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Body formed to probe Banshkhali incident

Dhaka – A probe committee, led by additional district magistrate (ADM) Mohammad Muminur Rahman, has been formed to investigate the Banshkhali incident that left three people dead and nearly 40 injured. The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days, said Shamsuzaman, nirbahi officer (UNO) of Banskhali upazila. Read More »

Obama blames Putin’s military buildup for slowdown in arms control

(RFE/RL) — U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of slowing progress on nuclear arms reduction by focusing instead on building up Moscow’s military might. “My preference would be to bring down further our nuclear arsenal,” Obama said at a press conference on April 1 after his two-day Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. The Obama administration approached Russia ... Read More »

Obama finds common cause on NKorea with China, allies

Washington 01 Apr – In the face of mounting threats from North Korea, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged closer security ties among its chief allies in Asia and increased cooperation with strategic rival China to discourage Pyongyang from further advances in nuclear weapons. As world leaders gathered for a nuclear security summit, Obama first met with Japanese Prime Minister ... Read More »

Massive US airstrike in Yemen kills ‘dozens’ of people, Pentagon says

A massive US airstrike in Yemen has killed what the Pentagon estimates is “dozens” of people, the second such mass-casualty strike the US military has undertaken this month. The two strikes, killing more than 200 people at what the Pentagon described as terrorist training camps, diverged so sharply from the previous years’ worth of relatively low-casualty strikes that observers speculated ... Read More »

North Korea fires 5 more projectiles in the vague direction of Japan

By Reuters News Agency Read and watch more about North Korea in “March Madness,” a VICE News special section on the Hermit Kingdom. North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, South Korea’s military said, amid heightened tension over the isolated country’s nuclear and rocket programs. The unidentified projectiles were launched from south ... Read More »

N Korea submarine ‘missing’ during US-S Korea drills

North Korea says its military is ready to pre-emptively attack and ‘liberate’ the South if it sees signs that American and South Korean troops involved in annual joint military drills are attempting to invade the North A North Korean submarine is missing, reports said on Saturday, as the reclusive state issued a fresh threat of retaliation against US and South ... Read More »

N.Korea launches two Scud missiles

Cross-land launch a message to South, displays confidence in missile system, researchers says JH Ahn North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM), presumed to be Hwasong-6 (Scud-C/D), into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) Thursday morning. “North Korea today at 0520, launched two SRBMs from North Hwanghae Province to the direction of the East Sea, northeast of Wonsan, Kangwon ... Read More »

US teams due soon: Airport, cyber security on agenda

Two US teams are likely to be here in Dhaka this month to discuss various issues, including airport and cyber securities, and future collaboration in these areas. A delegation, led by Alan Bersin, assistant secretary for international affairs and chief diplomatic officer for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy, is likely to be here in the ... Read More »

Iraq war not mistake, but holocaustic crime

Ben Tanosborn Either our minds have softened in the United States, or our hearts have hardened way beyond the callous stage. Or, likely both. Just 13 years past his criminal decision to invade Iraq, George W. Bush is campaigning in South Carolina to get his younger brother, Jeb, in the White House. A fitting payback by an illegitimate and unworthy ... Read More »

North Korea celebrates rocket launch, Kim Jong-il’s birthday

By VICE News North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has been dead for more than four years, but his February 16 birthday is still lavishly celebrated by the regime he left behind. The festivities this year, when the diminutive tyrant would have turned 75, included soldiers carving hundreds of elaborate ice sculptures, as well as an exhibition in Pyongyang, reportedly attended ... Read More »

Taking North Korea at its Word

B.R. Myers Why we should take more seriously what North Korea tells its own people When the North Koreans test another nuclear device or launch another missile, the question I am most often asked is, “Why now?” Why February and not May, in other words; why 2016 and not 2017? Rather than grasping these events as stations in a linear ... Read More »

First-ever Rohingya census begins

The first-ever census of unregistered Rohingya population in Bangladesh began in six districts on Friday to determine their exact number and stop their further influx into Bangladesh. Resolving the long-pending issue in a systematic and transparent way is also the aim of the census. In Cox’s Bazar, enumerators started the counting from the Rohingya camp at Pahartali of the district ... Read More »

North Korea missile launcher on the move, Japan reports

Japanese public broadcaster says North Korean mobile launcher has been seen travelling near east coast. North Korea’s mobile missile launcher has been seen moving near the east coast carrying a ballistic missile launcher, while activity has also been seen at a long-range rocket launch pad on the west coast, Japanese public broadcaster NHK has reported. Read More »

Drone warfare in South Asia and beyond

Conference on “The Expanding Meaning of Drone Warfare in Southasia and Beyond”, 16-17 April, 2016, Kathmandu The Hri Institute and Himal Southasian have been deeply concerned about the new method of warfare that has emerged in Southasia over the past decade – viz. the use of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), guided by satellite and directed by remote controllers, can ... Read More »

Russian fighter came within 15 feet of U.S. Air Force jet

A Russian fighter jet came within 15 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea this week in what the Pentagon is calling an “unsafe” incident, U.S. officials say.”On January 25, 2016, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and ... Read More »

Israeli vulture detained in Lebanon

Imagine Jason Bourne — but with feathers, claws and two-meter wingspan.A vulture that flew into Lebanon from an Israeli nature reserve has been captured on suspicion of spying, according to local media reports.Gamla Nature Reserve tracked the bird to near the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil, which is just a few kilometers over the border from Israel — then ... Read More »

International fleet review 2016 – Analysis

By SAAG An Opportunity for India to show case Capacity, Capability and Intent of a Strong Vibrant emerging Maritime Nation in the 21st Century By Commdore RS Vasan IN (Retd)* The IFR 2016 will indeed be a grand spectacle as more than one hundred ships from the navies of over fifty countries will participate in this exercise that is carried ... Read More »

Navy, Air Force chiefs’ ranks upgraded

Dhaka – The government has upgraded the rank of the chiefs of Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The rank of the Navy chief has been upgraded to Admiral from Vice Admiral while that of BAF to Air Chief Marshal from Air Marshal, said an ISPR release. Read More »

Military to military

By Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office- and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him- has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. Their criticism ... Read More »

South Korea will resume propaganda broadcasts

Blue House says broadcasts in response to nuclear test, a violation of August 25 agreement Hyun-bi Park South Korea announced it will resume propaganda broadcasts along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Friday, in response to the nuclear test North Korea conducted on Wednesday. The Blue House said the North’s fourth nuclear test is a violation of the terms laid out ... Read More »

Yes, North Korea probably tested an H-Bomb

By Ryan Faith The rumbling started early Wednesday morning when a small earthquake was detected near a known nuclear test site in North Korea. Not long after, North Korean state media broadcast the announcement that the country had successfully tested a small hydrogen bomb. The alarming headlines that followed could mostly be divided into two categories: The North Koreans are ... Read More »

Pakistan supplying Sri Lanka with fighter aircraft

By Richard Tomkins Colombo — Sri Lanka is to buy eight JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft from Pakistan under an agreement signed during a state visit to the country by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The Sri Lanka Sunday Times newspaper reported the deal is part a number of agreements in the areas of defense, security, anti-terrorism, trade and technology. Read More »

Home Minister says ignore Jamaat’s ‘paper hartal’

Dhaka – Terming the hartal as ‘Paper hartal’ the Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Wednesday called upon the transports workers to ply their vehicle. Ply your vehicles despite hartal hours without any fear as members of the law enforcement agencies will provide your security, he said. The Home minister came with the remark while addressing a inaugural programme  to launch ... Read More »