Archive for: October 2015

Rescuers race to reach Pakistan-Afghanistan quake zones

REF: Rescuers have rushed to deliver relief aid to victims of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing more than 300 people over a wide swath of mostly mountainous terrain.

 

Thousands spent the night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures reluctant to go back inside for fear of aftershocks, Pakistani media reported on Tuesday.

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Bangladesh slaps mobile-phone operators with December deadline to resolve nagging call drops

REF: State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has set mobile-phone operators a two-month deadline to solve the problem of call drops.She also directed the telecom regulators BTRC to do their bit within the stated timeframe.

The minister issued the directive in a meeting at the Secretariat on Monday with the CEOs of wireless carriers on the problem of dropped calls and other difficulties faced by subscribers.

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Finance Minister Muhith lambasts US policy towards Bangladesh after fresh travel warning

REF: Peeved by Washington’s latest advisory to its citizens, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has ripped at the United States for its policy towards Bangladesh.

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“The US has been behaving this way since the Awami League-led government came to power,” he said at a media briefing at the Secretariat on Sunday.

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Deadly attack hits bus station in southern Israel

REF: One Israeli soldier has died of his wounds and at least 11 people, including four soldiers, have been injured in an attack on a bus station in southern Israel, police said, describing the incident as a shooting and stabbing attack.

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Following the attack on Sunday evening, police opened fire on two people at the station in Beersheba, killing an alleged Palestinian attacker and injuring a man of Eritrean origin.

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Terrorist threat remains real and credible, says US alert to its citizens in Bangladesh

REF: The US embassy in Bangladesh has warned its citizens that “future” attacks against Westerners may occur, including against them.

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Why is Obama changing his mind on Afghanistan?

REF: There have been mixed reactions to the latest decision by US President Barack Obama on Afghanistan. On Thursday, he broke a campaign promise to pull out all US forces from the war-torn country before he leaves office.

 

Now, the remaining troops in Afghanistan will remain there well after he leaves the White House. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly asked Obama to keep the troops in his country when they met in Washington earlier this year.

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Israeli forces kill Palestinians after alleged attacks

REF: At least five Palestinians have been killed in the occupied Palestinian territories, three by Israeli security forces and one by an Israeli settler, bringing the total number of Palestinians killed since the beginning of the month to 43.

On Saturday evening, an Israeli soldier fatally shot a Palestinian man in the Old City of Hebron, situated in the southern occupied West Bank, according to local media.

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Israeli forces kill Gaza border protesters

REF: Gaza City – Thousands of Palestinians have protested across the occupied Palestinian territory in a “Day of Rage”, as clashes with Israeli forces have left two Palestinian demonstrators dead and dozens more injured. 

 

Tensions boiled over into violence earlier this month as Israeli incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – the third holiest site in Islam – gave way to protests and clashes that have consumed much of the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli police kill more Palestinians in Jerusalem

REF: Israeli forces have shot and killed two more Palestinians, following fourteen days of violence that have already claimed at least another 30 Palestinian lives.

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Israeli police opened fire on one young Palestinian on Wednesday afternoon at the entrance of the Damascus gate in Jerusalem. The Ma’an News Agency said he was 20-years-old and from Hebron.

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MP Liton to be produced in trial court in Gaibandha on Thursday

REF: Ruling party MP Manjurul Islam Liton has been taken to Gaibandha after his arrest in Dhaka on charges of shooting a nine-year-old boy.

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He was handed over to Gaibandha police after police in Dhaka arrested him from the capital’s Uttara on Wednesday night.

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