Digest of international news for week Oct 31 – Nov 6, 2015
Dhaka: A Bangladeshi publisher, who worked with slain atheist writer and blogger Avijit Roy, was today hacked to death by unidentified assailants here, shortly after two secular bloggers and another publisher of Roy were attacked in a separate incide
Cairo: All the 224 people, including seven crew members, on board a Russian Airbus aircraft were killed today when it crashed in a mountainous region in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for which the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility.
Bucharest: At least 27 people were killed and more than 160 injured after a fire ripped through a nightclub in Bucharest late last night, in one of the worst accidents to hit the Romanian capital.
Dhaka: Angry protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh today blaming the government’s inaction for the murders of secular writers and publishers in the country, even as the Home Minister termed the attacks claimed by al-Qaeda in the Indian sub-continent as “isolated incidents”.
Jakarta: Emphasising that India and Indonesia share similar aspirations, Vice President Hamid Ansari today says the time is ripe for the two countries to work together in international forums like the WTO and the UN and look to bring more equity into the international order.
Beijing/Shanghai: China today unveils its first homegrown large passenger plane, fulfilling the Communist giant’s long-held dream of challenging the dominance of western aviation giants like Boeing and Airbus in the global commercial aviation market.
Kathmandu/New Delhi: An Indian youth was today killed when Nepalese police opened fire on protesters near the Indo-Nepal border, prompting a “concerned” India to ask its transporters to exercise caution and not endanger their lives, in an advisory which may deepen the supply crisis in Nepal.
Islamabad: Pakistan has acknowledged for the first time that the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah is a wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba and asked broadcasters to refrain from covering such terror groups.
Baghdad: Ahmed Chalabi, a key lobbyist for the US invasion of Iraq who was blamed for providing false intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to justify it, died of a heart attack today, parliament says.
Kathmandu: At least 33 people, including an infant and a dozen women, were today killed in northern Nepal near the Tibetan border when a packed passenger bus veered off and fell from a cliff, police says.3
Ottawa: Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister today before a packed, flag-waving crowd, almost 50 years after his father took on the job.
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked as the world’s ninth most powerful person by Forbes magazine in a 2015 list which is topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kuala Lumpur: India today sought early conclusion of a code of conduct by consensus for the strategic South China Sea as defence ministers of Asia-Pacific met here amid concerns over rising assertiveness by China in the disputed waters.
Kathmandu: Nepal and China today agrees to open seven more border trading points to facilitate flow of essential goods to the landlocked country, days after they ended India’s monopoly over fuel supplies to Nepal, reeling under acute shortage due to blockade of key border point.
Male: Maldivian Vice President Ahmed Adeeb was today impeached by the Parliament overwhelmingly over an alleged attempt to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen and faces terrorism charges as lawmakers approved state of emergency in the island that has sparked concerns globally.
Paris: An analysis of black boxes from the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt point to a bomb attack, sources close to the probe says today, as Moscow halted flights to the country.
Kathmandu: Amid strain in India-Nepal ties, Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae today calls on President Vidya Devi Bhandari and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations.
Paris: The UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) says today it had approved its first financing of projects to help developing countries fight global warming, three weeks before a summit opens in Paris to ink a climate rescue pact.