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Bangladesh's Worst Terror Attack Ends: 20 Foreigners Hacked To Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Bangladesh's worst terror attack ends: 20 foreigners hacked to death

 

First Call to Prayer inside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

Pakistan Senate Seeks Abolition of Islamic Council

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Arab World

ISIL's Top Head-Chopper Killed in Clashes with Iraqi Army near Mosul

Top ISIL leaders killed in US airstrike: Pentagon

Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, rebels seize pilot

Eighteen injured in Makkah stampede: Saudi media

Leader's Top Military Aide: US to Undergo Disintegration by 2041

Al-Nusra Suffers Heavy Casualties in Army Attacks in Dara'a

Syrian Analyst: Terrorists' Heavy Invasion of Northern Lattakia Plotted by Turkey

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Mideast

First Call to Prayer inside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

Gaza Rockets Hit Israeli City, Militants behind the Attack

Man beaten up after threatening to detonate self in mosque in Turkey’s south

11 foreign ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul after airport attack

ISIL behind Istanbul airport attack and ‘belong in hell,’ says Erdoğan

Two ISIL attackers’ identities confirmed

Turkey’s aid ship sets sail for Gaza

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South Asia

Over 200 ISIS Loyalists Killed In Nangarhar Raids, Officials Say

Kabul Suicide Attacks Toll Rises to 33 Dead, 80 Wounded

New Taliban leader tells US to end Afghan 'occupation'

List of recent attacks in Bangladesh blamed on radical Islamists

Another Hindu priest stabbed, critically wounded in Bangladesh

Islamic State posts photos it says are of foreigners killed in Dhaka attack

Determined to root out terrorism: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka cafe attackers spared hostages who could recite Quran

Jalalabad suicide bomber escaped several gunshots before blast (video)

Militants kill 7 of a family including 3 women in Kandahar province

Taliban chief talks about reforms including women’s rights in his Eid message

Sartaj Aziz oppose crackdown on Afghan militants based in Pakistan

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Pakistan

Pakistan Senate Seeks Abolition of Islamic Council

Pakistan Staring At Political Turmoil after Eid

IMF clears payment of $500 million to Pakistan

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India

Indian Girl among 20 Killed In Islamic State-Led Restaurant Siege in Bangladesh

Two Pakistani Boats Seized Off Gujarat Coast By BSF

Militants strike thrice as Rajnath visits J&K

Mumbai attack trial: Pakistan demands more evidence from India

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North America

US designates al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent as terror group

Nearly 116 civilians killed in US air and drone strikes

US aware of KP’s donation to Darul Uloom Haqqania

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Africa

Amnesty International documents ‘horrifying’ abuse of migrants in Libya

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Europe

Russian Warplanes Bomb Terrorists' Positions North of Aleppo

Russia: Terrorists Intensify Targeting of Civilians in Syria

Nearly 2.3 million Britons regret voting for Brexit: Survey

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Bangladesh's worst terror attack ends: 20 foreigners hacked to death

Agencies | Jul 2, 2016, 03.29 PM IST

DHAKA: Twenty foreigners were brutally hacked to death by terrorists inside a restaurant popular with expatriates here in the high-security diplomatic zone before commandos launched an assault on Saturday killing six attackers and capturing one alive, ending Bangladesh's worst terror attack.

Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury, the director of military operations, said the militants slaughtered 20 hostages before the joint operation led by the armed forces began. Most of those killed were found with their throat slit, he added.

"Army Para commando Unit-1 led the operation and killed six terrorists within 13 minutes," Chowdhury told reporters.

The mission codenamed 'Operation Thunderbolt' was launched after the Prime Minister ordered the army to intervene to end the hostage crisis, he said.

All 20 hostages killed were foreigners , with most being Italian or Japanese. Two senior police officers were also killed in the gunbattle that began last night.

He said the bodies of the victims were recovered during a search in the Holey Artisan Bakery compound after the operation. The bodies were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital morgue for autopsy to confirm their identity.

Gunshots and sounds of explosion rocked the area at 7:40am (local time) as security forces launched the final assault to end the siege.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the end of siege and said security forces "successfully" wrapped up their operation, freeing 13 hostages after killing six terrorists and capturing one militant at the Spanish cafe.

"It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these people? They don't have any religion," she said in a televised speech, referring to the terrorists.

"They (gunmen) defied the call of Ramadan's tarabi (special evening) prayers and went to kill people...The way they killed people is intolerable. They don't have any religion...terrorism is their religion," said Hasina, with Army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq by her side.

"I thank Allah as we could destroy the terrorists and rescue the hostages," Hasina said, adding that "none of the terrorists could flee the scene, six of them were killed on the spot and one was captured alive."

Hasina vowed to do everything to "uproot the militants and violent extremists" from Bangladesh.

Among those rescued were Indian, Sri Lankan and Japanese nationals, media reports said.

Hasina said around 30 people were injured in the attack.

ISIS claims responsibility

Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, nearly four hours after the hostage crisis unfolded, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence group, which monitors jihadist activity online.

It later issued a number of photographs of what it said were scenes from inside the restaurant. The pictures showed what appeared to be a number of bodies lying in pools of blood.

Amaq claimed that 24 people had been killed in the attack carried out by what it described as "ISIS commandos".

Heavy firing and explosions

Heavy firing and explosions continued at least for an hour after the 'Operation Thunderbolt' began on Saturday morning. A resident of a building, just 50 yards from the scene, reported spotting snipers firing from their guns.

The military-led rescue operation on Saturday was launched jointly by a navy commando squad, paramilitary BGB, elite anti-crime RAB along with special police units.

Shots were also fired from armoured personnel carriers (APCs). Grenades were also apparently exploded. Later, the APCs broke through the walls and entered the restaurant premises.

After hours of quiet at the Holey Artisan Bakery where terrorists were holding hostages, a fresh round of heavy gunfire rang out in the morning.

Army men in armoured personnel carriers (APCs) had moved in with commandos. Over 1,000 rounds of gunshots were fired and almost 100 blasts were heard in the first half an hour of the raid, media reports said.

Terrorists chanted 'Allahu Akbar'

On Friday night, terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar" barged into the cafe, frequented by diplomats and expatriates, and opened indiscriminate fire at around 9:20pm (local time).

Police said the two officers died at a hospital after being wounded in the initial gunfire on Friday night. Ten of 26 people who were wounded when the militants opened fire were in critical condition, and six were on life support, according to hospital staff. The injuries ranged from broken bones to gunshot wounds. Only one civilian was among the wounded.

The deceased policemen have been identified as officer in charge of nearby Banani police station, Salahuddin Ahmed and additional commissioner of police Rabiul.

An Argentine national and a local escaped after taking refuge in a nearby house when the gunmen entered the restaurant.

Police said they have detained two employees of the eatery for questioning.

Spate of murders

The hostage crisis marks an escalation from a recent spate of murders claimed by Islamic State and al-Qaida on liberals, gays, foreigners and religious minorities, and could deal a major blow to the country's vital $25 billion garment sector.

A Hindu priest and a Buddhist leader were brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding ISIS militants in the last two days while another Hindu man survived a bid on his life.

The restaurant assault also comes after Bangladesh hanged an Islamist party leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, on May 11 for genocide and other crimes committed during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. That has drawn an angry reaction and some scattered violence from supporters. Nizami, 73, was a former legislator and minister during opposition leader Khaleda Zia's last term as prime minister.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladeshs-worst-terror-attack-ends-20-foreigners-hacked-to-death/articleshow/53020911.cms

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First call to prayer inside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 85 years

July/02/2016

A muezzin's call to prayer reverberated inside the 6th century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1.

The building in the city's historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1's Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.     

The broadcast of the morning call to prayer from within Hagia Sophia is likely to reignite the controversy over the use of the building, which was designated a museum in 1935 under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkisjh Republic.     

Although the prayer call has been played from Hagia Sophia's minarets for the last four years, the muezzin has always chanted from a prayer room in the museum grounds rather than from inside the former mosque and cathedral.     

Built as an Orthodox Christian basilica during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 537, the famous domed structure, known as Ayasofya in Turkish, was converted to a mosque following Sultan Mehmet II's conquest of the city in 1453.     

In recent years there have been calls to return the building to Muslim worship. Last month, the Greek government complained about the reciting of the Quran in Hagia Sophia during Ramadan -- criticism the Turkish Foreign Ministry described as “unacceptable.”     

The azan call was televised in a July 2 program featuring Mehmet Görmez, the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet).     

Görmez used his appearance to describe the terrorist attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport, in which 44 people were killed, as part of a “war waged on Islam.”     

He argued Islam was among the victims of terrorism.

“The slaughtered ones are not only our lives but also the highest values that have been brought to humanity by Islam,” he said.     

hurriyetdailynews.com/first-call-to-prayer-inside-istanbuls-hagia-sophia-in-85-years.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101161&NewsCatID=341

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Bangladesh's worst terror attack ends: 20 foreigners hacked to death

Agencies | Jul 2, 2016, 03.29 PM IST

DHAKA: Twenty foreigners were brutally hacked to death by terrorists inside a restaurant popular with expatriates here in the high-security diplomatic zone before commandos launched an assault on Saturday killing six attackers and capturing one alive, ending Bangladesh's worst terror attack.

Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury, the director of military operations, said the militants slaughtered 20 hostages before the joint operation led by the armed forces began. Most of those killed were found with their throat slit, he added.

"Army Para commando Unit-1 led the operation and killed six terrorists within 13 minutes," Chowdhury told reporters.

The mission codenamed 'Operation Thunderbolt' was launched after the Prime Minister ordered the army to intervene to end the hostage crisis, he said.

All 20 hostages killed were foreigners , with most being Italian or Japanese. Two senior police officers were also killed in the gunbattle that began last night.

He said the bodies of the victims were recovered during a search in the Holey Artisan Bakery compound after the operation. The bodies were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital morgue for autopsy to confirm their identity.

Gunshots and sounds of explosion rocked the area at 7:40am (local time) as security forces launched the final assault to end the siege.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the end of siege and said security forces "successfully" wrapped up their operation, freeing 13 hostages after killing six terrorists and capturing one militant at the Spanish cafe.

"It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these people? They don't have any religion," she said in a televised speech, referring to the terrorists.

"They (gunmen) defied the call of Ramadan's tarabi (special evening) prayers and went to kill people...The way they killed people is intolerable. They don't have any religion...terrorism is their religion," said Hasina, with Army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq by her side.

"I thank Allah as we could destroy the terrorists and rescue the hostages," Hasina said, adding that "none of the terrorists could flee the scene, six of them were killed on the spot and one was captured alive."

Hasina vowed to do everything to "uproot the militants and violent extremists" from Bangladesh.

Among those rescued were Indian, Sri Lankan and Japanese nationals, media reports said.

Hasina said around 30 people were injured in the attack.

ISIS claims responsibility

Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, nearly four hours after the hostage crisis unfolded, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence group, which monitors jihadist activity online.

It later issued a number of photographs of what it said were scenes from inside the restaurant. The pictures showed what appeared to be a number of bodies lying in pools of blood.

Amaq claimed that 24 people had been killed in the attack carried out by what it described as "ISIS commandos".

Heavy firing and explosions

Heavy firing and explosions continued at least for an hour after the 'Operation Thunderbolt' began on Saturday morning. A resident of a building, just 50 yards from the scene, reported spotting snipers firing from their guns.

The military-led rescue operation on Saturday was launched jointly by a navy commando squad, paramilitary BGB, elite anti-crime RAB along with special police units.

Shots were also fired from armoured personnel carriers (APCs). Grenades were also apparently exploded. Later, the APCs broke through the walls and entered the restaurant premises.

After hours of quiet at the Holey Artisan Bakery where terrorists were holding hostages, a fresh round of heavy gunfire rang out in the morning.

Army men in armoured personnel carriers (APCs) had moved in with commandos. Over 1,000 rounds of gunshots were fired and almost 100 blasts were heard in the first half an hour of the raid, media reports said.

Terrorists chanted 'Allahu Akbar'

On Friday night, terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar" barged into the cafe, frequented by diplomats and expatriates, and opened indiscriminate fire at around 9:20pm (local time).

Police said the two officers died at a hospital after being wounded in the initial gunfire on Friday night. Ten of 26 people who were wounded when the militants opened fire were in critical condition, and six were on life support, according to hospital staff. The injuries ranged from broken bones to gunshot wounds. Only one civilian was among the wounded.

The deceased policemen have been identified as officer in charge of nearby Banani police station, Salahuddin Ahmed and additional commissioner of police Rabiul.

An Argentine national and a local escaped after taking refuge in a nearby house when the gunmen entered the restaurant.

Police said they have detained two employees of the eatery for questioning.

Spate of murders

The hostage crisis marks an escalation from a recent spate of murders claimed by Islamic State and al-Qaida on liberals, gays, foreigners and religious minorities, and could deal a major blow to the country's vital $25 billion garment sector.

A Hindu priest and a Buddhist leader were brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding ISIS militants in the last two days while another Hindu man survived a bid on his life.

The restaurant assault also comes after Bangladesh hanged an Islamist party leader, Motiur Rahman Nizami, on May 11 for genocide and other crimes committed during a 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. That has drawn an angry reaction and some scattered violence from supporters. Nizami, 73, was a former legislator and minister during opposition leader Khaleda Zia's last term as prime minister.

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladeshs-worst-terror-attack-ends-20-foreigners-hacked-to-death/articleshow/53020911.cms

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Pakistan Senate seeks abolition of Islamic council

July 2, 2016

The Senate committee’s recommendations follow the recent scandalous suggestions made by the council.

The Pakistan Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights has sought the dissolution of the constitutionally crafted Council of Islamic Ideology (CCI) on the grounds that several of its actions were inimical to the interests of women.

The Senate committee’s recommendations follow the recent scandalous suggestions made by the council, including an approval of “light beating of the errant wives by their husbands”.

It is not the first time the Council has provoked anger among civil and human rights activists, thanks to its penchant to make recommendations (though not mandatory) which adversely impact the women as well as the minorities in Pakistan.

Some of its rulings are that DNA tests were not acceptable as primary evidence in rape cases and a model bill prohibiting mixing of genders in schools, hospitals and offices. While the Council has been proactive in taking cognisance of complaints under the dreaded blasphemy law , it has refused to entertain pleas for measures to punish those who file false complaints under the law.

Constitutional body

It is a constitutional body, founded during the regime of another military ruler Ayub Khan in 1962, mandated with responsibility for giving legal advice on Islamic issues to the government and the Parliament.

Arguing in favour of its abolition, the Pakistan Senate committee has observed the Council is no longer constitutionally bound to send reports to Parliament for legislation — its final report was filed in 1997.

It also suggested the Council’s Rs100 million annual allocation be redirected to the National Commission for the Status of Women.

Taking note of the Senate Committee recommendation, the Pakistan English daily Dawn, in an editorial on Friday, noted: “Although it is known to flood the airwaves with distorted interpretations of religious and cultural norms, the CII’s recommendations are not constitutionally binding. In a democratic polity, legislators must ensure laws impacting women are passed through parliamentary consensus.

thehindu.com/news/international/pakistan-senate-seeks-abolition-of-islamic-council/article8797941.ece

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Arab World

Saudi Arabia — framed for 9/11, guilty of fuelling hate

July 2nd, 2016

It’s not a great moment to be a Saudi diplomat in Washington these days. The Republican presidential candidate thinks your country should pay for US military protection. The Democratic president is seeking warmer ties with your arch-enemy, Iran. And the US intelligence community is expected to soon declassify 28 pages of a 2003 Congressional report a former senator says implicates the kingdom in financing the terror attacks of Sept 11, 2001.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1268486/saudi-arabia-framed-for-911-guilty-of-fuelling-hate

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ISIL's Top Head-Chopper Killed in Clashes with Iraqi Army near Mosul

Jul 2, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Kurdish commander of the ISIL terrorist group, notorious for his rapid beheading of people, was killed in a small town on the Southern side of Mosul, security sources announced Saturday.

"Senior commander of the ISIL known as Abu Ayesha Kurdi was killed while carrying out a suicide attack on the Iraqi forces' positions in Western side of Makhmour," the sources said.

Abu Ayesha Kurdi is the one who spoke in a video in two languages of Arabic and Kurdi while beheading three Pishmarga fighters in March. 

en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950412000977

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Top ISIL leaders killed in US airstrike: Pentagon

PTI | Jul 2, 2016, 12.00 PM IST

WASHINGTON: Two top ISIL commanders have been killed in a US airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Pentagon has announced and hoped that this would help in liberating Mosul from the control of the dreaded terror group.

"Coalition forces conducted an airstrike against two ISIL senior military commanders on June 25 near Mosul, resulting in their deaths," the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Friday.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/Top-ISIL-leaders-killed-in-US-airstrike-Pentagon/articleshow/53018843.cms

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Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, rebels seize pilot

Jul 1, 2016

BEIRUT: A Syrian warplane crashed northeast of Damascus on Friday and its pilot was captured by rebels in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian state media said the crash was caused by a technical fault and a search was under way for the pilot, who had ejected.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Syrian-warplane-crashes-near-Damascus-rebels-seize-pilot/articleshow/53005974.cms

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Eighteen injured in Makkah stampede: Saudi media

Jul 2, 2016

RIYADH: Eighteen pilgrims have been injured in a stampede near Makkah, Saudi media reported on Saturday, as the kingdom continues to review safety after a deadly crush during last year's Haj.

The incident happened on Friday night near the Grand Mosque in Makkah, the Al-Riyadh newspaper said, as people gathered in large numbers to mark the Laylat al-Qadr, one of the high points of the holy fasting month of Ramazan.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1268647/eighteen-injured-in-makkah-stampede-saudi-media

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Leader's Top Military Aide: US to Undergo Disintegration by 2041

Jul 2, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior military adviser to the Iranian Leader warned that the US policies is driving the country towards disintegration within the next 25 years.

"The US has reached a point today that it will witness fragmentation and disintegration 25 years later," General Nasser Arasteh said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Friday night.

Economists peddling dire warnings that the world's number one economy is on the brink of collapse, amid high rates of unemployment and a spiraling public deficit, are flourishing.

The guru of this doomsday line of thinking may be economist Nouriel Roubini, thrust into the forefront after predicting the chaos wrought by the subprime mortgage crisis and the collapse of the housing bubble.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950412000244

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Al-Nusra Suffers Heavy Casualties in Army Attacks in Dara'a

Jul 2, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army troops' anti-terrorism offensives in Dara'a neighborhoods and near a town in the Eastern part of the province inflicted a heavy death toll on the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

The Syrian soldiers stormed al-Nusra bases in Southern side of Zonoubia school and meantime destroyed the positions of the Takfiri terrorists in Eastern side of al-Tamriz school in Dara'a al-Mahatta, which ended in the killing and wounding of tens of the militants.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950412001047

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Syrian Analyst: Terrorists' Heavy Invasion of Northern Lattakia Plotted by Turkey

Jul 2, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian analyst underlined that the terrorist groups' new heavy aggression on the Northern parts of Lattakia province is a plot hatched by Turkey to weaken the Syrian army and popular forces in Aleppo battle.

"The terrorists' attacks on Lattakia province is a plot hatched by Turkey's operation room to open marginal battlegrounds and make the highest number of Syrian army forces engaged in other things than the big battle in Aleppo," Akhil Aid told FNA on Saturday.

He, meantime, said that the Syrian army and its allies have made good advance in the Northern parts of Lattakia and have driven out the remaining terrorists towards the Syrian borders.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950412000341

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Mideast

First call to prayer inside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in 85 years

July/02/2016

A muezzin's call to prayer reverberated inside the 6th century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1.

The building in the city's historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1's Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.     

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/first-call-to-prayer-inside-istanbuls-hagia-sophia-in-85-years.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101161&NewsCatID=341

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Gaza rockets hit Israeli city, militants behind the attack

July 2, 2016

Palestinian militants fired a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, causing material damage but no injuries, the army said.

“A rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel and hit in the city of Sderot, causing damage to a building,” a statement from the military read. “No injuries have been reported.”

Israeli media said the rocket had hit a kindergarten.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/gaza-rockets-hit-israeli-city-militants-behind-the-attack-2888870/

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Man beaten up after threatening to detonate self in mosque in Turkey’s south

July/01/2016

A man was beaten up by the congregation of a central mosque on July 1 in the southern province of Adana after he shouted that he was about to detonate himself.

The man, identified by the police as 33-year-old Mahmut Kılıçarslan from Diyarbakır, stood up during Friday prayers in the Sabancı Merkez Mosque and began to run toward the imam. According to reports, he grabbed the microphone and shouted “I will blow myself up.”

The congregation subsequently intervened against Kılıçarslan and beat him up. Police officers attending the Friday prayers stopped the group from lynching the suspect by using tear gas and detained him.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/man-beaten-up-after-threatening-to-detonate-self-in-mosque-in-turkeys-south.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101137&NewsCatID=341

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11 foreign ISIL suspects detained in Istanbul after airport attack

A total of 11 suspected foreign militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were detained in Istanbul early on July 1 in connection with a suicide bomb attack on the city’s main airport, daily Habertürk has reported.

Istanbul counterterrorism police carried out an operation against an ISIL cell in the Başakşehir district on suspicion that they are linked to the three suicide bombers who staged the deadly attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on June 28.

Eleven suspects, including some of Russian nationality who were staying in the city, were apprehended in the operation as the total number of detained suspects in the attack increased to 24.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/11-foreign-isil-suspects-detained-in-istanbul-after-airport-attack.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101119&NewsCatID=509

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ISIL behind Istanbul airport attack and ‘belong in hell,’ says Erdoğan

July/01/2016

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was “most probably” behind the triple suicide attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport that killed 44 people, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, adding that they “belong in hell.”

“You see what happened at the airport, and it was most probably Deash,” Erdoğan said on July 1 at a ceremony in Istanbul, using an alternate name for ISIL.

“They say they are doing this in the name of Islam,” he added.  “They have nothing to do with Islam. They belong in hell. Whoever kills a soul, it is as if he has killed all of humanity. The victims are sinless, children, women, the elderly… They are traveling, unaware of what’s going on, and face death. No one has the right to do that.”

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/isil-behind-istanbul-airport-attack-and-belong-in-hell-says-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101145&NewsCatID=338

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Two ISIL attackers’ identities confirmed

July/01/2016

Istanbul police identified on June 1 two of the suicide bombers of the Istanbul Atatürk Airport attack as Russain passport holders Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov. Work is ongoing to identify the third bomber.

Police said that before the attack was carried out the assailants threw away their laptop, which contained key organizational information, after damaging its hard disk.

According to reports, Osman was the attacker who rented the cell house in Fatih while police found a copy of his passport through the apartment’s realtor.

Meanwhile, a total of 11 suspected foreign militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were detained in Istanbul early on July 1 in connection with the deadly suicide attack on the city’s main airport, daily Habertürk has reported.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/two-isil-attackers-identities-confirmed-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101144&NewsCatID=509

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Turkey’s aid ship sets sail for Gaza

July/01/2016

A Turkish humanitarian aid ship carrying 11,000 tons of relief supplies to the Gaza Strip set sail from the country’s southern port of Mersin on July 1.

The aid operation to be carried out by the Panama-flagged ship Lady Leyla, which has been loaded with relief supplies including rice, flour, and toys since June 29, came in the wake of a reconciliation deal reached between Turkey and Israel after a six-year hiatus.

Lady Leyla will also carry 10,000 toys and 10,000 packages of food and aid to children in Gaza via the Israeli port of Ashdod, which it is expected to reach within 30 hours.

Five tons of flour and 2,000 tons of rice aid from the Turkish Grain Board, as well as sugar aid from the Turkish Red Crescent, will be delivered.

Full report at: hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-aid-ship-sets-sail-for-gaza.aspx?pageID=238&nID=101142&NewsCatID=510

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South Asia

Bangladesh's worst terror attack ends: 20 foreigners hacked to death

Agencies | Jul 2, 2016, 03.29 PM IST

DHAKA: Twenty foreigners were brutally hacked to death by terrorists inside a restaurant popular with expatriates here in the high-security diplomatic zone before commandos launched an assault on Saturday killing six attackers and capturing one alive, ending Bangladesh's worst terror attack.

Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury, the director of military operations, said the militants slaughtered 20 hostages before the joint operation led by the armed forces began. Most of those killed were found with their throat slit, he added.

"Army Para commando Unit-1 led the operation and killed six terrorists within 13 minutes," Chowdhury told reporters.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladeshs-worst-terror-attack-ends-20-foreigners-hacked-to-death/articleshow/53020911.cms

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Over 200 ISIS loyalists killed in Nangarhar raids, officials say

By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 02 2016, 9:34 am

Over 200 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the operations launched nearly a week ago, local officials said.

The officials further added that the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan security forces as well as the US forces who were carrying out drone strikes against the terror group.

Full report at: khaama.com/over-200-isis-loyalists-killed-in-nangarhar-raids-officials-say-01390

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Kabul suicide attacks toll rises to 33 dead, 80 wounded

By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 02 2016, 9:48 am

The casualties toll of the back to back suicide attacks in Kabul has increased with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) saying at least 33 people were killed.

According to a statement by MoI, at least 32 police cadets and one civilian lost their lives while 79 police cadets were wounded along with a civilian.

MoI further added that the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers as one of them detonated his explosives near the convoy of the vehicles and the second bomber rammed a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (IED) into the same convoy, minutes after the first blast.

Full report at: khaama.com/kabul-suicide-attacks-toll-rises-to-33-dead-80-wounded-01391

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New Taliban leader tells US to end Afghan 'occupation'

AFP | Jul 2, 2016, 01.31 PM IST

KABUL: New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada on Saturday called on the US to end its "occupation" of Afghanistan in his first message since being appointed the militant group's chief in May.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/New-Taliban-leader-tells-US-to-end-Afghan-occupation/articleshow/53019827.cms

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List of recent attacks in Bangladesh blamed on radical Islamists

July 2, 2016

bangladesh, dhaka, dhaka attack, dhaka restaurant attack, dhaka cafe attack, dhaka restaurant siege, dhaka cafe hostage, bangladesh minority attack, bangladesh extremist attack, bangladesh recent attacks, bangladesh news, world news, latest news A security personnel checks vehicles after gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan restaurant and took hostages, in the Gulshan area of Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Source: Reuters)

Gunmen have stormed a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka, taking hostages while engaging security forces in a gunbattle that has left two officers dead, authorities say. Some people in the restaurant managed to run to the rooftop and escape, but one witness says about 35 people are still trapped inside, including some foreigners.

The hostage crisis was unusual for Bangladesh, but comes after several years of deadly attacks by radical Islamists targeting secular writers, publishers and members of Bangladesh’s minority religious communities. Here is a list of those attacks, starting in 2013:

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/list-of-recent-attacks-in-bangladesh-blamed-on-radical-islamists-2888881/

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Another Hindu priest stabbed, critically wounded in Bangladesh

Jul 02, 2016

Unidentified attackers stabbed and critically wounded a Hindu priest in southwest Bangladesh Saturday, just a day after a Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in an attack by suspected Islamist militants.

Police said 48-year-old priest Bhabasindhu Roy of the Sri Sri Radha Gobinda Temple in Satkhira district was attacked inside the temple compound as he slept.

“They stabbed him in his chest and back. His condition is critical and we’re trying to send him to a hospital in Dhaka,” deputy chief of Satkhira police Atqul Haq told AFP.

He said it bore the hallmarks of recent attacks on minorities by suspected Islamist militants.

Full report at: hindustantimes.com/world-news/another-hindu-priest-stabbed-critically-wounded-in-bangladesh/story-LYVcVea3yCKEkdLaZEPmYO.html

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Islamic State posts photos it says are of foreigners killed in Dhaka attack

Jul 02, 2016

Islamic State posted photos on Saturday it claimed to be of foreigners killed in an attack on a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where gunmen were holding hostages as police laid siege to the building, the group’s news agency Amaq said.

Hours into the standoff, in which Bangladeshi officials said two police officers were killed, the Islamic State issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

“Islamic State commandos attack a restaurant frequented by foreigners in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh,” reported Amaq, an information outlet linked to the Islamic State.

The group claims to still be holding a number of hostages inside the cafe.

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Determined to root out terrorism: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Agencies | Jul 2, 2016, 01.10 PM IST

DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Saturday that 13 hostages were rescued from a besieged cafe in Dhaka on Saturday, but some had been killed.

Hasina said six gunmen had also been killed and one had been captured alive in a dawn raid on the cafe by Bangladeshi commandos.

"Because of the effort of the joint force, the terrorists could not flee," Hasina said in a nationally televised speech, vowing to fight militant attacks in the country.

"It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these people? They don't have any religion, their only religion is terrorism," Hasina said in a televised speech.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Determined-to-root-out-terrorism-Bangladesh-PM-Sheikh-Hasina/articleshow/53019568.cms

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Dhaka cafe attackers spared hostages who could recite Quran

Rashidul Hasan — Published about 2 hours ago

DHAKA: Militants who stormed into a Bangladesh cafe overnight had asked the hostages to recite verses from the Holy Quran and those who failed to do so were tortured.

Rezaul Karim, father of Hasnat Karim who was held hostage inside Holey Artisan Bakery in the diplomatic zone for over 10 hours, told The Daily Star that the hostages who could recite a verse or two from the Quran were spared, while others were tortured.

Hasnat Karim went to a birthday celebration with his wife and children at the Spanish restaurant on Dhaka’s Gulshan Road on Friday when militants stormed in and took about 20 people including foreigners as hostage.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1268643/dhaka-cafe-attackers-spared-hostages-who-could-recite-quran

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Jalalabad suicide bomber escaped several gunshots before blast (video)

By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 02 2016,

A video of the suicide attack in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province has emerged online which purportedly shows the suicide bomber escaping several gunshots before detonating his explosives.

The video which has reportedly been released by the security institutions after it was captured in CCTV camera, shows a man standing in a roundabout type area as he waits for his target to arrive.

Full report at: khaama.com/jalalabad-suicide-bomber-escaped-several-gunshots-before-blast-video-01397

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Militants kill 7 of a family including 3 women in Kandahar province

By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 02 2016, 1:49 pm

The anti-government armed militants have killed at least seven of a family in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, local officials said.

The incident took place late on Friday night in Shahwali Kot district after the gunmen stormed a residential house.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Samim Khpolwak confirmed that seven of a family including three women were killed in the attack.

Full report at: khaama.com/militants-kill-7-of-a-family-including-3-women-in-kandahar-province-01395

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Taliban chief talks about reforms including women’s rights in his Eid message

By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 02 2016, 1:36 pm

The newly-appointed supreme leader of the Taliban group Mawlavi Haibatullah Akhundzada has promised to bring reforms under his leadership including the women’s rights.

Akhundzada made the commitment in his message released on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, saying “I will try for better reform of courts and efficient conduct of affairs, including release of the prisoners, treatment of the injured, the rights of the women as per Sharia, to help orphans and miserable people, education and moral training of the emerging generation, and procurement of equipment for endeverouring Mujahideen.”

The latest commitment by Akhundzada vowing reforms in women’s rights comes as the Afghan women suffered the most during the rule of the Taliban regime.

Full report at: khaama.com/taliban-chief-talks-about-reforms-including-womens-rights-in-his-eid-message-01394

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Sartaj Aziz oppose crackdown on Afghan militants based in Pakistan

 

By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 02 2016

Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz has opposed a large-scale crackdown against all extremist militants in Pakistan, warning that pushing too fast could lead to ‘blowback’ in the form of more terrorist attacks.

He was apparently gesturing towards the growing criticisms on Pakistan for failing to act against the notorious Haqqani terrorist network and the Taliban group which are having leadership councils based in the country.

Full report at: khaama.com/sartaj-aziz-oppose-crackdown-on-afghan-militants-based-in-pakistan-01393

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Pakistan Senate seeks abolition of Islamic council

July 2, 2016

The Senate committee’s recommendations follow the recent scandalous suggestions made by the council.

The Pakistan Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights has sought the dissolution of the constitutionally crafted Council of Islamic Ideology (CCI) on the grounds that several of its actions were inimical to the interests of women.

The Senate committee’s recommendations follow the recent scandalous suggestions made by the council, including an approval of “light beating of the errant wives by their husbands”.

Full report at: thehindu.com/news/international/pakistan-senate-seeks-abolition-of-islamic-council/article8797941.ece

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Pakistan staring at political turmoil after Eid

Omer Farooq Khan | TNN | Jul 2, 2016, 10.33 AM IST

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is staring at political turmoil post-Eid on the back of opposition parties threatening to hit the streets over the ruling Sharif family's alleged holding of illegal offshore assets, and a growing clamour for the extension of its army chief's term, due to end this year.

Queering the pitch further for PM Nawaz Sharif is the return of firebrand cleric and Canadian national of Pakistani origin Tahir Qadri, who had held massive sit-ins against the Sharif government at the beginning of his term. He is threatening another strike after Eid to remove Sharif "once and for all". It is common knowledge that his previous strike was secretly encouraged by powerful elements within the army .

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-staring-at-political-turmoil-after-Eid/articleshow/53017838.cms

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IMF clears payment of $500 million to Pakistan

PTI | Jun 28, 2016, 12.32 PM IST

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund cleared payment of $501 million for Pakistan taking the total amount given to the country to $6.1 billion in the last few years.

In a statement, issued after the conclusion of 11th review of Pakistan's economic performance under a three-year program supported by an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, the IMF said the decision enables the immediate disbursement of about $501 million to Pakistan.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/IMF-clears-payment-of-500-million-to-Pakistan/articleshow/52952487.cms

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India

Indian Girl Among 20 Killed In Islamic State-Led Restaurant Siege

TNN | Jul 2, 2016, 04.21 PM IST

NEW DELHI: An Indian girl is among the 20 people killed in Bangladesh's worst terror attack on Friday.

"I am extremely pained to share that the terrorists have killed Tarushi, an Indian girl who was taken hostage in the terror attack in Dhaka," external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Saturday.

The minister informed that she has spoken to her father, Sanjeev Jain, and conveyed deepest condolences.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dhaka-attack-Indian-girl-among-20-killed-in-Islamic-State-led-restaurant-siege/articleshow/53021423.cms

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Militants strike thrice as Rajnath visits J&K

PEERZADA ASHIQ

July 2, 2016

On a day when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, militants struck at three places, injuring six persons, on Friday.

At least three CRPF personnel were injured when militants lobbed a grenade and opened fire at a CRPF camp at Litter village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Second attack on CRPF

Full report at: thehindu.com/news/national/militants-strike-thrice-as-rajnath-singh-visits-jammu-and-kashmir/article8798741.ece

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Mumbai attack trial: Pakistan demands more evidence from India

PTI | Jun 30, 2016, 03.44 PM IST

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it has asked India to provide "more evidence" for the early completion of the Mumbai attack trial in which LeT operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and six others are accused.

"Our foreign secretary has written to India's foreign secretary to provide more evidence so that Mumbai case trial is competed. The response from the Indian side is still awaited," foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at a press briefing.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Mumbai-attack-trial-Pakistan-demands-more-evidence-from-India/articleshow/52989243.cms

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North America

US designates al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent as terror group

Jun 30, 2016, 09.35 PM IST

WASHINGTON: The US on Thursday designated al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), a regional branch of the global terror network, as a "foreign terrorist organisation" and added its chief Asim Umar on the list of global terrorist.

The announcement by the State Department prohibits US citizens to engage in transactions with AQIS and Umar and the freezing of all of their property and interests in the US.

In addition, the consequences of AQIS' FTO designation include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to the organization.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-designates-al-Qaida-in-Indian-Subcontinent-as-terror-group/articleshow/52994248.cms

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Nearly 116 civilians killed in US air and drone strikes

July 2, 2016

Up to 116 civilians were killed in controversial drone and air strikes by the US outside conflict zones like Afghanistan and Iraq from 2009 to 2015, intelligence officials have announced in a long-awaited report.

According to figures released by Director of National Intelligence, an estimated 2372 to 2581 militants were killed in 473 drone strikes during the same period.

Full report at: indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/nearly-116-civilians-killed-in-us-air-and-drone-strikes-2888834/

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US aware of KP’s donation to Darul Uloom Haqqania

July 2nd, 2016

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has said that it’s aware of reports stating that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had proposed a $3 million budget allocation for Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary.

“I would refer you to the KP government or the government of Pakistan with any questions concerning this funding,” said the department’s spokesman John Kirby when asked to comment on those reports.

Full report at: dawn.com/news/1268569/us-aware-of-kps-donation-to-darul-uloom-haqqania

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Africa

Amnesty International documents ‘horrifying’ abuse of migrants in Libya

Jul 1, 2016

CAIRO: An international rights group on Friday published "horrifying" accounts by migrants of exploitation and sexual abuse in Libya, including Christians who were abducted by Islamic State jihadists and forced into sexual slavery.

In a report titled "Libya is full of cruelty", Amnesty International collected the testimonies of 90 migrants, including 15 women, interviewed in reception centers in Italy and Sicily after escaping Libya in recent months. The group said that sexual abuse is so widespread that some women take contraceptives before their sea crossing.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Amnesty-International-documents-horrifying-abuse-of-migrants-in-Libya/articleshow/53009104.cms

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Europe

Russian Warplanes Bomb Terrorists' Positions North of Aleppo

Jul 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force, in a fresh round of combat flights, targeted the gatherings and concentration centers of the terrorist groups in two key regions of Northern Aleppo, slowing down the militants' movements in the region.

The Russian bombers pounded terrorists' positions in Handarat mountain and Anadan plains, where there is a large presence of anti-government fighters.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950412000719

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Russia: Terrorists Intensify Targeting of Civilians in Syria

Jul 1, 2016

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova expressed Russia’s concern over the targeting of civilians, mainly Kurdish communities, by the ISIL and al-Nusra Front.

“For their part, the ISIL and al-Nusra Front are continuing their acts of intimidation against civilians,” Zakharova said, ARA new reported.

Full report at: en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950412000828

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Nearly 2.3 million Britons regret voting for Brexit: Survey

PTI | Jul 1, 2016, 06.24 PM IST

LONDON: Nearly 2.3 million people in the UK regret voting for Britain's exit (popularly called Brexit) from the European Union or EU in last week's historic referendum, a trend which has come to be referred to as "Bregret", a new survey said today.

According to the "Opinium survey", seven per cent of the people who voted to leave the EU now regretted their choice and may vote for remain instead if they had a choice.

When the survey's findings are projected on to the statistics of the June 23 referendum, it cuts the Leave vote-share by 2.3 million, wiping out its majority and reversing the shock result in favour of Brexit, the survey said.

Full report at: timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Nearly-2-3-million-Britons-regret-voting-for-Brexit-Survey/articleshow/53008713.cms

 

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