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Philippines: hostage of Islamist militants swims to safety while two others die

One Indonesian captive survives, one drowns and a Malaysian shot dead during military rescue attempt WT24 Desk An Indonesian hostage held by Islamist militants in the southern Philippineshas swum his way to freedom but another drowned, while a Malaysian captive was shot in the back while escaping, AP reports. The two Indonesians and the Malaysian separately escaped while Philippine marines were ...

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Christchurch shooting suspect will face 50 murder charges, say New Zealand police

Australian Brenton Tarrant will also face 39 attempted murder charges as MPs hear submissions on gun law changes WT24 Desk The Australian man accused of killing 50 Muslim worshippers in gun attacks on two mosques in Christchurch will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges, New Zealand police said on Thursday, The Guardian reports. “Other charges are still under ...

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Fear in Brunei and global outcry as country brings in death by stoning for gay sex

Shock among LGBT community in tiny southeast Asian kingdom as nation moves towards strict sharia law WT24 Desk Brunei’s small underground LGBT community have expressed shock and dismay over Brunei’s plan to bring in the punishment of death by stoning for adultery and gay sex, AFP, AP report. The laws were scheduled to be introduced on Wednesday in the tiny south-east Asian ...

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Trump shutting Mexico border would ‘cripple’ El Paso, Republican mayor says

Dee Margo warned Donald Trump that closing the border would have a ‘detrimental, almost draconian’ impact on the region WT24 Desk The Republican mayor of El Paso, the largest American city on the US border with Mexico, has warned Donald Trump that if he goes ahead this week with his threat to close the border it would have a “detrimental, almost draconian” impact on ...

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26 firefighters dead in China forest blaze

About 30 people have been unaccounted for since Sunday afternoon after a sudden change in wind direction caused an outburst of the blaze, according to authorities in Sichuan’s Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. WT24 Desk At least 26 firefighters were killed while battling a forest blaze in remote mountains in southwest China, the state media reported on Monday, PTI reports. The ...

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‘Gunfight’ in Cox’sBazar

2 ‘drug traders’ killed WT24 Desk Two suspected drug traders were killed in a reported gunfight with police at Moulvibazar in Teknaf upazila’s Hneela union early Sunday, Agencies report. The deceased were identified as Mahamudur Rahman, 28, son of Miah Hossain, resident of Ali Akbar Para, and Mohammad Ashraf, 25, son of Nurul Islam, a resident of Noyapara. Six LGs, ...

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Hijacked captain recalls ‘horror’ in Mediterranean Sea as migrants took over ship

Libyan crew feared for their lives as rescued passengers demanded to go to Europe not Africa WT24 Desk Migrants who hijacked an oil tanker after it rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea seized metal objects and began smashing the ship and threatening crew members after they realised they were being returned to Libya, the ship’s captain said, AP reports. Nader el-Hiblu, ...

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Churchill’s policies contributed to 1943 Bengal famine – study

Study is first time weather data has been used argue wartime policies exacerbated famine WT24 Desk The Bengal famine of 1943 was the only one in modern Indian history not to occur as a result of serious drought, according to a study that provides scientific backing for arguments that Churchill-era British policies were a significant factor contributing to the catastrophe, ...

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Five Netrakona men to die

Verdict in war crimes WT24 Desk The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on Thursday sentenced five war criminals of Netrakona, including Sheikh Abdul Mazid alias Mazid Maulana, to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, Agencies report. A three-member bench, led by Justice Shahinur Islam, handed down the verdict. The five convicts are Abdul Khaleque Talukdar, ...

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