Friday, 15 December 2017

Asia

Rohingya Muslims await chance to enter Bangladesh

An exhausted Rohingya lies on the muddy ground after crossing over from the Myanmar border into Bangladesh, near Palong Khali, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 1 2017. In a scene that's played out over and over again, at least 2,000 exhausted and starving Rohingya crossed the swollen Naf river on Wednesday and waited along the Bangladesh border for permission to cross, fleeing persecution in Myanmar. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

PALONG KHALI: The scene has played out with heartbreaking regularity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution in Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh: terrified knots of men, women and children crossing the swollen Naf River and waiting along the border for permission to cross. On Thursday, at least ...

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India starts trade route to Afghanistan via Iran

Chahbahar Port

NEW DELHI: India on Sunday shipped its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan by sea through Iran’s strategic Chahbahar Port, launching a trade route bypassing longtime rival Pakistan. The shipment, an Indian gift for Afghanistan, was sent from the western seaport of Kandla. It will be taken by trucks to ...

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Indian drone spying across LoC shot down by Pakistan Army

Indian drone shot down by Pakistan Army

RAWALPINDI: An Indian quadcopter spying across the Line of Control (LoC) was shot down by Pakistan Army on Friday, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Indian quadcopter spying across LOC in Rakhchikri sector shot down by Pak Army shooters. Wreckage held. pic.twitter.com/g9FG7EghPS — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) October 27, ...

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11 jailed for assassination attempt on Bangladesh PM

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DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court on Sunday sentenced 11 people to 20 years imprisonment for attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 28 years ago at her family residence. The Dhaka court also handed down life imprisonment to the accused for blasting bombs on the same day in 1989 at the ...

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Taliban Kill 28 Afghan Police as Attacks Escalate Nationwide

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KABUL: Taliban militants stormed police checkpoints late Saturday and before dawn Sunday in three provinces of Afghanistan, killing 28 policemen in the latest in a series of attacks across the country. Tens of heavily equipped insurgents, including holders of night-vision rifles, initially began sporadic shooting at three police checkpoints and ...

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Pakistan, Bangladesh at high risk of cyber-attacks

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WASHINGTON: Microsoft’s most recent Security Intelligence Report (SIR) shows Bangladesh and Pakistan to be most at risk of malicious software attacks. The bi-annual global report from the first quarter of 2017 reveals the most vulnerable nations prone to cyber-attacks. The in-depth study gives insights into the global threat landscape, with ...

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CIA conducting ‘hunt-and-kill’ operations in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: The CIA has launched a new “hunt and kill” mission in Afghanistan, targeting Taliban militants across the country, the US media reported on Monday. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said last week that the United States wants to beat the Taliban in the battlefield first to force them to ...

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Singapore now offers the world’s most powerful passport

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SINGAPORE: When it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal. But which one rules them all? According to the Passport Index, that honor now belongs solely to Singapore thanks to a recent decision by Paraguay to remove visa requirements for passport holders of the Asian city-state. Developed ...

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