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* Bangladesh security forces kill 'mastermind' of Dhaka cafe attack

Aug 27 (Reuters) Bangladesh security forces killed four militants on Saturday, including the alleged mastermind of an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed, the head of Dhaka's counter-terrorism police unit told Reuters. The militants were cornered in an early morning raid on their hideout in Naraynganj, on the outskirts of the capital, and were killed after refusing to surrender, Additional Commissioner of Police Monirul Islam said.
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* US Navy vessel fires warning shots at Iran boat

Aug 26 (BBC) The Pentagon has said a US Navy vessel fired three shots to warn an Iranian military boat off in the Gulf. Spokesman Peter Cook said it was one of several incidents of Iranian vessels harassing US ships in the past week. Mr Cook said the intention of the Iranian ships was unclear but their behaviour was unacceptable, as the boats were in international waters.
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* Brazil police charge Lochte over robbery claim

Aug 26 (BBC) Police in Brazil have charged US swimmer Ryan Lochte with making a false statement about being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The police statement also recommends that the court issues a summons for the gold medal winner. The US State Department said it was aware of the request.
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* After dismal Rio show, PM forms task force to plan for next three Olympics

Aug 27 (Hindu) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the setting up of a task force which will help to plan for the “effective participation” of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympics, to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028. He made the announcement at the monthly meeting of the Union Council of Ministers and said the structure of the task force would be in place in the next few days.
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* Italy quake: Emergency declared as hopes for more survivors fade

Aug 26 (BBC) Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged €50m (£42m) in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to have died and 365 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night.
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* Nepal to investigate civil war crimes

Aug 26 (BBC) It had been a joyful occasion. Nawaprasad Ghimire had just celebrated the wedding of his youngest son in June 2005. Six members of his family were on a bus returning home, passing through Madi Chitwan, a town nearly 200km south-west of the capital Kathmandu. Royal Nepal Army soldiers in civilian uniforms were also on the bus.
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