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India weathers weekend storm, but questions remain on pilgrims’ stampede

Indian officials halt search for stampede victims after weekend of disaster, Iranian leader says nuclear talks in Geneva could be productive, hopefully, and migrants are rounded up in Moscow after a violent protest targeted them this weekend. Today is Monday, October 14, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

A woman cries next to the body of a victim killed in a stampede near Ratangarh temple in Datia district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, October 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Stringer

Stampede, cyclone plague India. Indian officials counted at least 115 pilgrims dead in a stampede that broke out among 150,000 pilgrims gathered at India’s Ratangarh temple in the central state of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday before announcing the end of their search:

Devotees thronging towards the temple across a long, concrete bridge panicked when some railings broke, triggering the stampede, Dilip Arya, a deputy inspector general of police, told Reuters. Many victims were crushed by the crowd while others drowned when they fell or jumped into the fast-flowing Sindh river, swollen by heavy rain. “The death toll has increased to 115 and the rescue operation is over,” Arya said. Most of the dead were women and children. Many pilgrims were injured and in hospital, Arya said. Rescuers had combed the river in the hunt for victims.

Sunday’s incident marks the second deadly stampede at the holy site in seven years. In February, 36 Hindu pilgrims were killed in a charge at the world’s largest religious festival. Some victims blamed police for fuelling the panic by using sticks in an effort to control the crowd. Indian officials were praised for their handling of another disaster that hit India over the weekend:

Nobel Committee surprises with peace prize decision

Nobel Peace Prize goes to chemical weapons watchdog, Lebanese poor attempt dangerous escapes, and decorated activist Malala Yousafzai faces criticism from home. Today is Friday, October 11, the U.N.’s international day of the girl child. Here’s the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus, August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah

And the award goes to… The Nobel Prize Committee announced on Friday that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been awarded the 2013 peace prize. The organization sent a team of experts to investigate a poison gas attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrians in August:

Egyptian police orchestrated Mursi’s downfall

A Reuters report finds that Egypt’s police drove Mursi’s ouster, Libyan PM is kidnapped and promptly released, and exiled Iranian dissidents consider going home. Today is Thursday, October 10, and this is the World Wrap, brought to  you by @dwbronner.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against the military and interior ministry as they march towards Rabaa al-Adawiya, during a protest named “Friday of Loyalty to the Blood of the Martyrs” at Cairo’s Nasr City district, September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Police plot. On January 28, 2011, a group of Muslim Brotherhood leaders staged a violent prison break in Egypt’s Wadi el-Natroun desert, prompting several others across the nation and leaving 200 policemen and security officers dead. Egypt’s Interior Ministry, in charge of Egypt’s state security, riot and other police, has not forgiven the Brotherhood for shedding police blood and, according to a Reuters special report, was the driving force behind former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s overthrow:

Saudi Arabia simmers over U.S.-Iran communication

Riyadh upset with Washington’s moves in the Middle East, Mursi’s trial set for November, and businessmen stay away from dangerous investments in Russia. Today is Wednesday, October 9, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.  

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) has coffee with Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdulrahman upon his arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool

Keep your friends close. Washington’s overtures to Tehran could shake the U.S.’s longstanding friendship with Saudi Arabia, which adds the recent direct communications between President Obama and his Iranian counterpart to a long list of grievances against its Western ally:

Darfur’s gold mines complicate conflict

Fighting in Darfur escalates over gold, information emerges on the target of one failed U.S. mission in Somalia as the consequences of another unfold, and public workers in India strike to protest the splitting of a southern state. Today is Tuesday, October 8, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Gold mine workers wait to get their raw gold weighed at a gold shop in the town of Al-Fahir in North Darfur, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Darfur’s gold rush. Long stricken with sectarian and political conflict, Darfur now struggles with a new source of tension – gold buried beneath the hills of North Darfur in western Sudan:

Libyan factions far from secession as U.S. raid highlights unrest

Rival Libyan factions try for independence, bloodshed continues after weekend violence in Egypt, and Syria wins praise for starting disarmament process. Today is Monday, October 7, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Ali Zeidan, Prime Minister of Libya, addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

Libyan oil battles. Two years after the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year regime, Libya is divided into rival factions striving towards independence and vying for oil:

Assad warns Turkey of consequences for aiding rebels

Assad speaks out against Erdogan in TV interview, Italy postpones search for migrant bodies, and Maduro struggles to fill Chavez’s shoes. Today is Friday, October 4, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (R) speaks during an interview with Italian television station RaiNews24 in Damascus in this handout photograph distributed by Syria’s national news agency SANA on September 29, 2013. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

Assad gives warning. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued harsh words to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Turkey’s Halk TV airing today, warning the leader that Turkey will pay a price for aiding Syrian rebels.

Scores dead, hundreds missing after migrant ship sinks off Italian coast

African migrants drown after ship sinks off Lampedusa, EU gives Turkey the cold shoulder, and India jails former railways minister for embezzlement. Today is Thursday, October 3, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.  

Rescued migrants arrive onboard a coastguard vessel at the harbour of Lampedusa , October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Nino Randazzo/ASP press office/Handout via Reuters

“Like a cemetery.” Italian officials report that at least 100 people died and over 200 were missing in what looks to be one of the worst disasters to hit migrants attempting the dangerous route from Europe to Africa:

Iranian parliament backs Rouhani’s push for dialogue, Israel remains wary

Rouhani gets thumbs up from parliament, Obama cuts short Asia trip, and Nigeria’s economy is in danger ahead of presidential elections. Today is Wednesday, October 2, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani takes questions from journalists during a news conference in New York, September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Stamp of approval. The Iranian Parliament supported President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic push for open dialogue with the U.S. over his country’s disputed nuclear program during the U.N. General Assembly talks in New York. Of 290 parliamentarians, 230 signed a statement of support for the leader, lauding Rouhani’s portrayal of a “powerful and peace-seeking Iran which seeks talks and interaction for the settlement of regional and international issues”:

As U.S. government shuts down, Hagel warns of global implications

Hagel says shutdown will hurt Washington’s reputation abroad, the Pope holds meetings to reform the Vatican, and South Korea flexes its muscles. Today is Tuesday, October 1, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens on speaker phone during a conversation with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and other senior Defense Department officials about the U.S. government shutdown at his hotel in Seoul, October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool

Shut it down. A deadlocked Congress. forcing various Federal operations to shut down after missing a midnight deadline to determine a new budget for the country. The shutdown is the first in 17 years and could furlough up to 1 million government employees, placing them on unpaid leave until the crisis is resolved. Global markets remain steady, but U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, currently in South Korea, warned the shutdown could hurt Washington’s credibility abroad:

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