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Digest of international news for week March 28- April 3, 2015

Mogadishu: Blood spattered utensils, bullet- pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers.

United Nations: India strongly condemns the violence perpetrated by extremist groups in the name of religion and ethnicity, emphasising that the need for world community to collectively demonstrate zero-tolerance towards the “strikes at our common humanity” has never been greater.

Singapore: Tens of thousands of teary-eyed Singaporeans today braved torrential rains to bid adieu to the country’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew in a grand funeral attended by a host of world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who described him as one of the “tallest leaders of our times”.

Melbourne: Australia clinches the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup for the fifth time, thrashing New Zealand by seven wickets to provide a perfect farewell gift to skipper Michael Clarke, who played a key role with a 74-run knock in his final ODI appearance.

Dhaka: A 27-year-old Bangladeshi blogger was today hacked to death by three machete-wielding suspected Islamists with two of them being arrested here, a month after a prominent American writer was killed in a similar manner.

London: British Prime Minister David Cameron today launched his election campaign after a courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II, warning voters that a strong leadership was needed in a “dangerous” world and they faced a “stark choice” in the polls that seem to be too close to call.

London: A video showing a Sikh man being brutally beaten up on a crowded street in Birmingham, the UK’s second-largest city, went viral on Internet, prompting the police to launch a probe into the suspected hate crime.

Abuja: Nigeria’s former military leader Muhammadu Buhari claimed a historic election victory in Africa’s most populous country today, sending thousands of jubilant supporters into the streets chanting “change, change”.

The Hague: Palestine formally joins the International Criminal Court today, a move the Palestinians hope could open the door to the possible prosecution of Israelis for alleged war crimes.

Dhaka/Dubai: Left fuming after he was denied the honour of handing over the World Cup winners’ trophy, Mustafa Kamal today resigns as ICC President and launched a scathing attack on the world cricket body’s Chairman N Srinivasan, calling him “rotten”.

London: More than 2,000 people were today evacuated from buildings in central London as toxic smoke filled the streets after an electrical fault triggered a massive underground fire near the Indian High Commission here as well as the London School of Economics (LSE).

Moscow: Rescuers were today searching freezing waters off Russia’s Far East after a fishing boat sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, possibly after a collision, with the loss of at least 54 lives.

Aden: Yemeni rebels storms President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s palace in his former southern stronghold Aden today, dealing a symbolic blow to the self-exiled leader despite a week of Saudi-led air strikes.

Geneva: After marathon talks, the world powers and Iran today agrees on the framework of a potentially historic deal aimed at scaling back Tehran’s nuclear programme and relieving the Islamic Republic from the sanctions.

Garissa (Kenya): At least 147 students were massacred when Somalia’s Shebab Islamist group attacked a Kenyan university today, the government says, after the deadliest attack in the country since US embassy bombings in 1998.

Beijing: Breaking decades-old practice of not prosecuting retired top communist party leaders, China today charged its former security czar Zhou Yongkang for bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets, capping President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive against “tigers and flies”.

Paris: The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight repeatedly sped up the plane as he used the automatic pilot to descend the A320 into the Alps, the French air accident investigation agency says.

Kathmandu: India today underlines the need for an early promulgation of Nepal’s new Constitution by forging consensus among political parties and offered help in attaining the country political stability and economic prosperity.

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