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US increases fingerprint IDs at airports PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Reuters, New York

International visitors flying into New York now face being identified by all ten fingerprints, part of a heightened security system aimed at identifying potential terror suspects and visa fraud, officials said on Tuesday.

The upgraded system, part of the US government’s Homeland Security programme and its war on terror, increases the chances of catching illegal or potentially dangerous entrants into the country, officials said at a media briefing at John F Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday.

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Gilani calls for political solution to terror fight PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Islamabad

Pakistan’s new premier told the US president, George W Bush, that a broader approach to the ‘war on terror’ is necessary, including political solutions and development programmes, a statement said.

The prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, a senior official from the party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, made the comments when Bush telephoned him on Tuesday to congratulate him on taking office.

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Bhutan’s new leader vows to serve king, people PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Thimphu

The man set to become Bhutan’s first elected prime minister after the country’s historic parliamentary polls said on Tuesday that he would look to guidance from the king who ordered the vote.

Jigmi Thinley’s party staged a stunning victory in the election proposed by the monarchy in a move to transform the tiny Buddhist nation, wedged between giant neighbours India and China, into a constitutional monarchy.

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Big money in US politics – sign of excess? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Reuters, Washington

With eight months to go before the US presidential election, the candidates have raised almost $1 billion to fund their campaigns — more than the size of the economies of several African countries.

The unusually long race for the White House — which began in earnest more than a year ago — has been a cash bonanza, especially for Democrats who are breaking all records.

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‘US air strike kills Iraqi judge’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Reuters, Baghdad

A US air strike killed five Iraqi civilians including a judge in the northern town of Tikrit on Wednesday, Iraqi police said.

US forces acknowledged that civilians had been struck during a battle with suspected al-Qaeda Sunni Arab militants which included strikes from fixed-wing aircraft.

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8 civilians killed in Afghan blast PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Kandahar

Eight Afghan civilians were killed when a bomb-filled car exploded near a crowded bazaar in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the police said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

The blast took place in Gereshk district, in volatile Helmand province – the country’s biggest opium producing region which has seen much of the violence in the years-long Taliban insurgency.

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Sweep start by South Africa against India in first Test PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008
AFP —

South Africa revelled in good batting conditions to pile up 304-4 on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India here on Wednesday.

Neil McKenzie (94), skipper Graeme Smith (73) and Hashim Amla (85 not out) laid the foundations for a big total as the Indian bowlers toiled in oppressive weather and on an unresponsive wicket at the Chidambaram stadium.
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Five New Zealand players to miss England tour for IPL involvement PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Sports corrospondent

New Zealand Cricket are expected to confirm today the five players contracted to an Indian Twenty20 competition will miss the first two games of the forthcoming tour of England.

The tour starts with a one-dayer against an MCC XI at Arundel on April 27, followed by a three-dayer against Kent at Canterbury, beginning the next day.
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French President visits to England PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008
French President visits to EnglandVOA online

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is on a two-day state visit to Britain and addressed a rare joint session of parliament. Mr. Sarkozy hailed bilateral relations, speaking of a new era of Franco-British brotherhood and said he would propose boosting France's military presence in Afghanistan at the upcoming NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania next week. But, as VOA's Sonja Pace reports from London, the visit is being watched closely not just for the substance of the talks but, perhaps even more, for Mr. Sarkozy's behavior and style.
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South Asian people are at risk if global warming unchecked PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008
South Asian people are at risk if global warming uncheckedAFP

Rising seas and water shortages could displace 125 million people in South Asia by the end of the century if global warming goes unchecked, a new Greenpeace study said Wednesday.

"If greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow under the business-as-usual scenario as projected... the South Asian region could face a wave of migrants," said the report's author Sudhir Chella Rajan, a leading Indian climate change expert.
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Saudi Arabian Airlines flight catches fire as it touched down airport PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Agence France-Presse

More than 300 passengers aboard a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight escaped unhurt Tuesday after their Boeing 747 jet caught fire as it landed in Bangladesh, an official said.

The 326 passengers were evacuated after airport officials spotted flames coming from the right wing of the aircraft as it touched down at Dhaka's Zia International airport, aviation chief Shakeb Iqbal Khan Majlish said.
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Agreement between Ericsson and Grameen to provide advanced broadband services PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008

Agreement between Ericsson and Grameen to provide advanced broadband servicesEricsson and Grameen CyberNet Limited, a leading internet service provider in Bangladesh, have signed a contract for a FTTH network based on Ericsson's GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) solution. The move will allow Grameen CyberNet to provide advanced broadband services..

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Bangladesh Independence Day Observes PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Bangladesh Independence Day ObservesOur correspondents

Bangladesh celebrated 37 years of independence Wednesday with ceremonies and military parades, as protesters urged the government to prosecute those who collaborated with Pakistan during the war of independence.

Just after midnight, war veterans, victims' families and supporters across Bangladesh switched off their lights for a minute of remembrance for the millions of Bangladeshis killed in the 1971 war and to demand the punishment of war criminals and collaborators.
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CA recalls spirit of Liberation War PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed called upon people from all walks of life Tuesday to come forward with a view to building the country in the spirit of the Liberation War.

"The people of Bangladesh have huge potential.
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Govt will look into war crimes trials: Moeen PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Agency

The government will definitely look into what the people want regarding the trial of war criminals, army chief Moeen U Ahmed said Tuesday.

"We have got independence, now we need to ensure economic independence," Moeen said after a reception for freedom fighters at the National Parade Square.

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Pakistani president swears in PM Gilani PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Reuters, ISLAMABAD - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf swore in Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday as two senior U.S. officials arrived for talks including Pakistan's role in the U.S.-led campaign against terrorism.

The new National Assembly overwhelmingly backed Gilani,

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Panesar and Broad bring England victory closer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Napier, 4th day

Cricinfo

Monty Panesar took over from England's quick bowlers as the main threat on the fourth day in Napier as he claimed three wickets to bring a series victory closer.
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Bhutanese do king's bidding and embrace democracy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Reuters, THIMPU - When the King of Bhutan told his people to take power for themselves and embrace democracy, few of them wanted to listen at first. Yet that is exactly what they have done, with surprising enthusiasm.

Not only did they turn out in huge numbers, impeccably attired in compulsory national dress, for Monday's first ever parliamentary poll in this reclusive Himalayan land. They sent a clear message about what they do, and do not, want.

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Saudi plane passengers evacuated after fire PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Saudi Airlines Boeing 747 plane caught fire in one of its engines immediately after landing at Zia International Airport Tuesday.

All the passengers were evacuated safely from the plane after it caught fire at 2.45pm, a civil aviation official told bdnews24.com.

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Reshuffle in Pakistan army as new govt takes office PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Reuters, ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army chief has made changes to important posts in the military as a new civilian government made up of opponents of former army chief President Pervez Musharraf prepares to take power.

The changes by army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, announced late on Monday, were the first major reshuffle in the army's top ranks since Musharraf stepped down as army chief in November.

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Govt intends to hold talks with political parties soon: adviser PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Communications adviser Ghulam Quader said Tuesday that the caretaker government was intending to hold its talks with the political parties soon.

"But the government does not intend to push the agenda. The political parties' agendas will be discussed in the talks," Quader told reporters at the secretariat.

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