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Myanmar monks, priests beat controls to give aid PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

REUTERS, YANGON - While big international donors try to persuade Myanmar's military rulers to open their doors wider to aid, small groups of volunteers are getting past army checkpoints to reach desperate survivors of Cyclone Nargis.

Among them were Catholics and Buddhists seeking to fulfil a charitable mission under extreme circumstances three weeks after the devastating storm left 2.5 million people destitute, most of them in the hardest-hit Irrawaddy delta.

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Russia hails Eurovision success as 'another triumph' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Sunday congratulated Eurovision song contest winner Dima Bilan for bringing "another triumph" for Russia.

Russian television news bulletins on Sunday all began with reports about the victory. Screaming teenage girls were shown dancing near Red Square in Moscow and celebrating in his native Caucasus region during the night.

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Blaze 'sets off Russian rockets' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

BBC Online

A fire at an air base arms depot in north-western Russia has reportedly set off several missiles, but caused no deaths or injuries.

Amateur video shows what appear to be at least two rockets zigzagging through a clear afternoon sky around the Lodeynoe Pole base near St Petersburg.

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Targets and funding in focus at Kobe climate talks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Reuters, Kobe, Japan- Big emerging countries urged rich nations on Sunday to set ambitious mid-term targets for reducing greenhouse gases, as both sides stressed the need for funds to help developing countries limit their emissions.

Ministers and representatives from the Group of Eight advanced nations and major emerging countries are gathered in western Japan to try to build momentum for U.N.-led climate change talks, a key topic for a July leaders' summit.
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Violence in Iraq falls to lowest level in 4 years PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Reuters, Baghdad- Violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years, figures released by the U.S. military showed on Saturday, but officials said progress was still fragile and reversible.

Iraqi security officials said an offensive against al Qaeda in the northern city of Mosul, which the U.S. military says is the Sunni Islamist group's last major urban stronghold, had wiped out most of the insurgent network.

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Tsvangirai says Mugabe wants to decimate opposition PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Reuters, Harare- Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai returned to Zimbabwe on Saturday for an election run-off with President Robert Mugabe and said the veteran leader wanted to "decimate" MDC structures.

Tsvangirai arrived at Harare airport aboard a regular South African Airways flight around 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT) after cancelling his homecoming a week ago after his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said it had learnt he was the target of a military intelligence assassination plot.
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Congo ex-rebel chief arrested for war crimes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Congolese former rebel warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba was arrested by Belgian authorities in Brussels on Saturday on an International Criminal Court warrant for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic, reports Reuters.

Bemba, the defeated contender in Democratic Republic of Congo's 2006 presidential election, is accused by the ICC of leading Congolese rebels who waged a campaign of rape and torture in Central African Republic in 2002/2003.

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Abbas fears Olmert probe may hold up peace talks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Reuters, Ramallah, West Bank- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday he feared a criminal investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and looming US elections could hold up Middle East peace talks.

Senior Abbas aide Tayeb Abdel-Rahim reported the Palestinian president's briefing comments to his ruling Fatah faction in the West Bank city of Ramallah on the latest developments in US-brokered peace talks with Israel.

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Colombia's top FARC commander dead PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Reuters, Bogota- The founder and chief commander of Colombia's FARC rebel force, Manuel Marulanda, has died after more than 40 years fighting the state from jungle and mountain camps, the government said on Saturday.

If confirmed, the death of Manuel Marulanda, who organized the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrillas in the 1960s, would be the heaviest blow yet to Latin America's oldest insurgency, already weakened by a military setbacks.
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Thousands march against South Africa violence PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Reuters, Johannesburg- Thousands of people marched through South Africa's biggest city on Saturday, calling for an end to the violence that has killed at least 50 African migrants and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

Demonstrators carrying placards saying "Xenophobia hurts like apartheid" and "We stand against xenophobia" brought traffic to a standstill in Johannesburg's city centre.
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Khulna mayor gets 7 years for extortion PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A court sentenced Khulna mayor Tayebur Rahman to seven years in prison on charges of extortion on Sunday.

Judge Shirin Kabita Akhter, of Jana Nirapotta Bighnokari Oporadh Domon Tribunal for Khulna (tribunal for curbing crimes against public safety), also sentenced city corporation public relation officer Sarder Abu Taher to seven years in jail.

The judge also fined the two Tk 1 lakh each and or another six months behind bars in
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Police arrest former army chief PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Police have arrested former army chief Mustafizur Rahman, now under care of Apollo Hospital, on charges of his involvement in the MiG-29 scam, a police officer said Sunday.

"The former army chief has been shown arrested in the case," Badda police chief Syed Mominul Ahsan told bdnews24.com.

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BNP, AL will see need to 'join hands with others' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Adviser Ghulam Quader said Sunday he was optimistic that Awami League and BNP will realise the need to join in the political dialogue process with others, reports bdnews24.com.

"I'm hopeful that BNP and AL will participate in the dialogue when the time is ripe. I trust that both parties are already convinced of the necessity of joining hands with others," the communications adviser told reporters at the ministry.

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JSD demands national government in dialogue with advisers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Inu) said Sunday it demanded a national government after elections, in talks with cabinet members.

The party held dialogue with the government as the makeshift administration embarked on a mission to shore up the sagging confidence of political parties in the run-up to the elections.
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Moriarty confident about free, fair polls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

US shipment of wheat arrives

Staff Reporter

US ambassador James F Moriarty has said he is confident that the caretaker government will proceed towards a free and fair election with the cooperation of the people and political parties.

The ambassador expressed his optimism that the polls will take place according to the election roadmap, speaking to reporters after seeing a US shipment of 46,000 tonnes of wheat arrive at Chittagong port for Sidr survivors.
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MM Ruhul Amin to be CJ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Senior Appellate Division judge MM Ruhul Amin will take up his post as the next chief justice from June 1, an official at the president's office said Sunday.

President Iajuddin Ahmed finalised his appointment as the 16th chief justice of Bangladesh, secretary to the president's office Sirajul Islam told bdnews24.com.
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Truth and Accountability Commission approved PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The cabinet Sunday approved an ordinance designed to form the Truth and Accountability Commission. Updated and corrected

According to the Voluntary Disclosure Ordinance 2008, the term of the three-member commission will be five months initially, the chief adviser's press secretary Syed Fahim Munaim told reporters after a cabinet meeting in the CA's office.
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ACC interrogation continues in Hasina trial PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Defence lawyers continued their cross examination Sunday of the first prosecution witness in trial proceedings against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

The lawyers questioned Anticorruption Commission deputy director MM Shabbir Hassan for three hours over the barge-mounted power plant case; the proceedings will continue Monday.
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FBCCI chief seeks last chance for businessmen PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Legalizing undeclared money

FBCCI president Annisul Huq on Sunday urged the government to give businessmen a "last chance" to legalise their money that has come from undeclared sources, reports bdnews24.com.

Otherwise, the head of the apex business forum said, a big amount will be smuggled out of the country.
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Prominent doctor gets 13 yrs for graft PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008
A Dhaka court sentenced Doctors Association of Bangladesh secretary general Dr AZM Zahid Hossain to a total of 13 years in prison Sunday, on charges of accumulating illegal wealth and concealing information on wealth, reports bdnews24.com.

Judge Tanzina Ismail of the Special Judge's Court-6 fined the secretary general of the BNP-backed organisation Tk 10 lakh or another year in jail in failure to pay the sum and ordered authorities to confiscate his illegally gained wealth.
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Snatched police shotgun found abandoned PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A single-barrel shotgun snatched Thursday night from a police patrol in Gazipur was found abandoned Sunday, police said.

"A police patrol retrieved the abandoned shotgun from a lakeside spot in the Ambagh area early Sunday. The gun lay hidden under a bed of grass. The cartridges taken with the gun were not found though," Gazipur police superintendent Abdul Baten told reporters.
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