Digest of international news for week Feb 14 – Feb 20, 2015
Peshawar: The death toll in the Taliban suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Peshawar, the main city in Pakistan’s restive northwest, rose to 22 after an injured person succumbed to his wounds.
Islamabad: With India seeking a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council, Pakistan and China say any change in the 15-member body should be achieved through “consensus”.
Copenhagen: Two people have been killed and six injured in twin shootings in the Danish capital, with one attack targeting a cultural centre hosting a debate on Islam and free speech.
Copenhagen: Copenhagen police says they believe a man shot dead by officers was responsible for two fatal attacks that shocked the normally peaceful Danish capital.
Donetsk: Two civilians were killed by rebel rocket fire shortly after the start of a ceasefire in east Ukraine, a pro-Kiev official say, but fighting reportedly died down across most of the conflict zone.
Cairo: The Islamic State released a grisly video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya as Egyptian jets pounded IS targets across the border in swift retaliation, killing 64 militants in its first direct involvement in the militancy-caused regional turmoil.
London: Three Indians, two women and one man, have made it to the list of 100 applicants who will move on to the next round of an ambitious private mission that aims to send four people on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024.
Washington: A Hindu temple has been vandalised with hate message and swastika spray-painted on its wall in the US state of Washington, the latest incident that has shocked the community ahead of the Maha Shivaratri festival.
Kandahar: At least 20 Afghan policemen were killed in a Taliban attack near Kabul, bringing to 26 the number of officers to die since the start of an army offensive aimed at weakening the insurgents.
Kano (Nigeria): The death toll from a suicide blast at a checkpoint near the northeast Nigerian town of Biu has risen to 36, a source at the town’s hospital say.
Niamey: At least 36 mourners at a funeral ceremony were killed and 27 wounded when an unidentified plane bombarded a village in Niger near the Nigerian border, the army says.
Geneva: Swiss police searched HSBC offices here as part of its probe into “suspected money laundering” by the global banking giant, which has been in news for a leaked list of its account holders that included 1,195 Indian names.
Muscat: India told Oman there was “multiplicity of opportunities” to step up bilateral ties including as a supplier of natural gas even as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says more reforms will be unveiled in the coming days to attract foreign investment.
Washington: President Barack Obama says that America is “not at war with Islam” but with people who have perverted the religion, asserting that terror groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda do not speak for a billion Muslims who reject their extremist ideology.
Dhaka: Keen to respond to Bangladesh’s “expectations” from West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says she has “solved” problems related to the ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement and asked this country to trust her on the Teesta water-sharing issue.
Islamabad: Dismissing allegations of any Pakistani ‘terror boat’ being involved in an incident with Indian authorities as a “drama”, Pakistan says the episode was “shrouded in mystery” from the beginning.
Tripoli: Multiple suicide car bombings struck an eastern Libyan town, killing at least 45 people not far from a main base of the Islamic State group’s Libyan offshoot.