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Myanmar to repatriate 200 Bangladeshi boat migrants

Yangon: Myanmar authorities will repatriate 200 Bangladeshi boat people rescued by Myanmar navy under an agreement between the two countries, a media report said on Tuesday.

The 200 migrants out of 208, sheltered at relief camps in Ale Thankyaw village of Maungtaw in Rakhine state, were scrutinised as Bangladeshi citizens from Cox's Bazar, Chittagong and northern Dhaka who had sought to migrate to Thailand and Malaysia for jobs, Xinhua news agency reported.

US vows to help Iraq retake lost territories

Washington: US Vice President Joseph Biden has pledged "full support" for Iraqi efforts to retake territories lost to the Islamic State, as Baghdad bristled at the Pentagon chief's criticism of Iraqi forces over the battle against the extremist group.

In a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday , Biden reiterated "full US support" for Iraqi liberation efforts, including "the expedited provision of US training and equipment" to help combat the Islamic State's use of truck bombs in fighting, Xinhua reported cited White House statment.

Palestinian Legislative Council slams Israel's jailing of its speaker

Gaza : The Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on Monday condemned an Israeli court's verdict to imprison PLC Speaker Aziz Dweik in an Israeli jail for one year.

Dweik is also a leader of the Islamic Movement in the West Bank and was arrested on June 16 last year.

Ahmed Bahar, a deputy speaker of the PLC and a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, said in an emailed press statement that the Israeli court's verdict to imprison Dweik "is illegal, unfair and violates the international laws".

Barber in Turkey beaten for refusing handshake with politician

Istanbul : A ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmaker's supporters attacked and threatened a barber in Istanbul after he declined to shake hands with the politician, Turkey's Dogan news agency reported on Monday.

The supporters of Huseyin Burge beat up Mustafa Genc and threatened him as a row broke amid mounting tensions in Turkey ahead of the June 7 parliamentary polls, Dogan said.

Genc told police that AKP supporters attacked him after one of them alleged he swore at Burge as the MP toured shops in Istanbul's Beyoglu neighbourhood, said Dogan.

Iranian women urge UN to halt Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen

Tehran : Hundreds of Iranian women rallied in front of the UN office in Tehran on Monday to protest against Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes on Yemen.

The protestors, in black robes, held placards condemning the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen and offering support to the Yemeni people, Xinhua news agency reported.

They urged the UN to put an end to the airstrikes and the bloodshed in Yemen, chanting slogans against Saudi Arabian, US and Israeli authorities.

"We Iranian women want to give our support to Yemeni women," said Zahra Abbasi, a leader of the protestors.

Decision on Guwahati-Dhaka bus service during Modi's Bangladesh visit

Shillong : India and Bangladesh will finalise the passenger bus service between Guwahati-Dhaka via Shillong during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh next month, a Bangladeshi official said here on Monday.

The proposed bus service, which covers approximately 500 km, will traverse from Guwahati via Shillong and then proceed to the southern slopes of Meghalaya's Dawki international trading before entering Tamabil (Bangladesh)-Sylhet-Dhaka route.

China, Bangladesh pledge to deepen comprehensive partnership

Dhaka : China and Bangladesh have pledged to deepen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries and further boost cooperation in various fields, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

The pledge was made when visiting Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here on Sunday.

217 Syrians executed by IS in Homs since mid-May: Report

Beirut : At least 217 people have been executed since May 16 by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the east of the Syrian province of Homs, where the ancient city of Palmyra is located, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The London-based NGO reported on Monday that IS militants killed dozens of civilians, including women and children, adding that nearly 600 people are also being held captive by the jihadi group, according to Efe news agency.

Khaleda attends court for graft cases hearing

Dhaka : Former Bangladesh prime minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia on Monday appeared in a Dhaka court for hearing of graft cases involving her.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Special Judge's Court earlier issued a warrant of arrest for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson after she did not appear for consecutive hearings, reported.

The cases against Khaleda relate to alleged embezzlement of over 50 million taka (nearly $646,000).

She was granted bail after appearing on April 5. But she skipped the next hearing.

139 graves, 28 suspected trafficking camps found in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia's National Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar on Monday said 139 grave sites and 28 suspected human trafficking camps were discovered near the country's northern border with Thailand.

"However, the authorities are still unable to confirm how many bodies are inside each grave," the police chief said.

According to sources, the graves were believed to contain remains of refugees and foreign job seekers, Xinhua news agency reported.