Police on Friday shot and killed five people wearing fake bomb belts who staged a car attack in a seaside resort in Spain’s Catalonia region hours after a van plowed into pedestrians on a busy Barcelona promenade, killing at least 13 people and injuring over 100 others. Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks, as well as an explosion earlier this week elsewhere in Catalonia, were connected and the work of a large terrorist group. Three people were arrested, but the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack remained at large and the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of the latest European rampage claimed by the Islamic State group. The Cambrils attack came hours after a white van veered onto Barcelona’s picturesque Las Ramblas promenade and mowed down pedestrians, zig-zagging down the strip packed with locals and tourists from around the world. Forn, told local radio RAC1 the Cambrils attack “follows the same trail.
August 18, 2017 10:41 UTC
"I am deeply shocked by the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured," Naidu said in a message. The Vice President said that terrorism is the biggest menace humanity is facing with all pluralist societies increasingly encountering new levels of threat""International terrorism can only be defeated by coordinated global efforts. We stand with the people and the government of Spain and commend their swift action in dealing with the attackers. "I join the nation in praying for the bereaved families and early recovery of the injured," he said.
August 18, 2017 10:30 UTC
The crisis unfolded due to floodwaters submerging large swathes of grassy fields and around one-and-half metric tonnes of straw, said Abul Kalam Azad, district livestock official, on Friday. Almost 600,000 animals are suffering from the crisis. The numbers include 372,000 cows, over 200,000 goats, 11,000 sheep and hundreds of buffaloes. An urgent supply of 10,000 metric tonnes of animal feed has been released by the government, which is expected to reach the district in the coming couple of days, said Azad.
August 18, 2017 10:07 UTC
'Non-Buddhist religious groups reported an increase in discriminatory restrictions imposed by local government officials on religious minorities. This included a requirement that evangelical Christian churches register places of worship although no law or regulation specifically requires such registration.' The UK-based Minority Rights Group International (MRG), reported 60 instances of hate speech, acts of discrimination, or attempts to desecrate or destroy Muslim religious buildings in the first half of the year. But church leaders said that in land and property matters they faced opposition from local authorities and that the Ministry of Christian Religious Affairs had been of limited help only. Govt's StandOn September 12, President Sirisena had announced that 2017 would be dedicated to propagating a Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
August 18, 2017 09:45 UTC
Tony Schwartz, co-author of Donald Trump’s memoir The Art of the Deal, has tweeted that he believes Donald Trump will have resigned by autumn. Schwartz, who worked closely with Trump on the 1987-bestseller he claims to have ghostwritten said: “Trump’s presidency is effectively over. He further tweeted that he believed that Trump would be able to negotiate a deal giving him immunity in the Russia investigation, in exchange for his resignation. “The end game is on: Trump goes down or we do. Schwartz, claims that Trump only did some minor editing of the text.
August 18, 2017 09:45 UTC
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August 18, 2017 09:45 UTC
The attackers allegedly broke down the gate of her school where she was sitting and talking to her husband after finishing classes on Thursday afternoon. Her husband had locked the gate when the men asked to enter the school, said Betagi Police Station OC Mamun-ur-Rashid. The men broke the padlock and started beating the teacher's husband and eventually locked him in one of the classrooms. They then took the victim to another room and took turns to rape her before fleeing the scene, the teacher said in the police case she started on Thursday night. The case accuses Sumon Biswas, 35, 'Rasel', 24, Sumon Kazi, 30, 'Rabiul', 18, 'Hasan', 25 and 'Jewel', 30.
August 18, 2017 09:42 UTC
The source that highlighted the selective publishing to Foreign Policy said: “We had several leaks sent to WikiLeaks, including the Russian hack. It would have exposed Russian activities and shown WikiLeaks was not controlled by Russian security services.”“Many WikiLeaks staff and volunteers of their family suffered at the hands of Russian corruption and cruelty, we were sure WikiLeaks would release it. Prior to the 2016 US presidential election, WikiLeaks published thousands of leaked, “damaging emails” from Hillary Clinton and her campaign team. “We don’t have targets,” Assange said, as WikiLeaks published information on Peruvian politicians, Sarah Palin and surveillance companies. In October 2010, WikiLeaks, then in partnership with the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, promised to publish documents on the Kremlin.
August 18, 2017 09:11 UTC
A statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee was defaced at North Carolina’s Duke University and there were more arrests on Thursday over the toppling of a similar statue as communities in the US South faced a contentious debate over such divisive monuments. The statue of Lee at the Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina, was found early on Thursday with its nose and other facial features chipped off, the university said in a statement. Lee led the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. The university said that surveillance camera footage was being reviewed for clues as to who was behind the attack on the statue, which stands by the chapel entrance. A fresh debate over Confederate symbols has roiled the US since Saturday’s violence during a protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, against the removal of a Lee statue in which one woman died.
August 18, 2017 08:48 UTC
The English language vocabulary has a new word now, alt-left, thanks to Donald Trump and his advisers. The historical contextHistory buffs will recall that one of the main reasons for the US Civil War was the rift that was created over the question of emancipation of the slaves. The civil war ended but it left many memories and memorials, good and bad. So powerful was the presence of these groups that the party wilted to nominate him as its candidate. No one knows which group will ultimately win in this political battle, alt-right or alt-left, or what will be the political outcome in the forthcoming congressional elections.
August 18, 2017 08:26 UTC
The dynamism exhibited by the Bangladesh economy in the 70 years since Partition is nothing if not admirable. Bangladesh has been outperforming both India and Pakistan in several economic indicators, with signs that we are only getting better as we move into the future. Women’s average income and reduced child mortality rate stand out as the biggest success stories. We are also rapidly reducing the rate of extreme poverty each year, and our level of income inequality is lower than that of our neighbours. But while it is clear that we are doing better than our neighbours in many ways, we cannot stop here — we have to aim higher, and compete with the rest of the world, if we are to become a true economic powerhouse.
August 18, 2017 08:17 UTC
The Liberation War commenced immediately on March 26, with Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence. The nation of Bangladesh was liberated from occupied forces on December 16, 1971. After 1991, the nation has been experiencing democracy’s roller-coaster ride, including a two year military-backed, hand-picked civilian regime duiring 2006-08. The AL should put more effort on positive campaigning, by focusing on its achievements in the areas of development, democracy, and decentralisation over the last two terms. Those are the keys to a prosperous and thriving Bangladesh, the kind that the Father of the Nation had dreamed of.
August 18, 2017 08:15 UTC
By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUNMEREDITH — The town may accept up to $887,050 in unanticipated funds from several sources, including the $182,156 supplemental highway block grant signed into law by Gov. Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday to accept the money. Other unexpected funding includes $300,000 from the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Fund, $250,000 through the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), $107,500 from the state Department of Environmental Services’ Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund, $20,000 from the NH Moose Plate Program, and $8,000 from Turn Up The Heat. There also is $4,600 associated with the Pathways Nature Trail, $1,250 with Pathways Maps, $2,174 with Community Center Kids Programs, $870 with the Community Center, $500 in general assistance programs, and a family gift of $10,000. A committee appointment rounds out the agenda.
August 18, 2017 07:41 UTC
By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUNLACONIA — In two weeks, the City Council will consider designating seven private streets as emergency lanes, ensuring that the city can continue basic maintenance on these roads. While the city has been maintaining these roads over the years, there is no paper trail showing they were ever authorized or accepted as city streets. State law says public funds can't be spent on private roads, and it is a long process to convert a private road to a public road. However, the law does allow the city to continue basic maintenance on emergency lanes for purposes of ensuring access to firefighters, police and paramedics. The City Council will consider designating seven of those roads as emergency lanes on Aug. 28: Cotton Hill Road, Dell Avenue, Eastman Shore Road North, Lucerne Avenue, McKinley Road, Regis Road and Wentworth Avenue.
August 18, 2017 07:41 UTC
In “The Unfolding Tragedy of Climate Change in Bangladesh” (published on the Scientific American website) Robert Glennon writes:“A three-foot rise in sea level would submerge almost 20% of the entire country and displace more than 30 million people. The infrastructure required for 20 industrial towns will probably require the government to invest about $20 billion. Burning fossil fuels is what caused the crisis of rising sea levels, so it makes sense that fossil fuels should be taxed to raise money for adaptation to rising sea levels. Creating industrial cities is not just a matter of building infrastructure; private capital will be required to set up factories in the new cities. Once industrial cities have been created, and foreign capital has been attracted to Bangladesh to finance new factories, Bangladeshis who lose their land to rising sea levels will naturally move to the new industrial cities to find employment.
August 18, 2017 07:21 UTC