News Round-Up 5/2/14: Elections Near Their End & The Ukraine Explodes

reuters / trucks carry displaced muslims out of the central african republic
reuters / trucks carry displaced muslims out of the central african republic

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • A report shows that terrorists targeted populated areas in South Asia in 2013, taking care to hit cities and densely populated spaces where maximum impact would be felt.
  • The World Bank has approved three loans for Pakistan worth approx. $1.125 billion.
  • In horrifying environmental news, 10 people died due to lack of oxygen while passing a canal filled with chemical waste in D.I. Khan.
  • A shutdown call brought Karachi to a halt after the MQM called for a day of mourning for four of its killed party members.
  • PTI head Imran Khan has announced a boycott of the Jang and Geo group.
  • Shahid Afridi, potentially the dumbest man in sports, has recently been enjoying the company of notorious Gen. Musharraf.
  • Culture: Where are the women tabla players?
  • A suicide attack has killed 12 people in Afghanistan‘s Panjshir province. The area has previously been a “bedrock” of anti-Taliban resistance and relatively safe.
  • Hundreds are feared dead in Afghan landslide.
  • “Snoopgate” will have a judge and will likely not be investigated until after the Indian election is over. The case concerns likely future Prime Minister Modi’s alleged spying on a young woman in Bangalore using state materials.
  • AAP’s challenge to Modi is unlikely to be successful but remains impressive nonetheless.
  • On visas, it’s India v. Pakistan.
  • Nepalese Sherpas in New York reflect on the ramifications of the avalanche thousands of miles away.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Updates on the missing Malaysian plane: Officials failed to report it missing for 17 minutes.
  • A bombing in China has the country on lockdown.
  • A UN envoy says Burma/Myanmar must give an official status to its Muslims. The country has recently come under fire for what is essentially ethnic cleansing bordering on genocide perpetuated by its Buddhist majority.

Eurasia & Europe:

Middle East & North Africa:

Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:

  • The international community (and social media) have finally taken an interest in the 200+ kidnapped girls taken by (allegedly) Boko Haram in Nigeria. The militants are reportedly willing to consider releasing the girls.
  • Meanwhile, another bomb believed to be planted by Boko Haram killed at least 15 people on the outskirts of Abuja.
  • In South Sudan, US Sec. of State John Kerry is at work brokering peace.

Americas:

 

Daily Wow: No choice but to protest and take pictures (Benedict Fernandez, a young man without a cause, took some extraordinary pictures of the civil rights movement in the 1960s). |  A twist on the soldier returns home to a loved one video.

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