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Govt to build Shishu Palli for orphan Rohingya children

Govt to build Shishu Palli for orphan Rohingya children

CHITTAGONG: The government has taken an initiative to build ‘Shishu Palli’, a kind of residence, for protecting the orphan Rohingya children, reports BSS. “The government has a plan to construct Shishu Palli in next month…after identifying the orphan Rohingya children,” said Syeda Ferdous Akhter, additional director of the Department of Social Services (DSS). In the […]

Trump cries foul on judges, but he’s ahead of Obama

President Donald Trump says Democrats are holding up his judicial nominees, but almost nine months into his presidency, he has had more judges confirmed than President Barack Obama did in the same time period, and his numbers aren’t far off those of other recent presidents, reports UNB. Trump counts the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice […]

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Catalan leader faces looming deadline to end secession bid

Barcelona – Catalonia’s separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline to withdraw a bid to secede from Spain, reports AP/UNB. But an official from Carles Puigdemont’s party says that he has no intention of doing that and he plans to make a full declaration of independence in the next few days if Spain’s government resorts […]

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Sierra Leone to sell 709-carat diamond in NY auction

TBT NEWS: Sierra Leone said Tuesday it plans to auction off a massive 709-carat diamond at a December sale in New York, aiming to make a clean break with the “blood diamonds” of its past. The stone, which was unearthed in March, is the largest discovered in Sierra Leone in almost a half-century and is […]

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Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says, reports BBC. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he told the Communist Party Congress. The closed-door summit determines who rules China and the country’s […]

Diplomats from US, S. Korea, Japan discuss N. Korean threat

Senior officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their countries’ commitment Wednesday to finding a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by North Korea’s rapidly expanding nuclear program. However, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan stressed that the allies must be prepared for any contingency, reports UNB. After meeting with his […]

Taliban kills scores in Afghanistan’s Paktia and Ghazni

At least 71 people have been killed in a series of attacks by the Taliban in Paktia and Ghazni provinces, officials in Afghanistan say, reports Al Jazeera. Of them, up to 41 people have died in a suicide bombing and gun battle, which injured 150 others, at a police training centre in Gardez, Paktia’s provincial […]

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Japan military chopper with four crews aboard missing

TOKYO,  – A Japanese military helicopter with four people on board went missing on Tuesday during a drill in the Pacific off central Japan, the defence ministry said, reports BSS. The Black Hawk helicopter of the Air Self-Defence Force disappeared from radar at around 6:00 pm (0900 GMT), some 31 kilometres (19 miles) south of […]

276 killed, 300 injured in Mogadishu truck bomb

MOGADISHU, – Some 276 people have been killed and 300 injured in a truck bomb attack over the weekend in Mogadishu, the Somali ministry of information announced early Monday, reports BSS. “Somalia Federal government confirmed that 276 people were killed in the blast… and 300 others wounded people were admitted at the different hospitals in […]

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Terror as AirAsia flight turns back to Australia

SYDNEY, Oct 16, 2017 (BSS/AFP) – An AirAsia flight from Australia to Indonesia was forced to turn back to Perth after losing cabin pressure, with passengers Monday recounting their terror as oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling, reports BSS. Air Asia said the plane suffered a “technical issue” with Australian media reporting that the aircraft had […]

Stop “Blue Whale” game link, night internet offer: HC

DHAKA,  – The High Court (HC) today asked Information Ministry, Post and Telecommunications Ministry and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regularity Commission (BTRC) to take measures to block the gateway of much-talked about “Blue Whale” game, reports BSS. A HC division bench comprising Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order upon a writ petition […]

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Austria set to elect youngest EU leader in right-wing push

A rightward shift in the wealthy European Union member of 8.75 million people would be a fresh headache for Brussels, as it already struggles with Britain’s decision to leave and the rise of nationalists in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere. But all signs indicate that Austrians, fed up with a record influx of asylum-seekers, want […]

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US-allied forces begin final assault on IS in Syria’s Raqqa

Beirut – U.S.-backed Syrian fighters launched an operation to retake the last Islamic State-held pocket of the northern city of Raqqa on Sunday after some 275 militants and their family members surrendered, reports AP/UNB. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said the operation will continue “until all the city is cleansed from terrorists who refused to […]

Saudi officials says fire in capital kills 10

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense says 10 people have died in a fire at a carpentry workshop in the capital, Riyadh, reports AP/UNB. The blaze, which broke out overnight Sunday, injured three other people. The Civil Defense said in post on its official Twitter account that the identities of those who died in the […]

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Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

Barcelona – Catalonia’s president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region’s secessionist movement to break away from Spain, reports AP/UNB. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until Monday morning to clarify if he did or didn’t actually declare independence earlier this week. Puigdemont told Catalan lawmakers Tuesday that […]

Humanitarian needs spike with continued Rohingya influx: IOM

DHAKA : The International Migration Organisation (IOM) led Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) estimated the number of forcibly displaced Rohingyas of Myanmar to stand at 536,000 saying their continued influx to Bangladesh spiked humanitarian needs, reports BSS. “Numbers spiked again this week when some 15,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh in between October 9 to 11,” […]

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Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

Vienna – Wrapping up a bruising political campaign season, Austrian political parties were counting down to an election Sunday that could turn the country to the right amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam, reports AP/UNB. The vote is coming a year ahead of schedule after squabbles led to the breakup last spring of the […]

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