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Bangladesh gears up Zika virus prev...

REF: Bangladesh official will meet in a “technical committee” meeting on Thursday to devise a plan to prevent the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Pr...

Zika virus infection ‘through...

REF: A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US.   A patient infected in...

Israeli forces and settlers besiege...

REF: Israeli troops raided the offices of an activist group that monitors human rights violations by Israeli military forces and Jewish settlers, and ...

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Booths packed as Myanmar votes in h...

REF: Yangon, Myanmar - Voting is under way in Myanmar's parliamentary election, the first openly contested poll in 25 years, which could determine if ...

Bangladesh gears up Zika virus prevention plan after WHO emergency call

REF: Bangladesh official will meet in a “technical committee” meeting on Thursday to devise a plan to prevent the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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Prof AKM Shamsuzzaman, Line Director of the Centre for Disease Control, told bdnews24.com they have made the move after the World Health Organization declared the virus an “international public health emergency” on Monday.

 

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Zika virus infection ‘through sex’ reported in US

REF: A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US.

 

A patient infected in Dallas, Texas, is likely to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the BBC.

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Israeli forces and settlers besiege Hebron

REF: Israeli troops raided the offices of an activist group that monitors human rights violations by Israeli military forces and Jewish settlers, and took over homes in neighbouring districts, a rights group and residents told Al Jazeera.

 

“The area is besieged,” Issa Amro, coordinator ofYouth Against Settlements in the Old City of Hebron, told Al Jazeera by telephone on Saturday.

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Booths packed as Myanmar votes in historic election

REF: Yangon, Myanmar – Voting is under way in Myanmar’s parliamentary election, the first openly contested poll in 25 years, which could determine if the military-backed ruling party will hold on to power, or lose to the opposition led by pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Amid allegations of voting irregularities, around 30 million voters will cast their ballots on Sunday, and pick from among the 6,065 candidates to fill the two houses of the national parliament and regional assemblies.

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Taiwan and China leaders to meet for the first time

REF: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday, in what will be the first meeting between leaders from the two rival nations since the end of a civil war in 1949.

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The two presidents will “exchange views on cross-strait issues” Ma’s spokesman Charles Chen said on Tuesday, referring to the stretch of water separating mainland China and Taiwan.

 

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Bangladesh important IS target, says former Indian army general

REF: A former Indian army officer says Muslim majority Bangladesh, despite its “initial success” in countering radicalisation, remains an “important” target of the Islamic State to expand its caliphate.

 

Lt General Syed Ata Hasnain, however, did not see any ‘big’ IS presence in the region, including in Bangladesh, at present.
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‘Lady Hitler’ Hasina running Bangladesh, BNP chief Khaleda tells London meeting

REF: Khaleda Zia has called for ‘national unity’ to topple the Awami League government, claiming Sheikh Hasina has established ‘monarchy’ in Bangladesh.

 

The BNP chairperson, with son Tarique Rahman at her side, launched a scathing attack on the governing Awami League at a meeting organised by her party’s UK chapter at Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel on Sunday evening (local time).

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Turkey’s AK Party wins back majority in snap election

REF: The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is set to lead Turkey alone once again after a five-month break, easily regaining its parliamentary majority in what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called a victory for democracy.

 

With nearly all of the votes counted, the ruling party was leading Sunday’s general elections with 49.4 percent of the vote.

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Judging the threat of al-Shabab in Africa

REF: Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia have struck again – managing to evade security measures to stage an attack in downtown Mogadishu.

 

Their target, yet again, a hotel popular with government leaders and members of parliament.Al-Shabab have waged a relentless war against the government since being forced from the capital.

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Secular publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

REF: A publisher of a slain online critic of religious militancy was hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, police said, hours after similar attacks wounded two secular writers and another publisher.

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Faysal Arefin, who was killed on Saturday in Dhaka, published books by Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin who was murdered in the same way in February.

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