Archive for: November 2014

Suicide blast kills dozens in Afghanistan

REF:  A suicide bomber has killed dozens of people in an attack on a volleyball match in Afghanistan’s east, officials say.

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Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, said the attack happened late on Sunday afternoon during an inter-district tournament match attended by a large crowd in the Yahya Khel district district.

 

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West and Iran to make ‘last push’ for deal

REF:  World powers and Iran will make a “last push” for a nuclear deal before a Monday midnight deadline even though the parties are far apart, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

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“At the moment we’re focused on the last push, a big push tomorrow morning to try and get this across the line,” Hammond told reporters on Sunday in Vienna when asked if an extension of the deadline was being considered.

 

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Gunmen kill 28 in northeast Kenya bus attack: ministry

REF:  It was not immediately clear who the attackers were.”Bandits ambushed a bus from Mandera that was heading to Nairobi at dawn and killed 28 passengers of the 60 that were in the bus,” the ministry said on its Twitter feed.

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Police Spokesman Masoud Mwinyi confirmed the incident.

 

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Local Awami League leader shot dead in Jessore

REF:  Miscreants fired at Molla Waliar Rahman, 55, at Abhaynagar town’s Guakhola area around 7am, said Abhaynagar Police Station OC Soyruddin Ahmed.

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He died while being taken at the Khulna Medical College and Hospitals.Rahman, a councillor of Nowaparha Municipality, was also president of some local labour organisations.

 

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ISIL launches fierce assault on Iraq’s Ramadi

REF: The Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi, capital of the troubled western province of Anbar, security officials have said, resulting in the killing of at least 20 soldiers.

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The assault came as Joe Biden, the US vice-president, arrived in Istanbul on Friday with a view to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition’s fight against the ISIL.

 

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Iran nuclear talks intensify in Vienna

REF: Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme appear to have moved up a gear with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister agreeing to stay on in Vienna to try and break a deadlock just days before an agreed deadline

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Kerry had been set to travel to Paris earlier on Friday, while sources said Mohammed Javad Zarif had been considering returning to Tehran, but both remained in the Austrian capital.

 

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Biman DGM, four others face grilling over gold smuggling

REF: A deputy general manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and four others will be questioned for four days in police custody over their suspected ties to gold smuggling.

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They are Biman DGM Emdad Hossain, Flight Captain Shahidullah, Schedule in-charge Tozzamel Haque, Uttara’s Farhan Money Exchange owner Harun-ur-Rashid and Biman contractor Mahmudul Haque Palash.

 

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Israel begins demolishing homes over attacks

REF: Israel has demolished the home of a Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem who it says carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, warned of strict security measures in response to Tuesday’s synagogue killings in Jerusalem.

 

 

The house demolished on Wednesday in the Silwan neighbourhood near the Old City belonged to Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, who last month killed two people among a crowd standing on a light rail platform in Jerusalem.

 

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Attack in Egypt’s Sinai leaves many dead

REF: Ten people have been killed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in an exchange of fire that hit their home, security and medical officials said.

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It was not immediately clear whether it was a missile fired by one of the Egyptian army helicopters that have repeatedly struck fighters, or an errant mortar round from fighters, security officials told the AFP news agency.

 

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Street battles rage after Jerusalem attack

REF: Pitched street battles are being fought in Jerusalem in the aftermath of a deadly attack on a synagogue that killed five Israelis, with Palestinian youths facing off Israeli security forces across the tense city.

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In the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal al-Mukaber – the hometown of the two Palestinians who carried out the attack on the Har Nof Synagogue on Tuesday morning – Israeli troops were confronted by angry Palestinians.

 

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