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Body of Zia’s son arrives in B’desh amid political turmoil

Dhaka: The body of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s self-exiled son, who died in Malaysia last week, arrived here on Tuesday amid an escalation of political turmoil that claimed two more lives to take the death toll in the anti-government protests to 37. Senior leaders of former premier Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) received the body of Arafat Rahman Koko who died on Saturday [Full Article...]

Pak girl burnt to death for refusing marriage proposal

Islamabad: In a horrific incident, an 18- year-old Pakistani girl was burnt to death after being doused with kerosene by her jilted lover for refusing his marriage proposal, the latest case of violence against women in the country. The girl was set on fire in Naushahro Feroze district of Sindh province yesterday by Sajid Qureshi, a cloth merchant, after his marriage proposal was refused [Full Article...]

Philippines says was on guard against papal ‘suicide attack’

Manila: The Philippines investigated a report that a Malaysian suicide bomber was planning to try to kill Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to Manila this month, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said on Tuesday. Filipino police and soldiers threw up a massive operation involving nearly 40,000 personnel to protect the pope during the January 15-19 visit, which went off without any reported security incidents. [Full Article...]

China to hold military parade to ‘frighten Japan’

Beijing: China will this year hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports said on Tuesday, with one key goal described as being to “frighten Japan”. Communist China generally shies away from the vast annual demonstrations of military might that were a hallmark of the Soviet Union. But it most recently [Full Article...]

Outlawed JuD defies Pak govt by launching ambulance service

Karachi: Unfazed by sanctions imposed by the government, Mumbai 2008 attacks mastermind Hafeez Saeed-led militant outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) has launched an ambulance service here in southern port city of Pakistan. The service was started by JuD controlled charity Falah- i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) yesterday and inaugurated by none other than Saeed, declared as militant by the UN and the US. “The ambulance work service is [Full Article...]

S’pore forms Cyber Security Agency after world hack attacks

Singapore: Singapore’s government will set up a new agency to strengthen cyber security, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s office said on Tuesday, amid more reports of high-profile hacking incidents worldwide. The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, to be established on April 1, “will provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cyber security functions,” Lee’s office said in a statement. The creation of the new [Full Article...]

Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani

BEIRUT: Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the US-led coalition. The Kurds raised their flag on a hill that once flew the Islamic State group’s black banner. On Kobani’s war-ravaged streets, gunmen fired in the air in celebration, male and [Full Article...]

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UK boy, 5, gets billed for no-show at friend’s birthday bash LONDON: In a bizarre incident, a five-year- old boy in the UK has been billed about £16 and threatened with legal action by his friend’s mother for failing to attend her son’s birthday party. Alex Nash, from Cornwall, was invited to the party just before Christmas. An invoice for £15.95 was sent by [Full Article...]