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US: Iraqi forces lack will to fight...

REF: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has criticised Iraqi forces for showing no will to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ...

Salahuddin may be produced in court...

REF: Meghalaya Police may produce BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed in a local court at 10 am on Monday.   The health condition of Ahmed, now und...

Iraqi army in counter-offensive nea...

REF: Iraqi government forces backed by Shia militias have launched a counter-offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near th...

Mass grave of Rohingyas reportedly ...

REF: A mass grave, believed to contain the bodies of around 100 Rohingyas, has reportedly been found in Malaysian border town of Padang Besar, local m...

US: Iraqi forces lack will to fight ISIL

REF: US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has criticised Iraqi forces for showing no will to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during the fall of Ramadi, in comments dismissed as “baseless” by a senior Iraqi legislator.

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Carter told CNN’s State of the Union programme on Sunday that the Iraqi army failed to take on ISIL despite having a numerical advantage.

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Salahuddin may be produced in court on Monday

REF: Meghalaya Police may produce BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed in a local court at 10 am on Monday.

 

The health condition of Ahmed, now under treatment at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong, is currently stated to be stable.

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Iraqi army in counter-offensive near ISIL-held Ramadi

REF: Iraqi government forces backed by Shia militias have launched a counter-offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the central city of Ramadi.

The Iraqi army, backed by US air support on Saturday, pounded ISIL positions near Ramadi, which ISIL fighters captured last week in an embarrassing setback for the Iraqi government and the US-led coalition against the group.

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Mass grave of Rohingyas reportedly found in Padang Besar of Malaysia, local media say

REF: A mass grave, believed to contain the bodies of around 100 Rohingyas, has reportedly been found in Malaysian border town of Padang Besar, local media say.

Although the exact location of the grave had not been confirmed, sources told the Star Online that Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was expected to hold a press conference.

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ISIL captures strategic Syrian city of Palmyra

REF: Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken full control of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, according to activists and a monitoring group.

The Syrian army has collapsed and ISIL has taken over the city, also known as Tadmur, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.The monitor reported earlier on Wednesday that ISIL had advanced into Palmyra.

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Hundreds of refugees rescued off Indonesian coast

REF: About 400 refugees have been rescued by local fishermen in the Strait of Malacca, off Indonesia’s Aceh province, after reportedly being turned away numerous times from the Thai and Malaysian coasts by authorities.

Khairul Nova, a search and rescue official, said the rescue took place at 2am local time on Wednesday (19:00 GMT Tuesday) and those saved included woman and children. Those rescued were taken to Simpang Tiga village, in East Aceh district, he said.

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Salahuddin, wife meet in Shillong amid outpouring of emotion

REF: BNP leader Salahiddin Ahmed, currently undergoing treatment in the Shillong Civil Hospital, turned emotional after meeting wife Hasina Ahmed on Monday evening.

 

Hasina reached the north-eastern state of Meghalaya from Dhaka via Kolkata.Hasina, who travelled a long distance to meet her husband, could barely spend 15 minutes with him – a brief encounter heavy with emotion.

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Shia groups deployed to retake Iraq’s Ramadi from ISIL

REF: At least 3,000 Shia-led fighters have arrived near Ramadi in Iraq’s western Anbar province, a day after the city’s capture by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

Iraqi military officials said on Monday the fighters entered Ramadi, the provincial capital, from the south and stationed themselves at a military base there.

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Truck driver robbed and stabbed to death at Tongi

REF: Muggers have decamped with money and mobile-phone after stabbing a truck driver to death at Gazipur’s Tongi.The murder took place in Bastuhara area early on Sunday, Tongi Police Station Sub-Inspector Sumon Bhakto said.

The murdered Bulbul Ahmed, 26, was driving a cement-laden truck from Naraynganj to Bogra.Quoting his assistant Tajel Mia, Bhakto said Ahmed took a break at Tongi around 3am.
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Myanmar deflects blame for Rohingya migrant crisis

REF: Myanmar refused to shoulder blame for an escalating migrant crisis and cast doubts on whether it will attend a summit in Thailand later this month aimed at easing an emergency that has left thousands of refugees stranded at sea.

“We are not ignoring the migrant problem, but our leaders will decide whether to attend the meeting based on what is going to be discussed,” said Major Zaw Htay, director of the office of Myanmar’s president.

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