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Day: September 24, 2017

Despair of Briton held without charge in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Despair of Briton held without charge in Bangladesh

    Bangladeshi police officers escort Hasnat Karim, centre, to a court appearance in Dhaka in August 2016. It was supposed to be a celebration. On 1 July 2016, Hasnat Karim, a British-Bangladeshi businessman, and his wife, Sharmina Parveen, took their two children out for their daughter’s 13th birthday at Holey Artisan Bakery Cafe, an upscale Dhaka restaurant. They had gone early so their son could later watch a cartoon at home, where a birthday cake was waiting. As they scanned the menu, gunmen claiming allegiance to the Islamic State stormed the cafe. Over 10 hours, they murdered more than 20 people, mostly foreigners, and held the others hostage. If we had been late, just five or 10 minutes, then we would not have been able to enter the restaurant, Parveen, a soft-spoken w...
Two rescued from rubble after gas blast rips apart Blackpool guest house
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Two rescued from rubble after gas blast rips apart Blackpool guest house

    Emergency services in Charles Street, Blackpool after a gas explosion at a guest house. Two people have been injured, one seriously, after a gas explosion ripped through a guest house burying them under rubble. Firefighters had to sift through the debris to reach the man and woman trapped by the blast on Charles Street in Blackpool, shortly before 6pm on Saturday. A witness to the explosion described how parts of the property just disappeared into the street. Specialist rescue equipment was used to free the pair who were taken to hospital. One was reported by the ambulance service to have suffered major trauma injuries. A number of people were also treated by paramedics at the scene. A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) said six engines attended the sc...
Turkey to build refugee camps for one lakh Rohingyas
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Turkey to build refugee camps for one lakh Rohingyas

    Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TCCA) Coordinator Ahmed Rafiq on Sunday said his country will build refugee camps for one lakh Rohingyas, who fled the persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar, in the southeastern districts of Bangladesh. He disclosed this while paying a courtesy call on Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury (Maya) at his office at the Secretariat in the city, said an official release. During the meeting, they discussed different bilateral issues, including site selection for the refugee camps, and expressed optimism for a peaceful resolution to the crisis as soon as possible. The minister informed the TCCA representative that Bangladesh has given shelter to Myanmar refugees only on humanitarian grounds. Turkey will ...
Germany votes in key national elections
ENGLISH, Europe

Germany votes in key national elections

    Germany is going to the polls on Sunday today for the country's federal elections, with long-serving Chancellor Angela Merkel looking all but certain to win a historic fourth term in office. The poll is also expected to see the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) entering parliament for the first time. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged people to go vote. Voting is a civic duty. Go and vote! Steinmeier wrote in an opinion piece published in the Bild am Sonntag Sunday newspaper. Every vote counts - your vote counts, Steinmeier asserted. People who don't vote allow others to decide the future of our country. Opinion polls suggest Merkel and her party are heading for a clear win, which would gift Merkel a historic fourth term. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CD...
Acid attack in front of London Stratford shopping centre: six injures,15 years boy held by police
ENGLISH, London

Acid attack in front of London Stratford shopping centre: six injures,15 years boy held by police

    Six people have been injured after a noxious substance was thrown during an incident at an east London shopping mall. Three of the victims needed hospital treatment after they were hit with the substance during an altercation between two groups of males at the Stratford Centre. Horrified onlookers reported scenes of panic in the aftermath of the incident which was first feared to be a series of random attacks. One witness described seeing a young male victim screaming in pain as his friends shouted it is an acid attack, he is burning, while others rushed to wash the substance from their skin. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident on Saturday evening. Scotland Yard said the altercation took place ins...