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Jihadi John 'felt like dead man walking'

Jihadi John 'felt like dead man walking'

The man identified as extremist "Jihadi John" said he felt like a "dead man walking" after being contacted by UK security services, a newspaper reports. Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man from west London, made the claims in 2010 in email exchanges with a Mail on Sunday journalist, the paper says. Emwazi said he had...

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Library locked down for 16 years

Library locked down for 16 years

The M.N Khan public library, established during the reign of the British period at Kacherkol union under Shailkupa upazila, had been locked for 16 years due to political feud. As a result, citizens of the upazila are deprived of studying different types of necessary reading materials. Official sources said that Jamindar (landlord) Khan Bahadur...

Jihadist admits terror offences

Jihadist admits terror offences

A jihadist who faked his death so that he could return to the UK undetected has admitted four terrorism offences. Imran Khawaja admitted preparing for acts of terrorism, attending a camp, receiving training and possessing firearms in a hearing last year. The case has only become reportable after his cousin admitted assisting his return from...

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‘The British didn't conquer India…’

‘The British didn't conquer India…’

“The British didn't conquer India…East India Company did. The company, which was only answerable to shareholders, unleashed a beast on the world. Ten years after the Battle of Plassey, the company was being run by 35 people in London,” British historian and writer William Dalrymple told The Daily Star yesterday. The noted historian is in town to attend the Hay Festival Dhaka 2014. Dalrymple embarked on the literary scene with his travel books – In Xanadu and City of Djinns. But he earned a solid global fandom with his history books – White Mughals and The Last Mughal. His latest book Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan has...

55 UK Muslim charities under scanner for extremism link

55 UK Muslim charities under scanner for extremism link

Two NGOs operating in Bangladesh are among 55 British Muslim charities which the Charity Commission of the UK secretly is monitoring suspecting they might have link with extremism, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. The daily, quoting report revealed by think tank Claystone, names the two NGOs as Muslim Aid and Aid Convoy. Claystone collected the...

5-yr-old-boy youngest ever qualified computer specialist

5-yr-old-boy youngest ever qualified computer specialist

Ayan Qureshi from Birmingham is Microsoft’s youngest-ever certified computer specialist, reports a UK-based daily. A schoolboy has become the world's youngest qualified computer specialist after passing a Microsoft Windows examination at the age of just five, The Telegraph reports. Ayan Qureshi has only just started primary school, but passed the test at Birmingham City University...

6 Bangladeshi origin British to contest UK polls

6 Bangladeshi origin British to contest UK polls

Six Bangladeshi origin British citizens are going to participate in the upcoming parliamentary election of the United Kingdom. They have been nominated from three major political parties of the country for the election to be held in May 2015, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo. Four of them have been nominated by the main opposition Labour...

4th 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed in Syria

4th 'British-Bangladeshi' jihadist killed in Syria

A teenage jihadist from Portsmouth has become the fourth extremist from the city to be killed fighting with ISIS in Syria. Mehdi Hassan, 19, travelled to the war-torn country in October last year with a group of friends calling themselves the “Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys”. Photos purporting to show his dead body appeared on...

Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week. Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of...

Briton held hostage in Libya freed

Briton held hostage in Libya freed

British teacher David Bolam has been released after being held hostage by militants in Libya since May. The Foreign Office said Bolam, who taught at the now-closed International School Benghazi, was "safe and well" and had been reunited with his family. His kidnapping had not been reported at the request of the Foreign Office and...

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