PAKISTAN SCHOOL ATTACK: TALIBAN KILL 132 CHILDREN, 13 OTHERS
In Pakistan’s bloodiest ever terror attack, Taliban militants stormed into the Army Public School in the city of Peshawar and killed atleast 141 people, mostly children. Claiming responsibility for the attack, the group said that it was revenge for killings of Taliban members at the hands of Pakistani authorities.
Police besieged former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s office ahead of the first anniversary of last year’s controversial elections boycotted by BNP, the party she leads.
Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner, the Komeito party, won 326 seats in the 475-member lower house on December 24, 2014, in what comes as a testimony to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies. Earlier, Shinzo Abe had called a snap election to seek a new mandate.
Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told reporters that search teams hunting for the wreck of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 passenger jet have located a fifth large object on the seabed. Flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board en route from Indonesia’s Surabaya city to Singapore on 28 December 2014.
The US has imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to an alleged cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony is the distributor of ‘The Interview’, a satirical comedy that involved a plot to assassinate North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the government to hold a transparent election next year. The Nobel laureate said her party is waiting for a poll date to be set before deciding whether to run.
In an incident that stirred memories of the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai, Indian Coast Guard patrol vessels intercepted a “suspicious” Pakistani boat in the Arabian Sea in early January and subsequently four occupants died after the boat caught fire. Indian authorities said the occupants set their boat on fire.
At least 35 people have been killed and dozens injured after a stampede broke out during New Year’s celebrations in Shanghai, China’s most populous city.
In the wake of the ghastly attack by Tehreek-e-Taliban militants on an Army School in Peshawar, killing 132 children and 13 others, PM Nawaz Sharif Lifted a de-facto moratorium on civilian executions observed since 2008.
The euro fell to a nine-year low against the dollar, facing the possibility of more monetary easing by the European Central Bank.
Leaving behind the freeze in relations since 1961, the US and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic relations in a secretly hammered deal. The agreement also involves an exchange of imprisoned spies and the release of an American contractor, Alan Gross.
Three gunmen entered the office of French satire cartoon journal Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris and shot dead four cartoonists and eight others. The journal had enraged Muslim ultras after it published irreverant cartoons of Prophet Mohammad.
In a surprise visit to Iraq, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to the military campaign against Islamic State militants.
Pro-democracy protests that swept the streets of Hong Kong 11 weeks ago faced a muted ending when the police dismantled the last remaining barricades. The protesters received wide support internationally. However, locally they were criticised by those who seemed sick of the inconvenience caused to traffic.
Kurdish fighters claimed progress in in their fight against IS in the strategically important city of Kobani. They now control at least 80 per cent of the embattled Syrian city, said a monitoring group.
A top South Korean official offered to hold rare high-level talks with North Korea in January to discuss “mutual concerns”.
Russian currency rouble has stabilised over the past week between 50 and 60 roubles to the dollar. However, the annual inflation touched 11.4 per cent in 2014, the highest since the financial crisis of 2008.