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India-Pakistan fighting kills 6 civilians, 2 Pakistan troops

Srinagar, Mar 2 (AP/UNB) — Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other’s posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and two Pakistani troops, officials said Saturday. Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for ... Read More »

Tokyo is Asia’s best city for work and recreation – Study

Singapore – Media OutReach – 1 March 2019 – As corporate travel booms across Asia-Pacific, the concept of bleisure is gaining traction, spurring the region’s cities to better integrate opportunities for leisure amid busy business trips. The 2019 bleisure barometer: Asia’s best cities for work and recreation, sponsored by All Nippon Airways, reveals that while Asia’s best bleisure destinations provide ... Read More »

Closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

Bangkok, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — A temporary closure of air space over Pakistan snarled air traffic Thursday, especially between Asia and Europe, though some airlines adjusted by rerouting their flights. In Bangkok, an important and busy hub for transcontinental flights, thousands of travelers were stranded. Bangkok airport officials said over 4,000 travelers were affected. Those needing help were getting access ... Read More »

Trump, Kim hold 1st formal bilateral meeting

Hanoi, Feb 28 (AP/UNB) — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un appeared more relaxed as they convened near the pool of the luxury Vietnamese hotel where they’re holding their second summit. Trump and Kim emerged after their first formal bilateral meeting Thursday morning on the Metropole hotel’s pool patio, where they were joined by U.S. Secretary ... Read More »

Pakistan says it downed 2 Indian warplanes, captured pilot

Muzaffarabad, Feb 27 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan’s air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Wednesday and captured one Indian pilot, a military spokesman said. The dramatic escalation came hours after Pakistan said mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier dividing the ... Read More »

India: Pakistan engaging in cross-border fire

Islamabad, Feb 26 (AP/UNB) —India says Pakistani soldiers are firing mortar shells and small-arms fire along the boundary separating Pakistan’s and India’s sector of control in the disputed region of Kashmir. Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesman, says Pakistani troops are carrying out an “unprovoked” violation of the 2003 cease-fire along the so-called Line of Control by firing ... Read More »

World’s youth are being left behind

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) – Globally, youth are being left behind in education and employment, threatening the future vision of sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous societies. In a new report, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlight the need to pay attention to and invest in youth as they are critical to building the world’s future including by helping ... Read More »

India to stop share of water flowing to Pak: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: India has decided to fully utilise its share of unused water from rivers Ravi, Beas and Sutlej that has been flowing into Pakistan, Union minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted on Thursday, a week after a suicide bomber of Jaish-e Mohammad drove an explosive-filled car into a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, killing 40 soldiers. The government’s decision ... Read More »

Police killed, 4 injured in firing in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 22 (Xinhua/UNB) – At least one policeman was killed and four others were injured when some unknown gunmen sprayed bullets on them in Rawalpindi of Pakistan’s Punjab province Thursday night, police sources told Xinhua. The policemen stopped a suspicious motorbike carrying two people on a check post, when they opened fire at them before fleeing from the scene. ... Read More »

White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

Washington, Feb 22(AP/UNB) — The Trump administration, which abruptly announced in December that it was pulling out of Syria, said Thursday that it will keep 200 U.S. troops in the country for now. “A small peace keeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for period of time,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a one-sentence statement. ... Read More »

Pakistani PM willing to talk but warns India not to attack

Islamabad, Feb 20 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan’s prime minister offered to hold talks with India, even as he warned New Delhi to refrain from launching any attacks on his country following last week’s suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Imran Khan said he hoped “better sense” would prevail after the attack on a paramilitary convoy that killed at least 40 Indian troops. ... Read More »

Pak to address actionable evidence from India: Imran Khan

Dhaka, Feb 19 (UNB) – In a video message, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said Islamabad will take action if Delhi shares any actionable evidence concerning last week’s suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama area which had targeted Indian paramilitary soldiers, reports the Dawn. While offering cooperation and another chance at a dialogue over the Kashmir issue, the premier ... Read More »

Tensions rising after Kashmir attack as gunbattle kills 9

India, Feb 19 (AP/UNB) — Tensions escalated after a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers searched for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants were hiding there, security officials said. As troops began conducting searches, they came under ... Read More »

Saudi crown prince arrives in Pakistan for regional visit

Islamabad, Feb 18 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his four-day regional visit on Sunday, arriving in Pakistan where Saudi officials signed agreements worth $20 billion to help the Islamic nation overcome its financial crisis. Prime Minister Imran Khan and top government and military officials greeted him at Islamabad’s airport, where he received a 21-gun ... Read More »

Hezbullah Leader blasts Trump over fight against IS

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump ahead of his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria. Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that had it not been for the U.S., Syrian government forces, supported by Hezbollah fighters on the ground, would have defeated the extremists a long time ago. ... Read More »

India warns of ‘crushing response’ to Kashmir suicide attack

Srinagar, Feb 15 (AP/UNB) — India’s prime minister warned Friday of a “crushing response” to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir which killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region’s volatile history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the blame for Thursday’s bombing squarely on neighboring Pakistan, which India accuses of supporting rebels in ... Read More »

300 babies die in war zones every day: Save the Children

War zone acts including denial of aid, damage to hospitals and outright attacks killed 100,000 babies every year in the world’s 10 worst conflict-affected countries, the international charity Save the Children said on the eve of Munich’s Security Conference. And, a fifth of children were living in zones impacted by conflict, more than any time in the past two decades, ... Read More »

Make hunger thing of past Pope Francis at IFAD annual meet

Rome, 14 February 2019 – Pope Francis set the tone for the 42nd session of the annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) by saying that hunger can be made a part of the world’s past, but only if all institutions and people work together, and only if these efforts are owned locally and driven by ... Read More »

Suicide bomber target Iran’s Revolutionary Guard kills 27

Iran, Feb 14 (AP/UNB) — A suicide car bomber claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group attacked a bus carrying members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 13 others, state media reported. Tehran immediately linked the attack in Iran’s restive southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province to an ongoing U.S.-led conference in Warsaw largely ... Read More »

Thai party fighting for survival after gaffe with princess

Bangkok, Feb 13 (AP/UNB) — The Thai political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister was fighting for its political life Wednesday, while the princess herself appeared to criticize the fallout. The country’s Election Commission said Wednesday that it recommended the Thai Raksa Chart ... Read More »

Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals

Bangkok, Feb 10 (AP/UNB) — A Thai political party swore loyalty to the king after its stunning decision to nominate the monarch’s sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the king called the move inappropriate and unconstitutional. The statement of fealty comes as the country ponders a whirlwind Friday in which Princess Ubolratana Mahidol broke with tradition proscribing ... Read More »

US officer at border shoots driver going to Mexico

Nogales,  Feb 9(AP/UNB) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer shot and wounded a driver who was trying to enter Mexico at a crossing in Arizona, the agency said Friday. The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, told a newspaper Thursday night that the man was killed, but CBP spokeswoman Teresa Small told The Associated Press Friday the man had not ... Read More »

The royal upending Thai politics

Thai politics has taken many bizarre turns in recent years. The submission of King Vajiralongkorn’s elder sister as a prime ministerial candidate is one of the strangest, and turns politics on its head. Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi is the candidate for the Thai Raksa Chart party, which is closely linked to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Mr Thaksin’s opponents ... Read More »

US envoy visits book fair; spends time with children

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB)–US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller along with his wife on Friday visited Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela and spent time with children at the children’s corner of the fair. Talking to reporters, Ambassador Miller said the month-long book fair of the country comes with a message of language movement to the young folks and it’s an ... Read More »

BNP workers upset as Khaleda’s jailing passes one year

Dhaka, Feb 8 (UNB) – Amid deep uncertainty about the party’s political future following a massive defeat in the December-30 polls, BNP is going to observe the 1st anniversary of the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case with a simple programme on Friday. Party senior leaders and Khaleda’s lawyers don not see any ray of hope to ... Read More »

Trump predicts all IS territory will be cleared next week

Washington , Feb 7 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria over the objections of some ... Read More »

Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns

Aboard The Papal Plane, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement. ... Read More »

New EU program of EUR 205mn to strengthen Education in Bd

Dhaka, 5 February – Today, with the launch of the Human Capital Development Programme 2021 (HCDP-21) the European Union confirms its continued commitment to Bangladesh for the development of the country’s Education sector. This EU-funded programme aims to provide improved quality education and training to Bangladesh’s young population. It will promote the implementation of long-term sustainable Education policies towards a ... Read More »

Bullets in the Crackdown on Venezuela’s Protests

CARACAS, Feb 1 2019 (IPS) – The protests in Venezuela demanding an end to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro in the last 10 days of January, whose soundtrack was the sound of banging on pots and pans in working-class neighbourhoods, had a high human cost: more than 40 deaths, dozens wounded and about a thousand detainees, including 100 women and 90 ... Read More »