguard said.
Washington: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of taking money from foreign lobbyists and interest groups as he asserted that her win in polls would mean that America has lost its independence.
Kabul: The Taliban rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government in a bid to resume long-stalled peace negotiations, insisting that their hardline policy remains unchanged.
New York: Another woman came forward claiming that Donald Trump groped her and made inappropriate sexual remarks, adding to accusations of nine other women that have emerged in recent days.
Washington: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today asserted that that he will totally accept the outcome of the “historic” presidential election if he wins but reserved his right to file a legal challenge in case of a “questionable result”.
Dubai: Seeking investments from the UAE in the infrastructure sector, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari pitched India as one of the world’s fastest growing economies and said the ease of doing business under the present government had substantially improved.
Yaounde: Fifty-three were killed and over 300 injured when a packed Cameroon passenger train derailed while travelling between the capital Yaounde and the economic hub Douala, state broadcaster Crtv said.
Kirkuk (Iraq): Jihadists staged brazen attacks on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least 22 people, in what appeared to be an attempt to divert attention from the huge offensive against their Mosul bastion.
Paris: A tiny lander despatched to Mars on a trial run had crashed and possibly exploded on the Red Planet, mission control said today, confirming Europe’s second failed attempt to reach the alien surface.