International news for the week
International news for week - March 15- March 21, 2014
Kiev: Ukraine accused Russia today of invading a region bordering Crimea and vowed to use ‘all necessary measures’ to ward off an attack that came on the eve of the peninsula’s breakaway vote.
United Nations: Russia today vetoed a UN Security Council resolution drafted by the US declaring the referendum in Crimea invalid, even as close ally China abstained, isolating Moscow further on the Ukraine crisis.
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian investigators suspect that the communication system in the missing aircraft was deliberately disabled and its transponder switched off before the plane veered from its path and flew for more than seven hours.
Simferopol (Ukraine): Crimeans voted overwhelmingly today in favor of joining former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation amid the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
Kano: At least 100 people were killed in the religiously divided centre of Nigeria this weekend, local officials say, as tensions between Muslim-dominated herdsmen and mostly Christian farmers again turned deadly.
Karachi: A Hindu temple and a dharmashala have been set on fire by a frenzied mob in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province over alleged desecration of a holy book, marring Holi celebrations and prompting authorities to impose a curfew in the area.
Paris: Paris has leapt into the headlines over an alert for dangerous atmospheric particles, yet it does not ordinarily count among the world’s most polluted cities that include Ludhiana and Kanpur in India.
Washington: The US and the EU today imposed sanctions on a number of top Russian officials, including presidential aides, and lawmakers for their alleged actions in Crimea that violated Ukraine’s sovereignty, worsening the most serious East-West crisis since the Cold War.
Kuala Lumpur: Amid mounting evidence that disappearance of the Malaysian plane was a deliberate act, authorities say the last words heard from the cockpit were spoken by the co-pilot even as investigators probed the possibility of pilot suicide.
Moscow: With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia today, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia’s vital interests.
Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra lifted a nearly two-month-old emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas and replaced it with a security law after political violence against her government eased.
Beijing: China ruled out involvement of its nationals on board the missing aircraft in a hijack attempt, but launched search operation on its own territory in Tibet and Xinjiang after inputs that the Malaysian plane might have flown to Central Asia through the northern corridor.
Kuala Lumpur: Investigators examining a flight simulator seized from the home of the missing Malaysian plane’s pilot have discovered that some data had been erased from it and experts are trying to retrieve it, Defence Minister says.
Dhaka: Former Bangladeshi premier Khaleda Zia and her fugitive son were today charged with corruption by a court here for allegedly collecting nearly USD 1 million in donations for charities named after her late husband.
Beijing: Calling himself a ‘strong proponent’ of friendship with India, Chinese President Xi Jinping today says furthering Sino Indian strategic ties is his ‘historic mission’.
Singapore: Fourteen Indians were today jailed for clashing with a group of people in Singapore’s Little India, a precinct of South Asian businesses where the country’s worst riot in 40 years broke out last year.
Jalalabad: A suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near a police station in eastern Afghanistan while other Taliban insurgents stormed the building today, killing 10 police officers and a civilian, officials say.
Moscow: President Vladimir Putin today made light of the latest US sanctions against his aides over the Ukraine crisis, saying Moscow would hold off on reciprocal punitive measures.
Kabul: The four gunmen were swift as they entered the Kabul hotel, making their way to the restaurant where they pulled out small pistols and began shooting diners in the head, killing nine people, including two Canadians and an Afghan journalist, his wife and two children, officials say.
Perth/Kuala Lumpur: Suspected floating debris of the Malaysian jet may have sunk in a remote part of southern Indian Ocean as a multination team failed to spot them, dashing hopes of a breakthrough in locating the aircraft which mysteriously disappeared two weeks ago.