International news of week
Bangkok: Thousands of pro-government “Red Shirts” today warned that any attempt to install an unelected premier could trigger a “civil war” as they massed here to take on rival protesters who have launched a “final battle” after the removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Baghdad: Violence in Iraq, including the shelling of a militant-held city, a suicide bombing and shootings, killed 20 people today as officials tallied votes from last month’s parliamentary election.
United Nations: India says the United Nations should “set its house in order” and implement the much-delayed reform of the Security Council before it seeks to embark upon an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.
Dubai: At least nine Indian workers were among 13 people killed when the bus they were travelling in rammed into a parked truck on the busy Emirates road here.
Kabul: Afghan election front-runner Abdullah Abdullah received a major boost to his presidential campaign when Zalmai Rassoul, a close ally of the current leader, endorsed him after withdrawing from the race.
Johannesburg: A victorious President Jacob Zuma has pledged to take forward the legacy of anti-apartheid icon and first black president Nelson Mandela and to work with all South Africans to build a better life for all citizens, after his party secured a thumping victory in the elections.
Donetsk: Pro-Russia insurgents in Ukraine’s Donetsk region declared independence today and asked to join Russia, a day after holding a hastily arranged vote on separatism that Ukraine’s government and its western allies says violated international law.
Abuja: Nigeria rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists.
Kabul: The Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across Afghanistan to mark the start of their spring offensive, storming a government building in the east where attackers killed two police guards and five civilians, and striking a police checkpoint to the south and killing nine policemen.
Kiev: Separatist rebels killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in a bloody ambush in the restive east, rattling efforts by Europe to step up a diplomatic push to resolve the escalating crisis on its doorstep.
Baghdad: Militants unleashed a wave of car bombings in Iraq today, killing at least 34 people and sending thick, black smoke into the Baghdad skies in a show of force meant to intimidate the majority Shiites as they marked what is meant to be a joyous holiday for their sect.
Tel Aviv: For the first time in Israel’s history, a court today sentenced former prime minister Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for his involvement in a real estate project, considered the largest in the country.
Soma (Turkey): Anger and grief boiled over into a violent protest today in the western Turkish town of Soma, where officials say at least 245 miners died in a coal mine explosion and fire.
Abuja: More than 200 schoolgirls began their second month as Boko Haram hostages, with Nigeria’s government indicating it was willing to talk to the militants to secure their release.
Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Najib Razak has admitted that Malaysia “did not get everything right” in the first few days of MH370’s disappearance and called for implementing real-time tracking of airliners, as the search for the crashed jet was hampered by technical troubles today.
Kuala Lumpur: A sinister plot to attack foreign missions in Chennai and Bangalore has been foiled with a South Asian suspect being arrested here for terror activities, Malaysian police say.
Seoul: Prosecutors indicted the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry and three crew members on homicide charges, alleging they were negligent and failed to protect more than 300 people missing or dead in the disaster. Less serious indictments were issued against the 11 other crew members responsible for navigating the vessel.
Kabul: Afghanistan’s election will go to a run-off vote between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, results confirmed, as the country enters a new era without NATO combat troops.
Washington: President Barack Obama congratulated Narendra Modi for his electoral victory during a telephone call and invited him to visit the US at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen the bilateral ties.
Dhaka: Rescuers retrieved more bodies from a sunken ferry in Bangladesh, taking the death toll to 29, as search continued for the second day for over 100 others on the overcrowded vessel that capsized during a storm.
Soma: A maximum of 18 miners remain missing inside a devastated coal mine and the final death toll will be around 300, Turkey’s energy minister says.