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Death toll in Baghdad suicide attack hits 157

Baghdad, July 05 (AP/UNB) – As the death toll from the weekend truck bombing in Baghdad climbed to 157, Iraq’s embattled prime minister ordered new security measures, including abandoning the use of bomb-detection wands that U.S. experts pronounced worthless years ago. But security forces were still using the devices Monday evening, as a string of smaller bombings in the capital ... Read More »

‘We came here to non-Muslims,’ gunmen told hostages

The well-dressed young men entered the trendy restaurant armed with guns, crude bombs and blades. When the 10-hour siege was over, 28 people were dead — including at least one American — and Bangladesh’s attempts to underplay the threat posed by Islamist radicals lay in tatters. The hostage crisis and ensuing commando raid on a popular Dhaka eatery that ended ... Read More »

BD needs national unity to fight back: Security analyst

Dhaka – Bangladesh needs to have a national unity shunning the blame game to fight back and combat the menace, said a renowned global analyst. “There should be a national unity to fight back. Blame game or political point scoring should be shunned,” Prof Ali Riaz, Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at the Illinois State University has ... Read More »

PM firm to find out root of Friday’s attack

Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday expressed her firm resolve to find out the root of Friday’s terror attack, UNB news agency reported. “This is very much unfortunate…we’ll find out root of this attack, we’ll figure out who gave arms and explosives to them,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs ... Read More »

Army HQ: 20 hostages, 6 attackers, 2 cops killed

Dhaka – A total of 28 people, including 20 hostages, six attackers and two senior police officials were killed in a Gulshan restaurant attack in the city’s diplomatic zone that also left 20 policemen injured, UNB news agency reported. Director (Military Operation) Brig Gen Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury came up with the figure at a press briefing at the Army Headquarters ... Read More »

Dhaka hostages rescued thru raid: 28 including 20 foreigners killed

Dhaka – Security forces completed their commando drive and rescued hostages from a restaurant at the Gulshan diplomatic zone in the capital Dhaka at around 9.30am on Saturday bringing an end to a nerve-racking situation within 12 hours, UNB news agency reported. Official sources said six of the attackers – who slaughtered 20 foreigners – were killed in the raid. Two police ... Read More »

Xenophobic rhetoric, now socially, politically ‘acceptable’ ?

By Baher Kamal ROME, (IPS) – “Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable.” The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just ... Read More »

Bombings claimed by IS killed 43 in southern Yemen

Yemen, (AP/UNB) – An Islamic State affiliate carried out a series of attacks in Yemen’s southern port city of Mukalla on Monday, killing at least 43 people and wounding several others, officials said. The attacks came as the government and Shiite Houthi rebels planned to suspend talks on ending Yemen’s larger conflict after failing to reach a breakthrough in two ... Read More »

Fundamentalism a threat to peaceful assembly, association: UN

Dhaka – The phenomenon of fundamentalism is fueling growing intolerance worldwide, which poses a grave threat to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Unb news agency reported. United Nations expert Maina Kiai said this at the Human Rights Council on Friday in presenting his latest report on religious, free market, political, and nationalist or cultural fundamentalism, ... Read More »

Joe Biden campaigns for ban on assault weapons from civilian ownership

US Vice President Joe Biden in a message sent to people on Friday lent support to the campaign to ban assault weappons and high capacity magazines from cvilian ownership. He said, “Over the past few years, we’ve watched as new horrific shootings have replaced previous ones as the deadliest in our nation’s history. “We’ve waged campaign after campaign to turn ... Read More »

Boko Haram kills 18 at funeral in northeast Nigeria

A police official says Boko Haram extremists have killed 18 people at a funeral in northeast Nigeria.Police spokesman Othman Abubakar said Friday the number of dead could rise.Witnesses said the assailants shot at mourners after arriving on motorbikes in the Madagali area of Adamawa state on Thursday night.One witness, who insisted on anonymity citing security concerns, said at least 10 ... Read More »

Mass shooting casualties in the US

A total of 330 mass shootings were recorded in the United States in 2015, killing 367 and injuring another 1,318 people. And from year to year, this figures only rise. Thus, compared to the two previous years, 2015 appeared to be the most bloody one. Following this, one of the announcements of Barak Obama’s first weekly address of 2016 was ... Read More »

Marseille clashes leave British fans in hospital

A number of British people are in hospital in France, the UK’s ambassador has said following a series of clashes between football fans in Marseille.Violence has broken out between England fans, rival supporters and police for three days in the French port city.There were also clashes in the stadium following England’s 1-1 Euro 2016 draw with Russia, after Russia fans ... Read More »

Debate on BD situation in EP Tuesday

The European Parliament (EP) will see a debate on Bangladesh situation on Tuesday. Among other issues, a debate on Bangladesh titled ‘Situation in Bangladesh’ will be held between 15:00-23:00 hours (Strasbourg time), said an official. Recent attacks on minority groups and others might come up for discussions in the debate, diplomatic sources said. However, the EP did not mention specific ... Read More »

Never met Safadi: Joy

Trashing Israeli politician Mendi N Safadi’s claim that they had a meeting in Washington, Prime Minister’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said they met nowhere. In a Facebook post, Joy wrote: “I have never met Safadi, either in Washington or anywhere else. He is lying. That he is willing to lie for the BNP also proves that he is involved ... Read More »