Digest of international stories for week Sep 10 – Sep 16 2016
Beirut: A day of intense airstrikes on and around the northern city of Aleppo kills at least 45 people, according to opposition activists.
Dhaka: At least 25 people die and over 70 injure, many critically, in a huge fire triggered by a boiler explosion at a packaging factory in Bangladesh, in one of the worst industrial accidents in the country since 2013 when a building collapse claimed more than 1,100 lives.
Baghdad: Two bomb blasts outside a shopping mall in central Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group kills at least 13 people, security and medical officials says.
London: Fifty-five people face arrest after an eight-hour-long armed protest in the West Midlands region of England where a gang of 20-30 sword-wielding men storms a Sikh temple, apparently opposing a mixed race marriage between a Sikh and a non-Sikh couple.
Dar Es Salaam: At least 16 people die and 253 injure in a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that strucks northwest Tanzania, local authorities says.
New York: Hundreds of family members and friends read out the names of the nearly 3,000 people, including Indians, who died in the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago in a solemn ceremony at a memorial built here on Ground Zero as the US commemorates the anniversary of the biggest terror attack on its soil.
Beirut: A US-Russian brokered cease-fire for Syria comes into effect at sunset, with monitoring groups and state media reporting clashes up until the final minutes, and the most powerful rebel groups having yet to commit to the truce.
London: India and the UK are “natural allies” and there is huge scope for collaboration between the two strategic partners in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan says.
London: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron, who quit after losing June 23 Brexit vote, resigns as an MP with immediate effect, saying it was “very difficult” to continue on the backbenches and he wants to avoid becoming a “diversion” for his successor Theresa May.
Karachi: At least two policemen are killed in a roadside blast in the troubled Balochistan province while 13 people injure in two separate suicide bombings during Eid prayers targeting minority Shias in Pakistan’s relatively peaceful southern Sindh province.
London: US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden calls on President Barack Obama to pardon him, says in comments published it had been morally “necessary” to shine a light onmass surveillance.
Geneva/Islamabad: UN High Commissioner on Human Rights asks India and Pakistan to grant it “unconditional access” to both sides on the Line of Control to establish an “objective assessment” of the situation in Kashmir.
United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he was in talks with Russia and the United States to turn up the pressure on all sides in Syria to guarantee the security of a UN aid convoy to Aleppo.
Berlin/New Delhi: German chemical and pharma giant Bayer AG announces acquisition of global biotech major Monsanto for USD 66 billion in largest all-cash deal ever, to create the world’s biggest seed and pesticide firm.
Jerusalem: Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and Nobel laureate, suffers a massive stroke and was in “serious but stable condition” with the Jewish nation praying for 93-year-old veteran politician who first attempted to end the century-old conflict with Palestinians.
Beijing: China successfully launches its second experimental space lab as part of an ambitious programme by the Communist giant to build a manned space station by 2022, the time when US-led International Space Station expects to go out of service.
Bali: Two foreign tourists die and about 20 other people are injured in an explosion on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the Indonesian tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok, police says.
Kuala Lumpur: A piece of aircraft wreckage found in June off Tanzania has been confirmed as coming from the doomed airliner MH370, Malaysia says.
Washington: A senior Islamic State operative, considered the terror group’s information minister, was killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria, the Pentagon says, a week after another raid eliminated a top ISIS leader.
Peshawar: At least 28 people, including five children, were killed and 30 others injured when a Taliban suicide bomber shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ blew himself up inside a mosque packed with worshippers for Friday prayers in Mohmand Agency in Pakistan’s restive northwest tribal region.
Geneva: Stepping up its offencive against Pakistan on the Balochistan issue at the UN Human Rights Council, India says Pakistan is a nation that practises terrorism on its own people and the sufferings of the people of Balochistan are a telling testimony in this regard.