NEWS OF THE DAYGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended a watershed decision to send arms to Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants, saying Europe’s own security was at stake.
Merkel told parliament that Germany’s decision to break with its post-war tradition of refusing to send weapons into conflict zones was crucial in strife-torn Iraq, the scene of “inconceivable atrocities” against civilians.
The third session of the 10th parliament began on Monday afternoon with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. Earlier in the afternoon, JS Business Advisory Committee (BAC) at a meeting decided to run the third session of parliament till September 18. The Speaker presided over the meeting. Committee members, including Leader of the House and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition Rawshan Ershad, Deputy Speaker Fazley Rabbi Mian, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Suranjit Sengupta, Abul Hasnat Abdullah, Chief Whip ASM Feroz and Moinuddin Khan Badal... more ›
MOSCOW: Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least 200 may have died in combat there, rights groups told AFP on Monday. Moscow denies that it has deployed regular troops to Ukraine to prop up separatists battling Kiev forces, but multiple indications have emerged over the past weeks that Russian soldiers are on the ground in Ukraine. Valentina Melnikova, head of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, the main organisation representing the families of servicemen, said some 7,000 to 8,000 Russian troops are believed to be in Ukraine at present. Citing her own estimates, she believes that between 10,000 and 15,000 troops have been... more ›
ANKARA: Turkey’s new prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday vowed to seek a peace deal with Kurdish rebels with new vigour and pursue an assertive foreign policy where Ankara would set its own agenda. Davutoglu, the former foreign minister who took over as premier from new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, reaffirmed ambitious goals to make Turkey a top 10 global economy and member of the EU by 2023 as he presented the programme of his new government. But he said special priority would be paid to making peace with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels seeking self rule for Kurds in the southeast of Turkey, to end a three-decade insurgency that has... more ›
Another suspect, who was detained in connection with the Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi murder case, was placed on a two-day remand by a Dhaka court on Monday. The suspect, Yusuf Mojumdar, was arrested from Chauddagram upazila in Comilla district on Sunday evening. Metropolitan Magistrate Waez Kuruni Khan Chowdhury passed the order after DB Inspector Julhas Uddin Akand, also the investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking five-day remand for him. Earlier on Sunday, the same court placed two other suspects, Mahmuda Khatun and Shariful Islam, on two days’ remand for interrogation. A special team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested Mahmuda and Shariful from Rupganj of Narayanganj district... more ›
BEIJING: Three children have been killed and six more people injured in a knife attack at a school in China’s central Hubei province, state media report. The attack took place at the Dongfang primary school in Shiyan city on Monday morning. Police said a man in his forties stabbed eight children and an adult and then killed himself by jumping off a building, Xinhua news agency reported. Local police said that an official investigation was underway. Citing an initial police investigation in a post on its official microblog, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV news said that the man was “a parent of a student”. —BBC
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