Saturday , September 22 2018


Local radicals probed in attacks – Students rally against latest killing

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Nov 1, (Agencies): Police in Bangladesh said Sunday that they were investigating the possibility a local radical Islamic group was behind two attacks on publishing houses in the capital this weekend that left a publisher of secular books dead and another critically wounded. The banned group Ansarullah Bangla …

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Russian plane crash kills 224 – I.S. CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY, MOSCOW SAYS UNTRUE

ISMAILIA, Egypt/CAIRO, Oct 31, (Agencies): ARussian airliner carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard. Meanwhile, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah sent a cable of condolences, on Saturday, …

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IS beheads four Iraq Kurdish fighters

BAGHDAD, Oct 31, (AFP): The Islamic State group beheaded four Iraqi Kurdish fighters following a joint raid with American special forces against the jihadists, according to a video posted online. The US-Kurdish operation last week, which freed some 70 people from an IS prison, deepened American involvement in the war …

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Iraqi-born cleric jailed for hailing Paris attack

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct 31, (AP): A Norwegian court has sentenced an Iraqi-born cleric to 18 months in jail for praising the slaying of cartoonists at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had lampooned Islam and other religions. The Oslo city court also found Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah …

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Intolerance attacks alarm intellectuals – Secularism enshrined in its constitution

NEW DELHI, Oct 31, (AP): First writers then artists, followed by filmmakers, historians and scientists. The chorus of Indian intellectuals protesting religious bigotry and communal violence grows louder by the week with a single message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi: protect India’s tradition of secularism and diversity. Those protesting are …

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Pakistani mom begs to be reunited with son stuck in India

KARACHI, Oct 31, (AFP): A Pakistani mother whose son has been stuck in India for years begged Friday for them to be reunited after they made contact last month for the first time since 2008. In a story mirroring that of Geeta, the deaf-mute Indian woman who returned to Delhi …

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Little oversight allows Mideast military corruption

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct 30, (AP): The evergrowing, secret defense budgets and poor oversight of militaries in the Middle East make them susceptible to corruption and more vulnerable to extremist violence, a watchdog group warned Thursday. The report by London-based Transparency International comes at a time of multiple military …

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Boko Haram ‘most wanted’ posters released

LAGOS, Oct 30, (AFP): Nigeria’s army has released a poster of its 100 “most wanted” Boko Haram suspects, appealing to the public for information about their whereabouts. The poster, published in English and the local languages of Hausa and Kanuri, and with three hotline numbers, was launched on Wednesday in …

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17 children die as 3 boats sink

ATHENS, Oct 30, (AFP): At least 17 children drowned when three boats sank en route from Turkey to Greece, officials said Friday, the latest tragedy to strike migrants braving wintry seas to seek asylum in Europe. Nine adults also lost their lives when the boats went down, with the drownings …

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‘Drop beef film’

The organisers of an Indian film festival said Friday the government had pressured them to drop a documentary on the beef industry, amid a heated debate about beef eating in the majority-Hindu country. Officially secular India is the world’s biggest exporter of beef, but the slaughter of cows — which …

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