Tuesday 22 October 2019

36 killed in fighting

AT least 36 people were killed and 60 injured as police fought running battles with thousands of Islamic fundamentalists in Dhaka yesterday.

Fighting broke out in the capital of Bangladesh as police and paramilitary guards used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to control an estimated 70,000 religious demonstrators demanding an anti-blasphemy law and the death penalty for "atheist bloggers".

Iranian editor held

A journalist for an Iranian news website says its editor has been arrested after reporting that there is an audiotape of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussing vote-rigging in his disputed 2009 re-election.

Mr Ahmadinejad's office strongly denied last month's report on the 'Baztab' website, and, so far, no audiotape has surfaced. The journalist, Ammar Kalantari, said yesterday that editor Ali Ghazali had been arrested on Sunday.

Hemingway project

A partnership between Cuba and a private US foundation is working to preserve more of writer Ernest Hemingway's papers and belongings that he left at his home near Havana when he died.

US Rep James McGovern and the Finca Vigia Foundation are planning the digitisation of 2,000 Hemingway papers and materials. The digital copies will be transferred to Boston's John F Kennedy Library.

Mexican bloodbath

Mexico has seen a violent wave of killings over the weekend, despite what the government says is a drop in the number of killings related to drug violence. In Sinaloa, 17 bodies were found over the weekend, including six cadavers dumped along a highway.

And in a northern suburb of Mexico City, officials said yesterday that seven bodies had been found on a street. Mexico's Interior Department reports drug-related deaths fell 14pc from December to March, compared with the same period a year ago.

Bieber in fan 'attack'

Megastar singer Justin Bieber is known for his slick dance moves onstage. But spinning away from a mash-up between security guards and a rogue fan has become the hit of his concert in Dubai.

Mobile phone video popped up across the web yesterday showing a male fan rushing toward the 19-year-old. Security guards tackled the young man, spilling into Bieber. Bieber twisted away while the guards dragged away the fan.

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