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Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels

Ukraine deal with pro-Russian rebels

Ukraine's government and pro-Russia rebels have agreed a memorandum on a peace plan for the eastern conflict. The deal includes setting up a 30km (19-mile) buffer zone, a ban on overflights of part of eastern Ukraine by military aircraft and the withdrawal of "foreign mercenaries" on both sides. The agreement was announced at talks in...

6 more Moghbazar triple murder suspects held

6 more Moghbazar triple murder suspects held

Rapid Action Battalion members detained six people in Dhaka early today suspecting their link with the sensational triple murder in Moghbazar of Dhaka on August 28. Acting on a tip-off, the elite force personnel captured the six persons conducting raids at different places in the capital, Maksudul Alam, assistant director of Rab's Legal and...

Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released

Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released

Some 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in the north Iraqi city of Mosul in June are now back in Turkey, PM Ahmet Davutoglu says. The hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers. They were seized from Turkey's consulate after IS militants seized Mosul in a rapid advance in June. Turkey...

UK politicians ponder Scotland's future

UK politicians ponder Scotland's future

Politicians on both sides of the argument are to consider the best way forward for Scotland in the wake of voters rejecting independence. The SNP is contemplating a change of leadership after First Minister Alex Salmond announced he is to stand down. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to speak in Fife on the lessons...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
‘JMB trying to contact Islamic State’

‘JMB trying to contact Islamic State’

Detectives in Bangladesh allege that the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is trying to establish a connection with the Islamic State (IS). “And as far as we know, they already attained some success,” Monirul Islam, joint commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told reporters at a press conference in Dhaka today. The presser...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Scotland votes 'No' to independence

Scotland votes 'No' to independence

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With 30 out of the country's 32 council areas having declared after Thursday's vote, the "No" side has an unassailable lead of 1,877,252 votes to 1,512,688. The winning total needed was 1,852,828. Nationally, the margin of victory is about 55% to...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Al-Qaeda India branch delusional: Modi

Al-Qaeda India branch delusional: Modi

Indian PM Narendra Modi has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up an Indian branch, saying that the group was "delusional" to think that Indian Muslims "will dance to its tune". "Indian Muslims will live for India and die for India," Modi told CNN in his first major broadcast interview. Earlier this month, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said al-Qaeda in India would "raise the flag of jihad". India issued a security alert in several states after the announcement. Correspondents say that although al-Qaeda has no presence on the ground in India, there is concern it is trying to reach out to disaffected Muslim youths, especially in Kashmir and Gujarat. "My understanding is that they are...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Bangladesh envoy to US presents credential to Obama

Bangladesh envoy to US presents credential to Obama

The newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to US Mohammad Ziauddin presented his credential to President Barak Obama on Thursday (US time).   On receiving the credential papers, President Obama welcomed the ambassador in the Oval Office of the White House, said a press release issued from Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC. Welcome to the new...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
5 hurt in Gonojagoron Mancha factional clash

5 hurt in Gonojagoron Mancha factional clash

  At least five people including Imran H Sarker were injured as two factions of Gonojagoron Mancha clashed at Shahbagh in the capital city of Dhaka this evening. Imran, spokesperson of a faction, and other injured were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 7:00pm, said Haider Ali, assistant sub-inspector of DMCH police camp....

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorising the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote. The bipartisan 78-22 tally Thursday blended support from Obama's close Democratic allies and some of his fiercest GOP critics, including...