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Day: November 24, 2015

Paris attacks: Belt of explosives found in litter in town south of capital
ENGLISH, Europe

Paris attacks: Belt of explosives found in litter in town south of capital

    A device resembling an explosive belt has been found in the town of Montrouge south of Paris and is currently being analysed by police. The item was found in a pile of litter on a residential street near students’ accommodation on Monday afternoon, and police experts are working to establish its composition and whether it is made up of explosives. A source close to the investigation told Reuters: “It looks like a belt of explosives.” The immediate area where the belt was found was closed off while police checked the material and established what it was. There was no police confirmation yet as to whether it was an explosives belt. Security services in France and Belgium are trying to hunt down suspects and potential accomplices following a series of coordinated terrorist at...
Why I Love Winter
ENGLISH, Life Style

Why I Love Winter

    I hate winter season. The mornings are the worst. Getting out of the warm bed is a challenge by itself. The harsh, icy water and the bone shattering cold air doesn't make life easier for anyone. The dense fog, which is adamant, refuses to go away till midday, creating a nuisance of traffic. As it is apparent, winter does not charm me. But there is one exception. The only reason winter is worth waiting for, in my opinion, is pitha. I hate winter season. But I love pitha. It is hard for a Bangladeshi not to. The fascination with pitha has existed among Bengalis for centuries and is now probably inscribed in our genes! Niaz Zaman in her book 'Bosha Bhat to Biriyani: The Legacy of Bangladeshi Cuisine' mentions a reference to pitha in the seventeenth century Mymensingh balla...
Paris attacks: How the influence of Saudi Arabia sowed the seeds of radicalism in Belgium
ENGLISH, Europe

Paris attacks: How the influence of Saudi Arabia sowed the seeds of radicalism in Belgium

    Armed police guard a street in Brussels There are many reasons why Belgium has become a hotbed of radical Islamism. Some of the answers may lie in the implanting of Saudi Salafist preachers in the country from the 1960s. Keen to secure oil contracts, Belgium’s King Baudouin made an offer to Saudi King Faisal, who had visited Brussels in 1967: Belgium would set up a mosque in the capital, and hire Gulf-trained clerics. At the time, Belgium was encouraging Moroccan and Turkish workers to come into the country as cheap labour. The deal between the two Kings would make the mosque their main place of worship. Brussels already had the perfect place. An oriental pavilion designed by Belgian architect Ernest Van Humbeek had been built in the capital’s Cinquantenaire park in 1879, ...
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet Near Border
ENGLISH, Europe

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet Near Border

    A Russian jet has been shot down after allegedly violating Turkish airspace near the Syrian border. The pilot was warned 10 times before being shot down by two Turkish F16 jets, according to the country's military. An official said two planes approached the Turkish border and were warned before one of them was shot down, adding their information shows Turkish airspace was repeatedly violated. A Kremlin spokesman said it was a "very serious incident", but said it was too early to draw conclusions. The Russian defence ministry said in a statement the Sukhoi Su-24 jet did not violate Turkish airspace and added it was downed by artillery fire. Russia Su-24 jet shot down by Turkey F-16 fighters near Syria border The ministry also said that according to preliminary data the pilo...