close

News WrapGet Handpicked Stories from our editors directly to your mailbox

The week that was, in pictures

Highlights of the events that happened around the world last week.

Interim budget

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on February 1, presented the final Budget of Narendra Modi government's current tenure.

This was an interim Budget, keeping in view the elections which are just months away.
 

(Photograph:Reuters)

US polar vortex

Frostbite warnings were issued for parts of the US Midwest on January 30, as temperatures colder than Antarctica grounded flights, forced schools and businesses to close and disrupted life for tens of millions.

(Photograph:AFP)

Russia suspends INF treaty

Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, after the United States announced it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations.

Moscow's relations with the West are strained over issues including Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, allegations of meddling in the US presidential election and being behind a nerve agent attack in Britain.

(Photograph:Reuters)

Nicolas Maduro VS Juan Guaido

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Saturday, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule after a senior general defected to the opposition and tens of thousands thronged the streets in protest at his government.

As domestic and international pressure on Maduro to step down mounts, a senior air force general disavowed him in a video that circulated earlier on Saturday, expressing his allegiance to parliament head and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido.

(Photograph:Reuters)

Brazil dam collapse

With 121 people confirmed dead and another 226 still missing, according to the latest tally on Saturday, the Brumadinho dam burst could be Brazil's deadliest mine disaster.

The collapse of a Brazilian dam controlled by miner Vale a week ago likely happened because parts of the sand and dried-mud structure dissolved into the liquid, a state regulator said in an interview, similar to what caused another deadly mining disaster less than four years ago.

(Photograph:AFP)

Pakistan court upholds Asia Bibi's acquittal

Pakistan's Supreme Court on January 29, upheld the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who spent years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, dismissing a petition filed by Islamists who have called for her execution.

The decision leaves Bibi, who has been staying at an undisclosed location under tight security, free to leave Pakistan and seek asylum abroad.

(Photograph:AFP)

Jailed Reuters reporters make last appeal

Lawyers for two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years in Myanmar on charges linked to their reporting of the Rohingya crisis lodged an appeal Friday with the Supreme Court — the last chance of a reprieve through the legal system.

Reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, both Myanmar nationals, were arrested in Yangon in December 2017 and later jailed for violating the Official Secrets Act.

(Photograph:Reuters)