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No bail for man accused of Times Square plot

New York, Jun 8 (AP/UNB) — A New York City man accused of planning a terrorist attack on Times Square is being held without bail. Ashiqul Alam was arraigned Friday on charges he bought illegal guns from an undercover agent to move the plot forward. Federal prosecutors said in court that the 22-year-old is a flight risk and a danger ... Read More »

Bomb-like object at BSMMU worries BNP about Khaleda’s life

Dhaka, June 7 – BNP on Friday voiced deep concern over the life and security of its chairperson Khaleda Zia as a petrol bomb-like object was reportedly recovered from the administrative building of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday. Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi demanded ... Read More »

Probe finds ‘state actor’ led attack on tankers

International investigators believe last month’s attacks on oil tankers in a United Arab Emirates port were led by a foreign state using divers on speed boats who planted mines on the vessels. They did not name Iran, which the U.S. has blamed for the attacks. That’s what United Nations ambassadors from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Norway told a closed ... Read More »

Trump lauds ‘unbreakable’ transatlantic alliance on D-Day

CAEN, France, June 6, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – President Donald Trump sought Thursday to reassure US allies rattled by his nationalist rhetoric by saying the bonds between them were “unbreakable” on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Trump joined other world leaders in northern France where thousands of well-wishers gathered to pay tribute to the ever-dwindling number of veterans of ... Read More »

Sudan protesters say 40 bodies pulled from Nile in Khartoum

Sudan, June 6 (AP/UNB) — More than 40 bodies of people slain by Sudanese security forces were pulled from the Nile River in the capital of Khartoum, organizers of pro-democracy demonstrations said Wednesday, and new clashes brought the death toll in three days of the ruling military’s crackdown to 108. The Sudan Doctors Committee, one of the protest groups, reported ... Read More »

Give befitting reply to BNP-Jamaat propaganda, PM Hasina

Finland, June 6 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged expatriate Awami League leaders and workers to give a befitting reply to the BNP-Jamaat which, she said, is carrying out false propaganda and hatching conspiracies against the country. “The BNP-Jamaat clique is out to tarnish the country’s image by orchestrating conspiracies and carrying out false propaganda against the country. So, ... Read More »

Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai: Cairo

Egypt, June 5 (AP/UNB) — Islamic militants attacked a checkpoint in Egypt’s restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 10 policemen, security officials said. The attack took place as Muslims in the city of el-Arish were holding prayers marking the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which follows the holy month of Ramadan, early in the morning. ... Read More »

35 dead as Sudan troops move against democracy protesters

Sudan, June 4 (AP/UNB) — Sudan’s ruling military moved to crush the protest movement opposing its grip on power as security forces overran the main sit-in site in the capital Monday, unleashing furious volleys of gunfire, burning down tents and killing at least 35 people, witnesses and protest leaders said. With the assault, the generals signaled an end of their ... Read More »

World military spending at 3-decade high, biggest spender US

By Countercurrents TeamThe past year has been immensely successful for the war industry. The US is leading the charge, while some of its NATO allies are also buffing their war budgets citing the Russian threat despite Moscow decreasing its military spending. The driving force behind this increase is the growing appetite of the US military-industrial complex rather than real threats, ... Read More »

BNP slams Quader for ‘comfortable’ Eid journey remark

Dhaka, Jun 3 (UNB) – BNP on Monday termed mockery Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader’s comment that this year’s eid will be the most comfortable one in the country’s history. “We would like to say this eid will be the most painful one as the country’s most popular leader has been kept in jail by force. Farmers don’t ... Read More »

OIC to launch case at ICJ over HR violation of Rohingyas

Dhaka, June 3 (UNB) – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called upon the ad hoc ministerial committee led by the Gambia to take immediate measures to launch the case of Myanmar’s human rights violations against Rohingyas at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of the OIC. It affirmed its support for the ad hoc ministerial committee ... Read More »

Dr Kamal demands Khaleda’s release before eid

Dhaka, June 2 (UNB) – Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain and its general secretary Reza Kibria on Sunday demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr. In a message on the occasion of eid, they said, “We demand that former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and all other political prisoners be freed before the ... Read More »

Lack of future prompts Rohingya to flee Bangladesh

Md. Kamruzzaman Dhaka, Bangladesh – Nineteen-year-old Mohammad Amin is one of the 54 Rohingya refugees who each paid 45,000 Bangladeshi taka ($532) to local traffickers to go to Malaysia earlier this month. For three days and two nights they believed they were on a boat headed to Malaysia where they would be taken for a job. They were instead left ... Read More »

DG Rab wants lawyers to shun legal assistance to militants

Dhaka, June 2 – Director General (DG) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Benazir Ahmed yesterday (Sunday) asked lawyers to refrain from extending legal assistance to the militants. He urged lawyers of the country to reconsider the issue of providing legal aid to the fundamentalists and militants. “Those who are advocating for militants can also be attacked by them. Militants have ... Read More »

Bangladesh turned into a ‘subservient’ country: BNP

Dhaka, June 2 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that Bangladesh has now become a ‘subservient’ country as the current government has destroyed all the achievements the nation earned through the 1971 Liberation War. “The country is passing through a critical time. It’s a crisis of the entire nation. We’ve lost all our achievements. ... Read More »

Pro and anti-Israel protests draw hundreds in Berlin

Berlin, June 2 (AP/UNB) — Hundreds of people including prominent German politicians and members of the Jewish community are protesting against a larger, anti-Israel rally in Berlin. Police in the German capital of Berlin kept the competing protests on Saturday apart. The annual al-Quds — Arabic for Jerusalem — march against Israel drew more than 1,000 participants, with some chanting ... Read More »

12 people killed in Virginia Beach shooting; suspect dead

Virginia Beach, Jun 1 (AP/UNB) — A longtime city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him, authorities said. Four other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach ... Read More »

BD PM Hasina for OIC support to launch Rohingya case at ICJ

Makkah, Jun 1 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday sought support from the OIC member states to launch the Rohingya case at International Court of Justice with voluntary funding and technical help to ensure the legal rights of Rohingyas and address the question of accountability and justice. Mentioning that the Abu Dhabi Conference of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held ... Read More »

Pakistani and Afghan refugees seek safe haven in Sri Lanka

By Caroline Gluck Negombo, Sri Lanka, May 31 2019 (IPS) – Thirteen-year-old Bariea, a Pakistani asylum seeker in Sri Lanka, is taking shelter at a mosque in the city of Negombo, where an uneasy mix of high anxiety and extreme boredom hover over the room. “We just have a few small bags, mostly clothes,” said Bariea. “We thought we would ... Read More »

Hasina arrives in Jeddah to attend Makkah Summit

Jeddah, May 31 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday afternoon arrived here in Saudi Arabia, the second destination of her tri-nation tour, from Tokyo wrapping up her four-day visit to Japan.A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage landed at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 5:10pm (local time).Bangladesh Ambassador ... Read More »

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 »

Saudi King Salman urges international effort to thwart Iran

Saudi Arabia, May 31 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca on Friday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom remains committed to peace. King Salman delivered his remarks at Arab summits in Mecca that ... Read More »

Chittagong jail prisoner killed in fight with inmate

Dhaka, May 30 – A prisoner of Chattogram Central Jail was killed on Wednesday over infighting with his inmate, said Chattogram jail authority. Over the murder incident, Chattogram Central Jail’s jailor Nasir Ahmed filed a case at city’s Kotwali Police Station yesterday (Thursday) accusing deceased inmate Ripon Nath. The deceased was identified as Amit Muhuri, 32, a notorious terrorist and ... Read More »

Bangladesh for Ulema body at OIC to help counter militancy

Dhaka, May 30 – Bangladesh on Thursday proposed a new platform for the Ulema to work together to counter extremism and terrorism at the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Council of foreign ministers. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen emphasised that the Muslim nations should be able to resolve their own issues within OIC and proposed the new platform for the ... Read More »

Satkhira Press Club attacked; 10 journalists injured

Satkhira, May 30 (UNB) – At least 10 journalists were injured in an attack by criminals on the press club on Thursday noon. Press club President and freedom fighter Abu Ahmed, former president and district correspondent of channel I Abul Kalam Azad, Prothom Alo Staff Reporter Kalyan Banerjee, General Secretary and also district correspondent of Somoy TV Mamtaz Ahmed Bapi, ... Read More »

Dhaka proposes new platform for Ulema to counter extremism

Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday emphasized that the Muslim nations should be able to resolve their own issues within Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and proposed a new platform for the Ulema to work together to counter extremism and terrorism. While speaking on cooperation for faster development, the Foreign Minister stressed the need for ... Read More »

BD Chhatra League trying to kill me, says Ducsu VP Nur

Dhaka, May 29 (UNB)— Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) Vice-President Nurul Haque Nur on Wednesday accused Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of making an attempt on his life in Bogura. “They’re continuously attacking me as part of their plot to kill me since I got elected as Ducsu VP,” Nur told the media at Madhur Canteen at noon.   ... 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 »

Confusion, anger grips BNP rank and file: Moudud

Dhaka, May 29 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday said deep anger and confusion have gripped their party rank and file as its MPs joined the current ‘unelected and illegal’ parliament. Speaking at a discussion of BNP, he also warned that their party will not be able to make progress much in national politics if the confusion ... Read More »

Mamata refuses to join Indian PM Modi’s oath invite

New Delhi/Kolkata, May 29 (UNB) – Mamata Banerjee, after claiming she would try to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony in Delhi on Thursday as a constitutional duty, pulled a 180-degree today saying: “Please excuse me”. The Bengal Chief Minister, in a curt letter posted on Twitter, referred to the BJP’s allegation that 54 of its workers had been ... Read More »