Archive for: February 2015

Arrest warrants out for Khaleda Zia in graft cases

REF: Arrest warrants are out for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and two others in corruption cases involving embezzlement of over Tk 50 million.

Dhaka’s Third Metropolitan Special Judges Court, which is hearing the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases, scrapped the bail for the former prime minister as she failed to appear in a hearing on Wednesday.


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Avalanches kill scores in Afghanistan’s northeast

REF: More than 100 people have been killed in avalanches that buried homes in the northeastern Panjshir Valley, officials have said.


The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, said Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy director of the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority.


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Manna sued for inciting army

REF: Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, who showed interest to help foist an unconstitutional military rule on Bangladesh, has been arrested on charges of inciting the armed forces to revolt.


The former student leader recently made headlines by warning of a military takeover unless the government had dialogue with the BNP to end the political crisis.

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‘Ex-Israeli agents’ threatened cyber attack on S Africa

REF: A group claiming to be former agents of Israel’s Mossad threatened to unleash a devastating cyber attack on South Africa unless its government cracked down on the growing campaign to boycott Israel, according to intelligence documents leaked to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.

According to the reports, then-Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan received a note from “unknown sources” on June 28, 2012, threatening a cyber attack “against South Africa’s banking and financial sectors.” The hand-delivered letter gave the government just 30 days to achieve the “discontinuation of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and the removal and prosecution of some unidentified individuals linked to BDS”.


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Manna detained from a Banani house, says his family

REF: Mahmudur Rahman Manna – who has stirred intense political debates after his plans to oust the Hasina government came to light – has been detained by police from a house in Dhaka, his family says.


The Nagarik Oikya convener’s daughter Nilima Manna said her father was whisked away by plainclothesmen from her cousin Shahanama Sharmin’s Banani house around 3:30am on Tuesday.


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Mossad contradicted Netanyahu on Iran nuclear programme

REF: Less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2012 warning to the UN General Assembly that Iran was 70 per cent of the way to completing its “plans to build a nuclear weapon”, Israel’s intelligence service believed that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”.

A secret cable obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reveals that Mossad sent a top-secret cable to South Africa on October 22, 2012 that laid out a “bottom line” assessment of Iran’s nuclear work.


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US Homeland Security casts doubt on al-Shabab threat

REF: The US Homeland Security Department has said that it is not aware of any specific plot against US shopping malls, backing away from comments by the department’s chief that he takes seriously a threat by Somali-based armed group al-Shabab against shopping sites in Western countries.


Some US and Canadian officials earlier on Sunday had cast doubt on the credibility of the threat made in a video attributed to al-Shabab, which appeared to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America in Minnesota, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London’s Oxford Street and sites in Paris.


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Death toll in Padma river ferry capsize rises to 69

REF: The death toll in Sunday’s Padma river ferry capsize has risen to 69.Manikganj Deputy Commissioner Rashida Ferdaus said 49 of the 69 bodies found until Monday morning were identified and handed over to their families.
Double-decker ML Mostofa-3, on its way to Daulatdia, sank after being hit by cargo vessel MV Nargis-1 soon after leaving Paturia dock on Sunday noon.

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Libya asks UN to lift arms embargo to confront ISIL

REF: Libya’s foreign minister has asked the United Nations to end an embargo on weapon sales to the country’s internationally recognised government and help support its army as it confronts the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.


Mohammed al-Dairi told the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday that the UN “shouldered a legal responsibility” to help in the rebuilding of Libya’s army.


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Afghanistan fall short on World Cup debut Former captain Shakib al Hasan stars with bat and bowl as Bangladesh seal an easy win.

REF: Afghanistan’s first cricket World Cup match ended in defeat when Bangladesh took three wickets in the first three overs on the way to beating the fledgling side by 105 runs.


Afghanistan thrilled thousands of flag-waving expatriates at Manuka Oval earlier in the day by making a promising start to its debut match in the 50-over tournament.

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