April 15 – 17 in a Global Nutshell

April 15 – 17 in a Global Nutshell

April 15, 2013:

As blasts shook Boston, a series of bombings across Iraq killed 31 people and injured over 200. Several cities were hit, including Baghdad, Kirkuk, and Hilla. The sources of the explosions were 20 cars filled with explosives and three roadside bombs. No group has claimed responsibility, although some suspicions surround recent clashes between the Sunni and Shia demographics in Iraq. Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22149863

April 16, 2013:

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit a remote region in Iran, with tremors being felt across the Middle East and into India with 30 people killed in Pakistan from the effects of the aftershocks. Rescue efforts have begun, and both the UN and the US have offered assistance. The quake is believed to be the strongest earthquake to hit Iran in over 50 years. Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22168202

April 17, 2013:

Same-sex marriage has been legalized by New Zealand’s parliament.  The bill amending the 1955 marriage act passed with 77 votes for and 44 votes against. Celebrations about this milestone for equality continue. Some conservative lobby groups continue to oppose same-sex marriage, but since it is now legal there isn’t much they can do about it. Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22184232