Bangladesh charges eight over 2016 cafe attack, frees British suspect

By Serajul Quadir Dhaka, July 23 : Bangladesh police have charged eight militants over a 2016 attack on a cafe in Dhaka that killed 22 people, and freed a British suspect detained without charge for the past two years. Briton Hasnat Karim was detained after the July 2016 attack in Dhaka on suspicion of being […]

South Africa’s Eskom considering asset sales, staff cuts after big loss

By Alexander Winning Johannesburg, July 23 : South Africa’s struggling state-run power firm Eskom said today it was considering cutting staff and selling assets after reporting a $171 million loss which underlined the gravity of its financial position. Eskom, Africa’s largest public utility, was embroiled in corruption scandals under former president Jacob Zuma and narrowly […]

Four killed as gunmen storm Iraqi Kurdish government building

Erbil (Iraq), July 23 : Iraqi Kurdish forces on Monday killed three gunmen who broke into a government building in Iraq’s Erbil city, officials said. A civilian who worked in the building was also killed. Governor of Erbil Nawzad Hadi said: “Three gunmen broke into the provincial building, but the security forces managed to kill […]

Stalemate over WikiLeaks Assange’s future “coming to a head” – source

By Michael Holden and Mark Hosenball London, July 23 : The diplomatic impasse over Julian Assange’s six-year stay in Ecuador’s London embassy is coming to a head, a source close to the WikiLeaks founder said today, after media reports the South American country would rescind his political asylum. Assange has been living in Ecuador’s London […]

Myanmar should take back Rohingya refugees: Bangladesh envoy

Kolkata, July 23 : Bangladesh High Commissioner in India Syed Muazzem Ali on Monday expressed concern over the condition of the one million Rohingya refugees staying in Bangladesh and appealed to the Myanmar government to take these people back by giving them citizenship rights and security. “Nearly one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are now […]

Taiwan vulnerable to Chinese invasion without US

Taipei, July 23 : Without continuing US military support, Taiwan would be vulnerable to an armed takeover from Beijing, the island’s Foreign Minister has said. Joseph Wu told CNN the Taiwan government felt relations with the US had grown stronger in recent years, but it was vital for Washington to continue to support Taipei militarily […]