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Day: January 5, 2016

Tories Zac Goldsmith accuses Labour’s Sadiq Khan of playing the race card in mayoral contest
ENGLISH, London

Tories Zac Goldsmith accuses Labour’s Sadiq Khan of playing the race card in mayoral contest

    Zac Goldsmith The Conservative candidate to become the next Mayor of London has accused Labour’s candidate of playing the race card during the political campaign. Zac Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond Park, defended earlier comments where he described Mr Khan as divisive and radical. Sources on the Khan campaign had described Mr Goldsmith’s messaging as a possible “coded racist attack” designed to refer to the Labour candidate’s Islamic faith. “I think he is playing with fire, I don't think there is anything more divisive than playing the race card when clearly, unambiguously that does not apply,” Mr Goldsmith told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “It's very obvious what I was referring to when I described him as a 'radical candidate' as part of a radical process that has envel...
Why aren’t we calling the Oregon militia terrorists
America, ENGLISH

Why aren’t we calling the Oregon militia terrorists

    As of Sunday afternoon, The Washington Post called them "occupiers" — and more precisely, "an armed militia." The New York Times opted for "armed activists" and "militia men." And the Associated Press put the situation this way: "A family previously involved in a showdown with the federal government has occupied a building at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon and is asking militia members to join them." Not one seemed to lean toward terms such as "insurrection," "revolt," anti-government "insurgents" or, as some on social media were calling them, "terrorists." When a group of unknown size and unknown firepower has taken over any federal building with plans and possibly some equipment to aid a years-long occupation — and when its representatives tells reporters that they...
First phase Bishwa Ijtema begins Friday
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

First phase Bishwa Ijtema begins Friday

    The three day-long Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the Hajj, is set to begin on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, Gazipur on Friday. Thousands of Muslim devotees have already reached the venue of the Ijtema, which would end through Akheri Munajat on Sunday. The second phase will begin on the 15th of January and will end on the 17th. meanwhile, Bangladesh Railway has decided to run 28 special trains for Bishwa Ijtema devotees to Tongi from different parts of the country. Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal visited the Ijtema ground today. He said that Bangladeshis are pious and knowledgeable. Therefore the government has been able to curb militancy in the country.
Immediately arrange an inclusive national election: Khaleda
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Immediately arrange an inclusive national election: Khaleda

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today demanded the authorities to immediately arrange a parliamentary election under a nonpartisan government. The Election Commission’s present responsibility is to immediately arrange an inclusive national election in a free, fair and impartial manner, she said. The BNP also demanded talks among political parties for the sake of democracy. “We want an end to the prevailing chaotic situation through discussions and to work together for the sake of de-mocracy,” she said adding the ruling Awami League is staying in power forcibly. Citing several instances of election irregularities, the BNP chief alleged that the Awami League government wants to show its popularity by manipulating elections. She also lambasted the Election Commission (EC) for its...
The mysterious case of the dead North Korean doctors and their wives
Asia, ENGLISH

The mysterious case of the dead North Korean doctors and their wives

    Even by the standards of news about North Korea, this story is bizarre: Two North Korean doctors working in Cambodia died over the weekend, apparently after they got so drunk that their wives, also doctors, injected them with some mystery liquid to counteract the alcohol. Both men then had heart attacks, according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post. Now, we’re used to stories about strange deaths in North Korea. There's Jang Song Thaek, the mercurial uncle who North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had shot. (Although rumors went around that he was savaged by a pack of 100 hungry dogs. Not true.) Or the singer and former girlfriend of Kim Jong Un who reappeared after her reported execution. Just last week, we heard about the sudden death of Kim Yang Gon, a key liaison with South ...