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World figures deny wrongdoing as ‘Panama Papers’ turn spotlight on tax

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LONDON/PANAMA CITY: Governments across the world began investigating possible financial wrongdoing by the rich and powerful on Monday following a leak of documents from a Panamanian law firm, which allegedly showed how clients avoided tax or laundered money. The documents detailed schemes involving an array of figures from friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin to relatives of the prime ministers ... Read More »

Tonu’s 1st autopsy: No evidence of rape, cause of death found

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Forensic Department of Comilla Medical College Hospital did not find any evidence of rape and a specific cause of death in the first autopsy of Comilla Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu. Kamoda Proshad Shaha, chief of the forensic department of the hospital, confirmed to The Daily Star after receiving the postmortem report today. “The doctor who performed the first ... Read More »

Muslim family kicked off flight for ‘safety reasons’

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NEW YORK: An American Muslim family was kicked off a United flight by a pilot because their presence caused “safety concerns.” A video taken by Eaman-Amy Saad Shebley, shows her husband and three young children questioning a pilot why they were being removed from the plane. The family was on a Washington-bound plane at a Chicago airport. Earlier, the family ... Read More »

Lebanon police rescue 75 mainly Syrian sex slaves

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BEIRUT: Lebanon’s security forces have dismantled the country’s largest known sex trafficking ring and freed 75 mainly Syrian women, a security source said on Friday. They had been raped and beaten, while some showed signs of “mutilation,” a statement from the Internal Security Forces said. “This is the largest sex trafficking ring we’ve uncovered since the outbreak of the Syrian ... Read More »

UN troops involved in forced bestiality

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NEW YORK: The UN has announced 108 new sexual abuse cases by international peacekeepers in Central African Republic (CAR) with the vast majority of victims being children. A report by a US-based advocacy group said three girls in CAR told UN staff they were tied up and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in ... Read More »

Fear of violence high

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Another 639 unions in 47 districts will go to the polls today against the backdrop of the violence in the first phase elections, which left around two dozen people dead last week. The fear of violence has gripped people in the union parishads (UPs) where Awami League-nominated chairman aspirants and the party rebels are at loggerheads over establishing supremacy, according ... Read More »

Tonu’s body to be exhumed for fresh autopsy

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A Comilla court today ordered police to exhume the body of Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu for fresh autopsy. The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Joinab Begum passed the order after Manjurul Alam, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Comilla, submitted a petition seeking permission for exhumation of the body, the DB official told The Daily ... Read More »

Ganajagaran Mancha: Road march towards Comilla today

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Ganajagaran Mancha has announced a Dhaka to Comilla road march demanding justice for the rape and murder of college student and theatre activist Sohagi Jahan Tonu. Spokesperson Imran H Sarker announced the programme at a protest rally in front of the National Museum at Dhaka’s Shahbagh on Saturday afternoon.He said, “We are going to Comilla from Shahbagh’s Prajanma Chattar with ... Read More »

World condemns Brussels bombings

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BRUSSELS: World leaders united Tuesday in condemning the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism after the strike by Daesh terrorists on the symbolic heart of Europe.  About 20 people were killed on the metro and 14 at the airport in the rush-hour assaults, which came just days after the arrest in Brussels of the main fugitive suspect in ... Read More »

El-Sisi assures Italy culprit in student’s death will be found

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ROME: Egypt’s president has promised that investigators will work “night and day” to locate and prosecute those responsible for the torture and death of an Italian student, insisting that the crime must not harm Egypt’s financial and political relations with Italy. In his first public comments about the case Wednesday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi gave an interview to Italian daily La ... Read More »

Iran to hang corruption-tainted billionaire tycoon Babak Zanjani

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TEHRAN: Iran’s billionaire tycoon Babak Zanjani has been sentenced to death for corruption, a judicial official said Sunday, after a long trial in which he was accused of fraudulently pocketing $2.8 billion. Zanjani became notorious during the era of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, finding ways to channel hard currency from oil sales to Tehran despite financial sanctions imposed on the Islamic ... Read More »

Call to kill kin another deviant plot by Daesh

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RIYADH: Daesh has adopted diabolical means to perpetuate terror crimes. “Killing relatives of ‘warriors’ is a key to success in jihad,” says a fatwa issued by the terror organization. The fatwa aims at ensuring that there is no way left for those affiliated to the organization to abandon the deviant path. “By killing relatives, one automatically gets caught in a ... Read More »

Million Pounds Of Rat Meat Being Sold As Boneless Chicken Wings In U.S And Spain

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We have well-read that United States Food as well as Drug Administration (FDA) is now very worried that an expected 1 million pounds of rat meat. Which is being conceded off as “boneless chicken wings,” has been sold in famous restaurants as well as grocery stores athwart America. According to news reports, FDA inspectors raised anxiety after numerous illegal shipping ... Read More »

Philippines foils Iran plot to hijack Saudi plane

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RIYADH: Philippine authorities have foiled a bid to hijack a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport. According to a Manila-based newspaper, the authorities thwarted the plan and seized secret documents that confirm the plot. The paper said a team that included 10 conspirators left Iran recently on separate flights and arrived in several countries in South-East ... Read More »

‘War crimes rampant in Syria’

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United Nations: Condemning rampant war crimes in Syria’s nearly five-year-old war, a report by a UN commission of inquiry said Monday that accountability for these horrors must be part of the peace process. “As the war is poised to enter its sixth year, its horrors are pervasive and ever-present,” the panel said in its 11th report on human rights violations ... Read More »

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