Ref: Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has likened the UN Security Council resolution supporting military action in Libya to medieval calls for crusades.
Putin, in the first major remarks from a Russian leader since a coalition of Western countries began air strikes in Libya, said on Monday that Muammar Gaddafi’s government fell short of democracy, but added that did not justify military intervention.
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Ref: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called Bangladesh “natural friend” of Russia and promised his country`s all-out support to Bangladesh as visiting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had a summit meet with him for an update on the bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Hasina sought Russian assistance for Bangladesh`s various sectors, energy sector in particular, during the bilateral talks with the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of a world tiger summit in Petersburg.
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Ref: At least six people have been killed and another 10 wounded after armed men launched an attack on the Chechen parliament.
Special forces were sent in after gunmen stormed the Chechen parliament
A suicide bomber reportedly detonated explosives outside the building in Grozny, the Chechen capital, on Tuesday morning as deputies arrived for work.
Suspected separatist fighters then went on a shooting spree inside the building, killing three people, before being killed in a standoff. Read more →
Ref: Armed men have seized the parliament building in Russia’s Caucasus region of Chechnya, according to a local interior ministry official quoted by news agencies.
Russia’s Interfax news agency reported, citing an unidentified law-enforcement source, that the attackers had taken an unspecified number of hostages during Tuesday’s raid in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya.
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Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov's security officers stand above the body of one of the suspected militants.
At least 19 people have been killed after anti-government fighters launched an attack on the house of Chechnya’s president, local media sources say.
The exchange of fire between Ramzan Kadyroz’s personal security guards and suspected separatists occured in the president’s home village of Tsentoroi on Sunday morning.
The clashes left 12 fighters and two officers dead, Alvi Karimov, a government spokesman, told the AP news agency.
Five civilians were also killed in the crossfire, according to local TV reports.
But Kadyrov, who was in the village at the time of the ambush and directed the counter-offensive operation, has denied the reported civilian deaths. He told local reporters that some civilians were injured but that none were killed.
An AP reporter at the scene claimed to have seen numerous fire-ravaged and bullet-ridden homes that suffered collateral damage, with body parts amid the rubble.
Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region sees daily attacks by separatist fighters seeking independence from Russia.
Kadyrov had previously fought on the side of the rebels in a war with Russia in the early 1990s, but switched sides in 1999 to become an ally of the country. He was then installed by Moscow as the leader of Chechnya in 2007.
Since then, there have been several foiled attempts to assassinate Kadyrov, who has been criticised by rights groups for his harsh crackdown on dissenters.