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Day: March 27, 2016

Shot Man Charged Over French Terror Plot
ENGLISH, Europe

Shot Man Charged Over French Terror Plot

    A man shot by police in Brussels has been charged with membership of a terror group following a raid in France last week. Belgian prosecutors named him as A. Abderrahmane who was detained on Saturday for a further 24 hours after being shot during a raid in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek. Meanwhile, police in Brussels said they carried out 13 new raids on Sunday, taking nine people into custody for questioning and releasing a further five. The man who has now been charged was wearing a backpack at a tram stop in Brussels when he failed to respond to police demands to raise his arms and was shot in the leg as he stood with a young girl. Belgian media initially suggested the man may have been shot in error. It comes as German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag newspaper repor...
Bangladesh Govt to curb issuing official passports
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Bangladesh Govt to curb issuing official passports

    The government has decided to curb the issuance of official passports for its employees across the country in view of allegations of human trafficking in disguise of government officials. In a circular, the home ministry today said only the employees who have been appointed with the government revenue budget and obtained government order (GO) will be given official passports. “No one will get official passport without a GO. Besides, no NOC (non-objection certificate) will be granted in this regard,” Bri Gen Masud Rezwan, director general at Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP), told a press conference at its head office in Dhaka today. The DIP will only issue an official passport when its designated officials find the GO in favour of the interested government emplo...
Japan kills 333 Antarctic Minke whales for scientific research
Asia, ENGLISH

Japan kills 333 Antarctic Minke whales for scientific research

    In the name of ‘scientific research’, Japan has killed 333 minke whales, including over 200 pregnant females, in the Antarctic in 2015-16 whaling season, according to the country’s Institute for Cetacean Research. A fleet of four ships returned on March 23, from their 115-day expedition to conduct ‘scientific’ whaling activities which is a blatant disregard of the ruling by the International Court of Justice in 2014 that challenged the scientific legitimacy of the program, reports National Geographic. Commercial whaling has been banned by the International Whaling Commission since 1986. However, an exemption for scientific research still remains, which Japan has long been accused of using as a cover for commercial whaling activities. When a Japanese ship lands a whale, the...
Blast in Pakistan’s Lahore kills 38
Asia, ENGLISH

Blast in Pakistan’s Lahore kills 38

    An explosion in the Pakistani city of Lahore has killed at least 38 people and injured dozens more, officials say. The blast was in a large park in the south-west of the city, where many people had gathered late on Sunday. Police told the BBC it appeared to be a suicide bomb. No group has said it was behind the blast. There is speculation that Christian families out for the Easter weekend may have been the target. All the major hospitals in the area have been put on an emergency footing to deal with casualties, local media report. The explosion appears to have been at the main gate to the Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in an area where cars are usually left. Lahore is the capital of Punjab, Pakistan's largest and wealthiest province and the political powerbase of Prime Minister Nawa...
Riot Police Confront Mob In Brussels Square
ENGLISH, Europe

Riot Police Confront Mob In Brussels Square

    Riot police have been deployed amid angry scenes at the Brussels square where tributes have been left to Tuesday's terror victims. Water cannon have been used to disperse hundreds of suspected far-right protesters gathered at the Place De La Bourse. A March Against Fear had been due to take place at the square, which has become a shrine to the 28 victims of the city's twin attacks. It was called off by the event organisers after Belgium's interior minister urged protesters not to attend, saying police were too stretched. Hundreds of people were nevertheless gathered in the square to pay their final respects when they were joined by dozens of men, some in balaklavas, who made their way onto the steps of the Brussels Stock Exchange. Members of the crowd unfurled a large bann...