Archive for: August 2013

1,300 feared dead in Syria gas attacks

Ref: Syria’s opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people Wednesday by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.
With the death toll estimated between 500 and 1,300, what would be the world’s most lethal chemical weapons attack since the 1980s prompted an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York, reports Reuters. Read more →

HRW contempt charge hearing Thursday

Ref: The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) said a hearing in the contempt of court charge brought against HRW (Human Rights Watch) for commenting on the trial of Jamaat-e-Islami former ameer and war crimes convict Ghulam Azam would be held Thursday.
ICT-1 fixed the hearing date Wednesday. Read more →

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader

REF:  Egyptian security forces have escalated their crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s MuslimBrotherhood by arresting its top leader.


The Interior Ministry said police picked up Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie on Monday near Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, where more than 280 Morsi supporters were killed last Wednesday as police cleared their protest camp.


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Egypt crisis: Court to rule on Mubarak release

REF:  An Egyptian court is due to review a petition for the release of deposed President Hosni Mubarak.Mubarak is facing a retrial for complicity in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended in his removal from power.


However, his lawyer hopes he will be released once cleared of a corruption charge.Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers are due to decide whether to cut some of its billions of euros in aid to Egypt.


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PM won’t budge an inch on polls stance

REF:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has brushed aside outright the opposition’s strident demand for an interim election-time government.

“(We) amended the Constitution with people’s mandate. The election will be in line with the Constitution. We will not move an inch”, she told a press conference at Ganabhaban on Sunday.


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Week of defiant protests planned for Egypt

REF:  The Muslim Brotherhood announces a series of rallies over the next six days after more bloodshed across the country.

Supporters of deposed President Mursi shout slogans and wave Egyptian flags during protest outside Al-Fath Mosque in Cairo

The Muslim Brotherhood has called for a week of protests across Egypt to start a day after more than 100 people were killed when security forces fired on protesters staging a “day of rage” against the military-led government.

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Saudi king backs Egypt’s military King Abdullah calls on Arabs to stand together against “attempts to destabilise” Egypt.

REF:  King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has called on Arabs to stand together against “attempts to destabilise” Egypt.


“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people and government stood and stands by today with its brothers in Egypt against terrorism,” he said in a statement read on state TV on Friday, backing Egypt’s military leadership.

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‘HRW works for Jamaat’

REF:  Additional Attorney General and Chief Coordinator of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) MK Rahman said that Human Rights Watch is working in favour of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
“Government is conducting war tribunal according to 1973 Act. This is our indigenous law and recognized by the constitutions,” he added.

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Jamaat’ 1st day hartal ended with stray incidents

REF:  The first day of the 48-hour nationwide hartal, enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, was marked by stray incidents of vandalism, bomb blasts, clashes and arrests across the country on Tuesday.
According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, 15, vehicles, 16 houses and four shops were damaged, 48 crude bombs blasted and 70 people were injured across the country. The law enforcers also arrested over 60 Jamaat-Shibir men during the first day hartal.

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Sri Lanka Buddhist mob attacks mosque

REF:  A Buddhist mob has attacked a mosque in the Grandpass area of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, leaving at least five people injured.

Buddhists and Muslims clashed after the attack, and police imposed a curfew in the area.Last month, a group of Buddhist monks had protested near the mosque, demanding it be relocated.

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