Digest of international news for week Feb 27 – March 4, 2016
Islamabad: At least 34 Islamist militants die in a ground and aerial onslaught by Pakistan military in the country’s restive North Waziristan tribal area near Afghan border that also results in the death of four soldiers.
Kabul: Twenty-five people die in two attacks in Afghanistan, including one in the capital, with the blasts potentially jeopardising attempts by Kabul to persuade the Taliban to join peace talks set for next month.
Sanaa: At least 30 rebels and civilians die after warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition strike a market ortheast of the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa, witnesse say.
Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister K P Oli says that his visit to India helped in “improving” the ties which had “soured” during the anti-Constitution stir even as the agitating Madhesi front calls it a “complete failure” and warns of fresh protests if their demands are not met.
Baghdad: Militants attack an outdoor market in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 59 people and wounding nearly 100, officials say.
Kathmandu: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli says he tried to clear the “misconception” about Nepal’s new Constitution during his India visit when he also assures the Indian leadership that he would not allow the Nepalese territory t be used against any of its neighbours.
Moscow: The death toll in Russia’s worst mining disaster in recent history climbs to 36 as officials say 26 missing workers could not have survived and another six, most of them rescuers, have been killed in a new explosion.
Columbia: Donald Trump, the controversial Republican presidential frontrunner, blames India and China among other countries for taking away jobs from Americans and vows to bring them back if elected as he tries to consolidate his position ahead of “Super Tuesday” showdown.
Washington: Terrorist groups like LeT and the Haqqan network are “stealing sovereignty” of Pakistan, US Secretary of State John Kerry warns as he reminds the country of its commitment that it would take action against all terror outfits without discrimination.
Baghdad: A suicide bomber strikes an Iraqi funeral, killing at least 25 people, including a local Shiite militi leader, in a town north of Baghdad that saw a wave of revenge attacks after a similar bombing in January.
Los Angeles: “Spotlight”, a newspaper drama about the Catholic church’s cover-up of child sex abuse, is the surprise top winner at the 88th Academy Awards that was dominated by the diversity debate with host Chris Rock taking on Hollywood over racism in a biting monologue.
Baghdad: Four suicide bombers disguised as soldiers strike an Iraqi military headquarters in the western town of Haditha, killing eight army officers, including a local commander, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
Washington: For years after the 9/11 terror attacks, top US officials claimed that Osama bin Laden was a man on the run and incapable of overseeing al Qaeda but newly declassified files seized from his hideout in Pakistan show he was operating more like a Fortune 500 CEO until he was killed in 2011.
Tehran: Iranian voters choose “the right and proper path for the country”, moderate President Hassan Rouhani says after final election results showed his allies had made significant gains.
Jalalabad/New Delhi: In the fourth attack since 2007, heavily-armed terrorists, including suicide bombers, strike the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city, killing nine persons including an Afghan security personnel and causing damage to the chancery.
Washington: Pakistan is “anxiously waiting” for the “disrupted” Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks to resume, a top aide of Pakistani Prime Minister says while appealing to India not to give non-state actors “a veto” over bilateral ties.
Washington: Pakistan rules out any change in its “dynamic” policy of increasing its nuclear weapons, as it dismissed the US’ request in this regard citing India’s rapid military modernisation.
Seoul: North Korea fires short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, South Korea’s defence ministry says, hours after the UN Security Council imposes tough new sanctions on Pyongya.
Washington: An alarmed Republican party leadership appears to have ganged up against Donald Trump who has won 10 of 15 state primaries so far, in a last ditch effort following his “Super Tuesday” wins to prevent him from becoming the nominee for the November presidential poll.
Johannesburg: Oscar Pistorius is preparing to return to jail for 15 years after South Africa’s Constitutional Court rejects his last-ditch attempt to appeal his murder conviction for shooting his girlfriend.
Washington: The US says its visa programme is fully consistent with WTO obligations as the country received a request for consultations from India on its decision to impose high fees on temporary working visas.
Washington: Upholding the religious freedom rights of Sikhs in the US armed forces, an American court rules in favour of a decorated Sikh Army Captain who had demanded that the military accommodate his articles of faith and abandon its impromptu discriminatory testing.
Copenhagen: Denmark is ready to send F-16 fighter jets and 400 troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen says.