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Day: April 8, 2016

Confusion Over Fate Of 175 Syria cement workers captured by IS
Arab world, ENGLISH

Confusion Over Fate Of 175 Syria cement workers captured by IS

    Reports that Islamic State militants have massacred 175 captured workers from a cement plant near Damascus have been withdrawn. The news agency, Reuters, this morning quoted the Syrian military as suggesting the plant workers had been killed by the militants. But minutes later the agency withdrew the report. The workers were captured at the Al Badia Cement company, near the town of Dumeir, 30 miles northeast of the capital Damascus. Contact has been lost with the employees, and it is not known what has happened to them, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It took place in the same area where IS militants launched an assault on Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces on Tuesday night. They reportedly captured much of Dumeir, including its military airpo...
Edward Snowden calls on British people to rise up and demand David Cameron quit as Prime Minister
ENGLISH, Europe

Edward Snowden calls on British people to rise up and demand David Cameron quit as Prime Minister

    Edward Snowden has called on the British people to rise up and demand that David Cameron resign. The fugitive whistleblower urged voters to attend a protest outside Downing Street to force the Prime Minister from office. In a series of tweets, Mr Snowden , said the next 24 hours "could change Britain. He suggested the outrage at Mr Cameron's admission that he trousered thousands in profits from his father's offshore fund could spark the same kind of protests that yesterday forced Icelandic PM Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson to quit. An estimated 10% of Icelandic voters took to the streets on Tuesday night, furious at the revelation that Mr Gunnlaugsson had hidden millions in an offshore fund. Mr Snowden tweeted: It's up to the British people, not us. In Iceland, 10% of all vo...
Where is Home: Stateless An Account of Displacement in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Where is Home: Stateless An Account of Displacement in Bangladesh

Osama Rahman and Ahmad Ibrahim: What Mirpur has in common with camps in Saidpur and Nilphamari is that it does not have a defined border, and so every settlement there is at risk of eviction. Where Mirpur housed the urban, well to do Urdu speaker, Saidpur camp is inhabited mostly by the railroad workers who had built their tents along the rail line. “No one is asked to foot the bill for staying in prison,” begins Sheikh Naziruddin Rashed, a leader at the Mirpur camp for the Urdu-speaking community, which comprises of people who were native to Bihar, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. They migrated to these parts around the 1945-47, when the Partition would split undivided India into two. Mirpur is home to about 40 different camps of the Urdu-speaking community, who had abandoned their ...
A Young woman brought back from dead THREE TIMES after catching infection during cancer treatment
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

A Young woman brought back from dead THREE TIMES after catching infection during cancer treatment

    A brave young woman had to be brought back from the dead three times after her heart stopped when she caught a life threatening infection during cancer treatment. Jessica Morgan Price was 19 when she was diagnosed with leukaemia and needed immediate treatment including chemotherapy and a line put directly into her chest to give her blood. But the tube, known as a Hickman line, left her with a life-threatening condition and she had to be put on life support after suffering multiple organ failure, collapsed lungs and several other complications, Wales Online reports. Doctors put Jessica, from Porthcawl, South Wales, in an induced coma and her family was prepared to say their goodbyes. The now 21-year-old said: “I ended up in intensive care and I was put into an induced coma....
PM David Cameron faces growing pressure to come clean on finances
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

PM David Cameron faces growing pressure to come clean on finances

    David Cameron is facing mounting pressure to be fully transparent about his previous finances after finally admitting he benefited from a Panama-based offshore company set up by his late father. After three days of stalling and four partial statements issued by Downing Street, on Thursday night the prime minister confessed that he owned shares in a tax haven fund, which he sold for £31,500 just before he became prime minister in 2010. Labour said the admission had failed to draw a line under the matter and demanded full disclosure on what other financial arrangements Cameron benefited from as an MP and leader of the opposition. Owen Smith, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said Cameron still had questions to answer. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Smith sa...
It’s a settled issue
Asia, ENGLISH

It’s a settled issue

Mir Mostafizur Rahaman: Outlining Islamabad's position on its ties with Bangladesh, Pakistan's information and broadcasting minister, Pervaiz Rashid, said yesterday (Thursday) that his country is ready to do anything to promote Bangladesh's development. However, he also pointed out that Pakistan would not seek formal apology for its role during Bangladesh’s Liberation War as the matter was settled in 1974. The minister was exchanging views with a Bangladeshi Press delegation at his office in Islamabad. Several issues, including the future course of bilateral relations, South Asian regional cooperation, fighting terrorism and domestic politics of Pakistan, came up. Elaborating the Pakistan government’s thoughts on future development cooperation, he said: “You can use our land to export your...