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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...

Standard Chartered to close up to 100 branches

Standard Chartered to close up to 100 branches

Standard Chartered will close up to 100 bank branches next year in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in an attempt to improve its profitability. The UK bank plans to cut about 8 percent of its global network of more than 1,200 branches to save $400m (£251m) a year. The announcement was made on the...

ME to open door if BNP goes to power

ME to open door if BNP goes to power

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday claimed she would be able to open the manpower market in the Middle East, including the UAE, for Bangladeshis whenever her party returned to power. She, however, said she doesn't want to be the country's prime minister again. “I'm on a movement now to save the country, its people and...

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The intellectual battle against ISIS

The intellectual battle against ISIS

THE global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today's crisis of extremism, we must recognise that we are just as interdependent for our security, as is clear in the current struggle to defeat ISIS. If we are to prevent ISIS from teaching us this lesson the hard...

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West's 'blunders'

Rouhani blames rise in extremism on West's 'blunders'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed the rise of violent extremism in the Middle East on the West's "strategic blunders". Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Rouhani said the solution for the crisis had to come from within the region. He also accused "certain intelligence agencies" of funding groups such as Islamic State (IS)...

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Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

Balkanization and US' full spectrum dominance

THE tentacles of the balkanization policy of fragmenting states into small entities has spread worldwide initiated by civil rights societies at first with protests which have the flare of popular uprisings against the incumbent governments for democracy, human rights, minority rights and secularism. More is yet to come in the Middle East using...

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