Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Asia

Infamous Dhaka jail used for trial of Khaleda Zia

AFP DHAKA: The Bangladesh government on Wednesday turned a notorious jail into a courtroom to try ailing opposition leader Khaleda Zia on corruption charges. The 73-year-old former prime minister, already serving a five-year term in Dhaka Central Jail, was brought into the temporary courtroom in a wheelchair insisting she would ...

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Haqqani network founder dead

WASHINGTON: The founder of the Haqqani network, Jalaluddin Haqqani, is dead, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced. Haqqani, who had fought with Soviet troops, was reportedly ill for a long period of time. He was a member of Quetta Shura, a terrorist organisation comprising Afghan Talibanleaders, who are believed to be ...

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Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan

TOKYO: The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall Tuesday, the country’s weather agency said, bringing violent winds and heavy rainfall that prompted evacuation warnings. Typhoon Jebi, packing winds of up to 216 kilometres (135 miles) per hour, made landfall around midday in western Japan near areas ...

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With rising sea levels, Bangkok struggles to stay afloat

As Bangkok prepares to host climate-change talks, the sprawling city of more than 10 million is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over a decade. A preparatory meeting begins Tuesday in Thailand’s capital for the next UN climate conference, ...

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US cancels $300m military aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The US military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties. The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader ...

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Aung Suu Kyi should have resigned: UN chief

UN: The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over last year’s violent military campaign against Rohingya Muslim in Rakhine State. In an interview with the BBC, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said Suu Kyi, who leads the Myanmar government, should have considered returning ...

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Pakistani businessman arrested by Scotland Yard on US request

LONDON: Scotland Yard has said that it arrested Pakistani businessman Jabir Motiwala on the extradition request filed by the American government in relation to allegations of conspiracy to commit blackmail, import class A drugs and money laundering in the USA. The police told this scribe that the arrest of 52-years-old ...

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India’s court orders death sentence for rapists of 8-year-old girl

An Indian court sentenced two men to death for the gang-rape of an eight-year-old girl that sparked angry protests. The sentence was one of the first ordered under a new law allowing for fast-track trials and capital punishment for child rapists. Crowds chanted “Death to rapists!” after the brutal attack ...

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