International News for the week
International news for week – Mar 1 to Mar 7, 2014
Beijing: Twenty-eight people were killed and 113 others injured in a ‘violent terrorist attack’ when a group of unidentified men armed with knives attacked a railway station in China’s southwestern Kunming city.
Cairo: Egypt’s new cabinet led by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb was sworn, with army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi retaining his position as the defense minister.
Bangkok: Normalcy slowly returned to the troubled Thai capital after a partial scaling down of protests against the government though the reprieve was seen as temporary as a key opposition leader has vowed to intensify the campaign against embattled Premier Yingluck Shinawatra.
Kiev: Ukraine warned it was on the brink of disaster and called up all military reservists after Russia’s threat to invade its neighbour drew a sharp rebuke from the United States and NATO.
United Nations: Amid escalating tensions in Ukraine, UN chief Ban Ki-moon spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed grave concern over Russian forces seizing control of the Crimean peninsula and asked him to engage in direct dialogue with the authorities in Keiv.
Islamabad: Suicide attackers stormed a court complex in a rare gun and bomb attack in the heart of the Pakistani capital, killing at least 11 people including a judge and young lawyers.
Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a strong pitch for a ‘collective vision’ among South and East Asian countries to effectively deal with security challenges emanating from international terrorism, transnational crime and drug trafficking to bring about peace, stability and development in Asia as a whole.
Los Angeles: Steve McQueen’s slavery drama “12 Years A Slave” scripted history by becoming the first film by a black director to win the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy awards where Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space drama ‘Gravity’ won seven trophies.
Nay Pyi Taw: BIMSTEC leaders resolved to expeditiously conclude an agreement on trade in goods to promote commerce among member nations India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal.
Nay Pyi Taw: Brushing aside opposition from DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa but did not give him any assurance on which way India will vote on a UNHRC resolution for an independent international probe into rights abuses during the war with LTTE.
Nay Pyi Taw: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina raised the issue of delay in the signing of the long-pending agreement on Teesta river water sharing treaty during her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who conceded that it is a ‘difficult’ issue and said efforts to forge consensus on it in India are underway.
Washington: US First Lady Michelle Obama has felicitated Indian acid attack victim Laxmi after she won the International Women of Courage Award for successfully leading the campaign against acid attacks on women in India.
Baghdad: Bombings targeting shoppers across central Iraq and clashes near the militant-held city of Fallujah killed at least 42 people, authorities say.
Washington: US President Barack Obama slapped sanctions and placed restrictions on individuals supporting the Russian incursion and activities undermining democratic processes in crisis-hit Ukraine, the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.
Beijing: China has extended its rail network in Tibet up to Xigaze, close to the Indian border in Sikkim, a step that would provide its military a strategic capability to easily move troops and weapons in the remote Himalayan region.
Islamabad: Pakistan would launch a full-scale military operation against the Taliban if the banned militant group violated the ceasefire they announced last week, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif warned.
Simferopol (Ukraine): Top Russian lawmakers welcomed the prospect of Crimea joining the country, despite stiffening sanctions on Moscow over the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.