Archive for: January 2015

Japan PM: Credibility of hostage video high

REF: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the “credibility” of a video announcing the execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was “high”.

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“We have been looking into its authenticity, but unfortunately, at the moment, we cannot help saying its credibility is high,” he said on the public network NHK on Sunday.

 

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ISIL hostages: Japan’s life or death dilemma

REF: Japan has denied being involved in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the group kidnapped two of its nationals in Syria.

 

ISIL threatened to kill the men within 72 hours unless Japan paid a ransom of $200m. That’s the exact amount Japan offered on Saturday in non-military aid to countries fighting the armed group.

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Arson attack in Dhaka leaves at least 27 people burned

REF: At least 27 people have been burned in yet another arson attack on a bus by suspected blockade supporters in capital Dhaka, police say.

 

 

The incident took place on Demra Road in Jatrabarhi’s Mollar Bridge area around 9:30pm on Friday, said Jatrabarhi Police Station Sub-Inspector (SI) Emranul Islam.

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BNP student leader dies of blast wounds

REF: Mahbubur Rahman Bappi passed away around 6am Thursday, said SI Mozammel Haque of the police outpost at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

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He was general secretary of BNP student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s New Market unit.Police said the 25-year old student leader was making bombs in his brother-in-law’s house when the explosion occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

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Yemen’s president and Houthis reach agreement

REF: Yemen’s embattled president has reached an agreement with Houthi rebels to end a violent standoff in the capital, Sanaa.

 

The Shia rebels agreed on Wednesday to withdraw from areas overlooking the presidential palace and the private compound of the President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after receiving assurances of constitutional change and power-sharing.

 

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Bombs burn woman at Barisal

REF: Four more passengers were injured while trying to get out of the vehicle in panic around 1am Wednesday, during the BNP’s nationwide blockade.

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The ‘Abdullah Paribahan’ bus was going to Kuwakata from Dhaka. It was crossing the Nalchiti Upazila’s Bhairabad Bridge when it came under attack, said Barisal Kotwali Model Police Station SI Golam Kabir.

 

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ISIL threatens to kill Japanese hostages

REF: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group has released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive $200m in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom from Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, during his visit to the Middle East.

Damage is seen after a U.S.-led air strike on the Political Intelligence building that used to be controlled by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad, but later controlled by Islamic state members in Raqqa, eastern Syria

The video, identified as being made by ISIL’s Al-Furqan media arm and posted on Tuesday on websites associated with the group, resembled other hostage threats it has made.

 

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Officials confirm ISIL present in Afghanistan

REF: A senior Afghan army general has told Al Jazeera that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has been active in Afghanistan.

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A Ministry of Interior source also confirmed ISIL’s existence in the country.

 

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Canadian soldiers clash with ISIL in Iraq

REF: Canadian special forces have clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group by exchanging gunfire in Iraq in recent days, in the first confirmed ground battle between Western troops and ISIL, a senior officer has said.

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The Canadians came under mortar and machine gun fire while training Iraqi troops near front lines and shot back in what Canadian special forces commander Brigadier General Michael Rouleau described as self-defence, killing the ISIL fighters.

 

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Bangladesh opposition leader Zia released

REF: Bangladesh has ended its confinement of opposition leader Khaleda Zia after a surge in political violence left 27 people dead, but her party vowed to continue a nationwide transport blockade.

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Zia had been barred from leaving her office for the last 16 days to prevent her from leading protests aimed at toppling her arch-rival, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

 

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