20 people burnt in Kishoreganj, Chi...

REF: At least 20 people have burnt in three incidents of firebombing in Kishoreganj, Chapainawabganj and Chittagong amid a BNP-sponsored nationwide bl...

Nusra Front claims assault on Alepp...

REF: The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front, has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the intelligence headquarters of Syria's air for...

India’s Maharashtra state ban...

REF: Maharashtra, one of India's most populous states, has introduced a ban on beef so strict that even possession could land a person in jail for fiv...

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Bangladesh police arrest suspect in...

REF:Bangladesh security forces have arrested a suspect in the killing of a Bangladeshi-American writer who was a prominent critic of religious extremi...

20 people burnt in Kishoreganj, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj firebombings

REF: At least 20 people have burnt in three incidents of firebombing in Kishoreganj, Chapainawabganj and Chittagong amid a BNP-sponsored nationwide blockade and a shutdown.

All three attacks took place around 11pm on Wednesday, police said.

 

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Nusra Front claims assault on Aleppo security forces

REF: The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front, has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the intelligence headquarters of Syria’s air force.
At least 20 members of the security forces and 14 rebels were killed in the attack at the government building in West Aleppo on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

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India’s Maharashtra state bans beef

REF: Maharashtra, one of India’s most populous states, has introduced a ban on beef so strict that even possession could land a person in jail for five years, officials have said.

 

The country’s Hindu majority considers cows sacred, and several states have already banned their slaughter.

 

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Bangladesh police arrest suspect in blogger’s murder

REF:Bangladesh security forces have arrested a suspect in the killing of a Bangladeshi-American writer who was a prominent critic of religious extremism.

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The arrest of Farabi Shafiur Rahman on Monday came four days after attackers wielding meat cleavers killed Avijit Roy as he walked with his wife on a crowded pavement in the capital Dhaka on February 26.

 

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Netanyahu says Iran deal threatens Israel’s security

REF:The Israeli  prime minister has delivered a speech before America’s largest pro-Israel lobby, to make a case against a nuclear deal the US administration is negotiating with Iran.

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to members of the American Israel Pubic Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington DC on Monday, telling attendees that the deal is a threat to Israel’s security.

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Egypt’s ‘terrorist’ labelling of Hamas prompts protests

REF: Protests have broken out in the Gaza Strip against an Egyptian court’s decision to declare Hamas a “terrorist” organisation, just weeks after the Palestinian group’s armed wing was given the same designation.

 

A judicial source told AFP news agency that the court issued the verdict on Saturday, a ruling seen as in keeping with a systematic crackdown on Islamist groups by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

 

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Continue with classes, exams amid agitation: UGC to universities

REF: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities to continue with their academic activities amid the BNP-led coalition’s non-stop transport blockade and shutdowns.

 

The instructions were issued after a meeting on Sunday that brought together UGC officials and the vice-chancellors of universities.

 

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Arrest warrants out for Khaleda Zia in graft cases

REF: Arrest warrants are out for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and two others in corruption cases involving embezzlement of over Tk 50 million.

Dhaka’s Third Metropolitan Special Judges Court, which is hearing the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases, scrapped the bail for the former prime minister as she failed to appear in a hearing on Wednesday.

 

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Avalanches kill scores in Afghanistan’s northeast

REF: More than 100 people have been killed in avalanches that buried homes in the northeastern Panjshir Valley, officials have said.

 

The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, said Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy director of the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority.

 

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Manna sued for inciting army

REF: Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who showed interest to help foist an unconstitutional military rule on Bangladesh, has been arrested on charges of inciting the armed forces to revolt.

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The former student leader recently made headlines by warning of a military takeover unless the government had dialogue with the BNP to end the political crisis.

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