International News for week
Kiev: Ukraine’s jailed pro-Western opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko walks free moments after parliament voted to oust the country’s embattled President Viktor Yanukovych and set new elections for May.
New York: A young Indian-origin mother of two, missing for several days in the US state of Pennsylvania, is found dead under mysterious circumstances in a car and police want to question her boyfriend over her disappearance.
Islamabad/Peshawar: Pakistani combat jets carried out air strikes in the restive northwestern Khyber tribal region today, killing 38 terrorists, including some “important commanders”, days after the government called off a peace process with the Taliban.
Bangkok: Two children and a woman have been killed and nearly 60 others injured in Thailand as anti-government rallies were rocked by an explosion and a drive-by shooting attack in which gunmen lobbed grenades and fired indiscriminately at protesters.
Sydney: Satisfied with the outcome of G20 meeting, Finance Minister P Chidambaram says India’s concerns with regard to withdrawal of US stimulus and the need to expedite IMF quota reforms have been taken on board by the group of rich and developing nations.
Kiev: Ukraine issues an arrest warrant for its ousted pro-Russian president over “mass murder” and appealed for USD 35 billion in Western aid as Moscow denounces Kiev’s new reformist team as illegitimate.
Rome: Hours after India decides not to prosecute two of its marines accused of killing Indian fishermen under the strict anti-piracy SUA law, Italy says the decision was the “fruit of Italian firmness”.
Kano (Nigeria): Suspected Boko Haram Islamists kill 43 people today when they attacked secondary school students as they slept in the latest school massacre to hit Nigeria’s troubled northeast
Colombo: The UN has called for an independent international probe into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka during the final battle with the LTTE, prompting an angry reaction from Colombo which rejects the demand and slammed it as “unwarranted interference”.
Bangkok: Several shots fired by unidentified gunmen have rattled parts of Thailand’s capital, prompting deployment of troops, even as the embattled government sought UN’s mediation to end the persisting political crisis.
Washington: President Barack Obama has threatened to pull all US troops out of war-ravaged Afghanistan by the year end if a crucial bilateral security agreement is not signed.
Baghdad: Bombings in a Shia-majority area of Baghdad and other attacks killed 37 people, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused neighbouring states of backing jihadists in Iraq.
Kano (Nigeria): Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill at least 37 people in three separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, including at a theological college.
Peshawar: The Pakistan government still prefers the option of dialogue with the Taliban though it is prepared to use “other options” if peace talks do not succeed, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says.
Bangkok: Embattled Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra skips her appearance before an anti-graft body over charges related to a populist rice-pledging scheme, even as she shot down anti-government protest movement’s conditional talk offer to end ongoing political deadlock.
Bangkok: The leader of a movement aims at ousting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announces that protests in Bangkok will be shut down this weekend but made it clear that the fight against the government was far from over.
Islamabad: Pakistan says no decision has been made on launching a full-fledged military operation in the restive tribal areas, where air strikes have been carried out against the Taliban after the suspension of a peace process.
Boston: Two Indians are among seven persons charged in a US federal court here with wire fraud for their roles in a stock kickback scheme and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.