‘Lady Hitler’ Hasina running Bangladesh, BNP chief Khaleda tells London meeting

REF: Khaleda Zia has called for ‘national unity’ to topple the Awami League government, claiming Sheikh Hasina has established ‘monarchy’ in Bangladesh.

 

The BNP chairperson, with son Tarique Rahman at her side, launched a scathing attack on the governing Awami League at a meeting organised by her party’s UK chapter at Park Plaza Riverbank London hotel on Sunday evening (local time).

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Turkey’s AK Party wins back majority in snap election

REF: The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is set to lead Turkey alone once again after a five-month break, easily regaining its parliamentary majority in what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called a victory for democracy.

 

With nearly all of the votes counted, the ruling party was leading Sunday’s general elections with 49.4 percent of the vote.

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Judging the threat of al-Shabab in Africa

REF: Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia have struck again – managing to evade security measures to stage an attack in downtown Mogadishu.

 

Their target, yet again, a hotel popular with government leaders and members of parliament.Al-Shabab have waged a relentless war against the government since being forced from the capital.

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Secular publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

REF: A publisher of a slain online critic of religious militancy was hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, police said, hours after similar attacks wounded two secular writers and another publisher.

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Faysal Arefin, who was killed on Saturday in Dhaka, published books by Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin who was murdered in the same way in February.

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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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