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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the military and a Palestinian hospital official said. Residents of the Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem said Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers who had entered the area and the troops opened fire. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinians hurled rocks,...

PM warns Daily Star

PM warns Daily Star

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today warned of actions against the country's leading English daily, The Daily Star, for what she said “patronising banned militant organisation Hizb-ut Tahrir by publishing its poster”. "Action will be taken against those who tried to patronise Hizb-ut Tahrir by publishing its poster," she told the parliament amidst thumping of...

Islamic State will lose, says Obama

Islamic State will lose, says Obama

President Barack Obama has said Islamic State (IS) militants "will lose" as he asks Congress to formally authorise military force against them. "Our coalition is on the offensive. Isil [IS] is on the defensive, and Isil is going to lose," he said. He warned against dragging the US into another prolonged ground war and called...

Syria 'informed on anti-IS strikes'

Syria 'informed on anti-IS strikes'

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad says his government is receiving messages from the US-led coalition battling the jihadist group, Islamic State. Assad told the BBC that there had been no direct co-operation since air strikes began in Syria in September. But third parties - among them Iraq - were conveying "information". He also denied that Syrian government...

Jordan's air strikes on IS 'beginning of retaliation'

Jordan's air strikes on IS 'beginning of retaliation'

Jordanian air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets are "the beginning of our retaliation" for the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has said. He told CNN that Jordan was going after IS "with everything that we have". Jordan had previously only bombed militant bases in Syria, but Judeh said the...

First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 US troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday. Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the troops, mostly special...

IS threatens to kill Japan hostages

IS threatens to kill Japan hostages

The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo vowed Tuesday it would not give in to "terrorism". IS has murdered five Western hostages since August last year, but it is the first time that the jihadist group -- which has...

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The fall of Netanyahu?

THE dissolution of Israel's parliament, the Knesset, just a day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sacked two senior cabinet ministers, marks a surprising turnabout. Indeed, when Israelis vote again in March, more than two years ahead of schedule, Netanyahu could be voted out of office, with important implications not only for Israel, but also for the wider Middle East. Until last summer, Netanyahu appeared politically unassailable. His coalition government, despite some internal bickering, was expected to serve out its term....

GAZA WAR

GAZA WAR

At the beginning of July, following a military crackdown on Hamas prompted by the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers, Hamas initiated a sustained rocket bombardment on Israel from Gaza. The Israeli defence force (IDF) responded by initiating “Operation Protective Edge”, an aerial and ground campaign against Hamas that lasted seven weeks...

Mariners threaten movement for want of jobs

Mariners threaten movement for want of jobs

Marine graduates today threatened to go for a tougher movement if the government fails to ensure their jobs at home and abroad. The cadets blamed the government’s negligence and private recruiting agencies’ corruptions for not getting enough jobs in foreign ships. The graduates demanded the job security after forming a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka. Mainly the Middle Eastern countries, Malaysia and Singapore are the destinations for the Bangladeshi marine cadets. But the Middle Eastern countries are currently not issuing visas for them. Around 800 graduates -- 300 from public institutions and 500 others from 18 private institutions -- complete their education every year against only 88 government...

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