Digest of international news for week July 23-30, 2016
Kabul: Islamic State group jihadists claim responsibility for twin explosions today that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in their first major attack in the Afghan capital.
Munich: A German-Iranian teenager suffering from depression shot dead nine people and wounded 16 others at a Munich shopping mall before committed suicide, with police denying any link with the ISIS.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K P Oli resigns just before a no-confidence vote which he termed as a conspiracy by “foreign elements” to turn the country into a “laboratory” and obstruct the implementation of the new Constitution, triggering a fresh political turmoil.
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak vows to strengthen trade ties with India and pay “great attention” to helping the Indian diaspora in the multi-ethnic nation
Ansbach: A failed Syrian asylum seeker who blew himself up outside a German music festival had made a video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, in the second attack claimed by the jihadists in Germany in a week.
Houston/Fort Myers: At least two people are killed and 17 others injured today in a shooting rampage at a night club in Florida hosting a teen swimsuit party, just six weeks after a gunman massacred 49 people in the state in the worst mass shooting incident in US history.
Beijing: Taking umbrage at India’s refusal to extend visas to three Chinese journalists, a state-run daily warns of “serious consequences” if New Delhi was “taking revenge” for China’s refusal to back its NSG bid and sought “action to display reaction”.
Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray (France): Two assailants slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest at a church in northern France today in a hostage-taking drama that has shocked the country.
Vientiane: North Korea warns the United States that it will pay a “terrifying price” if the Korean Peninsula sinks into deeper tensions, stepping up its rhetoric hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Pyongyang for its nuclear program.
Dhaka: Another ‘mass terror attack’ bid is foiled in Bangladesh, reeling under a number of Islamist assaults, as security forces killed nine members of a homegrown militant group during a fierce gun-battle that erupted after a pre-dawn raid at their hideout here.
Ankara: Turkey says it was discharging 149 generals and ordering the closure of dozens of media outlets in the next phase of its controversial crackdown in the wake of the failed coup.
Kathmandu: At least 64 people have been killed and several others missing as floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains wreaked havoc in Nepal displacing thousands of people.
Philadelphia: Making the “biggest crack” in a glass ceiling, Hillary Clinton scripts history by winning the Democratic presidential nomination to become the first woman flag-bearer of a major US party as she set up an epic clash with Republican rival Donald Trump.
Cilacap: Indonesia executes four drug convicts, three of them foreigners, by firing squad, an official said, pushing on with a campaign of capital punishment that has sparked a storm of global anger.
Beijing: Indian diplomatic missions in China have cautioned traders from India that they may end up getting sand, stones, salt, bricks, mud etc in place of items ordered and issued detailed guidelines to avoid incidents of cheating.
United Nations: India’s push to achieve urgent reforms of the UN Security Council this year and secure a permanent seat has suffered a setback when the General Assembly decided to roll over discussions on reforming the world body’s top organ to its next session.
Paris: French authorities filed terror charges against two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Maoist chief Prachanda assures China of implementing key bilateral deals, including one that could end India’s monopoly in transport to the landlocked country, reached during the previous regime would be honoured even after the new government takes over.