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LAST_UPDATEThu, 02 Oct 2014 7am

Bangladesh Sacks Minister After Criticism Of Hajj

Pic: Astro AWANIDHAKA: Bangladesh has sacked a top minister after his criticism of the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj triggered protests by Islamists who declared him an apostate and set a 24-hour deadline to replace him.

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Turkey’s Parliament To Debate Use Of Turkish Bases Against Militants

Pic: www.voanews.comISTANBUL:Turkey’s parliament will debate allowing foreign military forces to use Turkish bases for cross-border operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, according to a government proposal submitted today.

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US Lawmaker Launches Hong Kong Caucus To Monitor Rights

Pic: Astro AWANIWASHINGTON: US lawmaker Chris Smith, who for decades has prodded Beijing to improve its human rights record, announced Tuesday he was creating a congressional Hong Kong caucus to monitor China's actions there.

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Sewol Ferry Tragedy: Captain Told Passengers To Stay In Sinking Ferry, Court Told

Lee Joon-Seok (centre), captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol which sank at sea off Jindo, is seen as he is sent to a prosecutor’s office in Mokpo in this April 27, 2014 file picture. — Reuters picSEOUL: The skipper of a South Korean ferry that sank in April with the loss of more than 300 lives had ordered passengers not to leave the sinking vessel, a court heard today.

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India Train Collision Leaves 12 Dead, 45 Others Injured

Commuters stand at an open doorway of a suburban train during the morning rush hour in Kolkata September 22, 2014. Deadly accidents are common on India’s railways, whose vast and rundown network carries tens of millions of people daily. — Reuters pic NEW DELHI: Two passenger trains packed with festive travellers collided in northern India, killing at least 12 people and injuring 45, a railway spokesman said today.

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Israel PM: Gaza Probe By UN Is ‘One-Sided’

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a photograph as he addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York September 29, 2014. — Reuters pic JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has complained to UN chief Ban Ki-moon that a probe by the world body into the Gaza war is one-sided, his foreign ministry said today.

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UN Goal On Child Deaths Set To Be Missed

Pic: The Sun Daily/AFPPARIS: A UN target for slashing infant deaths will be missed, mainly through failures to roll back infectious disease and complications during pregnancy, experts said on Wednesday.

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HK Demos Throw Beijing Propaganda Machine Into Overdrive

Pic: AFPBEIJING: Fearful of comparisons to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Beijing has launched a dual effort to suppress news of swelling pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong while giving a heavy spin to what information it allows to get through, analysts say.

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Philippine President Aquino Criticises UN For Mission ‘Impossible’

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said the UN’s rejection of his request to give the peacekeepers more weapons had left them unnecessarily vulnerable when Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels attacked and surrounded them in August. — Reuters pic MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino today criticised the United Nations for refusing to better arm Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, saying this made their mission “impossible”.

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Australia Security Law Reforms Raise Fears For Press Freedom

Australia is increasingly concerned over the number of its citizens heading to Iraq and Syria to fight alongside radical Islamists, and police said they foiled a plot by the Islamic State group last month to behead a random Australian citizen. — Reuters picSYDNEY: The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia’s government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament today, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security.

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