Digest of international news for week Jul 16- Jul 22, 2016
Ankara: Turkish authorities wrest back control of the country, after crushing a military coup by discontented soldiers seeking to seize power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that claimed more than 250 lives.
New York: Asserting that the situation in the Middle East is “out of control” and more unstable than ever, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says America needs “new leadership” and “new thinking” which his presidency can provide.
Nice: The Islamic State group claims that the Tunisian man who barreled his truck into a crowd in the French resort city of Nice was a “soldier” of the group.
Houston/Baton Rouge: A gunman kills at least three police officers and injuresd three others in the US city of Baton Rouge before being shot dead, the latest gun violence incident to rock the country.
Istanbul: Turkish authorities press with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vows to stamp out the “virus” of the putschists.
Nice: The Nice truck attacker staked out the seafront for two days before striking, it emerges as investigators piece together details of the Islamic State-claimed massacre and question possible accomplices.
Peshawar: Seven people, all members of an anti-Taliban peace committee, are killed when their car is targeted with a remote control bomb in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
Aden: Suicide bombings kill 11 people at two army checkpoints in Al-Qaeda’s former stronghold in southeastern Yemen, officials say, in attacks claimed by the jihadist group.
Beijing: China will not stop construction on the islands in strategic South China Sea which was awarded to the Philippines by an international tribunal, a top Chinese admiral says dismissing the pressure from Washington.
Wuerzburg (Germany): The Islamic State group releases a video purportedly featuring a 17-year-old Afghan refugee who went on an axe rampage on a German train, injuring five people, two critically.
Cleveland: The Republican party has favoured reforming the US’ guest workers programmes, which include H-1B visas, and also indicates a drastic reduction in the green cards being issued every year that could have a major implication on Indian IT professionals.
Cleveland: In an embarrassment to Donald Trump, his wife Melania is accused of plagiarism in her first address to the Republican National Convention that is set to declare him as the party’s presidential candidate, with critics saying parts of her speech were lifted verbatim from remarks First Lady Michelle Obama made in 2008.
Washington: The United States gathers its allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group and agrees on a plan to corner the jihadists in their final bastions.
Ankara: Turkey intensifies a sweeping crackdown on the media, the military, the courts and the education system following an attempted coup, targeting tens of thousands of teachers and other state employees for dismissal in a purge that raised concerns about basic freedoms and the effectiveness of key institutions.
Lahore/Islamabad: Kashmir is not an internal matter of India, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says and demands a plebiscite even as the Pakistan government’s call to observe ‘Black Day’ to express solidarity with the people of the Valley received a lukewarm response from the public.
United Nations: The first six months of this year have continued to shatter global heat records, putting 2016 on track to be the Earth’s hottest year on record, the World Meteorological Organisation says.
Paris: The truck driver who killed 84 people on a Nice beachfront has accomplices and appears to have been plotting his attack for months, the Paris prosecutor says.
Beirut: At least 51 civilians, including 15 children, die in bombardment of several rebel-held areas across Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says.
Berlin: Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins says a ninth body has been found at the scene of a shooting attack in Munich and police are “intensively examining” it to see if it may be one of the attackers.
Kathmandu: Nepal Parliament starts a three-day discussion on the no-confidence motion filed against embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli after all the three bills related to the annual budget are rejected by majority vote.
Paris: IMF chief Christine Lagarde is ordered to stand trial in France over a massive state payout to a colourful tycoon when she was French economy minister, dealing a setback to her stellar career.