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BRICS meeting highlights climate change, trade, terrorism

BRICS meeting highlights climate change, trade, terrorism

Beijing, Jun 19 – Climate change, trade and terrorism were highlighted Monday at a Beijing meeting of foreign affairs officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, known collectively as the BRICS nations, reports AP/UNB. The five nations are seeking to further align their views on key issues at a time when President Donald […]

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Over 69,000 people affected by floods in India’s Assam

NEW DELHI, June 19, 2017 – Flooding in India’s northeastern state of Assam has affected around 69,000 people and displaced over 4000, official broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said Monday, reports BSS/Xinhua. The broadcaster quoting officials said flood waters affected five districts of the state and several tributaries of the Brahmaputra river were flowing above the […]

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Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide: UN

GENEVA, June 19, 2017 – Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016, the UN said Monday, reports BSS/AFP. “At the end of 2016, there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide,” the UN refugee agency […]

Rout by Macron’s party expected in French parliament vote

French voters are casting ballots Sunday in the final round of parliamentary elections that could clinch President Emmanuel Macron’s hold on power, as his fledgling party appears set to rout mainstream rivals and turn politics as usual on its head, reports UNB. Pollsters say that after its dominant performance in last week’s first-round vote, Macron’s […]

Macron casts ballot in French parliamentary vote

French President Emmanuel Macron has voted in parliamentary elections expected to hand his 14-month-old party a big majority, reports UNB. Curious crowds gathered in the northern seaside town of Le Touquet where Macron cast a ballot Sunday morning in the second round of elections for the 577-seat National Assembly. His centrist Republic on the Move! […]

Navy stops search for 7 missing sailors after bodies found

The search for seven U.S. Navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan was called off Sunday after several bodies were found in the ship’s flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters, reports UNB. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, described the damage and flooding as extensive, […]

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Portuguese forest fire death toll rises to 39

PENELA, Portugal, – Raging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 39 people and injured 59 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said Sunday, reports BSS. Nearly 600 firefighters are battling the blaze which broke out on Saturday afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande, about 50 […]

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7 missing sailors found dead aboard stricken U.S. destroyer

TOKYO,  — All seven bodies of U.S. sailors missing after a collision between the U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and a Philippine container vessel have been found aboard the stricken destroyer, local media here reported Sunday, reports BSS. According to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, all seven bodies of the missing sailors were found aboard […]

Cars, computing: Saudi adult courses seek self-reliance

RIYADH : The smell of automotive grease fills a college hallway and clanging noises emerge from the workshop where Saudi Arabian men gather around an engine, reports BSS. These are not high school graduates, but older students in a pioneering programme for extending skills throughout society. The kingdom for the first time is giving short […]

Putin shocked at loss of lives in BD landslides

DHAKA : Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep shock over huge casualties and large-scale devastations caused by landslides in five southeastern hill districts of Bangladesh, reports UNB. In a condolence message, he conveyed sympathy and support to the bereaved families of the victims and wished immediate recovery of the injured. On Wednesday, President Putin […]

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Putin says Western sanctions made Russia stronger

Moscow, Jun 15  – Russia has climbed out of recession despite the continuing Western sanctions, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, adding that the restrictions have forced the country to “switch on our brains” to reduce its dependence on energy exports, reports AP/UNB. Speaking in a live call-in show televised nationwide, Putin deplored the U.S. Senate’s […]

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British defense minister: Russian aggression to NATO growing

Bucharest, Jun 15 (AP/UNB) – Britain’s defense minister says Russian aggression toward NATO is increasing and the alliance was right to have agreed to a “very high readiness taskforce”, reports AP/UNB. Michael Fallon said Thursday that Russia had annexed Crimea, threatened the Baltic states, and interfered in the democratic processes in Western Europe with “propaganda […]

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Bank of England keeps rates at record low as economy slows

London, Jun 15 – The Bank of England has decided to keep its main interest rate at a record low of 0.25 percent as the economy weakens ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union, reports AP/UNB. With growth slowing, inflation eating into households’ finances and the Brexit talks due to start within days, the […]

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US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 – US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah signed a letter of agreement Wednesday for a $12-billion sale of US-manufactured F-15 fighters, the Pentagon said, reports AFP/BSS. The sale comes amid a simmering crisis in the Gulf after Qatar’s neighbors accused it of supporting terrorism and […]

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IS claims it’s taken bin Laden’s Afghan hideout of Tora Bora

Kabul, Jun 14 – The Islamic State group said its fighters have captured Osama bin Laden’s infamous Tora Bora mountain hideout in eastern Afghanistan but the Taliban on Thursday dismissed the claim, saying they were still in control of the cave complex that once housed the former al-Qaida leader, reports AP/UNB. Earlier, IS released an […]

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Ex-UN chief says Trump must rethink on climate

Madrid, Jun 15 – Donald Trump should stand “on the right side of history” by reconsidering the decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change accord, former United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday, reports AP/UNB. “If the U.S. withdraws, this has a much bigger political impact. I’m afraid that any […]

Germany’s biggest Islamic group slams Muslim ‘peace march’

Berlin, Jun 15 – Germany’s biggest Islamic association says it won’t take part in what is being billed as a Muslim “peace march” against terrorism over the weekend, reports AP/UNB. The Turkish-Islamic Union says the demonstration in Germany’s western city of Cologne would send a wrong signal. A group calling itself “Not With Us” says […]

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Hostages held, 17 killed in attack at Somalia restaurant

Mogadishu, Jun 15 – Gunmen posing as military forces were holding an unknown number of hostages inside a popular restaurant in Somalia’s capital in an attack that began when a car bomb exploded at the gate, police and a witness said, while the extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. At least 17 people, including foreigners, were […]

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Israel’s David Grossman wins International Booker Prize

London, Jun 15 – Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”, reports AP/UNB. The award was announced Wednesday in London. Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize. Grossman’s novel […]

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5 dead in magnitude 6.9 earthquake in western Guatemala

Guatemala City, Jun 15 – Five people were killed and seven injured by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Wednesday in western Guatemala near the border with Mexico, Guatemala’s national emergency coordination agency reported, reports AP/UNB. The fatalities included a woman in the city of San Marcos who was killed by a falling wall and […]

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Trump delays effective date of travel ban amid court battle

Washington, June 14 – The Trump administration is pushing back on claims that President Donald Trump’s travel ban is soon set to expire, reports AP/UNB. The White House released a memorandum Wednesday declaring that the effective date of the president’s executive order banning travelers from six Muslim-majority countries “is delayed or tolled” until all relevant […]

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Russia launches space freighter to ISS

MOSCOW, – Russia on Wednesday launched an unmanned Progress cargo ship carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, reports BSS. “The Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket with the Progress MS-06 cargo ship launched successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome at 12:20 Moscow time (0920 GMT),” Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a […]

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