Digest of international news for week July 30- Aug 5, 2016
Seattle: A gunman attacks a gathering of young adults at a suburban Seattle home, killing two people at a fire pit before firing more shots from the roof, the grandmother of one of the witnesses says.
Houston: Sixteen people are killed when a large hot air balloon caught fire and crashes in central Texas. All 16 people aboard a hot air balloon died when it caught fire and crashed in a field in central Texas.
Dhaka: A Bangladeshi-Canadian is identified as the mastermind of Bangladesh’s worst terrorist attack at a cafe in Dhaka’s high-security diplomatic zone that killed 22 people mostly foreigners.
Rouen: In a gesture of solidarity following the gruesome killing of a French priest, Muslims attend Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France and Italy.
Austin: A shooting in a crowded entertainment district of downtown Austin sets off a chaotic scene, leaving one woman dead and three others wounded and police searching for a suspect.
Washington: Police in Austin, Texas say that an “active shooter” had caused “multiple victims,” with local media reports saying that at least one person was dead.
Dhaka: Bangladesh has alerted Indian security agencies that the mastermind of the deadly Dhaka cafe terror attack may have fled to India, amid a nationwide manhunt to track down the Bangladeshi-Canadian.
Kabul: A Taliban truck bomb blasts a hotel for foreigners in Kabul, triggering a seven-hour gun and grenade assault in which a policeman is killed as the attack highlights the growing insecurity in a city still reeling from its deadliest attack for 15 years.
Kathmandu: Nepal Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” is all set to become the Prime Minister for the second time as he files his nomination after receiving crucial backing from the agitating Madhesis by signing a three-point pact.
Washington: Donald Trump claims that the US presidential election could be “rigged” as the Republican presidential nominee tried to divert attention away from a disastrous week for his campaign by labelling his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as “the devil”.
Dubai: Three hundred people, mostly Indians, have a miraculous escape today when a packed Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai crash-lands and explodes on the runway here, shutting down one of the world’s busiest airports and killing one of the firefighters.
United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the annual high-level UN General Assembly session here next month and the Indian delegation will be led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, according to the provisional agenda released by the UN here.
Islamabad: Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives here to attend the SAARC Interior Ministers’ conference being held tomorrow during which he is expected to raise the issue of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, designated as global terrorist, and cross border terrorism.
Kathmandu: Maoist chief Prachanda is elected by lawmakers as Nepal’s Prime Minister for a second time, promising to lead the nation toward economic development while working as a bridge between communities following deadly protests over a divisive new Constitution.
Islamabad: A Pakistani government helicopter crash-lands in Afghanistan, with seven people on-board including one Russian, feared to have been taken hostages by the Taliban.
London: An elderly American woman is stabbed to death and five others, including foreigners, are injured when a suspected mentally teen goes on a rampage with a knife in the heart of London, in an assault initially feared to be a terror attack.
Islamabad: In a terse message to Pakistan, India says there should be no glorification of terrorists as martyrs and also called for “strongest nation” against nations supporting terrorism.
Dhaka: An Islamist extremist, accused of murdering a Hindu priest earlier this year and carrying a deadly attack on Bangladesh’s biggest Eid gathering, is killed in a ‘gun fight’ when terrorists attacked a police van transporting him.
Peshawar: A 31-year-old Indian prisoner, sentenced by a military court for possessing a fake Pakistani identity card, is attacked at least thrice by inmates in recent months in a Peshawar jail.