Ref: The special court, constituted by the Border Security Forces in India, in its verdict has acquitted BSF constable Amiya Ghosh of the charge of killing Bangladeshi girl Felani Khatun on Koch Bihar border.
Accused shooter acquitted in BSF court
Felani, 15, was shot dead by a BSF troop while she was entering Bangladesh over the barbed-wire fences along Anantapur border point in Kurigram district on January 7, 2011. Read more →
The United States is seeking to end drone strikes in Pakistan, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
Kerry told a Pakistani television station that President Barack Obama has a “very real timeline” for ending the strikes.
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“We hope it`s going to be very, very soon,” Kerry said, according to a transcript of the interview provided by the State Department.
“I believe that we`re on a good track. I think the program will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it,” Kerry said.
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North Korea has issued another warning, a day after announcing plans for a third nuclear test.
Source: North Korea has issued another warning, a day after announcing plans for a third nuclear test.
In a statement, Pyongyang pledged “physical counter-measures” against South Korea if it participated in the UN sanctions regime.
The threat came 24 hours after North Korea said it would proceed with a “high-level” nuclear test in a move aimed at “arch-enemy” the US.
The White House condemned the move, labelling it “needlessly provocative”.
North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests in the past, in 2006 and 2009. It gave no time-frame for its third test.
Its announcement followed the adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution condemning North Korea’s recent rocket launch and extending sanctions.
North Korea says its rocket launch was for the sole purpose of putting a satellite into orbit; the US and North Korea’s neighbours say it was a test of long-range missile technology banned under UN resolutions. Read more →
Ref: At least three suspected al-Qaeda militants have been killed by a US drone strike in Yemen’s south-western al-Bayda province, say local officials.
The men were reportedly hit as they travelled in a car in el-Manaseh village on the outskirts of Radda.
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Ref: Dozens of soldiers and rescue workers pulled out bodies from mud-drenched debris after the strongest typhoon this year killed at least 325 people in the southern Philippines, with hundreds still missing.
Typhoon Bopha kills 325 in Philippines
Hundreds of residents left homeless in Compostela Valley, the worst hit province decimated by flash flooding and destructive winds, were being evacuated by trucks to crowded shelters in town centers on Thursday.
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Ref: Ghaus worked in Iran for five years but has nothing to show for it. All he has are memories of being jailed, beaten and sent home to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s oil-rich western neighbour has for years been a destination for Afghans seeking work or fleeing war. Afghanistan and Iran share a language, and cultural and historical links.
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Ref: Israel killed the military commander of the Islamist group Hamas in a missile strike on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and launched air raids across the enclave, pushing the two sides to the brink of a new war.
Israel attack kills Hamas commander
The attacks marked the biggest escalation between Israel and Gaza militants since a 2008-2009 conflict and came despite signs on Tuesday that neighbouring Egypt had managed to broker a truce in the enclave after a five day surge of violence. Read more →
Ref: China’s ruling Communist Party unveiled its new leadership line-up on Thursday to steer the world’s second-largest economy for the next five years, with Vice President Xi Jinping taking over from outgoing President Hu Jintao as party chief.
China unveils new leadership
Xi was also named head of the party’s Central Military Commission, state news agency Xinhua said. Read more →
Ref: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called on Saturday for an end to sectarian killings in Myanmar, following talks with the president of the nation which is emerging from decades of brutal military rule.
In western Myanmar, 89 people have been killed in clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas, according to the latest official toll covering the last 10 days of October. Many thousands more have been displaced by the violence.
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