Weekly News Highlights: Top 6 stories from April 17 to 23

Weekly News Highlights: Top 6 stories from April 17 to 23

Cover credit: The Guardian and Reuters via BBC News

Cover credit: The Guardian and Reuters via BBC News

Following is a review of the most important world events that marked last week.

1. Kabul explosion

A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul, left at least 64 people dead. A Taliban spokesman later claimed responsibility for the attack.

2. Mediterranean shipwreck

According to the U.N. refugee agency, up to 500 migrants died Saturday while aboard a large ship that sank in the Mediterranean between the coast of Libya and that of Italy.

3. US elections

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emerged as the winner of the New York primary Tuesday, scoring an important victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Business mogul Donald Trump also won in New York a much-needed victory, beating other Republican hopefuls like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who came in third.

4. Syria conflict

The largest siege evacuations since the beginning of the five-year conflict in Syria have been successfully carried out. More than 500 wounded people from four different besieged towns were relieved, one half from regime-controlled towns and the other half from rebel-controlled towns.

5. Climate change agreement

A record number of countries, at least 175, signed an international and historic climate change treaty, called the Paris Agreement, on Earth Day in New York, vowing to end the fossil fuel era and limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius.

6. Cars scandals

In the U.S., Volkswagen agreed Thursday to buy back nearly 500,000 of its diesel cars, as part of a deal with the country over a diesel emissions scandal.

Germany's top carmakers, Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi, Opel and Mercedes, are about to recall 630,000 vehicles to fix their diesel engine software technology, which is thought to be causing pollution, according to the Guardian.

In Japan, officials have raided an office of Mitsubishi Motors after it was found that some of its employees had intentionally altered test data on four types of vehicle, to exaggerate their fuel economy. The scandal wiped about 40 percent off the carmaker's market value.

Also in the news:

  • Brazil's lower house of congress voted Sunday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Thousands in different Brazilian cities took to the streets to celebrate the vote. Rousseff vowed to keep fighting for her position. In New York to sign the climate change accord, she told foreign media she was "innocent."
  • Ecuador earthquake death toll reached nearly 650.
  • American pop singer Prince passed away at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota, his publicist told AP Thursday. He was 57.
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