11 October 2015

Nepal elects Communist party leader new prime minister

In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 file photo, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, center right, Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist leader Khadga Prasad Oli, center, and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, center left, shake hands after the final constitution process at Constitution Assembly hall in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nepal’s 598 members of parliament will select the nation's new prime minister on Sunday, Oct. 11, choosing between Koirala and Oli. Koirala became prime minister in 2014, but the constitution that was adopted last month required him to step down. He is, however, eligible to become prime minister again.
Nepal's parliament elected Communist party leader Khadga Prasad Oli the new prime minister Sunday, thrusting him into the center of daunting challenges, from ethnic protests over the new constitution that has also upset vital neighbor India to rebuilding from April's devastating earthquake.
Oli received 338 votes from the 597-member chamber, Parliament speaker Subash Nemwang announced. Oli defeated his predecessor Sushil Koirala, who received 249 votes.

With Hindu party leading India, beef grows more political

In this Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 photo, a Hindu temple priest Ram Mangal Das caresses a cow at his 'Gaushala' or shelter for cattle, in New Delhi, India. “We should drink cow’s milk, not its blood,” Das said. “If someone attacks mother cow, or eats it, then this sort of reaction should happen,” he said of the killing of a Muslim farmer who was rumored to have slaughtered cows, adding “It is justified.”
The legislator was full of outrage when he arrived in the north Indian village days after the killing of a Muslim farmer who was rumored to have slaughtered cows. A Hindu mob had smashed through the heavy wooden door to the man's home, then beat him to death with his wife's sewing machine.
The legislator's anger, though, was not about the killing. Instead, Sangeet Som was furious that men had been arrested in the attack in the village, just 30 miles from New Delhi. Som, a member of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, called the arrests "atrocities on innocent villagers." As for the family of the dead man, he dismissed them as "those cow killers."

Suicide bombings kill 95 people at Ankara peace rally

Bodies of victims are covered with flags and banners as police officers secure the area after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Two bomb explosions apparently targeting a peace rally in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday has killed many people a news agency and witnesses said. The explosions occurred minutes apart near Ankara's train station as people gathered for the rally organized by the country's public sector workers' trade union.
Nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday in Ankara, killing at least 95 people and wounding hundreds in Turkey's deadliest attack in years — one that threatens to inflame the nation's ethnic tensions.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were "strong signs" that the two explosions — which struck 50 meters (yards) apart just after 10 a.m. — were suicide bombings. He suggested that Kurdish rebels or Islamic State group militants were to blame.