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Bangladeshi Supreme Court allows a lower court to run a case against former Prime Minister Khaleeda Shia.

In Bangladesh today The Supreme Court cleared the way for a lower court to run trial proceedings against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gatco corruption case.  A four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed two leave-to appeal petitions filed by Khaleda seeking stay on the trial proceeding. Khaleda filed the petition on May 10 last year, also challenging a High Court verdict that rejected her writ petitions against the initiation and continuation of the case.

Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters during Barcelona attack

Spanish police say that a 12-strong terror cell that carried out two attacks in Spain this week had collected 120 gas canisters and was planning to use them in vehicle attacks. Canisters were found at a house said to be used by the cell that blew up in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday night. Police are still hunting for the driver of the van that hit dozens of people on Barcelona's Las Ramblas, killing 13. Today, a Mass was held in Barcelona to mourn the victims.

Spanish Government says Barcelona terror cell dismantled


The terror cell behind the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead has been dismantled, Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says. "The cell has been fully dismantled in Barcelona, after examining the people who died, the people who were arrested and carrying out identity checks," he told a news conference. But the regional Catalan government said there could be further arrests. A key suspect linked to the Barcelona attack and a later one is still sought.

Spanish police 'stop second attack'.

Spanish police say they have killed several people in Cambrils to stop what they say was a second attempted attack after a car attack in Barcelona. Police warned people to stay off the streets, with shots reported in the port of Cambrils. Thirteen people died and dozens were injured when a van ploughed into crowds in Barcelona's Las Ramblas area yesterday. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it was a "jihadist attack".

Spanish coastguard rescues 600 migrants

Spanish coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period. The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels. The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year. More than 120 people are believed to have drowned attempting the crossing. Most are sailing across the 12km Strait of Gibraltar.

Sierra Leone declares 7-day national mourning for mudslide victims.

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has declared seven days of mourning across the country with immediate effect. The president made the announcement after a devastating mudslide early Monday killed at least 400 people on the outskirts of capital city Freetown. At least 600 people are still missing.

North Korea leader 'briefed' on Guam plan but opts to wait

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam but will hold off, state media said. Although prepared for "the enveloping fire at Guam", the North said it would watch what "the foolish Yankees" do before taking a decision. Last week's threat against Guam escalated the sharp rhetoric being exchanged between the two sides.This latest report points to a pause in the increasingly bitter war of words.

North Korea leader 'briefed' on Guam missile plan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been briefed on a plan to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, state media says. But the report said he would watch US actions before making a decision on "the enveloping fire at Guam". Last week, the North said a plan was being drawn up to fire four missiles into the sea off Guam, where US bombers are based. It came amid a sharp rise in rhetoric between the US and North Korea. The report on state news agency KCNA said Kim Jong-un "examined the plan for a long time" and discussed it with senior military officials.

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister meets the Sri Lankan Prime Minister to strengthen bilateral relations.

A meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo took place this evening at the Temple Trees. They focused attention to further enhance economic and political ties between Belgium and Sri Lanka.

Sierra Leone mudslide buries houses with over three hundred feared dead.

More than three hundred people are feared dead and others remain trapped after a mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early today following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud. A BBC reporter at the scene says many people may have been asleep when the mudslide occurred. The number of casualties is not yet known but Sierra Leone's Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was "likely that hundreds are lying dead".

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