International news for the week
Washington: Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 Nations reiterated their commitment to boost global growth by 2 per cent, or over USD 2 trillion, over the next five years and achieve exchange rate flexibility.
Kano: Suspected Boko Haram Islamists killed at least 60 people in Nigeria’s troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official say.
Kabul: Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading his closest rival Ashraf Ghani in the Afghan presidential election, the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) says.
Perth: Amid fears that batteries of the crashed Malaysian plane’s black boxes may have died, authorities began to narrow the search area in the Indian Ocean to deploy an underwater drone to spot the debris.
Beijing: India voiced its concern to China over its plan to build a multi-billion dollar Economic Corridor to Pakistan through POK, even as it assured Beijing of its commitment to consolidate strategic bilateral ties.
Abuja: A bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital killed 71 people and wounded 124, with the president blaming the attack on Boko Haram Islamists.
Izyum (Ukraine): Russia warned that Ukraine was on the brink of “civil war” after Kiev’s leaders pushed troops and tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city to counter a separatist surge backed by Moscow.
Perth: The first mission of the robotic submarine deployed to locate the crashed Malaysian jet’s wreckage has failed to detect any “objects of interest” after its search was cut short as the US Navy warned the hunt for the plane could take up to two months.
New York: India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems “3 Sections.”
Jindo (South Korea): South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 475 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.
Peshawar: In a major setback to peace talks, the Pakistani Taliban refused to extend the 40-day “gift of ceasefire” but says they were committed to the process the government initiated to find a solution to the decade-long insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives.
Geneva: Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU reached a surprise deal on de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis, in a ray of hope for the former Soviet republic that has plunged into chaos.
Perth: A mini-submarine deployed to locate the missing Malaysian plane’s wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean has completed a full 16-hour mission at its third attempt, authorities say.
Jindo (South Korea): The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago was reportedly arrested, as divers overcame strong currents and near zero visibility to enter the submerged vessel for the first time.
Kathmandu: A massive avalanche struck Mount Everest killing at least 12 Nepalese Sherpa guides and injuring 10 others in the deadliest mountaineering accident on the world’s highest peak.
Mexico City: Tributes poured for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author whose “magical realism” told epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America.