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President Trump’s ME peace plan fails to address Palestine

(Jerusalem) – Israel should grant Palestinians in the West Bank rights protections at least equal to those afforded Israeli citizens, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, citing Israel’s 52 years of occupation with no end in sight. The law of occupation permits occupiers to restrict some civil rights in the early days of an occupation based on ... Read More »

BD Defence Ministry remains largely ineffective: Sakhawat

Dhaka, Sept 22 – Though the Bangladesh Army has become a bigger and modern force, the Ministry of Defence largely remains ineffective as most executive power lies with the Armed Forces Division (AFD) of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), said security expert Brigadier General (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain on Sunday. Read More »

Dhaka, Riyadh for bolstering defence cooperation

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Visiting Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces Let Gen Admiral Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Ghofaily on Monday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Sheikh Hasina and the Saudi Naval Chief put emphasis on strengthening defence cooperation between the two countries. ... Read More »

Mysterious Iran rocket blast draws Trump tweet, Tehran taunt

Dubai, Sept 01(AP/UNB) — The unexplained explosion of a rocket at an Iranian space center grew more mysterious Saturday as President Donald Trump tweeted what appeared to be an American surveillance photo of the site and Tehran showed off a satellite meant to be launched. Trump’s tweet showing the aftermath of Thursday’s explosion at the Imam Khomeini Space Center drew ... Read More »

N Korea likely tested new ballistic missile Friday

U.S. and South Korea set to conduct ‘additional detailed analysis,’ statement says Oliver Hotham August 2nd, 2019 – North Korea is believed to have tested a “new-type” of short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) on Friday morning, South Korea’s Blue House said in a statement following a meeting of its National Crisis Management Center. Read More »

China sees steady, rapid growth in military ties with BD

Dhaka, July 25 – Defence Attaché of China in Bangladesh Senior Colonel Liu Fangjian on Thursday highlighted the “steady and rapid progress” in Bangladesh-China military cooperation in recent years. He mentioned about frequent high-level visits, continuously deepening pragmatic cooperation and fruitful cooperation in personnel exchange and training. Read More »

Russia wants probe on alleged S Korean airspace violation

Seoul, Jul 24 (AP/UNB) — Russia wants an investigation into a South Korean announcement that one of its military planes violated South Korea’s airspace, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday citing, Russia’s acting ambassador. Seoul said South Korean fighter jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots to drive away the Russian reconnaissance plane that entered its airspace off South Korea’s east ... Read More »

Iran Guards seize British-flagged tanker in Strait of Hormuz

TEHRAN, July 20, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Friday they had seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for breaking “international maritime rules” as tensions mount in the highly sensitive waterway. Britain however said Iran had seized two ships in the Gulf, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warning of “serious consequences” if the issue was not ... Read More »

US travel restrictions on Myanmar military chief, others

Dhaka, July 17 (UNB) – The United States has banned Myanmar military’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and other senior military leaders from travelling to the US for gross human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings in northern Rakhine State during the “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingyas. “With this announcement, the United States is the first government to publicly take action with respect ... Read More »

US deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

Washington, July 12 (AP/UNB) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America’s most advanced fighter jet. The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced it received the first shipment of ... Read More »

The challenge ahead: a safer and more dynamic Europe

by Gustav Horn In the latest in our ‘Europe2025’ series, Gustav Horn focuses on macroeconomic institutional reforms for crisis-proofing and a programme of investment to engender vital public goods. After the European Parliament elections, it is time to decide how the European Union will meet the challenges of the near future. If the EU is to survive in the long ... Read More »

Macron, Rouhani agree to look at conditions for nuke talks

France and Iran have agreed to look at conditions for resuming talks to try to save Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, President Emmanuel Macron says. During a phone call with President Hassan Rouhani, Mr Macron expressed his “strong concern” about the consequences of abandoning the 2015 accord. Mr Rouhani called on European countries to act urgently to save the ... Read More »

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’

Tehran, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — Iran’s president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering nuclear deal and offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani’s threat, combined with Iran surpassing the stockpile limits of the 2015 atomic ... Read More »

Europeans cool on Iran coalition talk, seek de-escalation

Berlin, June 24 (AP/UNB) — European officials on Monday appeared cool toward U.S. talk of building a global coalition against Iran, with the German foreign minister warning that “maximum pressure” without diplomacy increases the risks of a war and several others stressing that their priority is to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East. The split over Iran comes amid deepening ... 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 »

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 »

Pentagon proposing a troop buildup in Mideast

Washington, May 23 (AP/UNB) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would ... Read More »

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

Jerusalem, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Facebook said Thursday it banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four ... Read More »

Trump’s Arms Control Gambit: Serious or a Poison Pill?

WASHINGTON DC, Apr 30 2019 (IPS) – Smart U.S. leadership is an essential part of the nuclear risk reduction equation. Unfortunately, after more than two years into President Donald Trump’s term in office, his administration has failed to present a credible strategy to reduce the risks posed by the still enormous U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, which comprise more than 90 ... Read More »