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Day: July 2, 2016

Call for Conservative leadership contest to be cut short: May could win without vote
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Call for Conservative leadership contest to be cut short: May could win without vote

    Andrea Leadsom The Conservative leadership contest should be cut short and one of the candidates given a coronation, a minister has said. Anna Soubry, the business minister, said a period uncertainty would be bad for the party and country at a time of instability. “It would be best if the candidates among themselves could just back one person and then we can get on with it,” she told LBC radio. “This uncertainty — for this to drag on till September — is not great for our country.” The Times newspaper cites an anonymous Conservative source as saying there will be “strong pressure” for MPs to start conceding if favourite Theresa May opens up an overwhelming lead in the race. Ms May, the Home Secretary, backs Remain, and is now in poll position in the contest after Bori...
Caution Urged After IS Threaten Heathrow Attack
ENGLISH, London

Caution Urged After IS Threaten Heathrow Attack

    A Minister has responded to an alleged threat to Heathrow Airport on a Twitter feed linked to Islamic State by calling for vigilance. Transport minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said that all steps necessary would be taken "to keep the public safe". It followed non-governmental counter-terrorism organisation SITE Intelligence Group warning it had become aware of a threat involving "a device placed in either Heathrow, LAX or JFK airports". Lord Ahmad said: "We all need to be vigilant to the global threat of terrorism - in the UK we keep all aspects of aviation security under constant review and work closely with our international partners to mitigate risks. "We will continue to take all steps necessary to keep the public safe, but for security reasons we do not comment in de...
Gulshan Tragedy: 20 hostages killed Friday night
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Gulshan Tragedy: 20 hostages killed Friday night

    Gunmen killed 20 people, mostly with sharp weapons, shortly after taking hostage a number of diners at a café in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone last evening, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). -- ‘Operation thunderbolt’ conducted -- Among 7 attackers, six killed, one held alive -- Victims mostly killed by sharp weapons -- Sharp weapons, unexploded IED, walkie-talkie recovered -- Autopsies at Dhaka CMH -- Dial +88-0176-9012524 to ascertain victims’ identity, army says As per instruction by the honourable head of the government, Bangladesh Army conducted Operation Thunderbolt, Brig Gen Nayeem Ashfaque Chowdhury, director of military operations, told journalists at a press briefing this afternoon. Joint security force led by army recovered 20 bodies during a search...
Thousands attend London protest march after Brexit vote
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Thousands attend London protest march after Brexit vote

    Thousands of people have gathered in central London to protest against plans to leave the European Union. Demonstrators wearing EU flags as capes and with homemade banners saying "Bremain" and "We Love EU" gathered on the streets around Park Lane for the March for Europe rally. Protesters taking part in the event, which was organised on social media, were due to march through London to Parliament Square. Comedian and satirist Mark Thomas organised the march to address his "anger, frustration and need to do something". He estimated between 20,000 and 40,000 people would be at the event. He said: "We would accept the result of the referendum if it was fought on a level playing field. But it was full of misinformation and people need to do something with their frustration." A...
Bangladesh Biman plans big to fly to more destinations
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Bangladesh Biman plans big to fly to more destinations

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines has worked out a plan to resume flight operations on some of its closed routes along with opening new ones after inducting new aircraft into its fleet, reports UNB. According to sources at the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry and Biman, the national flag carrier has decided to resume its operations on Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka and Dhaka-Hong Kong-Dhaka routes in the upcoming winter season. It also decided to start its operation on Dhaka-Guangzhou (China)- Dhaka, Dhaka-Colombo (Sri Lanka)-Dhaka and Dhaka-Male (The Maldives)-Dhaka routes during the upcoming winter. Biman also has the plan to start its flight operations on Dhaka-Narita (Japan)-Dhaka route after having suitable aircraft and completion of a commercial feasibility study during the winter sea...