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Shops in Hong Kong close doors to ‘find breath of freedom’

Hong Kong, Jun 13 (AP/UNB)  — By the entrance of his restaurant, Kelvin Chung hung a piece of paper announcing the restaurant’s intention to strike on Wednesday. “Hoping to find a breath of freedom,” the sign said, adding that the shop would offer free honey green tea at lunch time to boost the city’s morale. His modest Japanese-style grill joined ... Read More »

Iran newspaper asks Abe: How Can You Trust A War Criminal’

Tehran, Jun 12 (AP/UNB) — With Japan’s prime minister on the way to Tehran for a historic visit, a hard-line Iranian paper published a front page image Wednesday of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear blast — a reference to America’s bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II that underscores the challenge ahead for Shinzo ... Read More »

Islamic State in Afghanistan aims to attack US, general says

Ramstein Jun 13 (AP/UNB) — The Islamic State group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and U.S. counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, a senior American general said Wednesday. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said IS would be hard pressed, however, to carry out an attack on the U.S. homeland because it is ... Read More »

BD businesses keen to boost investment in African nations

Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) – The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) on Wednesday expressed its keen interest to develop trade relations with and enhance Bangladeshi investment in the African countries. The interest was conveyed at a meeting between the FBCCI leaders and a delegation of National Defence College (NDC) of Tanzania at the FBCCI conference centre ... Read More »

Bangladesh slips 9 notches down in Global Peace Index

Dhaka, June 12 (UNB) – Bangladesh has moved nine steps down in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2019, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace. This is the thirteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Bangladesh has ranked 101st out of 163 countries with a ... Read More »

Bangladesh, US to strengthen security ties

Dhaka, June 11 (UNB)— Bangladesh and the United States have agreed to work toward security and economic cooperation and enhancing people-to-people ties in support of a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.  The two countries acknowledged the continuing challenge of terrorism, and the importance of adhering to human rights obligations while advancing security objectives, according to a joint statement issued after ... Read More »

Bangladesh seeks China, others, help solve Rohingya crisis

Yuxi City (Yunnan), June 12 (UNB) – Bangladesh has raised the Rohingya issue in an international media forum here and sought more Chinese and other Asian nations’ involvement to solve the Rohingya crisis for regional peace and stability. Bangladesh stressed that the Rohingya crisis needs to be solved permanently ensuring safe return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in ... Read More »

WHO asked to report on current pathogen-sharing modalities

London 10 June (TWN): In considering the public health implications of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing related to genetic resources, the first step should be to unpack the current modalities for pathogen sharing under the World Health Organization’s stewardship. Several Member States stressed this during the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) that met from ... Read More »

EU Special Representative for HR Eamon Gilmore visits BD

Dhaka, EUDEL Press Office: EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore visited Bangladesh on 10-11 June 2019. This visit, the first ever of a EUSR for Human Rights to Bangladesh, reflects the EU’s commitment to engaging with the Government of Bangladesh, and civil society. “Bangladesh is an important country for the European Union in the region. I have ... Read More »

Botswana decriminalises gay sex in landmark case

By Cara Anna | AP Johennesburg — Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation that is seen as one of the continent’s most ... Read More »

Progress in building economic BCIM corridor sought

Yuxi City (Yunnan), June 11 (UNB) – Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) on Tuesday felt the necessity to further deepen cooperation and promote substantial progress in building the BCIM Economic Corridor (BCIM EC) to promote regional peace, stability and development. The four countries think that they should continue to improve the BCIM cooperation mechanism and the “government-support and multi-track” ... Read More »

Set up industry in Bangladesh, Dhaka tells Chinese investors

Yuxi City (Yunnan), June 10 (UNB) – Bangladesh has said Chinese entrepreneurs, especially investors from Yunnan Province, can maximise their profits by setting up industries in Bangladesh taking the advantage of proximity and getting access to huge direct and indirect markets within and beyond Bangladesh.  “Bangladesh’s strategic location and duty -and- quota free access of its products to a number ... Read More »

Huawei: ‘We stand naked in front of the world’

Huawei has denied that it has any links to the Chinese government. Huawei’s cyber-security chief John Suffolk told MPs on Monday that the tech giant had never been asked by China or any other government to “do anything untoward”. Mr Suffolk said Huawei welcomed outsiders to analyse its products and detect engineering or coding flaws. “We stand naked in front ... Read More »

Officials say 95 dead in new ethnic massacre in central Mali

Bamako, Jun 10 (AP/UNB) — Unknown assailants killed at least 95 people in a central Mali village overnight, government officials said Monday, the latest massacre in a growing ethnic conflict driven by fear and suspicion over alleged ties to extremist groups once limited to the West African country’s north. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on ... Read More »

Pakistani ex-president arrested in money laundering case

Islamabad, Jun 10 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan’s anti-graft body on Monday arrested former President Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated ex-Premier Benazir Bhutto, in a multi-million dollar money laundering case that has shaken the country. The development came hours after a court in Islamabad rejected a request by Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur for an extension of their bail that ... Read More »

Rohingya issue on priority list of PM’s China visit: FM

Dhaka, June 10 – Bangladesh will keep the Rohingya issue on its priority list for discussion during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s planned visit to China in the first week of July, indicates Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen. “The Rohingya issue will come up as a major topic during Prime Minister’s China visit,” he told reporters at the Ministry of ... Read More »

Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – The photo of Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House symbolized the friendship shown by the two leaders. But relations between them have since frayed — over issues ranging from Iran to trade — and the tree, a diplomatic source said this ... Read More »

Belt, Road move ‘brings new opportunities for BD, others’

Kunming (Yunnan), June 9 (UNB) – China has said its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has brought new opportunities for Bangladesh and other countries in South and Southeast Asia. “We’re making every effort to speed up and make the region a pivot of China’s opening up to South and Southeast Asia,” says Tian Huqing, Deputy Director of the Information Office ... Read More »

China should lead on air pollution

by Kris Hartley, Asit K. Biswas Singapore/Hong Kong – The United Nations expects 68% of the world’s population to live in urban areas by 2050. As governments scramble to manage this flood of urban migration, they must address not only basic needs such as housing and employment but also issues impacting liveability and public health – including air pollution. Nowhere ... Read More »

Won’t have to depend on others if water properly reserved: PM

Dhaka, June 9 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday said Bangladesh will not have to seek water from others if water could be reserved properly. “Bangladesh is delta [country]. All rivers originated from the Himalayas flow through Bangladesh. If we take steps to preserve water, we won’t have to seek water from others.” Sheikh Hasina said this ... Read More »

Xi, Putin lead bilateral ties into new era of int’l cooperation

St. Petersburg,  June 8 (Xinhua/UNB) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia showed that the consensus on deepening mutual trust between the two countries is unbreakable and that China’s belief in win-win cooperation is unshakable, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Friday. Xi wrapped up a three-day visit to Russia on Friday, during which he ... Read More »

Biman pilot travels to Doha sans passport: Cop suspended

Dhaka, June 8 – An immigration police officer at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport has been suspended over the travel of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilot to Qatar without his passport. On June 5, Captain Fazal Mahmud reached Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar operating an aircraft from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here without any passport. Contacted, Additional Superintendent of Police ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s sacred games

By Satya Sagar In the times we live in, where smoke and mirrors are the world’s two chief weapons of war, fiction is a better guide to contemporary events than ‘facts’ presented by governments and media. A case in point is the horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, that killed over 250 and maimed scores of people, and has ... Read More »

G-20 finance chiefs mull ‘fair tax’ reforms to boost growth

Fukuoka, Jun 8 (AP/UNB) — Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 major economies meeting in the Japanese city of Fukuoka debated Saturday over how to revise tax systems to ensure big companies pay their fair share and support economies as global growth slows. One aim is to prevent a “race to the bottom” by countries trying to lure companies ... Read More »

Theresa May officially steps down as Tory leader

Dhaka, June 7 (UNB) – Theresa May will officially step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. Mrs May announced her resignation two weeks ago, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit. Eleven Conservative MPs are vying ... Read More »

Storm kills one, injures around 40 in Nepal

Kathmandu, June 7 (Xinhua/UNB) – At least one person was killed and 37 others were injured when a strong storm hit several villages of Nepal’s Kailali and Kanchanpur districts on Thursday evening, authorities said here. Secretary at the Central Ministry of Home Affairs Prem Kumar Rai told Xinhua that at least one person was killed and 37 were injured when ... Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi finds common ground with Orbán over Islam

On a rare trip to Europe, Myanmar leader and Hungary PM discuss issue of ‘growing Muslim populations’ Hannah Ellis-Petersen Thu 6 Jun 2019 06.12 BST Last modified on Fri 7 Jun 2019 02.39 BST From her failure to speak out against ethnic cleansing to imprisoning journalists, the reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi in the west has taken a battering ... Read More »

Police say Oman-Dubai bus crashes, killing 17 in UAE

Dubai, June 7(AP/UNB) — Police in Dubai say 17 people were killed when bus from Oman crashed in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai police announced the death toll in tweets published early Friday. Police say the bus crashed into a sign on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. They did not elaborate on what caused the bus driver to hit the ... Read More »

Trump lauds ‘unbreakable’ transatlantic alliance on D-Day

CAEN, France, June 6, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – President Donald Trump sought Thursday to reassure US allies rattled by his nationalist rhetoric by saying the bonds between them were “unbreakable” on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Trump joined other world leaders in northern France where thousands of well-wishers gathered to pay tribute to the ever-dwindling number of veterans of ... Read More »

Sudan protesters say 40 bodies pulled from Nile in Khartoum

Sudan, June 6 (AP/UNB) — More than 40 bodies of people slain by Sudanese security forces were pulled from the Nile River in the capital of Khartoum, organizers of pro-democracy demonstrations said Wednesday, and new clashes brought the death toll in three days of the ruling military’s crackdown to 108. The Sudan Doctors Committee, one of the protest groups, reported ... Read More »