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Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

HAVANA – Cuba’s new president Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday became the country’s first leader in nearly 60 years who is not named Castro, pledging continuity for the Caribbean island during the historic transition of power, reports BSS. The silver-haired Diaz-Canel — a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 […]


Sheikh Hasina, Modi hold talks, discusses bilateral issues

LONDON – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi here yesterday and discussed matters of bilateral interests, reports BSS. “On the sidelines of the CHOGM, the two premiers held the meeting at Lancaster House here and discussed issues related to bilateral interests,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said […]


UN in talks with Syria, Russia on security for chemical weapons experts

UNITED NATIONS, United States – A UN team is discussing security arrangements with Syrian and Russian authorities in Douma to allow experts to deploy soon to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack, UN security officials said Wednesday, reports BSS. The fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the Syrian […]


France, Britain, US want to regain ‘prestige’ with Syria strikes: dissident

MADRID – Far from “saving Syrians from brutality”, the United States, France and Britain were likely only trying to regain international “prestige” when they attacked Bashar al-Assad’s regime, prominent Syrian dissident Yassin al Haj Saleh told AFP, reports BSS. The three countries launched missile strikes against suspected chemical weapons development and storage sites in Syria […]


Cuba: six decades of Castro power

HAVANA – The departure of Cuba’s President Raul Castro brings to an end his family’s six-decade grip on power, which began with his late brother and revolutionary hero Fidel, reports BSS. Here are some highlights. – Revolution – On New Year’s Day in 1959, dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba, defeated by 26 months of guerrilla […]


PM seeks early solution to Rohingya crisis

LONDON – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought early solution to the Rohingya crisis, saying Bangladesh is enduring the entire brunt of the recent exodus of persecuted Rohingya people from Rakhine State of Myanmar, reports BSS. “Bangladesh seeks a peaceful, sustainable and early solution to the Rohingya crisis,” she said while delivering her speech in […]


Napoli hopes hanging as Serie A reaches boiling point

MILAN – Napoli’s dwindling Serie A title hopes are hanging on a win over Udinese on Wednesday before this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash against Juventus which could seal a seventh-straight title for the champions, reports BSS. The Italian league is approaching its epilogue with two rounds of matches this week but the final word on who […]


Arab ire at US Jerusalem move looks unlikely to spark action

DUBAI – Arab leaders at a summit in Saudi Arabia have slammed Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there, but analysts say their words are unlikely to lead to action, reports BSS. The shift by US President Donald Trump has sparked deep anger across the Arab world, particularly among […]


Myanmar pardons 8,500 prisoners in holiday amnesty

YANGON – Myanmar’s president on Tuesday announced pardons for more than 8,500 prisoners, including three dozen jailed in political cases, as part of an annual amnesty marking the country’s traditional new year, reports BSS. President Win Myint, who took office last month after his predecessor suddenly resigned, said the pardons would be granted on humanitarian […]


Chemical arms experts due in Douma Wednesday, Russians say

THE HAGUE – Chemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Douma on Wednesday to probe an alleged poison gas attack, Russian officials said, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have “tampered with” evidence at the site, reports BSS. Following weekend missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain, Russia traded […]


Syria, Iran dominate Arab League summit

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia – Arab leaders — minus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — meet in Saudi Arabia for a summit on Sunday as world powers face off over Syria and tensions rise between Riyadh and Tehran, reports BSS. Saudi Arabia is pushing for a tough, unified stance against its regional arch-rival Iran at the annual […]