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Victorious Catalan separatists claim mandate to break with Spain

Separatists on Sunday won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia’s parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with Spain’s central government over independence. “Catalans have voted yes to independence,” acting regional government head Artur Mas told supporters, with secessionist parties securing 72 out of 135 seats in the powerful region of 7.5 million people ... Read More »

Russia wants ‘co-ordination’ against IS in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a regional “co-ordinating structure” against Islamic State (IS). Mr Putin reiterated his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who Western countries and the Syrian opposition have said must go. The crisis is expected to be high on the agenda as world leaders gather at the UN in New York. Read More »

North Korean satellite scientists tell CNN a launch is ‘imminent’

But CNN told that observers are “very wrong” to consider key October 10 anniversary as launch date Researchers from North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) told a U.S. journalist visiting Pyongyang that a satellite launch is “imminent,” CNN said on Wednesday. Will Ripley, who is regularly invited to relay messages from Pyongyang to the West, said interviews revealed “final ... Read More »

Situation in Arakan State, Myanmar

by Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General, Arakan Rohingya Union There is no sign ofthe GovernmentofMyanmar/Burma backingdown fromits hostile policies against the Rohingya and other Muslim community in Myanmar. Series of recent actions by the Government of Myanmar against Rohingya and the Muslim population range from tightening the restrictions on Rohingya (basic human right violations) in various townships inArakan stateto reshufflingofseniorUSDP ... Read More »

Syria launches ‘deadly air raids’ against IS in Palmyra

Syrian government war planes have launched one of the heaviest bombardments yet on the city of Palmyra, which is held by Islamic State (IS) militants, activists say. About 25 air strikes left at least 26 people dead, including 12 militants, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. IS captured Palmyra, which includes a Unesco World Heritage site, in May. ... Read More »

2 Bangladeshis killed in mortar attack on KSA from Yemen rebels

Two Bangladeshi nationals were killed and 12 others injured by mortar shells launched by Hauthi rebels of Yemen in Jizan, South Eastern province of Saudi Arabia (750 km away from Jeddah), on Friday morning. As per initial report gathered through local Bangladesh community as well as the hospital sources, the attack was on a resident establishment in Samtah town, only ... Read More »

Egyptian security forces kill Mexican tourists by mistake

Security forces in Egypt have mistakenly killed 12 people, including Mexican tourists, during an anti-terror operation, the interior ministry says. The tourists were travelling in four vehicles that entered a restricted zone in the Wahat area of the Western Desert, a ministry statement said. Ten Mexicans and Egyptians were also injured and are being treated in a local hospital. The ... Read More »

Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque sees Israeli-Palestinian clashes

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian youths after entering the al-Aqsa mosque complex in East Jerusalem. Police say they entered the site “to prevent riots”. They were reported to have used tear gas and stun grenades, and were attacked with rocks and fireworks. Similar clashes took place at the end of July. Al-Aqsa is one of Islam’s holiest sites and is ... Read More »

Mantra for 9/11 : Fourteen years later, improbable world

By Tom Engelhardt Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that? Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle ... Read More »

Where would they go?

In mega city Dhaka, traffic jam is a serious problem acting as retardation to our economic activities. In addition, blocking of footpaths by small businessmen is causing deceleration to our everyday movement. The law enforcers off and on conduct drives to evict these small businessmen to clear the footpaths and other public thoroughfares. But the outcome is not satisfactory. Read More »

IS claims to mint gold coins to drive US to financial ruin

By Gillian Mohney The self-styled Islamic State (IS) claims it is now minting its own gold coins and other currency, according to a lengthy propaganda video released Saturday by the militant group. Entitled “The Rise of the Khilafah and the Return of the Gold Dinar,” the documentary-style video features an English-speaking narrator who says the IS currency will be made ... Read More »

Yazidi leaders for proof ‘Jewish Schindler’ saved 128 women, children from IS

By Rachel Browne A group of Yazidi spiritual and political leaders, activists, and aid workers are demanding an inquiry into the work of a Montreal man who claims to have rescued 128 Yazidi and Christian women and children enslaved by Islamic State militants. Steve Maman has attracted international attention for his Canadian non-profit group, The Liberation of Christian and Yazidi ... Read More »

U.S. vs. Iraq: 25 years and counting

By Mickey Z. On July 25, 1990, Saddam Hussein entertained a guest at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad: U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie. Glaspie told the Iraqi president: ‘I have direct instructions from President (George H.W.) Bush to improve our relations with Iraq. We have considerable sympathy for your quest for higher oil prices, the immediate cause of your ... Read More »

Japan PM Abe to deliver closely watched WW2 statement

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will deliver a much-anticipated statement on Friday marking 70 years since his country’s World War Two surrender. Its content will be closely watched by Japan’s neighbours, who are concerned he may water down past apologies for Japan’s wartime actions. Previous Japanese prime ministers have used the once-every-decade statement to issue a “heartfelt apology”. Read More »

Night operation against the IS: The battle for Rojava

The northeastern city of Hasakah is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse in Syria. Its population of Kurds, Sunni Arabs, and Christians was until recently politically divided between equal zones of Kurdish and Assad regime control. Immediately following the fall of the strategic border town of Tal Abyad from Islamic State (IS) fighters to Kurdish YPG forces in ... Read More »

Defining and regulating the weaponisation of space – Analysis

By David C. DeFrieze | Space is a contested, congested, and competitive domain. Each year the international community relies ever more on space-based technology for defense, civil, and commercial purposes. Accordingly, the weaponization of space has increasingly become an issue of concern. Space is an international common and is thus easier to protect through international cooperation. Since the beginnings of ... Read More »

S. Korea to install anti-N. Korea loudspeakers in propaganda warfare

Broadcast was ceased in 2004, to be reinstated following mine incident from last week South Korean Ministry of Defense has announced plans to use propaganda loudspeakers near Paju as a measure against North Korea’s recent mine attack that seriously injured two of South Korean service members. “South Korean government will react with a corresponding measure as the North Korean Army ... Read More »

EU Del condemns blogger Niloy murder, seeks immediate action

EU Delegation to Bangladesh in a statement to the press on early Sunday morning condemned the murder of blogger Niladri Chatterjee Niloy, demanded immediate action against those involved in the murder and gave sincere condolen ces to his widow and his other members. The statemen said, “The European Union Delegation to Bangladesh condemns in the strongest possible terms the vile ... Read More »

Hiroshima-Nagasaki: 70-year nuclear explosions not done yet

By David Swanson This August 6th and 9th millions of people marke the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in those cities and at events around the world. Some will celebrate the recent deal in which Iran committed not to pursue nuclear weapons, and to comply with the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and with requirements not imposed ... Read More »

Suicide attack ‘hits Turkish troops’, two soldiers killed

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the Turkish military says. A tractor laden with explosives was driven at a military police station, a statement said. The attack happened early on Sunday near the town of Dogubayezit in Agri province, near the border with Iran. Since 24 July, Turkey has ... Read More »

Hong Kong protest over ‘breast as weapon’ conviction

Dozens of bra-wearing men and women have protested in Hong Kong after a woman was jailed for assaulting a senior policeman with her breast. Ng Lai-ying, 30, had accused Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po of touching her breast during a protest in March. But the court had ruled against her, saying she deliberately pushed her breast against him so she could ... Read More »

Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor of Mullah Omar

The Taliban have appointed a successor to Mullah Omar, who led the movement for some 20 years. The death of Mullah Omar – reported by the Afghan government on Wednesday – was confirmed by the Taliban on Thursday, the BBC has been told. His deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, will replace him, sources close to the Taliban leadership said. Correspondents say ... Read More »

India executes Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon

India has executed Yakub Memon, the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings, the Maharashtra state government has confirmed. Memon was hanged at a prison in Nagpur in the western state. The serial blasts killed 257 people, and were allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots a few months earlier. India rarely carries out death sentences ... Read More »

PCJSS leader among two shot dead in Rangamati

Two tribal people, including a leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), were shot dead in an attack by miscreants at Lemuchari in Sadar upazila early Sunday. The deceased were identified as Supriya Chakma, a leader of the PCJSS and a resident of Ananda Bihar area, and Malay Chakma, a resident of Rangapani area. Read More »