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Rare baby panda twins born at Belgian zoo

A Belgian zoo announced  yesterday the “extremely rare” birth of twin baby giant pandas, three years after the arrival of a young male, which was a first for Belgium at the time. The Pairi Daiza zoo said the safe delivery of the twins, one male and one female, on Thursday represented a “new hope” for the charismatic black and white ... Read More »

Baby box opens lid on South Africa’s adoption crisis

When the alarm sounds at an orphanage in the Berea district of Johannesburg, all eyes turn to a video surveillance screen in the living room. The screen is linked to a camera inside a metal box, built into the perimeter wall of the orphanage garden. Today, it is a false alarm, but the night before, at about 8:30 pm, the ... Read More »

9-year-old boy has built over 30 mobile games

Seated in a stylish living room of a home in a suburb of Nigeria’s commercial center, Lagos, Basil Okpara Jr. is tapping away on his laptop keyboard. The 9-year-old is building a hide and seek game, using a free programming application called Scratch 2. Scratch 2 allows users to create games, animations, and stories online or offline. So far, Basil ... Read More »

Mass bee deaths sting Russian beekeepers

Anatoly Rubtsov looked despondently at the beehives lining his property. “The farm used to be loud, it sang,” he said. Today just a faint buzz is audible but an overpowering rotting stench hung in the air after his bees were likely poisoned by a pesticide. Rubtsov, who keeps a large honeybee farm on the edge of a small village in ... Read More »

Bangladeshi computer genius’s game on Google Play

Another feather has been added to the crown of Wasik Farhan Roopkotha, a teenage Bangladeshi computer sensation, as an arcade game developed by him was released recently from Google Play Store. “The tech giant Google has recently approved the game called ‘Space Collider’ and it has been downloaded over 1500 times from Google Play in the last couple of days,” ... Read More »

Cuban centenarians, aim for 120

Looking into a mirror, Delia Barrios applies blush and lipstick — she wants to look her best for her 102nd birthday celebration, when she will be surrounded by loved ones. Barrios is one of more than 2,000 people in impoverished Cuba who are 100 years or old — a reality that has piqued the interest of experts, and led some ... Read More »

Roman-era shipwreck off Cyprus discovered

Researchers in Cyprus have discovered a Roman-era shipwreck off a popular beach resort, thought to be the first well-preserved discovery of its kind around the east Mediterranean island. The wreck and its cargo were discovered by divers off the eastern Protaras area and is presently being examined by underwater archaeologists. The vessel had been carrying amphorae – tall clay jars ... Read More »

Gold Fair starts in Barishal

Barishal Correspondent A two day-long fair organised by National Board of Revenue for legalizing undisclosed gold and precious materials, starts at Hotel Grand Park of the city on Monday. Serniabad Sadik Abdullah, Barishal City Corporation Mayor, flying pigeons and festoons inaugurated the fair as chief guest. Khairul Islam, commissioner of taxes Barishal taxes region, presided over the inauguration programme. Among ... Read More »

Where bear greet you!

The magic of animal diversity will thrill you there! There are so many mysteries hide around us. Are you still in doubt about the headline above here? Then you can make plan for a quick visit at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur to unveil the thrilling! A bear is greeting the visitors and opening the gate at the ... Read More »

Transboundary climate adaptation with river basin orgs

Submitted by Christina Leb On Wed, 01/30/2019; co-authors: Sonja Köppel Water, climate, and finance know no borders. This brings both challenges and opportunities. When it comes to freshwater, a majority of the world’s surface water flows in transboundary basins, spanning multiple federal states and countries. At the same time, most impacts from climate change are felt through the global water ... Read More »

Compatriots forced Bd women domestic help into illicit work

Bahrain, Feb 01 – Two pimps who locked a woman in apartments for three months and forced her to have sex with multiple men have been jailed for 10 years each. The Bangladeshi men, aged 29 and 44, were convicted by the High Criminal Court yesterday of holding their victim captive, forcing her into prostitution, human trafficking, torture and rape. ... Read More »

Chinese cos give Dhaka US$4bn 2000mw coal-based power deal

Dhaka, 18 Jan – GCM Resources plc and POWERCHINA (a People’s Republic of China Central Government State Owned Enterprise) signed a Joint Venture Agreement and EPC Contract for the development of 2,000MW of mine-mouth coal-fired power plants with an approximate investment of US$4bn in Dinajpur District, North-West Bangladesh. Read More »

Let’s do this together: Barack Obama

Hi Mostafa Kamal, Today marks what would have been Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday. And although he’s not with us today, Dr King’s steadfast commitment to the causes of equality and justice continue to transform the world. I still draw inspiration from his words to an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1957: Read More »

Indian driver suspended to let monkey “drive” bus

An Indian bus driver has been suspended – for letting a monkey “drive” his bus. This is despite not one of the 30-or-so passengers on board the vehicle in southern Karnataka state complaining about their furry chauffeur. However, when a video of the relaxed – and apparently competent – langur monkey taking the wheel went viral, the human driver’s employers ... Read More »

How North Korea saw the final days of the Soviet Union

Pyongyang saw the fall of its longstanding backer with understandable trepidation Fyodor Tertitskiy In December 1991, the Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. This was an event the whole world was waiting for, yet while Moscow felt torn, and the West rejoiced, there was one country where the USSR’s collapse provoked nothing bu t fear. Read More »

White House releases Kim-Trump statement

• The White House has released the full text of the joint statement signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Here’s the full text: “President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, ... Read More »

An unmarried mother’s love for her 12 children

Deng Qiong has no time for marriage or romance, because she’s busy being a “mother” of 12 orphans. Deng, 45, is the mother of No. 9 family in the SOS Children’s Village in Urumqi, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. She left her south China hometown in 2001 to join the charitable organization, which provides orphans with family care. Read More »

‘World’s oldest person’ dies in Japan at 117

A 117-year-old Japanese woman, thought to be the world’s oldest person, has died, a local official told AFP Sunday. Nabi Tajima, who was born August 4, 1900, died around 8:00 pm (1100 GMT) Saturday at a hospital on her native Kikai Island in Kagoshima region, according to Susumu Yoshiyuki, a health and welfare official. Tajima, who became the oldest woman ... Read More »

Malaysian poet Rokiah Hashim writes on peace: Interview

Rokiah Hashim from Malaysia writes using the name of Siti Ruqaiyah Hashim . Starting from 1987 her poems and short stories were published by mainstream literature magazines and newspapers. She is also prolific in film and theatre critics and wrote since 2007 in her column ‘Variasi’ in a major national daily in Malaysia and published a film critic book. Read More »

Commonwealth in secret succession plans

By James Landale The Commonwealth has secretly begun considering who might succeed the Queen as its head, the BBC has learned. The issue is hugely sensitive because the role is not hereditary and will not pass automatically to the Prince of Wales on the Queen’s death. Read More »

Fighting for rights succeeds: HRW World HR Report

Principled Politicians and Popular Protest Weaken Authoritarian Populist Agenda Paris – Political leaders willing to fight for human rights principles showed that they could limit authoritarian populist agendas, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018, reviewing events of the past year. When combined with mobilized publics and effective multilateral actors, these leaders demonstrated that the rise of ... Read More »

Sketches of model of Obama Presidential Centre

Hello Mostafa Kamal, Over the past year, Michelle and I have been working with an extraordinary team to dream up a campus for active citizenship on the South Side of Chicago. And while this Presidential Center may have our name on it, we’re developing it every step of the way with your input, and with you in mind. Read More »

Quality of life in EU improves: Difficulty still in making ends meet

The latest European Quality of Life Survey shows – overall, there has been progress in quality of life in the EU from 2011 to 2016, with some dimensions having recovered to the pre-crisis levels of 2007. A decrease in material hardship and increase in satisfaction with standard of living occurred across all income quartiles in comparison to 2011. However, the ... Read More »