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Huawei calls on US: Lift export restrictions

Shenzhen, Jul 12 (AP/UNB) — The chairman of Huawei said Friday the Chinese tech giant has yet to see any benefit from President Donald Trump’s promise to allow U.S. companies to sell some components to the company and called on Washington to remove it from a security blacklist. The “unjust and unfair” decision to add Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest ... Read More »

EU drive for trade liberalisation adds to tensions in Tunisia

by Werner Raza, Jan Grumiller and Bernhard Tröster The European Union’s disproportionate pressure for trade liberalisation risks exacerbating political strains in the last democracy of northern Africa. Tunisia is the only country in northern Africa in which a democratic political system still prevails. The country has been undergoing a difficult transition since it initiated the ‘Arab spring’ in 2011. More ... Read More »

Trump pulling out

By Chandra Muzaffar It is significant that US President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw his troops from Syria. The 14th December decision was followed immediately by another announcement by the President to pull out a sizeable number of soldiers from Afghanistan where the US has been involved in a war for the last 17 years — the longest war ... Read More »

Incompetence and inability to run WTO secretariat alleged

DG did not read the report issued by WTO-IMF-WB at Bali Geneva, 17 Oct (D. Ravi Kanth) – The WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said on Tuesday that he has not had the opportunity to read the report on “Reinvigorating Trade and Inclusive Growth” prepared by his secretariat along with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which calls for ... Read More »

People’s Global Confce vows wider movement against IMF-WB

The Peoples’ Global Conference (PGC) against the IMF-World Bank have successfully concluded their activities on October 13, 2018, despite the repressive actions of the Indonesia government of Joko Widodo in complicity with the IMF-World Bank. More than 150 individuals representing 93 organizations from at least 18 countries participated in decentralized programs and activities of the PGC to reflect on and ... Read More »

Japan seeks thorough probe into Dhaka attack

Dhaka – Japan has sought a thorough investigation of the facts regarding the killing of its nationals during the Dhaka cafe attack, sharing of related information and strict punishments for the perpetrators, UNB news agency has reported. Japan also hoped for full-fledged cooperation to ensure the safety of Japanese people residing in and traveling to Bangladesh and to prevent recurrence, ... Read More »

PM shocked at loss of lives in Italy train crash

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock over the loss of lives and injuries to scores of people in a recent train crash happened between the costal towns of Bari and Barletta, Italy. “I’m deeply saddened to learn about the death of 23 people and injuries to scores more in a train crash,” she wrote in a condolence message ... Read More »

US offers BD expertise in building counterterrorism capabilities

The United States has offered US expertise and technical supports in building Bangladesh’s counterterrorism capabilities as the country experienced the worst-ever terrorist attack on July 1, targeting mainly foreign nationals. Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal came up with the offer during her meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Foreign ... Read More »

US continues to stand by BD, Japan: Obama

US President Barack Obama has said his country continues to stand by Bangladesh, Japan and the rest of the international community in their “steadfast resolve” to fight terrorism. Obama said this in his letter of condolences to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the terrorist attack in Dhaka, according to the content of the letter received here from Japanese Foreign ... Read More »

Family members of 7 Japanese victims visit massacre site

Family members of seven Japanese victims who were killed in Gulshan cafe attack visited the killing spot on Monday evening. They along with officials of JICA and Japanese Embassy in Dhaka reached the spot — Holey Artisan Bakery — around about 6:05pm and left around 6:30pm. The family members, however, did not talk to the press. They were driven back ... Read More »

Russia for combined efforts to fight global terrorism

The Russian Federation has said what happened in Dhaka once again proved that it is necessary to immediately combined efforts of all the global community to fight international terrorism. “We’re indignant at this yet another inhumane terrorist attack, which has no justification,” according to a message received here from the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ... Read More »

Abe outraged over Dhaka attack

Outraged by the terrorist attack, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said they intend to continue to take all possible preparations to ensure the safety of Japanese citizens both at home and abroad. “This matter truly grieves me deeply and I am rendered speechless to think of the regrets of the victims. This was an impermissible act of terrorism and ... Read More »

EU leaders push Britain to leave amid post-vote turmoil

Brussels, June 29 (AP/UNB) – European leaders pushed Britain toward the exit door Tuesday, warning Prime Minister David Cameron that there’s no turning back after his country’s unprecedented vote to leave the EU and pressing for a quick and clear British departure plan to quell worldwide anxiety about the continent’s future. Leader after leader rejected Cameron’s pleas for favorable conditions ... Read More »

PM to discuss Brexit fallout with EU leaders during ASEM Summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold discussions with the European Union (EU) leadership over Brexit and possible future scenarios during the ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Summit to be held in Mongolia next month. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already confirmed that she will take part in the 11th ASEM Summit of heads of state and government in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of ... Read More »

London firms may lose ‘prized’ EU access, say eurozone leaders

London’s financial firms risk losing unrestricted access to the European Union, according to eurozone leaders. The head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said banks could move jobs outside the UK if it leaves the single market. It comes as EU financial services chief Lord Hill announced his resignation. However, UK economist Gerard Lyons said that despite the ... Read More »

EU prepares for UK ‘divorce’ to begin

EU leaders are to meet to discuss the UK’s “divorce” from the organisation after a historic referendum result. The UK voted by 52% to 48% to leave the EU. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will step down by October. The first meeting of EU leaders with no British representation will be held on Wednesday. The EU has urged ... Read More »

Merkel calls Brexit ‘a watershed for Europe’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the UK’s decision to leave the European Union a watershed for Europe and European unity. It’s now up to her and EU leaders to ensure other countries don’t follow suit. “There’s no way around it: Today is a watershed for Europe and the European unity process,” Merkel said before urging other EU leaders not ... Read More »