Digest of international news for week May 7 – May 13, 2016
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s ruling coalition romps to victory in elections in the country’s largest state, providing some relief for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under fire over allegations of massive graft.
Dhaka: A 65-year-old Muslim Sufi preacher has been hacked to death by unidentified machete-wielding assailants in northwest Bangladesh, two weeks after a liberal university professor was killed in a similar attack claimed by the dreaded ISIS.
Islamabad: Pakistan says the “trust deficit” needs to be removed for better relations with India even as it voices support for any effort to restart the stalled bilateral dialogue between the two nations.
Dhaka: Bangladesh asks Pakistan to refrain from interfering in its internal affairs, two days after it expressed “deep concern” over the death penalty given to fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami chief for the war crimes committed during the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.
Kathmandu: Aiming to transform Nepal from a least developed country to a developing nation in the next decade, President Bidya Devi Bhandari unveils the government’s policies for the next fiscal that accorded priority to self-dependency and post-quake reconstruction.
Washington: An unrestrained Donald Trump has launched a full-scale personal attack on Hillary Clinton, saying she has been an “unbelievably nasty, mean enabler” of her husband’s abusive behaviour against women, raising once again former President Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities.
Manila: Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secures a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals.
Cairo: A massive fire engulfs a hotel and several nearby buildings in a busy commercial area in downtown Cairo, killing three people and wounding 91 others, according to Egypt’s ambulance services.
Beijing: At least 31 people have been killed in a massive landslide that trapped the workers of an under-construction hydropower project in southeast China even as rescuers dramatically pull out 12 persons alive from under one lakh cubic metres of mud and debris.
Dhaka: Fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami has been hanged, becoming the senior most Islamist to be executed for war crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan.
Pyongyang: After a ruling-party congress in which leade Kim Jong Un enshrined his hold on power and his commitment to developing nuclear weapons, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans celebrate with a massive civilian parade featuring floats bearing patriotic slogans and marchers with flags and pompoms.
Beijing: A US warship sails through the disputed South China Sea, the third American vessel in less than a year to pass through the waters near the artificial islands built b China to assert freedom of navigation, triggering an angry reaction from the Communist nation.
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister C P Mainali says ruling parties have discussed the issue of handing over the government’s reigns to Maoist chief Prachanda which can happen at an “appropriate time”, even as Prime Minister K P Oli dismisses rumours about a leadership change.
Baghdad: Three car bombs in Baghdad, including a huge blast at a market in a Shiite area, kill at least 94 people, the bloodiest day in the Iraqi capital this year.
Panama City: The law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal says it is filing suit against the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for the leak of information it says is false.
Dhaka: At least 33 people, including children and women, die in Bangladesh after being struck by lightning during thunderstorms in Dhaka and several other districts.
Washington: Signalling newfound bonhomie, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the powerful House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan meet face to face for the first time and vow to unite the party to ensure victory in the November polls.
Brasilia: Brazil’s acting president Michel Temer name a business-friendly cabinet after his former boss Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office, ending 13 years of leftist rule.
Redzikowo: The United States and Russia accuse each other of mounting an aggressive military presence in northern Europe, with Moscow vowing to “end threats” posed by a US missile shield near its border.
Washington: Amid reports that China and Pakistan are jointly opposing India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, the US says India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for entry into the exclusive club.
Washington: US President Barack Obama warns Russia about its military build-up in northern Europe as he hosts leaders from five Nordic countries at the White House.