Digest of international news for week March 5 – March 11, 2016
United Nations: Nearly 70 allegations of sexual exploitation were received by the UN against its peacekeepers last year with no Indian personnel involved in any wrongdoing, according to the world body’s new report.
Aden: Yemeni authorities blame the Islamic State group for an attack on a care home run by missionaries that killed 16 people, including an Indian nun, and was condemned by Pope Francis as “diabolical”.
Kabul: The Taliban refuses to hold direct peace talks with the Afghan government, dealing a blow to international efforts to revive long-stalled negotiations aimed at ending the deadly 14-year insurgency.
Saint-Denis De La Reunion: A resident on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion who last year found a wing fragment from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says he has come across a second possible piece from the missing plane.
Hilla (Iraq): A truck bomb explodes at a crowded checkpoint outside the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, killing at least 47 people, officials and medical sources say.
Lahore: Pakistan asks India to send all the 24 Indian witnesses to depose before the anti-terrorism court holding the Mumbai attack trial, the chief prosecutor in the high-profile case says.
Washington: A US drone strike on a Shebab training camp in Somalia over the weekend kills more than 150 fighters who were planning a “large-scale” attack, the Pentagon says.
Peshawar: At least 17 people die and 31 others get injured when a suicide bomber blows himself up in a crowded court in Pakistan’s restive northwest, an attack the Taliban terms as revenge for the execution of liberal Punjab province governor Salman Taseer’s Islamist assassin.
Seoul: North Korea threatened pre-emptive and “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States today, as the two allies kicked off their annual, large-scale military exercises.
Kathmandu: Three-time Nepal prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected the new president of Nepali Congress, the country’s largest democratic party, in a run-off poll, succeeding late premier Sushil Koirala.
Tunis: Prime Minister Habib Essid praises Tunisia’s military and security forces for their response to the deadly assault by extremist attackers near the Libyan border.
Beijing: In a rare public display of annoyance towards North Korea, China says it will not support its reclusive ally’s pursuit to acquire nuclear weapons and missiles but will provide security assistance if war breaks out in the Korean peninsula.
United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges Iran to act with caution and moderation after Tehran carried out missile tests over two days this week.
United Nations: India is among the 12 nations that will be the focus of a new multi-country initiative by the UN to end child marriage and to help protect the rights of child brides, whose number can reach one billion by 2030.
Washington: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here this month, India and the US have agreed to work together to achieve “concrete results” to deepen their close collaboration on several issues, including the fight against LeT and JeM blamed for many terror attacks in India.
Washington: The US Senate votes to defeat a bill seeking to block USD 700 million sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan even as some top lawmakers called Pakistan an “unreliable” ally and questioned its commitment in fighting terrorist organisations.
United Nations: India reaffirms that new permanent members in a reformed Security Council must get veto power but suggested that its use be deferred to a review conference as “a willingness for compromise”.
Beirut: The UN envoy for Syria calls for elections in the war-ravaged country in 18 months, as the opposition announced it will attend fresh peace talks next week.
Naypyidaw: A trusted aide of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi was a step closer to becoming the country’s first civilian leader in generations after sailing through a parliamentary vote today, while the still-powerful military put forward a hardline retired general as its vice president nominee.
Washington: Donald Trump sticks to his controversial remarks of “Islam hates us”, drawing flak from his Republican rivals as they engaged in a show of civility in their latest face-off, with one of them warning the presidential frontrunner of consequences of such statements.