Digest of international news for week Jun 25- Jul 2, 2016
Mogadishu: At least five people are killed in an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu that was swiftly claimed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants.
Beijing: India is preparing a basket of projects worth USD 2-3 billion for funding by Asian Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in several areas including urban development and energy and offered to set up an office of the China-backed bank in New Delhi.
Fallujah: Iraqi forces take the Islamic State group’s last positions in the city of Fallujah, establishing full control over one of the jihadists’ most emblematic bastions after a month-long operation.
London: UK’s Opposition Labour party faces a full-blown revolt after Jeremy Corbyn sacks his foreign secretary which was followed by resignations of other key shadow cabinet members including an Indian-origin minister as differences emerged over the veteran leader’s “lacklustre” handling of the EU referendum.
Kathmandu: More than 8,000 pillars along the India-Nepal border will be linked to a Global Navigation Satellite System, allowing authorities for the first time to effectively manage the over 1,700-km-long porous boundary.
Washington: India becomes a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) would strengthen international non-proliferation, the US says asserting that New Delhi has demonstrated a “sustained commitment to non-proliferation”.
London: Outgoing UK Prime Minister David Cameron hails “important partner” India in his first Parliament statement since the country voted to leave the EU and said Britain must not turn its back on Europe or the rest of the world.
Istanbul: At least 10 people are killed in a suicide attack at the international terminal of Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, says Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.
Karachi: A Hindu reporter in Pakistan’s state-run news agency has been barred from drinking water in the same glass and sharing utensils with other Muslim staff at the office after his colleagues found out his religion.
Istanbul: Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 42 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, apparently targeting Turkey’s crucial tourism industry. The government blamed the attack on Islamic State extremists but there was no immediate confirmation from the group.
Islamabad: India was “shying away” from peace talks with Pakistan to avoid discussions on Kashmir and other issues, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says.
Islamabad: India is ready for talks with Pakistan but a “right atmosphere” is needed before any dialogue could be resumed, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bombawale says.
London: Britain’s powerful Home Secretary Theresa May launches her bid to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron as the front-runner Boris Johnson in a surprise announcement rules himself out of contention, making the race for Conservative party leadership a five-way contest.
Dhaka: Islamic State terrorists storm a crowded restaurant in Dhaka’s high-security Gulshan diplomatic area and take hostage at least 20 people including foreigners, triggering a fierce gunbattle with Bangladesh security forces in which two cops were killed and 30 injured.
Dhaka: A Hindu priest and a Buddhist leader are brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding ISIS militants while another Hindu man survived a bid on his life in Bangladesh, the latest in a series of vicious attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.