Digest for international stories for week Jul 10 - Jul 16, 2021

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Saturday Addis Ababa: Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party on Saturday was declared the winner of last month's national election in a landslide, assuring a second five-year term for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Port-Au-Prince (Haiti): Haiti's interim government said it asked the US to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilise the country and prepare for elections in the aftermath of President Jovenel Moïse's assassination.

Mooi River (South Africa): Supporters of former South African president Jacob Zuma are protesting his imprisonment, burning trucks, commercial property, and blocking major roads in KwaZulu-Natal province. They are demanding that he be released from prison.

Sunday Truth or Consequences (US): Swashbuckling billionaire Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday, bringing astro-tourism a step closer to reality and beating out his exceedingly richer rival Jeff Bezos.

Beijing: China on Sunday said it will take “necessary measures” to respond to the US blacklisting of Chinese companies over their alleged role in abuses of Uyghur people and other Muslim ethnic minorities.

Washington: The Taliban has the momentum right now in Afghanistan as it has gained control over more territories than ever before, the Pentagon acknowledged on Sunday, blaming the civilian leadership rather than the capabilities of the country's military for the group's progress.

Monday Washington: Firefighters were working in extreme temperatures across the U.S. West and struggling to contain wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids.

Kathmandu: In a landmark verdict, Nepal's Supreme Court on Monday directed President Bidya Devi Bhandari to appoint Opposition leader and Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister by Tuesday and dismissed her 'unconstitutional' move to dissolve the House of Representatives for a second time in five months that plunged the country into a major political crisis.

London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed July 19 as his so-called 'terminus date' for an end to all legal lockdown restrictions in England, striking a note of caution.

Tuesday Nasiriyah (Iraq): The death toll from a fire that swept through a hospital coronavirus ward in Iraq climbed to 92 on Tuesday as anguished relatives buried their loved ones and lashed out at the government over the country's second such disaster in less than three months.

Kathmandu: Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday formally became Nepal's Prime Minister for a record fifth time after the Supreme Court's intervention and last-minute hiccups over his appointment letter.

Kabul: A high powered Afghan government delegation, which will include the head of the country's reconciliation council, is to meet the Taliban in Doha to jump-start a long-stalled peace process, two Afghan officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday Washington: The Biden administration said Wednesday that it is prepared to begin evacuation flights for Afghan interpreters and translators who aided the US military effort in the nearly 20-year war.

Peshawar/Beijing: Nine Chinese engineers were among 13 people killed on Wednesday when a bus carrying construction workers in northwest Pakistan's mountainous region was 'attacked', prompting Beijing to ask Islamabad to thoroughly investigate the incident and severely punish the perpetrators.

Kabul: The Taliban are pressing on with their surge in Afghanistan, saying they seized a strategic border crossing with Pakistan on Wednesday - the latest in a series of key border post to come under their control in recent weeks.

Thursday Berlin: More than 40 people have died and dozens were missing Thursday in Germany and Belgium as heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse.

Kathmandu: Nepal's new government on Thursday recommended President Bidya Devi Bhandari to summon the new session of the House of Representatives on July 18, according to a Cabinet minister.

Beijing: China's post COVID-19 pandemic economic rebound showed signs of slowdown as the economy grew at 7.9 per cent in the second quarter compared to a record 18.3 per cent in Q1, while the GDP expanded 12.7 per cent year on year in the first half amid the continued global spread of the coronavirus and unbalanced domestic recovery.

Friday Kabul/United Nations: Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winning Indian photojournalist who worked for Reuters news agency, was killed on Friday in Afghanistan while covering the fierce fighting between Afghan troops and the Taliban militants near a border crossing with Pakistan in Kandahar province.

Rome: Pope Francis cracked down Friday on the spread of the old Latin Mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI's signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics who immediately decried it as an attack on them and the ancient liturgy.

Berlin: More than 120 people have died in devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium, officials said Friday, as search and rescue operations continued for hundreds more still unaccounted for or in danger. PTI MAH MAH

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