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Year-End Supplement

Down memory lane of 2017

Down memory lane of 2017


21: Istanbul: 39 people were killed when a gunman went on a rampage at a nightclub in Istanbul.

South Korea: South Korea calls Trump’s tweet a “clear warning” to North Korea dismissing Pyongyang’s ballistic missile claims.

South Korea: Trade warnings between USA and South Korea over potential ICBM test. If Pyongyang launches anything that threatens the territory of the US or its allies, it will be shot down by Washington.


Malaysia: The massive underwater search for Malaysian aircraft MH370 was called off nearly three years after the airliner had vanished due to the failure of one of the most expensive undersea operations.

USA: Donald J Trump sworn in as the 45th President of America defeating Hillary Clinton in the US election.


Canada: A Canadian student known to have nationalist sympathies was charged with murder in Quebec mosque attack.

USA: Donald Trump’s appeal to restore his controversial travel ban was rejected by US apex court.

USA: Thousands of people protested over the contentious Trump Travel ban at City hall during Super Bowl LI weekend in Houston.

Switzerland: Majority Swiss voters approved lax citizenship rules to make it easier for third generation immigrants to become citizens. The problem of Islam

US President Donald Trump’s apparent shift in stance on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has excited Israelis and alarmed Palestinians though no one is quite sure of what it means.

South Sudan: South Sudan is suffering from “man-made” famine in some parts of the country for more than three years of civil war leaving nearly five million of hungry people.


Iraq: Twenty sis thousand people have fled from West Mosul as the Iraqi forces advanced to retake it being the Islamic State group’s last urban bastion in Iraq.

USA: Republican leaders have pushed health care replacement plan despite revolt, highlighting the deep divisions surrounding US president Donald Trump’s chief legislative priority.

USA: Millions of Americans braced for major snowstorm with blizzards forecast to dump up two feet of snow on the East Coast. The looming storm even forced to postpone the first Washington meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Burundi: About 700 people died from malaria in Burundi with the authorities having registered 1.8 million infections in a rising epidemic.

China: China’s President Xi Jinping and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed to work toward closer US-China ties at the Great Hall of the people in Beijing.

Netherlands: The stolen Van Gogh paintings by the Dutch master returned to Amsterdam Museum more than 14 years after they were ripped off the museum’s wall in a nighttime heist.

New York: The UN said that about 400,000 people are still “trapped” in old city under siege like conditions suffering from food, fuel and electricity for the launch of a massive operation to retake West Mosul.

USA: US President Donald Trump is about to sweep away Obama Climate change policies by signing an executive order to tackle global warming.

Iraq: At least 14 people were killed and 36 people were wounded in IS truck bomb attack at the main southern entrance to the city Baghdad.


Palestine: Israel has approved the establishment of its first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank in 20 years.

Paraguay:  Demonstrators have set fire to the Paraguay Congress during violent protests against a bill that would lift presidential term limits.

Top White House aides’ finances revealed millions of dollars in assets held by its senior staff including President Trump’s family members as well. The disclosures came in a mass document release detailing salaries of several other high profile figures in the administration.

Russia: 10 people were killed and dozens more injured in a blast at the Saint Petersburg Metro in Russia.

USA:  Egypt-US ties are to “reboot” as Trump welcomed Sisi in White House who is the first foreign leader to congratulate Trump after his victory in election.

Syria: US threatens unilateral action if UN fails to act against the chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhun that killed 70 people in Syria.

USA: US forces launched missile strike on Syrian airbase in response to the “barbaric chemical attack on the Damascus regime. The UN Security Council has heard sharp exchanges over the massive military strike at UN emergency talks.

Egypt: Bombings in two Egyptian churches by IS killed more than 44 people. Egyptian President Sisi declared three months of emergency at the Presidential palace after a meeting of the National Defense Council.

Geneva: The United Nations warned of a growing risk of mass deaths from starvation among people living in conflict and drought hit areas of the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria.

12:  G7 group of Nations rejected sanctions on Russia after the chemical attack in Syria.

USA: The US President Donald Trump’s views are evolving harder on Russia and softer on China concluding there’s more business to be done with Beijing than with Moscow.

France: French intelligence service has scientific proof that Syrian government launched the chemical attack in Damascus that killed 87 people.


London: The Turkish government has sacked almost 4,000 more public officials in what appears to be the latest purge related to a failed coup last July.

USA: President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI director James Comey, ousting the man heading a wide-ranging investigation into whether his aides colluded with Russia to sway last year’s US election.

KATHMANDU: Voting began Sunday in Nepal's first local elections for two decades, a landmark moment in the country's fraught transition to democracy

PARIS: Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated as France's youngest ever president on Sunday, saying the country had chosen "hope" and promising to relaunch the flagging European Union.

21: Washington announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia and took aim at Iran as President Donald Trump began a foreign tour looking to leave domestic troubles behind.

22: A suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.

KATHMANDU: Spanish mountaineer Kilian Jornet has set a record for the fastest ascent of Mount Everest without fixed ropes or supplementary oxygen, climbing the world's highest peak in just 26 hours.


KABUL: 90 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital just days into the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Philippine: A masked gunman (IS) set fire to a gaming room at a casino in the capital igniting a toxic blaze that killed 37 people.

London: Rampage at a popular nightlife hub around London Bridge by three men wearing fake suicide vests is third terror attack in Britain in 3 months and came only days before snap elections

DOHA: Qatar moved  to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbours by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of "business as usual" for vital gas exports.

MOGADISHU: A suicide car bombing and armed assault by six Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu ended with at least 18 dead.

PENELA: Raging forest fires in Portugal have killed at least 62 people, most of whom burnt to death in their cars is one of the worst such disasters in recent history.

NASA:   10 new rocky, Earth-sized planets were discovered that could potentially have liquid water and support life.

PARIS: Europe sizzled in a continent-wide heatwave on Wednesday, with London bracing for Britain’s hottest June day since 1976 as Portugal battled to stamp out deadly forest fires

LONDON: Huge cyber-attack hit organizations around the world.


Jakarta: A rescue helicopter crashed while heading to help evacuate residents near an active volcano on Indonesia's main island, killing all eight people on board.

BEIJING: Rainstorms have triggered floods across central and southern China, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and leaving more than two dozen dead or missing.

MOSUL: Mosul becomes ‘graveyard’ for foreign jihadists

The decaying bodies of foreign jihadists are piling up among the ruins of Mosul where the last few dozen Islamic State group fighters are mounting a desperate last stand.

PARIS: A trillion-tonne iceberg, one of the largest ever recorded, has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, scientists who have monitored the growing crack for years.

CAIRO: Assailants killed five Egyptian policemen in a shooting south of Cairo on Friday, in the latest of a series of attacks targeting the country’s security forces

ZAGREB: Firefighters battled to douse wildfires on the Adriatic coast of Croatia and Montenegro as blazes also raged in Italy, France and Portugal. A dozen wildfires had broken out in the villages surrounding Split, a popular tourist destination.


PHILIPPINES:  The Philippine Congress voted to extend President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist gunmen

QATAR: Qatar refuses to bow to Saudi-led demands to “outsource” its foreign policy to resolve the Gulf crisis

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump ousted his beleaguered chief of staff Reince Priebus and replaced him with

Homeland Security Secretary and former general John Kelly after vicious

White House infighting spilled into

 the open.


London: Three defendants have been killed in a court in the Russian capital, Moscow, after they tried to take the arms from security officers

SANTIAGO: Chile's Congress on Wednesday eased a strict ban on abortion in effect since the final days of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship nearly three decades ago

CHENGDU: China evacuated nearly 60,000 people in its mountainous southwest after a strong earthquake killed at least 19 people, rattling a region where memories of a 2008 seismic disaster remain fresh.

Kabul: Taliban insurgents released 235 civilians held since seizing control of an area in northern Sari Pul province

ALEXANDRIA: The death toll from Egypt's train disaster rose to 41 as two drivers were questioned and cranes worked to clear the stricken railway line between Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

LUCKNOW: 60 children have died over five days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages.

FREETOWN: 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless in Sierra Leone by deadly floods in the capital, as aid groups scrambled to coordinate a response

London: Big Ben has fallen silent for major repair work expected to last until 2021

London: Brazil's government has abolished a vast national reserve 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles) in the Amazon to open up the area to mining.

London: India appears to be in the grip of a swine flu outbreak with 1,094 recorded deaths over the past eight months,

CORPUS CHRISTI: Powerful wind and heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey lashed the Gulf Coast of Texas on Saturday, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee

BARCELONA: Tens of thousands of people marched through the heart of Barcelona on Saturday in a defiant display of unity against terrorism, joined by Spain's King Felipe VI -- who nonetheless was the target of jeers by Catalan separatists.

TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday dismissed the idea of inspections at its military sites, reportedly floated by the United States, saying they were not required under a nuclear deal with world powers.


MUMBAI: The death toll from a building collapse in India's commercial capital Mumbai jumped to 33 Friday as activists decried the latest deadly housing tragedy to strike the crowded metropolis.

Bangladesh: 146,000 Rohingyas enter Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Rakhine state.

MEXICO CITY:  32 people die in Mexico’s biggest earthquake in a century.

BEIRUT: Separate Russian and US-led coalition air strikes killed 28 civilians in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province.

POINTE-À-PITRE: Hurricane Maria strengthened Monday as it blasted towards the eastern Caribbean, a region already struggling to recover from mega storm Irma.

BANGKOK: A form of malaria that is resistant to standard treatment has spread to Vietnam for the first time.

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has killed at least 73 Syrian government troops and allied fighters in surprise attacks on their positions in a desert region.


LAS VEGAS: America grappled with the deadliest mass shooting in its history, officials reacted cautiously to an Islamic State group claim that Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, had carried out Las Vegas massacre on behalf of the jihadist group.

TEHRAN: Authorities in Iran's Shiite Muslim clerical capital Qom have banned the use of hookah water pipes in public in a fresh crackdown on smokers

BBC: The French government has said it will not recognise Catalonia if it declares independence from Spain and such a move will mean expulsion from the EU.

ALLAHABAD: An affluent Indian couple (Talwar family) on Thursday won their appeal against a life jail term for the murder of their daughter and a servant in the latest sensational twist of case that divided the nation and inspired a movie and a book.

BARCELONA: Catalonia’s secessionist leader yesterday defiantly called for “democratic opposition” to direct rule imposed by the central government on the semi-autonomous region after its parliament declared unilateral independence.

GENEVA: The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN declared warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement.


BRUSSELS: Catalonia’s sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers turned themselves in to Belgian police yesterday after Spain issued a warrant for their arrest

Xinhua: Typhoon Damrey has claimed 106 lives, left 25 people missing and injured 197 others in Vietnam's central and central highlands regions, the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said yesterday morning.

LOS ANGELES: A US appeals court allowed President Donald Trump to proceed with part of the latest version of his travel ban Monday, but it created an exemption for foreigners with American ties.

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, United States: Four people were killed and nearly a dozen wounded, including two children, when a gunman went on a rampage Tuesday, randomly picking his targets at a school and other locations in rural northern California.

PARIS: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France yrsterday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will

CAIRO: Palestinian factions led by Fatah and Hamas have agreed to hold general elections no later than at the end of 2018, as part of the latest round of reconciliation talks held in Cairo.

HAVANA: Cubans started to cast their ballots at polling stations as municipal elections kicked off in the Caribbean nation on Sunday, marking the first step towards a general election to choose incumbent President Raul Castro's successor.

MIAMI: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in peril from climate change and widespread bleaching, but scientists said Tuesday a small portion may be resilient enough to keep much of the rest alive.



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Random thoughts on 2017 2017 like the previous years had its fair share of tumultuous events and domestic and regional instability. However the political scenario was relatively stable. On the foreign policy arena Bangladesh’s…

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