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Myanmar probing reports of Islamic State threat against Suu Kyi

Updated: Aug 04, 2016 14:23 IST      
Myanmar probing reports of  Islamic State threat against Suu Kyi

Naypyidaw (Myanmar), Aug. 4 (ANI): Myanmar authorities have launched an investigation after reports surfaced that there is a threat by the Islamic State group to kill State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and several other leaders.

The Myanmar Times quoted the Star, a Malaysian newspaper, as saying that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, his deputy, the country's attorney and police inspector general's, and a handful of cabinet ministers were listed along with Suu Kyi in a two-page letter headlined "IS threat".

Reports suggest that photocopied photographs of the targeted leaders were appended to the letter, which the Malaysian officials were attempting to determine the authenticity of.

The threatening letter was reportedly sent to a police station in Negri Sembilan, a state southeast of Kuala Lumpur.

U Zaw Htay, deputy director general of Myanmar's President's Office, yesterday said the government was taking the threat seriously and would not be dismissive of the potential for harmful intent.

"We won't be careless about their threatening. But we also don't worry about the security of the state counsellor. The IS has always sent early messages in previous incidents, such as [attacks] in France and the US. Some have really played out, so we need to be alert about it," he said.

He added that the government collaborates with the international policing body Interpol and fellow ASEAN countries on potential threats posed by the ISIS. (ANI)

PLA conducts military drills amid Doklam tensions

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 09:57 IST     

Beijing [China],August 21 (ANI): The People's Liberation Army's Western Theatre Command has conducted military exercises involving armoured forces and aviation units amid the military standoff with Indian troops at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], August 21 (ANI): The commander of United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, has said that winning the war in Afghanistan is critical both for the county and for the entire world.

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Lahore [Pakistan], August 21 (ANI): Global terrorists hiding in Pakistan are making an easy foray into country's mainstream politics.

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Washington [USA], August 21 (ANI): At least ten US sailors were missing and five injured after the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain on Monday collided with a merchant vessel in Alnic MC in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, reports CNN quoting US Navy.

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US destroyer collides with merchant vessel near Singapore

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 06:57 IST     

Washington [USA], August 21 (ANI): The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain on Monday collided with a merchant ship Alnic MC in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.

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Jerusalem [Israel], August 21 (ANI): Israel's communications minister Ayoub Kara has said that the government must condemn Nazism, but that the country's bond with U.S. President Donald Trump is more important.

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Trump brands news media 'worst', 'fake' post working vacation

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 06:00 IST     

Washington [USA], August 21 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Monday branded the news media as 'fake', 'worst' and the 'most dishonest' one, ahead of his return to Washington after a 17-day working vacation.

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Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 21 (ANI): The White House has announced that U.S. President Donald Trump will address the nation on Monday night in a primetime address on his plans for Afghanistan and South Asia.

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Washington [USA], August 21 (ANI): The administration of United States President Donald Trump has decided to disband a federal advisory panel on climate change, a move advocating that White House does not give a stern heed to the climate change.

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Three labourers found dead in Balochistan

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 02:52 IST     

Balochistan [Pakistan], August 21 (ANI): Three labourers from Pakistan's Punjab area, Rahim Yar Khan have been found dead in Balochistan's Kech district.

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Washington [US], August 21 (ANI): United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has confirmed that a decision has been made on a military strategy in Afghanistan.

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Nepal Parliament divides during deliberation over amendment bill

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 00:58 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal], Aug 21 (ANI): The deliberation over the amendment, set to be presented on Monday for voting, has divided the Nepal Parliament into twofactions.

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Karachi [Pakistan], August 20 (ANI): Former Pakistan interior minister Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said it would "hurt" the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), if he discloses the reason for not being a part of the federal cabinet.

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RJP-Nepal to participate in local polls

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 18:40 IST     

Dhanusa [Nepal], August 20 (ANI): Nepal's agitating party Rastriya Janata Party- Nepal (RJP-N), which has been demanding a constitutional amendment for long, will participate in the third round of local-level elections.

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Ousted Pak PM Sharif to leave for London on Aug 24

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 17:35 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug. 20 (ANI): Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for his first London trip after his removal from power by the country's Supreme Court in Panama case.

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South African Minister resigns over women assault claims

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 16:06 IST     

Pretoria [South Africa], August 20 (ANI): South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has resigned amid claims that he physically assaulted two women after an argument at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend.

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Kathmandu [Nepal], Aug 20 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his government will not hold back media under any circumstances.

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Nawaz refrains Hamza from campaigning for Kulsoom

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 14:47 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], August 20 (ANI): Differences have emerged in Nawaz Sharif's extended family as the founder of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has refrained his nephew Hamza Shahbaz to participate in the campaigning process of NA-120 by-elections, from where his wife Kulsoom Nawaz will contest after his disqualification in the Panamagate case.

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Death sentence for 10 over attempt to kill B'desh PM Hasina

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 13:46 IST     

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Aug 20 (ANI): Ten persons were awarded death penalty by a Dhaka court in a case filed over the attempted murder of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 17 years ago.

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NAB summons ex-PM Sharif, family members to appear on Sunday

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 13:45 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], August 20 (ANI): Pakistan's top graft organisation National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family to appear before it in Lahore on Sunday in a reference related to the Sharifs' Avenfield properties.

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