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
Oli received 338 votes from the 597-member chamber, Parliament speaker Subash Nemwang announced. Oli defeated his predecessor Sushil Koirala, who received 249 votes.
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
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."
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
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.