Archive for: April 2015

Bangladesh demolish Pakistan on way to first-ever series win

REF: Tamim Iqbal smashed a scintillating back-to-back century to propel Bangladesh to their first-ever series win against Pakistan in Mirpur on Sunday.

During his unbeaten 116-run knock, the left-handed opener combined with Mushfiqur Rahim (65) for a match-winning 118-run third wicket stand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
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South Africa arrests hundreds over xenophobic violence

REF: South Africa’s government has vowed to crack down on xenophobic violence, after arresting more than 300 people for a range of crimes against migrants.

Authorities said on Sunday in Johannesburg that 307 suspects had been arrested for a range of xenophobic-related crimes. Read more →

Zuma faces pressure to end violence in South Africa

REF: A crowd of displaced foreign nationals has heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during his visit to a makeshift shelter, as he tried to address mounting pressure to end the deadly anti-immigration attacks in the country.

In a meeting on Saturday with some 1,400 foreigners waiting for repatriation, Zuma said: “We will deploy police to every area to ensure safety.”

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BNP chief Khaleda Zia joins city corporation elections campaign

REF: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has campaigned for the party-endorsed Dhaka North City Corporation mayor candidate Tabith Mohammed Awal.

“How are you all? I know, not good. I have come today to seek vote. Cast your vote for Tabith. The symbol is bus,” she was heard saying while speaking to locals on Saturday.

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Bangladesh break 16-year Pakistan hoodoo with emphatic win

REF: Two scintillating centuries by opener Tamim Iqbal (132) and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (106) powered the Tigers to a daunting 329 for 6 – their highest total in an ODI.
Taskin Ahmed led Bangladesh’s defence as Pakistan were bundled out for 250 in 45.2 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
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Deadly blast hits US consulate in Erbil

REF: A car bomb at the entrance to the US consulate in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Erbil, has killed at least three people and wounded eight others.

“A car bomb exploded outside the entrance to the US consulate,” Nihad Qoja, the mayor of Erbil’s city centre, told Reuters news agency on Friday. “It seems the consulate was the target.” Qoja added. Read more →

Two-storey tin hut collapses into lake at Dhaka’s Rampura, death toll 11

REF: At least eleven people have died after a two-storey tin hut collapsed into a lake at Dhaka’s Rampura. Police said 28 people lived in the hut that stood on bamboo poles at the side of an hyancith-filled lake at Hajiparha’s Jheelpar.
The incident happened around 3:30pm on Wednesday.“The lower storey has been sucked in by the mud at the bottom of the lake,” said Rampura Police Inspector Md Alamgir Hossain.

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ISIL fighters overrun several villages in western Iraq

REF: Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have gained ground in western Iraq, overrunning several villages on the edge of the capital of Anbar province, police sources and local officials said.

Iraqi police came under attack from the fighters at dawn on Wednesday in Albu Ghanim and withdrew from the area, about 5km northeast of the provincial capital Ramadi, sending hundreds of families fleeing. Read more →

Aid group: 400 feared dead after migrant boat capsizes

REF: Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned.

The Italian coastguard had helped rescue some 144 people on Monday and immediately launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of finding others. The coastguard said it assumed that there were many dead given the size of the ship and that nine bodies had been found. Read more →

Khaleda Zia asks people to stage ‘ballot revolution’ in city elections

REF: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who failed to topple the government with months of violent street agitation, has urged the people to stage ‘silent revolution of ballots’ against the government in the city polls.

She made the call at a programme of her party’s cultural wing in front of the BNP headquarters on Tuesday.The BNP-endorsed Dhaka South mayor candidate Tabith Awal and North’s aspirant Mirza Abbas’ wife, Afroza, were present there.

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