News Round-Up 5/27/14: Modi + Sharif & Misogyny + Guns

Things that failed to make my breaking news updates from both NYT and WaPo (I blame my phone) — the misogyny-fueled shooting rampage that took place in California this weekend. Tragic and devastating, though unlikely to shift the American mentality that gun control would be an impossible demand and a burden on our nation’s upstanding and rightly-minded gun owners. (Read: Sarcasm.)

Apart from that, I hope everyone (if based in the US/American/etc) enjoyed and reflected on their Memorial Day weekend. Happy Tuesday!

reuters / India's PM Modi is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Sharif after Modi took the oath of office at the presidential palace in New Delhi
reuters / India’s PM Modi is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Sharif after Modi took the oath of office at the presidential palace in New Delhi

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • A woman was stoned to death outside the High Court in Lahore, Punjab by family members after failing to go through with an arranged marriage. She married another man instead, leading to her death. All suspects escaped except her father, who admitted to killing her. According to the Aurat Foundation, around 1,000 women are killed in honor killings in Pakistan every year.
  • A US-based Ahmadi doctor was killed in Punjab.
  • Geo News has apologized for its ISI allegations following the shooting of Hamid Mir.
  • The White House accidentally identified the head of the CIA in Afghanistan over the weekend.
  • A bombing in Kabul killed 2 and wounded 9.
  • As the Afghan runoff election draws near, more than 100 MPs have thrown their weight behind Abdullah.
  • Obama paid a surprise visit to the US troops in Afghanistan on Memorial Day.
  • In a remarkable moment, Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif attended the swearing-in of India‘s new leader, Narendra Modi. As a sign of furthering good will between the countries, Sharif ordered 151 Indian prisoners released ahead of the ceremony. Other leaders were in attendance as well. Via FP: “Foreign leaders in attendance included the heads of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Mauritius prime minister. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bangladesh parliament speaker Shirin Sharmin, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa all attended Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. “

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Thailand’s general says the military’s coup and ousting of the government has the king’s backing.
  • Prime Minister Abe of Japan is laying out an aggressive foreign policy agenda. Plans include accelerating aid to Vietnam in the midst of its conflict with China, as well as other assertive measures.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Nigeria‘s military says it has located a group of young women kidnapped by Boko Haram over a month ago.
  • Blasts in the Nigerian city of Jos have united its Christians and Muslims.
  • An attack on the Somali parliament by terrorist arm al-Shabab have left at least ten people dead.
  • The US is training elite antiterror troops in four African nations: Libya, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania.
  • Citing fraud, Malawi‘s leader has halted the country’s election.

Americas:

Oceania:

Daily Wow: #Yesallwomen.

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