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20 hostages killed in Bangladesh-restaurant attack
Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant to end a hostage-taking by heavily armed militants early Saturday, killing six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners. The military said 20 hostages were killed during the 10-hour standoff, and a survivor's father said the attackers spared people who could recite verses from the Quran.
 
Those who could 'recite Quran' spared
A victim family describes how the birthday celebration of a 13-year-old turned into the bloody nightmare called Gulshan attack.
 
New Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada called on the U.S. Saturday to end its "occupation" of Afghanistan in his first message since being appointed the militant group's chief.
 
Thailand's upgrade is premature, Myanmar's downgrading is long overdue, say activists.
 
Commandos storm Dhaka restaurant, find 5 bodies; 12 rescued
Bangladesh forces stormed a restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage for 10 hours Saturday morning, triggering explosions and finding at least five bodies lying in pools of blood. Japan's government said that 12 people were rescued.
 
Myanmar decries inclusion in US human trafficking blacklist
Myanmar called sad and regrettable a move by the United States to place the country on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, while rights groups welcomed it as long overdue.
 
NEW DELHI - A 12-year-old Indian boy who was kidnapped from New Delhi and taken to neighbouring Bangladesh six years ago finally returned home on Thursday to be reunited with his parents.
 
Last Friday of Islamic holy month
Muslims pray on an open street on the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, by fasting from dawn till dusk.
 
A Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in western Bangladesh on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on religious minorities by suspected Islamists.
 
A Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in western Bangladesh on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on religious minorities by suspected Islamists.
 
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