New Delhi, 30 March-2014(IANS): With Lok Sabha election less than 10 days away, President Pranab…
scroll: US and UK warn of limitations of air campaign in Syria, US and UK officials stated that airstrikes alone may not be enough to prevent the Islamic State from advancing further into the town of Kobane on the Syria-Turkey border.
While the US-led coalition’s increased airstrikes on the region has pushed back several IS fighters, the extremist group continues its assault in Kobane, controlling almost one-third of the town. Ruling out the possibility of ground troops, the Western allies have considered creating a buffer zone between Syria and Turkey. Violence in Kobane has claimed at least 400 lives and forced more than 160,000 Syrians to flee to Turkey.
China detains pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong
The Chinese police detained eight activists on Wednesday ahead of a poetry reading planned in Beijing to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Among them is well-known Chinese poet Wang Zang, who was arrested from him Beijing home. Another 37 people in mainland China have been detained since last week for supporting the protesters, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Several have been called in for questioning as well.
43 dead in Yemen suicide blasts
Around 43 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a demonstration by Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the capital Sanaa on Thursday. The attacks targetting the Zaidi Shia Houthi group were carried out at the Tahrir Square in Sanaa. Two military bases in Yemen’s eastern provinces were also attacked by suicide car bombings. The attacks come a day after the Houthis rejected the nomination of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as the country’s new prime minister. Although no one has claimed responsibilities for the bombings, authorities suspect the involvement of al-Qaeda.
World Bank criticises global response to Ebola
The president of the World Bank, Jim Kim, on Wednesday said that the international community has failed in its measures to tackle the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has now reached US and Spain. Kim urged western governments to contribute towards a new global health fund of $20 billion. The World Bank estimated that the economic toll of the outbreak could reach $32.6 billion if it continues to spread. The World Health Organisation reported that the epidemic see no sign of abatement as the death toll hit 3,879 on Wednesday.
Thousands protests in Mexico over student disappearances
Tens of thousands of people held marches across Mexico on Wednesday to protests against the disappearance of 43 students last month. Parents of the students fear that a police gang has executed them. The students had clashed with police during a demonstration in the southern town of Iguala and were last seen being forced into police cars. Several activists have joined the search, saying they would conduct a house-by-house search. Meanwhile forensic tests are under way on dozens of bodies found in shallow graves near the town last week.