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Bangladesh PM in Delhi to attend Suvra Mukherjee's funeral

New Delhi : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Wednesday to attend the funeral of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's wife Suvra Mukherjee, an official said.

Vikas Swarup, the official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, said: "A leader comes to pay respects. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj receives PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina at the airport."

Swarup also posted a photograph of the two leaders at the airport.

UN calls for 'maximum restraint' by India, Pakistan along LoC

United Nations: Welcoming the upcoming meeting between the national security advisers of India and Pakistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both countries to exercise "maximum restraint" along the Line of Control (LoC) and protect civilians.

In a statement issued through his spokesperson on Tuesday, Ban expressed "serious concern about the recent escalation of violence along the LoC".

The statement came as India reported on Tuesday that the Pakistani army violated ceasefire by shelling three Indian army posts in Poonch district.

IS urges Muslims in Turkey to revolt against Erdogan

Ankara: The Islamic State militant group posted a video in Turkish on Tuesday threatening Ankara and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by calling on Muslim citizens to join the fight and conquer the capital.

The video depicts a Turkish terrorists seated between two armed militants, calling on Turkish Muslims to rebel against the government in Ankara, reports Efe.

Bangkok blast main suspect's image captured

Bangkok: The image of a man believed to be the prime suspect behind the deadly bomb blast in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok was captured by closed circuit cameras before the explosion which killed 20 people and injured 125 other, police said on Tuesday.

National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang said on Tuesday that the image of the man in a yellow T-shirt was captured by closed circuit cameras at the Erawan Shrine before the explosion, The Bangkok Post reported.

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Three arrested for Bangladesh blogger murders

Dhaka, Aug 18 (IANS) Three people have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the murders of secularist bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das, police said on Tuesday.

Those arrested were identified as Touhidul Rahman, the mastermind and a financier of the Ansarullah Bangla Team militant group, and its active members Sadek Ali and Aminul Mollik, The Bangladesh Daily Star reported.

They were arrested on Monday night from Dhaka's Dhanmondi and Nilkhet areas, a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) spokesperson said.

Ruling UNF on road to victory in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa concedes defeat

Colombo: Sri Lanka's ruling UNF led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday claimed victory in the parliamentary polls after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat.

The United National Party (UNP), the key constituent in the country's minority government, expressed confidence that it would get the numbers in the 225-seat parliament to form the next government.

Minister Karu Jayasuriya, who led the election campaign for his party, said the UNF was confident of winning 105-107 seats and secure the help of friendly parties to form a government.

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Bangkok blasts 'worst attack on Thailand'

Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said the bombing of a shrine in here that claimed 20 lives, including those of three foreigners, and injured 125 others was the "worst ever attack" on the country, a media report said on Tuesday.

"This is the worst incident that has ever happened in Thailand," Prayuth said.

"There have been minor bombs or just noise, but this time they aim for innocent lives. They want to destroy our economy, our tourism."

15 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad: At least 15 suspected militants were killed by airstrikes near the the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.

The airstrikes were carried out in Khyber region's Rajgal area, Dawn online reported.

The militants included at least two suicide bombers, the ISPR said.

The airstrike is part of the counter-terrorism efforts that are being made under the National Action Plan (NAP) and the ongoing "Zarb-i-Azb" military operation, with both having significantly curbed terror attacks in the country.

All bodies recovered at Indonesian plane crash site

Jakarta: All the bodies of the 54 people aboard an ATR42-300 of Trigana Air Service that crashed have been found, an official said.

Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said the bodies were found in Okbape district near Oksibil city, the flight's scheduled destination, reported Xinhua.

The plane crashed on Sunday enroute from Jayapura's Sentani airport for Oksibil.

The debris of the plane, which apparently hit a mountain slope, was spotted on Sunday.

Modi takes veiled swipe at Pakistan over terrorism

Dubai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a veiled swipe at Pakistan over terrorism, saying India and the UAE have come out with a clear message against terrorism in their joint statement, "without caring for anyone".

India and the UAE have come out against terrorism, "without any camouflage, in clear terms, without caring for anyone, given a clear message against terrorism", Modi said, to thousands of cheering Indian diaspora at the Dubai Cricket Stadium.

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