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French security forces kill gunmen, end hostage sieges

With explosions and gunfire, security forces on Friday ended a three-day terror spree around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized hostages at a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape. The worst terrorist attacks France has seen in decades killed […]

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A YEAR is said to be an eternity in politics. In Bangladesh, it seems the batting of an eye. On January 5th colourful, sand-laden lorries reappeared on the streets of the capital, Dhaka. It was the first anniversary of a deeply flawed general election won by the ruling Awami League, thanks in large measure to […]

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The chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee criticised a “fraudulent statement”, which claimed a group of Congress members made remarks about the political situation in Bangladesh. “Certain press reports in Bangladeshi media outlets dated January 7 regarding the political situation in Bangladesh are based upon a fraudulent statement attributed to the U.S. House […]

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Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League got well trained in the last decade in the art of bullying, bashing, muzzling free voice, thuggery, creating and abolishing movements (like the Shahbag movement), creating an opposition party that is a part of her government and the head of the opposition sits in her cabinet and votes in favor of […]

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Anti-Muslim sentiment in Europe was already rising before Wednesday’s shooting. Now, many fear it could boil over. The deadly shooting Wednesday at French weekly Charlie Hebdo, the worst terrorist attack on French soil in five decades, is already sparking violent blowback against Muslims in France, highlighting the risk many diplomats see as part of a […]

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