Here is CurrentHow’s daily briefing for the 18th of September, 2016:-
1. New York City shaken by a bomb explosion, 29 people injured:-
A major explosion rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea district on Saturday night, leaving 29 people injured. New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, has declined to speculate on the cause of the explosion, however, he has suggested that initial investigations have not found out any links with any terror group. New York police conducted a sweep of the neighbourhood following the blast and found out a “secondary device” three blocks away, which is reported to be a pressure cooker bomb. Investigations are still underway at the time of writing this post.
2. 17 Indian soldiers killed in a major terror attack in Kashmir, India blames Pakistan based terror group for the attack:-
In the biggest terror attack striking India since 2014, 17 soldiers of Indian Army were killed and 19 were injured in Uri, Kashmir. Reports indicate that the attack was carried out by 4 gunmen who were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and grenades. The attack happened during the early hours of morning when most of the soldiers were asleep in the barracks. The terrorists were killed after a 3 hour gun-battle with the security forces. India’s Home Minister has officially stated that the attack bore the hallmarks pf Pakistan-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). The incident has increased tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan with India blaming Pakistan for sponsoring the attack.
3. U.S. -led forces strike Syrian army troops ‘unintentionally’. U.N. Security Council holds an emergency meeting:-
The U.S. led coalition in Syria striked Syrian troops ‘unintentionally’ just days after a ceasefire between the United States and Russia came into effect. The airstrike killed 67 Syrian soldiers, further weakening the already fragile ceasefire. U.S. has expressed ‘regret’ for the unintentional loss of lives. The U.S. maintains that it targeted what it believed were ISIS militants and halted the strikes as soon as it found out that it was bombing Syrian troops instead. The United Nations’ Security Council was convened for an emergency meeting late on Saturday night. The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that it is preparing a “suitable response” ro the incident.
4. At least 12 people die in Thailand as a tourist boat capsizes, massive search and rescue operation underway:-
12 people died and dozens of people are still missing after a tourist ferry in Thailand capsized. The dead include seven women, four men and one boy, the deputy governor of Thailand’s Ayutthaya province informed. The Thai Coast-Guard was still engaged in the search and rescue operation at the time of writing this post. Road and boat accidents involving tourists are common in Thailand where safety standards are sometimes well below international norms.
5. Income rise weakens Donald Trump’s claims of poverty rise:-
The jump in U.S. household income in 2015 has weakened White House hopeful, Donald Trump’s case for radical reform. The census data shows that the poverty levels in the U.S. are at the lowest since the 2008 financial crisis, boosting Hillary Clinton’s claims that current President Barack Obama adopted excellent financial policies. Median household income was up by 5.2% to $56,516. Poverty decreased by 1.2%, the largest drop in 5 years.