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    To oust Awami League, top Hefazat leader held secret meeting with Khaleda

    Dhaka, April 20 : Junaid Babunagari, the then secretary general of radical outfit Hefazat-e Islam, held a secret meeting with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, just a week before the militant groups blockade programme at Shapla Chattar in Dhaka on May 5, 2013. Hailing from Hathazari in Chattogram district, known to be a Hefazat stronghold, and some other places, thousands of...

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    Ex-Nepal king tests Covid positive after returning from Kumbh

    Kathmandu, April 20 : Nepal's former king, Gyanendra Shah, who returned from India after participating in the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, sources in the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Accompanied by his wife Komal Shah, the former king returned to Nepal on Sunday after which they underwent a mandatory testing for Covid-19. The couple...

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    US Ambassador to leave Russia temporarily

    Moscow, April 20 : US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan on Tuesday said that he will return to Washington for consultations "about the current state of bilateral relations" between the the two nations. "I believe it is important for me to speak directly with my new colleagues in the Biden administration in Washington about the current state of bilateral relations between the US and...

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    28 people freed from Taliban prison in Afghanistan

    Kabul, April 20 : Six armed militants were killed and 28 people were freed from a Taliban detention centre after the Afghan army launched a special operation in Helmand province, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. "The commandos of Afghan National Army launched the raid in surrounding areas of Helmand's Musa Qala district. A gunfight took place when the troops arrived at the...

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    Convicted ex-Malay PM called out for tall tales in court

    Kuala Lumpur, April 20 : Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was accused on Tuesday of coming up with a "cock and bull story" to try to overturn his 12-year jail sentence for corruption and abuse of office. Prosecutor V Sithambaram told Malaysia's Court of Appeal that Najib's claim that his bank account was "manipulated" was "bizarre" and...

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    Pak Foreign Minister to visit Iran

    Islamabad, April 20 : Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is scheduled to embark on a three-day official visit to Iran from Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations, the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad said in a statement. The Ministry said Qureshi will have delegation-level talks with his Iranian counterpart to review the bilateral relations with a view to further deepening bilateral cooperation in...

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    Depot blast not Russian act of state terrorism: Czech PM

    Prague, April 20 : Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Moscow's alleged involvement in the 2014 ammunition depot explosion was not an act of state terrorism, but it was an attack by Russian intelligence agents on goods belonging to a Bulgarian arms dealer. "I would mainly like to say that it was not an act of state terrorism, as we have heard," Babis said on Monday,...

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    Only 1% Covid vax administered in lowest-income nations: WHO

    Geneva, April 20 : The World Health Organization (WHO) said that only 1 per cent of the 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered last week went in the lowest-income countries. Close to "99 million doses of vaccines last week went into high- and upper-middle-income and some low- and middle-income countries, but only one percent of that went to the lowest-income...

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    Top Hefazat leader sent to 7-day custody for attempt to murder, vandalism

    Dhaka, April 19 : A Dhaka court on Monday placed radical outfit Hefazat-e-Islam's joint secretary general Mamunul Haque on seven-day remand in a case filed last year at the Mohammadpur police station. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate, Debdash Chandra Adhikary, passed the order after the sub-inspector of the police station, Md Sajedul Haque, submitted the remand prayer...

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    Afghan security operations kill 9 militants

    Kabul, April 19 : Nine militants have been killed and three others injured in cleanup operations conducted by government forces in Afghanistan's Helmand province, police said on Monday. A large number of arms and ammunitions were also seized from the Taliban hideouts in the operations launched on Sunday, Xinhua news agency quoted the police as saying. The security forces have also discovered and...

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