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Student violence leaves Bogra medical college shuts closed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Our Correspondent

Authorities of Bogra Shahid Ziaur Rahman Medical College were forced to close the college indefinitely Saturday, following clashes between activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Islami Chhatra Shibir.

They ordered residential students to leave the halls by 5pm.
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Karadzic refuses to enter war crimes pleas at UN tribunal PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 August 2008

REUTERS

Radovan Karadzic today accused the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague of being a "Nato court" that intended to "liquidate" him and refused to enter pleas on the 11 charges against him.

The Bosnian Serb genocide suspect - who was arrested last month in the Serbian capital after 13 years as Europe's most wanted war crimes fugitive - challenged the legitimacy of the court, and, as expected, refused to enter pleas on any of the 11 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes he is charged with.
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Khulna, Rajshahi mayors-elect resign party posts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 August 2008

Oath-taking ceremony on Sep 11

Staff Correspondent

]Khulna and Rajshahi mayors-elect Talukder Abdul Khaleque and AHM Khairuzzaman Liton resigned their Awami League posts on Thursday ahead of their oath-taking ceremony to take place by Sep 11, government officials said.

They sent in their resignation to acting AL chief Zillur Rahman and general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam by post.
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Thai protesters attack Bangkok police HQ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 August 2008

REUTERS, BANGKOK- Protesters trying to overthrow Thailand's government launched an attack on Bangkok's police headquarters on Friday as demonstrations against Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej spread from the capital.

Several demonstrators were seen vomiting after police fired what appeared to be teargas at the 2,000-strong crowd, a Reuters reporter said.
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Nepal urged to focus on child rights in adoption PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 August 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU- The sale, abduction and trafficking of children is rife in Nepal and the government should do more to encourage adoption by domestic families, a U.N. study released on Friday said.

Nepal suspended adoption of its children by foreign families last year amid criticism that the practice involved corruption and some children were being sold for thousands of dollars.
 
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New Orleans disaster warning as Gustav death toll reaches 68 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Agencies

Tropical Storm Gustav today drenched Jamaica and threatened the Cayman Islands as the US Gulf coast made preparations to be hit by a possible hurricane next week.

Gustav ripped off roofs, downed power lines and pounded rain into Jamaica, triggering landslides and flooding but no reported deaths. At least 68 people died earlier when the storm hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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McCain picks Palin as VP running mate PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

REUTERS, DENVER- Republican presidential candidate John McCain has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, a senior McCain campaign official said on Friday.

McCain and Palin, face the Democratic nominee Barack Obama and his No. 2, veteran Sen.
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Iran boosts uranium enrichment programme PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Announcement likely to fuel western fears about nuclear weapon capability

Agencies

Iran today said it had stepped up its uranium enrichment programme in an announcement likely to fuel western fears about the country's nuclear weapon capability.

Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, the deputy foreign minister, told Iran's official news agency that the country was operating 4,000 centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant and preparations were under way to install more centrifuges.
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Russia accuses west of 'bias' over actions in Georgia PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Foreign ministry says it rejects international condemnation of invasion as EU appears to be backing away from sanctions

The Guardian Online

Russia bitterly accused the west of "bias" and "double standards" today, following international criticism of its actions in Georgia, and amid signs that the European Union is backing away from sanctions against Moscow.

Russia's foreign ministry said it rejected criticism from the G7 group of industrialised countries. They had condemned its invasion of Georgia, and its recognition on Tuesday of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
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Iraqi girl tells of ordeal as suicide bomber PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

REUTERS, BAGHDAD- Rania is only 15-years old, but in the past week the softly spoken Iraqi girl has been drugged, strapped with explosives, arrested by men she nearly blew up and then shoved into a detention centre.

Now she finds herself at the heart of a propaganda war being waged by the Iraqi security forces against the same al Qaeda militants who tried to use her as a remote-controlled bomb.
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SA says Zimbabwe talks to resume PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

REUTERS, HARARE- South Africa said Zimbabwean power-sharing talks would resume on Friday despite comment from President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party that there was no need for further negotiations.

Mugabe and opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai have failed to reach agreement in over one month of post-election power-sharing negotiations aimed at ending a political crisis that has worsened Zimbabwe's devastating economic decline.
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Police detain top Kashmir separatist leader PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

REUTERS, SRINAGAR- Police detained on Friday a prominent Kashmiri separatist leader wh o led some of the biggest protests in two decades against India's rule in the Himalayan region, police said.

The arrest came as security forces intensified a crackdown against separatists across Muslim-majority Kashmir valley and extended a curfew in the disputed region for a sixth straight day on Friday to quell pro-independence rallies.
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Hezbollah shot Lebanese army helicopter: paper PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

REUTERS, BEIRUT- A Lebanese army helicopter that was hit by gunfire in south Lebanon was targeted by Hezbollah fighters who thought the aircraft was Israeli, the Lebanese newspaper as-Safir reported on Friday.

The pilot of the aircraft was killed in the shooting on Thursday over Iqlim al-Touffah district. The area is controlled by the powerful political and military group Hezbollah, which fought a 34-day war with Israel in 2006.
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Khaleda will be freed legally PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Anwar tells meeting

Staff Correspondent

BNP vice president MK Anwar on Friday said party chief Khaleda Zia would be freed through legal process, not compromise.

"Khaleda Zia will not buy freedom through any
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Hasina to return by last week of Sept PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Says her personal physician

Staff Correspondent

Awami League president Sheikh Hasina is likely to fly back home on Sept 22 or 23, her personal physician said on Friday.

Prof Syed Modasser Ali told bdnews24.com the former prime minister would have a check-up at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sept 3.
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Iceland president arrives PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, arrived in Dhaka on Friday to attend a symposium on "Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia."

The Iceland president landed at Zia International Airport at 8:15pm and was greeted by President Iajuddin Ahmed.
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Home secretaries to talk security Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Home secretaries of India and Bangladesh will look to hammer out security issues when the meet on Saturday in Dhaka, an official said on Friday.

"Curbing criminals activities, narcotics smuggling and trafficking in women and children, and the Tin Bigha Corridor will be discussed in the meeting," home secretary Abdul Karim told bdnews24.com.
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EC invites BNP to Sep 7 talks PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Desk Report

BNP on Friday said it had received an letter from the Election Commission inviting the party to talks over the registration of political parties, the deadline for which ends on Oct 15.

The letter addressing Khandker Delwar Hossain as the secretary general was sent Thursday, BNP office secretary Rizvi Ahmed confirmed to bdnews24.com.
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Ghalib freed on bail PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Our Correspondent

Asadullah Al Ghalib, alleged militant kingpin and Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (AHAB) chief, was released on bail from Bogra jail on Thursday.

Bogra district superintendent of police Abdur Razzak told reporters Ghalib had got bails in four of five in cases, the latest in a bombing case in Bogra on Aug 25.
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Prison authority yet to receive all bail papers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Release of Tarique Rahman

Staff Correspondent

Prisons authorities have yet to receive all documents on bails secured by the BNP senior joint secretary general, said a senior prisons official Thursday.

"I heard that Tarique Rahman secured bail in all his cases. Prisons authorities have received papers relating to bails in seven cases so far. We are reviewing them," deputy inspector general of prisons major Shamsul Haider Siddiqui said.
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Badruddoza seeks more time for registration PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 August 2008

Our Correspondent

Bikalpadhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has said political parties need more time beyond the Oct 15 deadline to register with the Election Commission.

He also said he believed Upazila elections had better be held before the parliamentary polls.
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