Archive for: August 2014

Islamist gains in Syria alarm some Assad allies

REF:   A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State’s territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus.


he execution of scores of Syrian soldiers taken captive by Islamic State at an air base in Raqqa province has triggered unusually harsh social media criticism of the Damascus government by people who have taken its side in the civil war.


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Major rivers swell to flood new areas across Bangladesh

REF:  Most of the major rivers swelled in the last 24 hours until Friday evening inundating fresh areas across Bangladesh.Bangladesh Water Development Board said water at 20 points of 15 major rivers was flowing above the danger level at 6:15pm.

The board in a flood forecast said water in the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Padma and the rivers around capital Dhaka — Buriganga, Balu and Turag — and Tongi canal might rise in the next 72 hours.


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Palestinians celebrate as Gaza ceasefire takes effect

REF:  No clear victor emerged from what had become a war of attrition between the Middle East’s most powerful armed forces and the dominant Hamas militant movement in the Gaza Strip.

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Exacting a heavy toll in Palestinian lives and property, Israel said it dealt a strong blow to Hamas, killing several of its military leaders and destroying the group’s cross-border infiltration tunnels.

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Shakib can play Asiad, Zimbabwe series

REF:  The allrounder has been cleared to play international matches and domestic cricket from Sept 15.The decision was taken in a Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday.


BCB President Nazmul Hassan afterwards spoke to the reporters.The all-rounder was suspended on July 7 for six months from all sorts of cricket for what the BCB described as a ‘severe attitude problem’.

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United, Saudi aircrafts in near-miss

REF:   Officials say one of the pilots wrongly acted on a command from Air Traffic Control (ATC) that was not meant for his aircraft.


The incident tookplace around 8.30am on Monday morning.The aircrafts were not to land in Kolkata; rather they were over-flying the Kolkata sky on way to their respective destinations.


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Power struggle on Baghdad streets as Maliki replaced but refuses to go

REF:  Washington, which helped install Maliki following its 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, congratulated Haidar al-Abadi, a former Maliki lieutenant who was named by President Fouad Masoum to replace him.


Maliki said in a televised speech the president’s decision to name a replacement for him was a “dangerous violation” of the constitution and, flanked by political allies, he vowed “we will fix the mistake.”


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