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Bangladesh: Opposition leader gets death penalty

JULHAS ALAM Associated Press= DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special tribunal sentenced a senior leader of an Islamic party to death on Wednesday for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people involving Bangladesh’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The verdict came in a packed courtroom in the capital, Dhaka, in presence of defendant Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, the ...

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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returns home

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has flown home after nearly three months of medical treatment at a hospital in Paris. The 76-year-old arrived at a military airport in Algeria after a two-hour flight, officials say. Mr Bouteflika, who has led the gas-rich North African state for a decade, went to Paris after a mini-stroke in April. Analysts say his health ...

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Greeks go on strike against public sector cuts

A day-long general strike has begun in Greece, called by trade unions, in protest against government plans to cut thousands of public sector jobs. The government needs to pass a bill this week in order to start receiving 6.8bn euros (£5.8bn) of fresh bailout loans to keep the country afloat. Hospitals and public transport are expected to be affected by ...

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Egypt: After a week of calm further clashes between police and pro-Morsi supporters leave 22 injured

Egyptian police and protesters clashed in central Cairo early this morning after fights broke out between supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and locals angered when they tried to block major thoroughfares crossing the River Nile. The MENA state news agency said at least 22 people were injured in the violence, which began just after 9pm (1900 GMT) yesterday ...

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Bangladesh violence erupts over Ghulam Azam war crimes verdict

Police have clashed with thousands of protesters in Bangladesh a day after the conviction of an Islamist party leader for war crimes, officials say. Ghulam Azam, leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, was jailed for crimes committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. The clashes came amid a nationwide general strike. Police said they opened fire after protesters ...

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Wave of bombings, shootings kill 38 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, IRAQ — A wave of coordinated blasts that tore through overwhelmingly Shiite cities shortly before the breaking of the Ramadan fast and other attacks killed at least 38 in Iraq on Sunday, the latest in a surge of violence that is raising fears the country is sliding back toward full-scale sectarian fighting. Insurgents have been pounding Iraq with bombings ...

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Fans mourn ‘Glee’ star

Celebrities and fans alike all over the world were rocked by the sudden death of “Glee” star Cory Mon­teith, whose body was found in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday. “Speechless. And for the worst reason,” Taylor Swift tweeted. “Cory Monteith, may your spirit be at peace, and may you fly with the angels,” Rihanna said. An autopsy is scheduled for ...

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Israeli PM Netanyahu says Iran ‘closer to bomb’ red line

Washington: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Iran is getting ‘closer and closer to the bomb’, adding that he would not wait for too long in deciding whether to wage an attack on the nation aggressively…

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Calm on streets as Egypt assembles a cabinet

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim prime minister was assembling his cabinet on Sunday to lead the country under an army-backed “road map” to restore civil rule, with peace having returned to the streets after the military removed President Mohamed Mursi. Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76-year-old liberal economist appointed interim prime minister last week, is tapping technocrats and liberals for a government ...

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In Syria, rival rebel factions fight each other

Syrian rebels head to the town of Bsankol in the northwestern province of Idlib to join those fighting regime forces for control of a highway Saturday. (Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP/Getty) BEIRUT — Western-backed opposition fighters and a faction of al-Qaeda-linked rebels turned their guns on each other Saturday in Syria’s largest city, battling for control of a key checkpoint in the ...

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