Bajrang Dal man main accused in Bulandshahr cop’s killing during cow slaughter protests

Police arrested four men on Tuesday and booked 28 people for murder and rioting in connection with the violence that roiled Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr a day before and left a police inspector and a local resident dead. Additional director general of police (law and order) Anand Kumar identified those arrested as Chaman, Ram, Satish (only first names were given) and Ashish Chauhan, and said the prime suspect in the Monday morning’s violence, triggered by allegations of cow slaughter, is a man named Yogesh Raj. The ADG said three others were taken into custody for interrogation…

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Syrian president reshuffles cabinet as anti-terror fight nears end

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reshuffled his cabinet as the government’s counter-terrorism operation is nearing an end. In a decree carried by Syria’s official SANA news agency on Monday, Assad changed the ministers of interior affairs, industry, water resources, internal trade and consumer protection, communications and technology, public works and housing, education, higher education and tourism. The Syrian president also ordered the formation of the National Reconciliation Commission to replace the current Ministry of National Reconciliation. Ali Haidar, ex-Syrian minister of reconciliation, was further renamed as the head of the…

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Myanmar seizes more Rohingya Muslims fleeing Rakhine

Myanmar’s authorities have intercepted a boat with 93 Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing apartheid conditions at internal displacement camps in Rakhine State and heading to Malaysia. Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in the southern coastal town of Dawei, said on Tuesday that Myanmar’s navy had seized the vessel and detained the 93 people on board on Sunday after they received a tip from fishermen about a “suspicious” vessel. According to the official, the 93 people said they had come from the Thae Chaung camp in Sittwe, the…

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Lucknow murder-robbery case: 12 days on, accused arrested in Faizabad

Police arrested a man on Saturday in the case of a 12-day-old murder-robbery, in which two bike-borne assailants shot dead a gas agency cashier in Lucknow and made away with Rs 10 lakh in cash. Police said the accused has been identified as Satvir, a man in his thirties who allegedly committed the crime along with three other absconding accused hailing from Rajasthan — Sundar, Sonu Singh and Anoop alias Annu. “Satvir said he was in Alwar, Rajasthan when his neighbour Sundar told him about this robbery to be executed in…

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Car bombs rock Mogadishu, kill 17 people

Seventeen people have been killed in two car bomb attacks at a hotel near the headquarters of Somalia’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in the capital Mogadishu. Police said guards at Hotel Sahafi and CID officers opened fire after the explosions. According to witnesses, a third blast rocked the busy street about 20 minutes later. “So far we have confirmed 17 civilians dead. They were travelling in public vehicles at the scene when the blasts and gunfire occurred,” said Ali Nur, a police officer in the city. He added that the…

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Syrian troops discover new caches of US-built munitions in ex-terrorist redoubts

Syrian army forces have uncovered new caches of British and US-made munitions, including machine guns, sniper rifles, anti-tank missiles as well as mortar rounds, used by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the country’s southwestern provinces of Rif Dimashq and Quneitra. Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that the munitions were uncovered in the towns of Beit Jinn and Jubata al-Khashab, thanks to cooperation between authorities and local national reconciliation committees. The discoveries included US-built sniper rifles, TOW rockets, US-made anti-armor shells, machine guns, anti-aircraft installations, crates of bullets for heavy machine guns, mortar shells and telecommunications equipment. A wide…

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A skeleton and a house of memories

Six years ago, a 12-year-old schoolgirl was abducted from her bedroom in the eastern Indian state of Bihar in the middle of the night. The unusual case prompted the country’s top court to order federal detectives to take over the probe, but they have drawn a blank. So why do her parents still believe she is alive? He sleepily shuffled to the verandah and looked outside. It was pitch black. Atulya Chakravarty had woken up in the middle of a rainy night to use the toilet. The two energy efficient…

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Cleric known as ‘Taliban’s father’ has been killed in his home town of Rawalpindi

The Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ul-Haq, known as the Father of the Taliban, has been killed in his home town of Rawalpindi. Local media quoted his family members as saying that he was stabbed to death. But other reports say he was shot dead. The motive for the attack is unclear. Haq was the head of the Haqqania madrassa in the north of Pakistan, where many Taliban members – including the group’s founder, Mullah Omar – had studied. Afghan officials had recently asked the cleric, believed to have been in…

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Death toll from attack on Islamic Movement in Nigeria supporters rises to 42

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) says 42 of its members have been martyred by Nigerian security forces during protests in the capital Abuja over the past two days. According to Press TV, IMN supporters have taken to the streets over the past two days to demand the government release their imprisoned leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. The number of fatalities caused by Nigerian fire previously stood at 25. Nigerian army troops opened fire at protesters on the outskirts of Abuja on Monday. The police shot at marchers in the city…

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Afghanistan Blast hits election rally kills 13

A bomb attack has hit an election campaign rally in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people and wounding many more. Nangarhar provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said an assailant blew himself up at the rally of parliamentary candidate Abdul Nasir Mohmmand in Nangarhar Province on Tuesday. He added that at least 13 bodies were taken to hospitals while more than 30 people were injured. Other officials said the death toll was expected to rise. Campaigning for the October 20 legislative elections began on Friday, and security officials have warned of…

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