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AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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ABT issues global hit list of bloggers, writers and activists: Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) has issued a hit list of secular bloggers, writers and activists around the world, saying they will be killed if its demands are not met. The targets in the list include nine bloggers based in the UK, seven in Germany, two in the US, one in Canada and one in Sweden. Some are Bangladeshi citizens living overseas. Others are dual nationals or citizens of the western nations. The statement featured a logo comprising a black flag carrying the seal of the prophet Mohammed and the phrase: "We do not forget, we do not forgive" in English. Dhaka Tribune, September 24, 2015.

"There's no possibility of the rise of radicalism in Bangladesh", asserts Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Wajed on September 21 ruled out any possibility of the rise of radicalism in Bangladesh. "There's no possibility of the rise of radicalism in Bangladesh. Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies are very active and alert so that they can thwart any such attempt," she said. The PM made the comments when visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier met her at Gono Bhaban. Daily Star, September 22, 2015.

PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed urge UK to do more to combat militancy, says report: On September 16, Bangladesh Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Wajed urged the UK to do more to combat militancy. "The British government should take more steps on the ground," she stated. "Certainly we want cooperation from all other countries so that they should be very careful that no illegal money or arms or terrorists should take any chance to create any problem to any other country," Hasina said. Daily Star, September 17, 2015.

BNP chief Khaleda Zia and JeI lobbyists behind Bangladesh losing GSP facility in US market, asserts Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Wajed on September 9 told the Parliament that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief, Khaleda Zia, and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) were spreading propaganda abroad through lobbyists resulting in losing the GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) facilities in US market. The PM, however, expressed her hope that Bangladesh would get the GSP saying the US has to remember that they also have around USD 2 billion investment in Bangladesh. Daily Star, September 10, 2015.

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