Archive for: October 2014

Winning for the team felt really good: Taijul

REF:  Bangladesh bowler Taijul Islam is over the moon on his performance against Zimbabwe in the first Test.The Tigers beat the Africans by three wickets within three days on a wet surface at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Monday.


The left-arm orthodox spinner recorded the best ever figures by a Bangladeshi bowler, 8 for 39, which helped the hosts to their first Test victory this year.


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Israel plans 1,000 settler homes in Jerusalem


The Israeli government has said that it is advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem that Palestinians want to be part of their future state.

A government official said on Monday that plans include building infrastructure in the occupied West Bank that will be used by Palestinians as well as Israelis. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media.


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UK ends Afghan combat operations

REF: The last UK base in Afghanistan has been handed over to the control of Afghan security forces, ending British combat operations in the country.


The union flag was lowered at Camp Bastion, while Camp Leatherneck – the adjoining US base – was also handed over to Afghan control.


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Qatar officials dismiss IS funding claims

REF:  Senior officials from Qatar have strongly denied claims the country is supporting terrorist groups in Syria such as Islamic State.


They told the BBC that Qatar had only provided support to moderate militants, in co-ordination with the CIA and other Western and Arab intelligence agencies.


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ISIL pounded as Iraqi and Kurd forces advance


Ground offensives by the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces, backed by a barrage of US air raids, have forced ISIL fighters from several key towns in the north and south of Iraq, officials said.

Kurdish peshmerga forces said on Saturday they had recaptured several towns and villages held by the ISIL in northern Iraq, while Iraqi government forces claimed to have retaken the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, 50km to the south of Baghdad.


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Egypt blames ‘foreign hands’ in Sinai attacks


Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has warned that Egypt faces a threat to its existence from what he called “terrorists”, blaming “foreign-funded operation” for the deadly attacks that killed 31 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.


In a thundering speech ahead of the funeral for the slain troops on Saturday, Sissi said there are foreign powers that want to “break the back of Egypt,” without elaborating.


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Juba Dal chief Alal, 63 activists arrested from Dhaka

REF: Police have arrested BNP leader Moazzem Hossain Alal from his home in Dhaka’s Lalmatia area on Saturday.


The president of the party’s youth affiliate Juba Dal was nabbed along with 63 activists during a meeting at his residence around 10 am, said Mohammadpur Police Station OC Azizul Haque.


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Shakib restricts Zimbabwe to 240

REF:  Shakib Al Hasan has bowled superbly for a six-wicket haul to bowl out Zimbabwe for 240 on the first day of first Test at Mirpur on Saturday.His 6 for 59 decimated Zimbabwe lower order to restrict the tourists to a moderate total at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
After Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat in the morning, opener Vusi Sibanda started off the innings with boundary over the cover area in the very first ball.


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Blast rocks bus station in northern Nigeria

REF:  A large explosion has rocked a bus station in a northern region of Nigeria previously targeted by Boko Haram, witnesses said, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government’s purported ceasefire with the armed group.


“We had a huge blast at exactly 9:45pm (20:45 GMT)… We realised it had come from the bus station,” said Musa Babale, a resident of the town of Azare in Bauchi state where the blast occurred on Wednesday.


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Iraqi Kurds to send forces to Syria’s Kobane

REF:  Iraqi Kurds have agreed to send fighters to help defend the northern Syrian city of Kobane from ISIL forces, after Turkey said it would allow them to cross Turkish territory.


The parliament of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region approved the move on Wednesday, days after it sent weapons and ammunition to the town to help Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces.


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