Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt’s ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. But it comes at a painful time for Egypt’s Copts, the Middle East’s largest Christian community, three weeks after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 45 people in twin church bombings. Despite the security threat hanging over Francis’ visit, the pope will use an ordinary car during his 27 hours in Cairo, continuing his practice of shunning armored limousines to be closer to people. Tayeb, widely considered among the most moderate clerics in Egypt, has condemned Islamic State and its practice of declaring others as apostates and infidels as a pretext for waging violent jihad. Reynolds was one of 15 Catholics who took part in a dialogue on religious extremism with Muslim counterparts in Cairo in February.

April 28, 2017 07:18 UTC

US report says Bangladesh minorities are terrified

A sharp spike in attacks, particularly on religious minorities and foreigners, in recent months in Bangladesh has heightened the sense of fear among different religious groups in the country, says a report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The attacks on religious minorities, particularly the Hindus, were either claimed by extremist groups – Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Ansar al-Islam, and Islamic State – or were attributed to them. The USCIRF’s 2017 Annual Report, published on April 26, has documented religious freedom violations in 37 countries, makes country-specific recommendations, and assessed the US government’s implementation of the International Religious Freedom Act. Bangladesh’s religious minorities have faced repeated attacks after the 2014 national election, most of which were attributed to people and groups associated with the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami, the report says. “Local governments and police often fail to investigate violent attacks that accompany landgrabs because their colleagues are implicated,” the report claimed.

April 28, 2017 07:07 UTC

President Abdul Hamid to visit Frankfurt before wrapping up London tour

Hamid was treating his glaucoma at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital. President Hamid left Dhaka for London on Apr 24. His Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin did not mention his Germany tour while briefing the media. His Deputy Press Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad also told bdnews24.com that he was not aware of any such plan. According to a Government Order or GO issued on Apr 17, President's Office Secretary Sampad Barua, Defence Secretary Maj Gen Md Sarwar Hossain, personal physician Col Niamul Gani Chowdhury and ADC Maj Md Jahangir Alam are accompanying President Hamid during his tour to London and Frankfurt.

April 28, 2017 06:56 UTC

Bangladesh Islamist groups plan new alliances for next election

The Jatiya Party was also working to gather support from Islamist leaders for a new alliance. Islamist parties are a huge factor in electoral politics, Abdul Latif Nizami, who heads a faction of the Islami Oikya Jote, told bdnews24.com. Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest Islamist party in Bangladesh, was also with the BNP. We want to be in the race for the 300 seats in Parliament," Nizami told bdnews24.com. Because the Islamist party wants to be allied to our leader (PM Sheikh Hasina)," he said.

April 28, 2017 06:10 UTC

Gopalganj farmers face Tk5cr loss due to rain

Famers of Gopalganj district have incurred around Tk5 crore losses as the early rain and storms damaged the fields of Boro paddy and other crops. Somir Kumar Goswami, deputy director of Gopalganj Agricultural Extension Department, said 323 hectares land of watermelon, Boro paddy and jute crops of the district worth Tk5 crore were washed away due to heavy rain. According to Agricultural Extension Department information, Gopalganj farmers cultivated watermelon on 1,150 hectares of land, Boro paddy on 73,500 hectares of land and 1,249 hectares of jute this year. Among these, 112 hectares land of watermelon worth Tk2.8 crore, 180 hectares of Boro paddy worth Tk2.5 crore and 21 hectares of land of jute washed away by heavy rain and early flood. Maikal Ojha, chairman of Kalabari Union Parishad of Kotalipara said: “Unseasonal rain and storms have damaged all the watermelons at my union.

April 28, 2017 06:00 UTC

Bodies of Chapainawabganj militants recovered

The bodies of the four militants who blew themselves up at a militant hideout in Chapainawabganj’s Shibganj upazila have been recovered. The law enforcers recovered the bodies Friday afternoon. Chapainawabganj Additional Superintendent of Police Mahbub Alam Khan told the Dhaka Tribune: “The bodies have been sent to Chapainawabganj Modern Sadar Hospital for autopsy.”Law enforcement officials concluded Operation Eagle Hunt on Thursday, after four militants blew themselves up at the militant hideout in Shibnagar village. However, Sumaiya Begum, suspected to be militant Abu’s wife, left the building with a four-year-old girl, Sajida Khatun, around 5:30pm. She was taken to Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital for treatment, where it was found that she was three months pregnant.

April 28, 2017 05:54 UTC

One dead, 10 injured in road crash in Satkhira

The deceased victim has been identified as 30-year-old Azgar Ali. Police said the accident took place on Satkhira-Kaliganj road in Debhata Upazila early on Friday. Witnesses said the driver of the Satkhira-bound bus veered off track while making way for a motorcycle. Azgar, the driver's assistant or helper, died on the spot. The injured have been admitted to Debhata Upazila Health Complex, said Debhata police OC Mamun-Ur-Rashid.

April 28, 2017 05:48 UTC

Brazil faces nationwide strike threatening to paralyse country

If successful, the protest would mark Brazil’s first general strike in more than two decades. “It is going to be the biggest strike in the history of Brazil,” said Paulo Pereira da Silva, the president of trade union group Forca Sindical. Vagner Freitas, the national president of the Central Workers Union (CUT), Brazil’s biggest labour confederation, said the government’s reforms “leave no room to negotiate”. “Temer does not even want to negotiate, he just wants to meet the demands of the businessmen who financed the ‘coup’ precisely to end social security and legalise the exploitation of workers,” Freitas said in a statement. The government is carrying out reforms to change this situation, to create jobs and economic growth,” said spokesman Marcio de Freitas.

April 28, 2017 05:37 UTC

3 suspected members of Sarwar-Tamim’s New JMB faction held

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained three members of a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) from Savar with firearms and bomb-making materials. One of the detainees is identified as Tamim Dwari. Confirming the matter, RAB Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan said Tamim Dwari had converted to Islam and was a close associate of slain militant Tamim Chowdhury. A foreign made pistol, three rounds of bullets, IED-making materials and jihadi books were recovered from their possession. Details regarding the matter will be disclosed in a press briefing around 11am on Friday.

April 28, 2017 05:05 UTC

Volunteers sought for Meredith Trash Pickup Day this Saturday

On Saturday at 8 a.m., DAK Financial Group will host the fourth annual Meredith Trash Pickup Day. It's just the Maine state highways that they do the trash pickup," Kutcher said. "Every year we do this, we get more people and we pick up more trash," Kutcher said. The volunteers concentrate on Meredith Neck Road, Center Meredith Road and other town roads where trash tends to pile up, he said. Anyone who wants to learn more about the Meredith Trash Pickup Day can call 279-0700.

April 28, 2017 04:30 UTC

Grand slam lifts Cardinals over Blue Jays

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April 28, 2017 03:45 UTC

Huskers hope newcomers bring winning culture to program

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April 28, 2017 03:45 UTC

Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. Trump, who said he was accustomed to not having privacy in his “old life,” expressed surprise at how little he had now. When the president leaves the White House, it is usually in a limousine or an SUV. The dinner is organised by the White House Correspondents’ Association.

April 28, 2017 03:11 UTC

Northland Prep baseball wants to carry strengths into postseason

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April 28, 2017 03:00 UTC

Trump says 'major, major' conflict with North Korea possible, but seeks diplomacy

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Xi 'trying very hard'Trump said North Korea was his biggest global challenge. The Trump administration on Wednesday declared North Korea "an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority." "We will do trade deals that are going to make up for a tremendous amount of the deficit. We are going to be doing trade deals that are going to be much better trade deals," Trump said.

April 28, 2017 02:48 UTC

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