Archive for: October 2014

Houthis and Sunni tribesmen clash in Yemen

REF: Fighting continues in Yemen between the Houthi rebels and al-Qaeda-backed Sunni tribesmen, leaving at least 68 Houthi fighters dead in the province of Bayda.



The news came as protesters in Yemen’s capital Sanaa called on the Houthi fighters to leave after a deadline to form a new government passed on Tuesday without an agreement.


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Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO

REF:  The World Health Organization (WHO) says Ebola serum could be available for Africa patients very soon, reports the BBC.The serum, made from blood of recovered Ebola patients, is expected to reach Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus.


WHO Assistant Director General for health system and innovation Marie Paule Kieny said work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready for Jan 2015.


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Buses collide to kill at least 34 passengers in Natore

REF:  The death toll from an accident involving two passenger buses in Natore has climbed to 34, making it one of the biggest road tragedies in Bangladesh.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed grief over Monday afternoon’s mishap on Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway at Borhaigram.The government has opened an investigation into the mishap.


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Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds join Kobane battle

REF:  Turkey has said it will allow Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to cross its borders and join Syrian Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Syrian town of Kobane.


The reported shift in Turkish policy came after a phone call between US President Barack Obama and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


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Americans ‘can’t give in to hysteria or fear’ over Ebola: Obama

REF:  With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored in case they are infected, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans “can’t give in to hysteria or fear” about the spread of the virus.


As though to illustrate his point, a Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday afternoon over concern about a woman who fell ill. The woman was first reported to be on the checklist for possible Ebola exposure but turned out not to be.


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UN says over 200,000 dead in Syria civil war

REF:  More than 200,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war since it started in March 2011, said new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein.He said on Thursday new statistics would be published shortly on the number of victims in the Syrian conflict and predicted that the updated death toll “will be well over 200,000”.
He added the UN mission to Iraq was also collecting information on the number of deaths from the conflict in northern Iraq, where the radical Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has seized vast areas of Iraqi territory, just as it has done in Syria.


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Bangladeshis rescued from Thai jungles

REF:  Thai authorities have rescued dozens of Bangladeshis from a jungle, says the BBC.A BBC report said that they had been abducted and taken to Thailand to be sold as ‘slaves’.
The men were promised well-paid jobs, before being drugged, bound and kidnapped, the report said.The government in Thailand say they are trying to fight the slave trade, but have been accused of “dragging their heels” on the issue.


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Cyclone Hudhud blasts India’s east coast, at least five dead

REF:  Cyclone Hudhud blasted India’s eastern seaboard on Sunday with gusts of up to 195 km per hour (over 120 mph), uprooting trees, damaging buildings and killing at least five people despite a major evacuation effort.The port city of Visakhapatnam, home to two million people and a major naval base, was hammered as the cyclone made landfall, unleashing the huge destructive force it had sucked up from the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Wreckage was strewn across Visakhapatnam, known to locals as Vizag. Most people heeded warnings to take refuge, but five were killed by falling trees and masonry, and thousands of homes were damaged, emergency officials said.



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Piash Karim passes away

REF:  BRAC University professor Piash Karim has died after suffering cardiac arrest.His family contacted Square Hospital after he fell ill on Monday morning.

Karim was declared dead at 5:30am after he was taken to the hospital from his Dhanmondi residence.


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Latif Siddique loses all for a moment of madness

REF:  Senior politician Abdul Latif Siddique has been stripped of both his Cabinet and Awami League’s Presidium positions over his snide remarks about the Hajj and now he is apparently going to be expelled from the party.


The 77-year old put everything on the line when he decried the Hajj and Tabligh Jamaat as ‘useless activity’ at a programme in New York on Sept 28, sparking a furore.


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