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Day: March 9, 2016

IS Minister Of War Targeted In Airstrike
Arab world, ENGLISH

IS Minister Of War Targeted In Airstrike

    A senior Islamic State commander with a $5m (£3.5m) bounty on his head has been targeted in a coalition airstrike in Syria. Abu Omar al Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, could have been killed in the aerial attack last Friday , according to US officials. But his death has not yet been confirmed. Known for his red beard, al Shishani, whose real name is Tarkhan Batirashvili, was the terror group's de facto minister of war and among the most-wanted militants in a US reward programme. He was IS top commander and leader in northern Syria and maintained unique authority in the group with about 1,000 foreign fighters under his command, according to the US Treasury. It said he also oversaw a prison near the group's de facto capital Raqqa where foreign hostages may have bee...
North Korea’s Life or Death Crisis
Asia, ENGLISH

North Korea’s Life or Death Crisis

    On Monday, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea threatened to carry out a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” on the United States, U.S. bases in the Pacific, and South Korea. If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas [of] flames and ashes in a moment, the National Defense Commission said in a statement. Is this bluster, Pyongyang-style? Yes. North Korea is not planning to launch nukes at this moment. But the regime of Kim Jong Un looks ready to strike at its neighbors or the U.S., and a strike could trigger conflict on the Korean peninsula and beyond. “Strategic patience,” the name given to the American policy of the last half-decade, is no more. In the wake of the North’s Jan. 6 detonation o...
Osborne Facing Defeat On Sunday Trading Laws
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Osborne Facing Defeat On Sunday Trading Laws

    The Government is facing the prospect of defeat in the Commons over its plans to relax Sunday Trading laws in England and Wales after the Scottish National Party said it would oppose the plans. George Osborne already faces a major Tory rebellion when the vote takes place in the Commons later. Labour is urging the Government to "admit defeat" as dozens of Conservative backbenchers are expected to oppose the change. And this, combined with opposition from Labour and the SNP, could see the Government lose its slim majority. Under the Government's plans, proposed by the Chancellor last year and contained in Business Secretary Sajid Javid's Enterprise Bill, local authorities would be given the power to extend Sunday opening hours. Scotland already has relaxed laws for shop owne...
Cargo aircraft crashes in Bay of Bengal: 1 dead, 2 missing
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Cargo aircraft crashes in Bay of Bengal: 1 dead, 2 missing

    Debris of the chartered aircraft floating in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. The aircraft, bound for Jessore from Cox’s Bazar, crashed shortly after it took off. Injured Wazi Morout, 47, a Ukraine national, who was rescued from the sea after a privately-chartered aircraft crashed into the Bay. He has been moved to Chittagong for better treatments. No fire, plane just dropped, witness says. A privately-chartered cargo aircraft crashed into the Bay of Bengal this morning killing three person. One other has been rescued in critical condition. The crash site was about half a kilometre off Cox’s Bazar’s Nazirtek, at the estuary of the Bay and Bakkhali River, our local correspondent reports quoting police and aviation authorities. The Russian-owned True Aviation Limited’s aircr...
Eurosceptic rant by Queen nonsense: Nick Clegg
ENGLISH, London

Eurosceptic rant by Queen nonsense: Nick Clegg

    Buckingham Palace has insisted the Queen is politically neutral in the EU referendum campaign, following a report that she had expressed strong Eurosceptic views. The Sun said she vented her anger with Brussels at the strongly pro-EU Nick Clegg during a lunch at Windsor Castle when he was deputy prime minister. The former Liberal Democrat leader dismissed the report as nonsense while the Palace said it would not comment on spurious, anonymously sourced claims. The paper quoted a senior source as saying that people who heard their conversation were left in no doubt at all about the Queen's views on European integration. It was really something, and it went on for quite a while. The EU is clearly something Her Majesty feels passionately about, the source was quoted as saying...