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Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after new rocket attack

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after new rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories – Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Monday after a rocket fired by Palestinians slammed into southern Israel, the army said, reports BSS. It did not elaborate on the targets but Palestinian security sources said several missiles were fired at farmland east of Rafah in the […]

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Relief turns to horror in Mexico helicopter crash

SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, M‚xico – They thought the worst was over. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico on Friday evening hit right near their hometown, the southern city of Santiago Jamiltepec, but the damage was minor, reports BSS. No one died. People’s houses were still standing. In fact, the entire country was breathing a sigh of relief. Unlike […]

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Bad weather hampers search for missing Iranian plane

TEHRAN – Iranian rescue teams battled severe weather Monday as they searched for the wreckage of a passenger plane that disappeared high in the Zagros mountains the previous day with 66 people on board, reports BSS. Several helicopters that had deployed at dawn to hunt for Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 were forced to return to […]

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Go for diversified production of tea-based items: PM

DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaon Sundayput emphasis on diversified production of tea-based items alongside maintaining the standard to grab the international market in a greater way. “There’s a scope of diversified use of tea leaves…we can do that to put our tea products in the world market on a strong base,” she said, reports […]

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Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran, killing 66 people

TEHRAN : An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported, reports UNB. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers […]

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Tigers looking to restore lost pride

SYLHET – Tigers looking to restore some of their lost pride as they face visiting Sri Lanka in the second and final T20I of the series scheduled to be held tomorrow (Sunday) at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, reports BSS. The match kicks off at 5 pm. Despite scoring their highest T20I total of 193 for five […]

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US indicts 13 Russians for election interference

WASHINGTON – The US special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Friday indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, prompting claims of vindication from President Donald Trump, reports BSS. The indictment — which includes the first charges laid by special counsel Robert Mueller for election […]

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BD hands over list of 8,032 Rohingyas

DHAKA : Bangladesh has handed over a list of 1673 families of 8032 Rohingays to start the first phase of repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. “The Myanmar side has cordially accepted the list,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters after over three hours of meeting with his Myanmar counterpart at the Secretariat. He […]

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No programme, no debate but Putin cruising to poll win

MOSCOW – Running with a lacklustre slogan, no programme and refusing to debate his opponents, it sometimes seems like Russian President Vladimir Putin is not campaigning for re-election at all, reports BSS. But it is unlikely to matter for the 65-year-old strongman who is cruising towards victory and a historic fourth Kremlin term in next […]

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All quiet as Beijing muzzles Year of the Dog celebrations

BEIJING – Beijing began the Year of the Dog Friday with eerily silent streets, as the usual thunderous bursts of firecrackers and fireworks were silenced by a strict ban that sacrifices tradition in the name of an anti-pollution campaign, reports BSS. Overnight, police patrolled deserted neighbourhoods in the Chinese capital — normally abuzz with excitement […]

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Pakistan to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia: army

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has decided to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia for “training and advise mission,” the military said late Thursday, reports BSS. “In continuation of ongoing Pak-KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) bilateral security cooperation, Pakistan Army contingent is being sent to KSA on training and advise mission,” a statement from the army’s media wing […]

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Tillerson heads to Ankara to ease Turkey tensions

ANKARA – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Turkey on Thursday seeking to ease tensions with its NATO ally that have reached fresh heights over Ankara’s ongoing operation inside Syria, reports BSS. During his two-day trip to the Turkish capital, Tillerson — who last visited in July 2017 — will hold talks with […]

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Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

KATHMANDU – The leader of Nepal’s largest Communist party was named prime minister Thursday, two months after leading his party to a thumping victory in landmark elections billed as a turning point for the impoverished Himalayan nation, reports BSS. K.P. Sharma Oli will head the first government elected under a new national constitution that cements […]

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S.African lawmakers elect Ramaphosa as president: chief justice

CAPE TOWN – South African lawmakers on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party, reports BSS. Ramaphosa was elected without a vote after being the only candidate nominated in the parliament in Cape Town, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled […]

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WFP reiterates commitment to supporting Rohingyas

DHAKA -The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has restated its commitment to providing food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, according to a media released issued in Rome, Italy Wednesday, reports BSS. “WFP has been there from day one of this crisis, nearly six months ago, giving food to those who lost everything and […]

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Dhaka urges EU countries to put pressure on Myanmar

DHAKA : Bangladesh has urged the European Parliament delegation to encourage its member states to put pressure on Myanmar to ensure the peaceful and sustainable return of forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals from Bangladesh to their homes in Rakhine state, reports UNB. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam made the request when Chair of […]

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ATP to probe ‘racial prejudice’ allegations

NEW YORK – The Association of Tennis Professionals on Tuesday says it has launched an internal investigation after a first-round match between two American players at the New York Open boiled over on the court, reports BSS. The ATP Tour officials say they are reviewing “allegations of racial prejudice” after Ryan Harrison and Donald Young […]

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Dutch FM resigns triggering vote of no-confidence

THE HAGUE – Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned Tuesday after admitting lying, triggering a political bombshell and a vote of no-confidence in the country’s prime minister, reports BSS. Prime Minister Mark Rutte overwhelmingly survived the vote brought by his arch-foe far-right politician Geert Wilders, with 101 MPs against and only 43 in favour. But the […]

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Hasina meets Pope Francis

ROME (ITALY) : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday had a meeting with Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the Catholics of the world, at the Holy See in Vatican City, reports UNB. “The Prime Minister visited Vatican City in the morning (Local time) at the invitation of the Pope and had an audience with […]

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Russian plane carrying 71 people crashes near Moscow

MOSCOW – A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital’s Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported, reports BSS. The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts […]

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Egypt army kills 16 jihadists in Sinai

CAIRO – Egypt’s army said Sunday it had killed 16 jihadists and detained 34 more in the Sinai Peninsula since launching a major operation against them on Friday, reports BSS. The security sweep in the Sinai, heart of a persistent Islamic State group insurgency, comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seeks re-election next month. Army […]

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