Chittagong : Customs officials seized 25 gold bars weighing around 2.5 kg from a luggage here at Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport on Saturday morning.
Actually they seized 225 gold bars, but for some reason they announced the seizure of 25 of them...
Assistant Commissioner Moshiur Rahman Mandal of airport custom office said a flight of Air Arabia from Sharjah landed at the Shah Amanat International Airport at about 9pm on Friday.
Acting on secret information, customs officials searched an abandoned luggage of a passenger of the flight and recovered the 225 25 gold bars on Saturday morning, said Moshiur Rahman Mandal. But the passenger could not be traced.
[Ynet] Security officials in Egypt say a fight between two families sparked by a dispute in a line to buy bread has killed nine people.
The officials said Saturday the feud began a month earlier in a town in the southern governorate of Assiut when a member of the Shaibaa tribe was killed in a fight over who was first in line to buy bread. Four members of the rival family were charged over the killing.
This is what real poverty looks like, as compared to most of what is labelled poverty in the U.S.
[An Nahar] Ten people were killed in a feud between two families who went on a shooting rampage in a town of central Egypt on Saturday, security officials said.
The violence in the El-Badari area of Assiut province pitted members of the El-Shaieba and El-Aawashir families.
It started when a senior El-Aawashir member was rubbed out along with a relative and another man in an ambush by the rival family members, a police brass hat from Assiut, Hassan Seif, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Seif said when reports of the killings spread, angry members of El-Aawashir went on a rampage, shooting at El-Shaieba members, resulting in seven more deaths.
Three others were maimed in the fighting.
Security officials said the El-Shaieba members carried out the initial ambush to avenge the death of a relative last year whose killing was blamed on the El-Aawashirs.
The area where the fighting broke out was sealed off by security forces, Seif said.
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[Al Ahram] Niger has detained 100 migrants on their way to Algeria, a security source said Saturday, in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people died of thirst trying to cross the Sahara. The migrants, mostly men but also some children, have been placed in police cells, the source said. Niger's government earlier announced it had "intercepted" 47 other migrants headed for Algeria on Friday.
Thousands of illegal foreigners, mostly unskilled workers from Asia, are rushing to leave Saudi Arabia before an amnesty expires on Sunday as they risk being fined or even jailed.
Nearly a million Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Indians, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis, among others, have taken advantage of the three-month amnesty -- announced on April 3 and then extended for four months -- and left the country. Another roughly four million have legalised their situation by finding employers to sponsor them.
But the clock is ticking, and the Saudi labour ministry has said there will be no second chance, despite appeals from some Asian governments.
"We have absolutely no intention of prolonging the amnesty," said ministry spokesman Hattab Al Anzi.
Pakistan said this week that it has been pressing for an extension of the amnesty until the end of January. Even so, its foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said: "We are trying our best to legalise as many Pakistanis as we can before the deadline ends."
In contrast, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said"we have not asked for extra time," explaining Indians had been urged to "abide by the rules, and we have had quite remarkable success".
So foreigners are queuing outside governmental offices either to sort out the paperwork for leaving the kingdom or legalising their stays.
The Arab News daily said some Indians seeking repatriation had waited more than 31 hours outside the deportation centre in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to get the documents to leave. The immigration department said on Thursday that "more than 900,000 people have left the country with final exit visas".
Saudi Arabia is a goldmine for millions of people from Asia and elsewhere in the Arab world, who find work as common labourers, drivers, porters and house maids. Expatriates account for around nine million of the country's 27 million population.
Economist Abu Dahesh said illegal workers who were still needed by their employers had had their papers legalised, while the rest were rejected.
"They represented an oversupply," he said.
Economist Ihsan Bu-Hulaiga echoed that, saying "this labour force is marginal in terms of skills and qualifications; the Saudi economy will not be affected by their departure".
But the exodus could create a shortage of day labourers, particularly in construction and pottering.
It's not like a Saudi male will lift anything heavier than his purse...
Speaking at one of the many public squares in Riyadh where men used to gather and wait to be chosen, Pakistani Hafezudin Shah said "hundreds of men used to be available at this spot".
"Now, there are no more than 20."
Shah is among the lucky ones who found a new sponsor in a process that cost him 10,000 riyals.
A fire broke out at a prison in northern Saudi Arabia and rioting and gunshots were reported, a Saudi news website said on Saturday.
We've seen this movie too...
A Saudi official confirmed a fire had broken out at the prison but said it had been brought under control. The official said a statement was expected later from prison authorities.
The news website www.sabq.org reported that security forces were at the scene in the Buraidah prison, where the fire was reported in three rooms. It said there were reports of riots and gunshots inside the prison but gave no further details.
Local residents said the inmates were being held for criminal offences in the prison, which is located in an old part of the capital of al-Qassim province.
Prisoners held for security offences or for involvement in anti-government political activities are held at a different facility far from the site of the riots, they said.
Chinas ruling Communist Party aims to silence the voice of the Dalai Lama in his Tibetan homeland by tightening controls on media and the Internet, a top official said Saturday.
The partys top-ranking official in the Tibet region Chen Quanguo vowed to ensure that the voices of hostile forces and the Dalai group are not seen or heard, in an editorial published in a party journal called Qiushi. Officials would make sure that the voice of the party is heard and seen everywhere in this vast 120 million square kilometre region, Chen wrote in the editorial.
China has worked for decades to control the spread of information in Tibet, but some Tibetans remain able to access non-official sources of information including from exiles abroad by using radio, television and the Internet. But the party will attempt to stamp out access to such sources by creating party cells in some websites, confiscating satellite dishes and registering telephone and Internet users by name, among a host of other measures mentioned in the article.
China calls Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a wolf in sheeps clothing and accuses him of masterminding violent efforts to seek independence for Tibet.
The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, says he advocates greater autonomy for Tibetans rather than independence.
Chen referred to Tibet as a front line of the struggle against separatism and vowed to strengthen the role of party committees at every level, as the sole power, in the editorial.
Tensions between Tibetans and the Chinese government continue run high, with more than 120 members of the minority setting themselves on fire in protest in recent years, leading to a security crackdown. Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans marking the Dalai Lamas 78th birthday in July, shooting at least one monk in the head and seriously wounding several other people, overseas rights groups said.
[Ynet] The International Tennis Federation has handed a one-year ban to Tunisia for not allowing their player Malek Jaziri to play a match against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the Tashkent Challenger last month.
The brother and agent of the Tunisian tennis player filed a request with the Tunisian Tennis Federation to not play opposite Weintraub. The country's sports ministry approved Jaziri's request claiming the game has no sports value.
Some organizations have actual standards Good for them.
[Ynet] South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that the minister of her administration will not visit in Israel in solidarity with the Paleostinians. "We have agreed to slow down and curtail big shotship contact with that regime until things begin to look better," the minister was quoted as saying by the News24 website.
"The struggle of the people of Paleostine is our struggle. The last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I couldn't go to sleep," she said.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.