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Bangladesh court charges 147 opposition supporters over blast DHAKA: A court in Bangladesh on Monday ordered the trial of nearly 150 people, including senior leaders of the main opposition party, over an explosion outside their headquarters last year.The move to charge 147 people with setting off explosives in the capital Dhaka came as the opposition mounted fresh protests to try to unseat a government they say is illegal.Hundreds of opposition supporters have been charged since violent protests over disputed elections held in January left more than 500 people dead across the country.The latest case concerns small explosions that took place in March 2013 outside the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) head office.After the blasts, police stormed the building, ransacked rooms and arrested key officials, in a raid shown live on private television channels. "All 147 were charged under the country's speedy trial laws. They could be jailed for up to 10 years if they're found guilty," prosecutor ...

Temple stampede in central India kills at least 10: official NEW DELHI: A stampede killed at least 10 people and injured more than 60 in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday as pilgrims gathered at a temple, an official said."A stampede broke out very early this morning, around 5:30 or so, where five women and five men have died," police control room official Vinay Kumar Singh told AFP by phone."The place is still very chaotic and crowded, but police and ambulances have ...
Western Iran hit by quake of magnitude 5.2 SINGAPORE: A shallow earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck northwest of the western Iranian city of Dezful on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, some 300 miles (480 km) from Tehran, the capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The depth of six miles was the same as that of a 6.3-magnitude quake which hit the same area on Aug. 18, injuring 60 people. Sunday's quake hit 38 miles west northwest of Dezful. Copyright Reuters, ...
India's Jaitley to tighten up banking risk management NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that the government was working to tighten up risk management in the banking sector. Jaitley, in a speech, said that some recent incidents in the banking sector had been "disturbing" and expressed the hope that they would not be repeated. He did not name any banks, but his comments followed the opening of an investigation into whether the head of state-controlled Syndicate Bank accepted bribes ...
Iran parliament dismisses minister in setback for Rouhani DUBAI: Iran's parliament voted to dismiss the minister of science on Wednesday, removing an official viewed with distrust by conservatives and dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani's liberalisation programme.An impeachment motion passed by the assembly accused Reza Faraji-Dana, the Minister of Science, Research and Technology, of allowing students expelled from university following anti-government unrest in 2009 to return to campus.The vote, reported by official media, marks the first major ousting from office of ...
Karzai calls for end of Afghan election impasse KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai appealed Tuesday for the two men vying to succeed him to end their dispute over election results and save the country from further violence and economic decline.Afghanistan has been paralysed for months after the first round of the presidential election failed to produce a clear winner and the second round of voting in June triggered allegations of massive fraud.As fears grew of a return to civil war, the United States ...
Major earthquake in western Iran leaves 60 injured: IRNA DUBAI: A major earthquake struck the western Iranian city of Abdanan on Monday, leaving 60 people injured, state news agency IRNA said. IRNA said the quake was magnitude 6.1 while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.3. Water, electricity, and telephone lines in Abdanan, located in the province of Ilam, have been cut, said IRNA. State television footage showed destroyed houses, buildings and cars in the city. Aftershocks could be felt in three ...

 



 
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