Digest of international news for week Jul 2- Jul 8, 2016
Dhaka: Twenty hostages, including an Indian girl and others mostly foreigners, were hacked to death by suspected ISIS militants inside a cafe popular with expats in the diplomatic zone here in the worst terror attack in Bangladesh before commandos launched an assault killing six attackers and capturing one alive.
Washington: Hillary Clinton is “voluntary” quizzed by US federal prosecutors for three and a half hours as part of a probe that has hung over her White House bid for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Melbourne: Australia appears to be heading for a hung parliament as half the votes counted in a national poll showed a neck-and-neck contest between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s conservative coalition and Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten.
Dhaka: Bangladesh blames “homegrown” Islamist terrorists and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for the country’s worst terror attack in which 20 hostages were hacked to death, ruling out the role of the Islamic State, as the shocked nation begins observing two days of national mourning.
Baghdad: A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group ripped through a busy Baghdad shopping district killing at least 119 people in the deadliest attack this year in Iraq’s capital.
Riyadh: Three suicide bombers strike in Saudi Arabia in a rare incidence of multiple attacks in the kingdom where the Islamic State group has previously staged deadly attacks.
Kathmandu: The first meeting of the Nepal- India Eminent Persons Group, which is to review key bilateral pacts including the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950, begins here with the Nepalese Foreign Minister asking the group to ensure that Indo-Nepal ties remain free from “hiccups”.
Berlin: India underlines the need for countries to take pre-2020 climate actions to curb emissions and seeks cooperation among countries in finance and technology sectors to tackle climate change.
Washington: The FBI rules out charging Hillary Clinton after it found no evidence of “intentional misconduct” by the former US Secretary of State in her use of a private email server, a big relief to the Democratic presidential candidate, who said she was “pleased” with the development.
Cascais (Portugal): As the world grapples with the effects of Brexit on both the global economy and polity, India has said that it was confident that the European Union will not only rise to the current challenges but will rise above them to forge a more resilient union.
London: The UK fears an India-Pakistan nuclear war in the wake of the terror attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001 and tried to “persuade and cajole” the two countries to pull back from a military confrontation, according to evidence presented to an inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war made public.
Beijing: China asks the Dalai Lama to give up his bid to divide the country and said it was “never too late” return to the “right track” as the Tibetan spiritual leader turned 81.
Maputo (Mozambique): Coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here, India hands over 30 SUVs to Mozambique, completing the delivery of USD 4.5 million grant assistance as part of supporting the institutions of this African country.
Maputo (Mozambique): Amid a spurt in terror attacks in various countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says terrorism is the “gravest threat” to the world, “equally impacting” India and Mozambique which agreed to strengthen security and defence ties and bolster cooperation in food security.
Dhaka: Islamist militants carrying bombs and machetes launch a deadly attack on Bangladesh’s biggest Eid gathering, killing four persons including two policemen and a Hindu woman, nearly a week after 22 people were slaughtered in the country’s worst terror attack.
Karachi: Pakistan’s celebrated philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi who dedicated his life to humanity and social services passes away here at the age of 92 after a prolonged battle with different ailments.
Johannesburg: India is working to achieve over 8 per cent growth in the coming years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says here, while attributing the rise of the country to HOPE — Harmony, Optimism, Potential and Energy.
Houston: Five police officers are shot dead and seven others injured in “amush style” firing by snipers in Dallas during a late night demonstration protesting the fatal police shootings of black men this week, making it one of the deadliest days for police in American law enforcement history.