Archive for: February 2013

Iran’s Ahmadinejad seeks strategic axis with Egypt

REF: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the first visit to Cairo by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, called for a strategic alliance with Egypt and said he had offered the cash-strapped Arab state a loan, but drew a cool response.

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CIA `using Saudi base for drone strikes`

REF: The CIA conducts lethal drone attacks against targets in Yemen from a base inside Saudi Arabia, according to the New York Times newspaper, including the attack that killed American-born Anwar al-Awlaki.

The existence of the base has been reported before, but its exact location has been withheld by various news outlets at the request of the Obama administration.

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Govt to appeal on Molla


The government will appeal against the verdict sentencing Jamaat-e-Islami’s Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla to life in jail within the 30-day deadline, an official said Wednesday.

Additional Attorney General MK Rahman told that they had decided “on principle” to move the Appellate Division against the verdict.

The announcement follows some confusion prevailing over whether the government can legally seek a review of the life sentence handed down to Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 under provisions of the amended 1973 Act. Read more →

Mollah gets life term for war crimes

Ref: International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Tuesday sentenced Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah to life term imprisonment for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
Tribunal Chairman Justice Obaidul Hassan came up with the judgement after the summary of the 132-page verdict was read out at the courtroom amid tight security. Read more →

Kerry warns of punishment for NKorea nuclear test

Ref: New US Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart have agreed to make sure North Korea is punished if it carries out its threat to conduct a nuclear test.
Amid signs that such a test is coming, South Korea’s president also speculated that Pyongyang may detonate multiple atomic devices simultaneously. Read more →

Fire at Ashulia RMG factory

Ref: A fire broke out at a garment factory at Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, early Tuesday.

Fire service sources said the fire originated at Manami Fashion housed on the third floor of a four-storey building around 3:00am. Read more →

Detective killed by ‘dacoits’

REF: The ‘dacoits’ were trying to flee with a stolen transformer when the detectives joined the chase .
But they were attacked by the ‘dacoits’ on the run and an encounter followed .

Detective Sub-Inspector Shariful Islam was seriously injured in the encounter and declared dead when brought to the hospital.

Detective Branch spokesperson Masudur Rahman said an injured ‘dacoit’ called Shipon was nabbed from the site of the encounter in Munshiganj’s Gajaria upa-zilla’s Hossandwip.

Shariful Islam was posted in the western branch of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan police at the time of his death.

Gazipur’s additional police superintendent Zakir Hossain said a group of ‘dacoits’ were trying to decamp with a stolen transformer in the wee hours when a group of detective policemen turned up and gave them chase.

As the ‘dacoits’ near Hossaindwip in Gajaria upa-zilla , they turned back and attacked the detective policemen and a gunbattle ensued as the cops fired back in self defence.

“ A policeman Shariful Islam and a dacoit were both seriously injured in the gunbattle,” Zakir Hossain said.

Shariful Islam was declared dead when brought to the hospital with critical wounds.

Islam has injuries in his head but there is no bullet mark on his body, said SI Mohammed Bacchu Miah of the Dhaka Medical College police outpost.

`Islamist threatens to attack Germany, Merkel`

REF: A German Islamist has threatened to attack Berlin this summer and kill Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video posted on the internet.

A newspaper reported on Saturday, reports The Jerusalem Post.A spokesman for Germany`s intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, confirmed its agents had seen such a video.

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Syrian opposition talks with Russia and Iran

REF: Russia and Iran have been the staunchest allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout an armed uprising, and any understandings they might reach with Assad’s foes could help overcome the two sides’ refusal to negotiate.

At an annual international security conference in Munich, Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib had talks with Russia’s Sergei Lavrov that may have been made possible by Alkhatib signalling readiness to talk to Damascus.

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