Digest of international news for week Jan 2 – Jan 8, 2016
Beijing: Smog returned to haunt China in the New Year as it issued its first alert of 2016 for pollution – an orange for the second-most serious level for several cities and provinces including the capital Beijing.
Tehran: Angry crowds protesting at Saudi Arabia’s execution of a top Shiite cleric set fire to the kingdom’s embassy in Tehran and stormed the building before being cleared out by police, reports say.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s three major political parties and Madhesi front today decided to form a task force to find a common ground on demands put forth by the agitating group in a bid to end the ongoing political crisis in the country over the new Constitution.
Dhaka: A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake with epicentre in neighbouring India today jolts Bangladesh, prompting people to rush out of their homes in panic resulting in death of five persons and injury to nearly 100 others.
London: The UK’s security and intelligence agencies are examining a grisly Islamic State video to identify a man and young boy with British accents, threatening Prime Minister David Cameron that the terror group will one day “invade” Britain and “rule by the Sharia”.
Kabul/New Delhi: An intense 25-hour gun-battle between security forces and terrorists outside the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif came to end tonight with the killing of all the attackers who attempted to storm the Mission building.
Istanbul: Turkish authorities today found the bodies of at least 36 migrants, including several children, washed up on beaches and floating off its western coast after their boats sank while crossing the Aegean Sea to EU member Greece.
Riyadh: The diplomatic crisis surrounding Saudi Arabia and Iran widens today as Kuwait recalled its ambassador to Tehran and Bahrain severed air links in the face of growing international concern.
Washington: US President Barack Obama today wept in public as he announced a slew of executive measures to tackle the gun violence that claims thousands of lives in the country each year, amid stiff resistance from Republican-controlled Congress to steps for tightening control on firearms.
Washington/Beijing: North Korea’s announcement today that it has successfully conducted its first hydrogen bomb test drew strong criticism from the reclusive nations’ neighbours and the West which warned of a robust response to its “grave provocations”.
Dhaka: In a tit-for-tat, Pakistan has expelled a Bangladeshi woman diplomat and asked her to leave the country by tomorrow, days after a Pakistani female diplomat was sent packing over accusations of having links with the JMB militant group.
Los Angeles: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has become the first Indian actress to win at the People Choice Awards for her performance of an FBI recruit on American show “Quantico”.
Beijing: China today suspended the stock market “circuit breaker” mechanism which has halted trading in Chinese stock markets for the second time this week, triggering a cascading impact on the global markets as the country saw the shortest trading time in the Communist giant’s market history.
Paris: A jihadist wielding a meat cleaver was shot dead as he tried to attack a police station in Paris today claiming to avenge French military action in Syria, a year to the day since the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Brussels: A Brussels apartment was likely used to make bombs for the Paris attacks, and one of the plotters also hid out there after escaping a police dragnet, Belgian prosecutors say.
Islamabad: After a second high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in two days, Pakistan today says it has “reviewed progress” on the leads provided by India which has linked Foreign Secretary-level talks to Islamabad’s decisive action on the Pathankot terror attack.
Mexico City: Mexican authorities have recaptures fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, six months after his prison break, President Enrique Pena Nieto says.