Ex-US Marine kills 3 policemen in racially tense Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge: Authorities sought to learn more today about a decorated ex-US Marine sergeant who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, some two weeks after police there shot dead a black man, sparking nationwide protests including one shattered by the massacre of five Dallas policemen. The suspect, dressed in black and armed with a rifle, was  shot dead on Sunday morning in a gunfight with police who converged on the scene of a confrontation that Mayor Kip Holden said began as an “ambush-style” attack. Two Baton Rouge Police DepartmentRead More

BJP demands judicial probe into Mathura violence

Mathura: Demanding a judicial probe into Mathura violence, BJP today alleged that the killers of the two police officers enjoyed “protection” of ruling Samajwadi Party and the incident highlighted “lawlessness” in the state. Party President Amit Shah sent national secretary Shrikant Sharma to take stock of the situation after clashes broke out during a drive to evict illegal occupants in Jawahar Bagh here, leaving 24 people dead including an SP and an SHO. Sharma said killing of policemen was “height of anarchy” and alleged that the policemen were ill-prepared toRead More

Assembly polls: Amid violence, 20 pc turnout in West Bengal till 9 am; 16 pc in Assam

New Delhi: Amidst the reports of a few violent incidents, 20 percent voters turned out for the second phase in West Bengal and 16 percent voters exercised their franchise in Assam till 9 am. Voters of 61 constituencies in Assam and 31 in West Bengal will exercise their franchise today. A CPI (M) agent was allegedly beaten up by Trinamool Congress workers and obstructed from entering a polling booth, while bombs were found in two bags near another booth in Jamuria Assembly constituency in Burdwan district where polling is underway.Read More

Militant’s group kills 3 Iraqi fighters, wounds 4 Turkish trainers

Irbil (Iraq): Islamic State militants have attacked a training camp in Iraq for fighters battling the extremist group, killing three Iraqi Sunni fighters and wounding 10 people, including four of their Turkish trainers, officials said. The former governor of the northern Ninevah province, Atheel al-Nujaifi, told The Associated Press that the camp in the Bashiqa region near the IS-held city of Mosul came under mortar fire ‘for hours’ yesterday and that the shelling was continuing. Turkey’s military said the camp was hit by Katyusha rockets fired by IS militants duringRead More

OBC quota row: Three killed in violence, bandh paralyses life in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Tension mounted in Gujarat as three persons were killed in widespread violence sparked by detention of Hardik Patel who today vowed to intensify the agitation for OBC quota for Patel community. Apprehending more trouble, curfew was clamped in parts of Ahmedabad and other major cities across the state today. Apart from Ahmedabad, curfew had been clamped in Surat, Mehsana, Rajkot, Jamnagnar and Patan cities. In a televised address in Gujrati, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for calm and emphasised that all issues can be resolved through talks. “In theRead More

Nationwide strike continues in Bangladesh amid violence

Dhaka: A nationwide opposition strike in Bangladesh continued on Tuesday for the 16th consecutive day despite the end of the house arrest of BNP chief Khaleda Zia, as violence claimed one more life in the national capital. A 30-year-old alleged arsonist was killed in a pre-dawn shootout in the capital’s Khilgaon when police raided the area on a tip-off to track down suspects who had attacked a truck with petrol bombs two days ago injuring six policemen. This was the third such incident within a week when an alleged arsonistRead More

Death toll reaches 72 in Bodo militant attacks

Guwahati: Violence escalated in Assam on Wednesday as the toll in the carnage by NDFB(S) militants rose to 72, mostly women and children, with advivasis retaliating by torching houses and attacking a police station during protests that left three persons dead allegedly in police firing. Atleast 37 people were killed in Sonitpu district, 25 in Kokrajhar and three in Chirang district after heavily armed militants allegedly belonging to the Songbijit faction of The Centre said it was rushing about 5,000 paramilitary personnel at the request of Assam Government. Prime MinisterRead More

Gaza strip death toll crosses to 300

Gaza/Jerusalem: Israeli military killed 26 Palestinians, including eight members of a family, in overnight raids on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, taking the death toll to over 300 in the 12-day long conflict that has displaced thousands of people. According to the sources, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon left for the region on Saturday to help end conflict between Israel and Palestinians. An Israeli soldier has been killed and five others injured since the launch of its first massive ground offensive in the Gaza Strip in five years this week. Israeli forcesRead More

Kiren Rijiju appeals NE militants to give up violence

Guwahati: Minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday appealed to militants in the north-east to give up violence and join the mainstream. “Don’t kill your own brothers and sisters. Come to mainstream. You are doing a great disservice to your own people,” Rijiju urged the militants through the media which was waiting outside the venue of the meeting. Rijiju said if there is trouble in Assam the rest of the North-East also suffer. “You should trust us as Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a developed North-East andRead More

18 people killed, 59 wounded in Iraq violence

Baghdad: At least 18 people were killed and 59 wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, police said. In Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a police source told media that dozens of tribesmen backed by local police fought fierce clashes with Al Qaeda militants in the provincial capital city of Ramadi, killing five militants and arresting two others. Elsewhere, sporadic clashes continued in Anbar’s Fallujah, between tribesmen and small groups of Al Qaeda militants, the source said. The state-run channel reported that the tribal fighters killed two Al QaedaRead More