Archive for: September 2014

US, Kurds strike at Islamic State in Syria

REF:  US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.


The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in an area controlled by Islamic State, killing at least two civilian workers.


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Manikganj CNG station blast death toll rises to 4

REF:  Three more victims of the CNG filling station explosion in Manikganj succumbed to their burn injuries on Tuesday, taking the death toll to four.


One died immediately on Monday when a cylinder exploded at a filling station on the Dhaka-Aricha highway at Shibalaya Upazila.At least ten others were injured in the blast. Of them, five were admitted to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).


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Hasina rules out interim polls in Bangladesh

REF:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ruled out possibilities of an interim election in Bangladesh and also a dialogue with the BNP.


“What interim election? Why would we need that and for whom? Should we have a poll to bring Ziaur Rahman’s party to office? Don’t we know he grabbed power illegally! , exclaimed Hasina on Friday as she answered questions posed by Bangladeshi journalists at a New York press conference.


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Islamic State tightens siege of Syria town, more Europeans join alliance

REF:  Islamic State fighters tightened their siege of a town on Syria’s border with Turkey on Friday despite US-led air strikes aimed at defeating the militants in both Syria and Iraq, in a coalition which has now drawn widespread European support.


Britain, Washington’s closest ally in the wars of the last decade, joined an alliance after weeks of weighing its options. Britain’s parliament voted 542 to 43 to back Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to take part in air strikes in Iraq.


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Islamic State fighters advance in Syria despite US strikes

REF : US planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters’ advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded.


US President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, asked the world to join together to fight the militants and vowed to keep up military pressure against them.


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Bangladesh leader Hasina tells world to invest in education, not weapons

REF : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the world to invest in education instead of spending billions on developing new weapons.


“We must divert billions we spend for creating war machines and violence to educating our progeny for the world we want,” she said at a high-level meeting of the ‘Global Education First Initiative’ (GEFI) at the United Nations headquarters on Wednesday.


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Nur Hossain, Anup Chetia swap soon

REF:  Bangladesh and India have decided to swap Nur Hossain with Anup Chetia, top sources say.The decision has been taken at the home-secretary level talks on Sep 4 in Dhaka, they said.


Narayanganj’s multiple murder accused Nur Hossain, a ruling Awami League councillor, has been arrested in Kolkata and is currently housed in Dum Dum Central Jail.

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Obama orders US air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

REF:  President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized US airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.


Obama’s decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is embroiled in a three-year civil war, marked a turnabout for the president, who shied away a year ago from airstrikes to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people.


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Obama to set out plan to go on offensive against IS

REF:  Obama said he will make a speech on Wednesday to “describe what our game plan’s going to be,” and will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group.


The president, who campaigned for the White House in 2008 on getting US troops out of Iraq, has struggled to articulate how he wants to address Islamic State, telling reporters last month that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to tackle the group.

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No judges will be impeached for delivering verdicts, law minister clarifies

REF:  He spoke to journalists on Sunday on the BNP’s criticism before tabling a bill for the 16th Constitutional Amendment that would return that power to the legislators.

BNP’s spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed pushing through the Amendment will mean the end of justice in Bangladesh.


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