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Keeping armies out of schools – An interview

Philippa H Stewart Senior Media Officer Bede Sheppard Deputy Director, Children’s Rights Division During times of war around the world, students, teachers, and schools have frequently come under attack from armies and armed groups. Schools are deliberately targeted to stop children, particularly girls, from being educated. Students are caught in the crossfire because soldiers are using their schools as a ... Read More »

Palestinians vow to battle illegal Israeli confiscations

Palestinians pledge to continue the dream of passing land to their children and grandchildren amid accelerating seizures By Shatha Hammad Tayseer Ataya stands, leaning on his cane and gazing at his plot of land on Risan hill, west of Ramallah. The 65-year-old man has been forbidden from accessing his property for close to a year. In August 2018, Israeli settlers ... Read More »

The UN has failed civilians

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 24 2019 (IPS) – Despite the United Nations Security Council’s task of protecting civilians, millions around the world are still being displaced and killed with little to no accountability for perpetrators. Marking 20 years since the UN Security Council included the protection of civilians in its agenda, the group convened for an open debate on ... Read More »

The contribution of humanitarian action to peace

By Peter Maurer Stockholm, May 22, 2019 (IPS) – The connection of humanitarian action to broader objectives like peace, development and human rights is understandably complex, but it is also an area in which some fresh thinking is important. The dilemma we are facing today is how to expand and uphold neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian action while designing and ... Read More »

Two suspected Ansarullah men held in Narayanganj

Narayanganj, May 20 (UNB) – Rapid Action Battalion members arrested two suspected members of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team from Fatullah on Sunday.  The arrestees were identified as Abu Sayeed, 24, of Munshiganj’s Tongibari upazila and SM Mahadi Hasan alias Golam Rabbi, 26, hailing from Gournadi upazila of Barishal.  Md Alep Uddin, additional superintendent of police (media) on deputation ... Read More »

Stop the war on children

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 2019 (IPS) – Too many children are dying as a result of explosive weapons, and the international community must step up to protect and declare children off limits in war. In a new report, Save the Children documented the devastating toll that armed conflicts have on children psychologically and physically and is urging further resources and political commitment to protect ... Read More »

4 policemen testify in Holey Artisan attack case

Dhaka, May 20 – The Anti-Terror Special Court of Dhaka yesterday recorded the depositions of four policemen in the case lodged under the Anti-terror Act over the grisly militant attack at the city’s Holey Artisan Bakery in 2016. Later, Judge Md Mujibur Rahman of the court fixed May 27 as the next date for hearing in the case. The policemen ... Read More »

Google says services on Huawei phone still will function

Beijing, May 20 (AP/UNB) — Google is assuring users of Huawei smartphones the American company’s basic services will work on them following U.S. government restrictions on doing business with the Chinese tech giant. Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., said Monday it is complying with and “reviewing the implications” of the requirement for export licenses for technology sales to Huawei ... Read More »

Huawei has immediately lost access to Android and Google

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world. Holders ... Read More »

US military confirms rocket near embassy in Iraq

Dubai, May 20 (AP/UNB) —The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and says there are no U.S. or coalition casualties. A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, Bill Urban, says in a statement that Iraqi Security Forces are investigating Sunday’s incident. A State Department spokesman says that “a low-grade ... Read More »

Saudis say they will defend themselves, as Trump warns Iran

Dubai, May 20 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom’s energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, warned Iran that it will face destruction if it seeks a fight, ... Read More »

AL’s youth associate Jubo League man shot dead in Rangamati

Rangamati, May 20 (UNB) – A local Jubo League leader was gunned down by armed terrorists at Naikhongchhora in Rajasthali upazila on Sunday night.The victim was identified as Kya Hla Ching Marma, president of Bangalhalia Ward unit of Jubo League.Ashraf Uddin, officer-in-charge of Chandraghona Police Station, said a gang of terrorist stormed into Chongkla’s house around 11pm and opened fire ... Read More »

Dhaka concerned at attacks on oil facilities in Gulf region

Dhaka, May 19 (UNB)— Bangladesh says it has observed with “deep concern” the secret drone attacks on oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.  Equally disconcerting is the news of attacks on Saudi and Emirati oil tankers in the UAE territory, said a foreign ministry statement on Sunday.     Bangladesh says it is of the view that such unprovoked ... Read More »

Awami League activist abducted, murdered in Bandarban

Bandarban, May 19 – A ruling Awami League activist was shot dead by criminals after abduction in the Sadar Upazila on early Sunday. The deceased was identified as Kya Ching Thowai Marma, 27, son of Ta U Thowai Marma. He was an activist of Awami League’s ward number 5 unit in Rajbila union. Police said armed criminals barged into Kya ... Read More »

Bahrain orders its citizens to leave Iraq, Iran

Dubai, May 19(AP/UNB) — Bahrain is ordering all of its citizens to immediately leave Iraq and Iran, amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement via its state-run news agency Saturday afternoon. It cited the “unstable situation in the region and the grave developments and threats that threaten security and stability.” Baharin is a small, ... Read More »

Global convention on principles for building peace needed?

STOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 (IPS) – When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies, forced migration, increasing civil wars, extreme weather conditions triggered by climate change and widespread poverty and conflict-related hunger. For ... Read More »

Satellite images show no major damage to ‘sabotaged’ ships

Dubai, May 14 (AP/UNB) — Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Gulf officials described as sabotage, though satellite images obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday showed no major visible damage to the vessels. Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one Emirati oil tanker on Sunday remained unclear, and Gulf ... Read More »

Suspected criminal killed in Chittagong gunfight with police

Chittagong, May 12, – A suspected criminal was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Bakalia here early Sunday hours after killing a woman. The deceased was identified as Shah Alam. Shah Md Abdur Rouf, Additional Deputy Commissioner (South), Chattogram Metropolitan Police said Shah Alam had been at loggerheads with Hasan, a local youth, for long. Shah Alam went ... Read More »

US just ‘invaded’ an East China Sea island & no one noticed

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By Darius ShahtahmasebiJust recently, the US military launched a full-on invasion of an island in the East China Sea to send a strong message to China, and yet barely any mainstream media outlet has covered the story or its massive implications. Last week, US Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit invaded a tiny island in Japan’s Okinawa archipelago, known ... Read More »

900 child soldiers taken away from Nigeria vigilante group

Maiduguri, May 10 (AP/UNB) — Authorities say nearly 900 children who were enlisted in a civilian defense militia in northeastern Nigeria have been officially separated from the group in accordance with a U.N. accord. The children had been part of a group that was helping government forces fight armed Islamic extremists. A total of 894 child soldiers formerly in the ... Read More »

US moving Patriot missile battery to Mideast to counter Iran

Washington, May 11 (AP/UNB) — The U.S. will move a Patriot missile battery into the Middle East to counter threats from Iran, the Pentagon said Friday, reflecting ongoing concerns that Tehran may be planning to attack America forces or interests in the region. The Defense Department released a statement about the move but provided no details. An official said the ... Read More »

Pyongyang launches two projectiles from NE province: Seoul

The launch took place at 1630 KST from DPRK’s North Pyongan Province: JCS Oliver Hotham North Korea on Thursday afternoon test-fired at least one projectile, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced, the country’s second such test in less than a week. The projectile was launched at around 1630 KST from Sino-ri in the DPRK’s North Pyongan Province in ... Read More »

BNP criticises PM again for her “remark on Khaleda”

Dhaka, May 8 – BNP on Tuesday voiced deep concern over Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent reported remark in London about Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment, saying it will erode people’s confidence in the judiciary. In a statement, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the Prime Minister, during her address to Awami League leaders and activists in London, expressed strong ... Read More »

Myanmar frees Reuters reporters jailed for Secrecy Act crime

Yangon, May 7 (AP/UNB) — Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces’ abuses of Rohingya Muslims were pardoned and released Tuesday. The convictions of Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had drawn condemnation from rights groups, Western governments and press associations, and the two journalists had garnered several ... Read More »

Myanmar: Deaths in Army Custody Need Independent Inquiry

The Killing of 6 Villagers in Rakhine State Should Be Fully, Credibly Investigated New York – Myanmar authorities should independently investigate the killing of detainees held by the military in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 2, 2019, army soldiers shot and killed at least six villagers from among several hundred who had been detained in Kyauk ... Read More »

Like Libya and Syria, Venezuela is not ‘just about oil’

By Andre Vltchek Yes, the latest research confirms that Venezuela is so rich in natural resources, that it could single-handedly satisfy all global demand for oil, for over 30 years. And it has much more than oil to offer, in its Orinoco basin and in other areas of the country. But it is not all ‘about oil’; actually, far from ... Read More »

Suspected drug trader killed in Sirajganj ‘gunfight’

Sirajganj, Apr 30 – A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight between two gangs at Raipur Railway Station in the Sadar Upazila early Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Nurul Islam Mohon, 55, son of late Hayat Ali. According to police, he was accused in several drugs-related cases. Police said the drug dealers’ gangs fought over the ... Read More »

IS leader appears in video for first time in 5 years

Beirut, Apr 30 (AP/UNB) — The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group claimed to appear for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, acknowledging defeat in the group’s last stronghold in Syria but vowing a “long battle” ahead. The man said to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the ... Read More »

Suspected militant den cordoned off in Dhaka City

Dhaka, Apr 29 – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) cordoned off a tin-shed house at Bosila in Mohammadpur area of the capital early Monday, suspecting it to be a militant den. Acting on secret information, a team of the Rab force cordoned off the house, ‘Metro Housing’, at Bosila around 3:30 am, said director of Rab’s Legal and Media ... Read More »

India, Pakistan, and a planet in peril

By Dilip Hiro It’s still the most dangerous border on Earth. Yet compared to the recent tweets of President Donald Trump, it remains a marginal news story. That doesn’t for a moment diminish the chance that the globe’s first (and possibly ultimate) nuclear conflagration could break out along that 480-mile border known as the Line of Control (and, given the ... Read More »