Friday , September 21 2018


Hindu shop owner in Bangladesh hacked to death – Police suspect Islamists of murder

DHAKA, May 26, (Agencies): Bangladesh police said Thursday they suspect local Islamists may have murdered a one-legged Hindu shop owner who was hacked to death outside his store, the latest in a wave of killings of liberals and religious minorities. Police had initially said Wednesday’s killing of 60-year-old Debesh Chandra …

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GCC panel mulls draft tax treaties

RIYADH, May 25, (KUNA): The GCC committee on financial and economic cooperation convened an extraordinary meeting on the ministerial level on Tuesday, with Undersecretary of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Finance Khalifa Hamadah leading his country’s delegation. The meeting, chaired by Saudi Minister of Finance Dr Ibrahim Al-Assaf, reviewed a range …

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Pak expresses concern over US drone ‘strike’

ISLAMABAD, May 25, (AP): Pakistan’s military says the country’s army chief met with US Ambassador David Hale to express Islamabad’s serious concerns over the drone strike that killed the former Taleban leader. Wednesday’s military statement says army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif denounced “such acts of sovereignty violations” as “detrimental to …

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‘Muslim pupils’ are not exempt from handshake

GENEVA, May 25, (AFP): Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher’s hand, Swiss regional authorities ruled Wednesday, reversing one school’s controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim pupils wary of touching the opposite sex. Parents or guardians of pupils who refuse to shake a teacher’s hand …

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Twin assaults squeeze DAESH

BEIRUT, May 25, (Agencies): US-backed Syrian fi ghters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists. The operations to the north of IS’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa and near the jihadistheld Iraqi …

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US trains eclectic group of ‘anti-DAESH’ fighters – ‘Darkness’ … enemy

NORTHERN SYRIA, May 24, (AP): Barcham Zana knows her enemy. It is the Islamic State, which she calls “darkness.” Islamic State militants killed two cousins, she said. For her, the group is not an abstract threat. The 20-year-old spoke through a Syrian interpreter at a rudimentary training camp surrounded by …

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Duterte launches vulgar attacks on Church – Bishops branded corrupt

DAVAO, Philippines, May 24, (AFP): Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt “sons of ….” who are to be blamed for the nation’s fastgrowing population. Duterte also warned the Church, which has a centuries-old tradition of …

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Bangladesh hacking probes falter – Bank heist trail goes cold in Manila

MANILA, May 24, (RTRS): More than three months have passed since $81 million was stolen in a brazen cyber-heist from Bangladesh’s central bank and sent to Manila — yet authorities in the Philippines appear no closer to nabbing those who laundered most of the money through a bank and casinos …

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WORLD LEADERS MEET TO FIX ‘BROKEN’ AID SYSTEM – Summit vital to end suffering: Amir

ISTANBUL, May 23, (Agencies): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah stressed on the importance of holding the first World Humanitarian Summit in the Turkish capital amid growing threats on human lives posed by wars, conflicts, and terrorism. “Conflicts and natural disasters have left many people homeless …

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Hackers test defences of Middle East banks

SINGAPORE, May 23, (RTRS): Hackers are probing the defences of banks in the Middle East, targeting employees with infected emails which gather information about the banks’ network and user accounts, FireEye researchers said. FireEye, a US cybersecurity company investigating the February attack on Bangladesh’s central bank in which hackers stole …

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