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Libya, US sign bombing compensation deal-Libya PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

TRIPOLI, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Libya and the United States signed a comprehensive deal on Thursday to compensate all US and Libyan victims of bombings or their relatives, Libyan officials said.

The US victims include those who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people and the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco that killed three people and wounded 229.
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Aid workers review Afghan security after killings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

KABUL, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Foreign humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan have restricted staff movements and said on Thursday they are considering suspending operations in some areas after suspected Taliban insurgents killed three women aid workers.

Rising violence has already forced aid agencies to cut back their humanitarian work in Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, which is struggling to cope with high food prices and drought as well as the Taliban insurgency.
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Hundreds held as Tibet exiles, Nepal police clash PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Thu Aug 14,(bdnews24.com/reuters) Trading will never be the same.KATHMANDU Nepali police detained 760 Tibetan exiles in renewed crackdowns against protests outside the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu on Thursday, police and witnesses said.

Hundreds of angry protesters, wearing yellow jackets and head bands emblazoned with the words "Save Tibet" and "Free Tibet", converged on the outer walls of the Chinese embassy's consular office in the Nepali capital.
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Nigeria hands over oil-rich Bakassi to Cameroon PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

CALABAR, Nigeria, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Nigeria relinquished control of the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to its neighbor Cameroon on Thursday despite fears the handover will provoke attacks from local armed groups who oppose it.

The Nigerian government agreed to transfer Bakassi two years ago in line with a 2002 International Court of Justice (ICJ) order but violence, political disputes and legal skirmishes had delayed it. About 50 people have been killed in border fighting in the last year alone.
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Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai says talks will resume PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

HARARE,Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe's government will resume.

Tsvangirai told reporters at Harare airport that negotiations cannot be judged on a deadlock over one issue, adding that there will always be people to break that deadlock.
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Mauritania junta names ex-ambassador prime minister PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

NOUAKCHOTT, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Mauritania's new ruling military junta named Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, a former ambassador to Belgium, as prime minister on Thursday, state news agency AMI said.

General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who ousted President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi last week, has promised to hold fresh presidential elections in the oil-producing northwest African country as soon as possible.
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Georgian parliament votes to quit CIS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

TBILISI, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Georgia's parliament voted on Thursday to leave the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a Russian-led grouping of ex-Soviet states, after accusing Moscow of starting a war over separatist South Ossetia. 

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Zimbabwe confiscates Tsvangirai's passport PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

HARARE, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Zimbabwe authorities confiscated the passports of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and other MDC officials at Harare airport, the party said on Thursday.

"They have taken our passports. This is a reflection of their insincerity. They want to talk to us yet they behave like hooligans," Movement for Democratic Change Secretary-General Tendai Biti told reporters.
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Syria, Lebanon to work towards drawing border PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

DAMASCUS, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Syria and Lebanon agreed on Thursday to resume work towards formally demarcating their borders but Damascus said the boundaries of the disputed Shebaa Farms would not be drawn until Israel withdrew from them.

Demarcation of the borders between Syria and Lebanon would be a major step towards meeting international demands on Damascus to formalize ties with its smaller neighbor.
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Protests, killings could be Kashmir's tipping point PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

NEW DELHI,Thu Aug 14,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A land row in Kashmir may have achieved what years of militant violence largely failed to do -- fuse Muslim separatist sentiment into mass protests that seriously challenge Indian rule and South Asia's stability.

The dispute over land for a Hindu shrine trust and the killing of 21 Muslim protesters by police has galvanised separatists after years of relative stability in Kashmir that saw some hope for India negotiating a political solution.
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One killed as Muslims protest in Indian Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

SRINAGAR, India, Thu Aug 14,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Protesters shouting "we want freedom" took to the streets of Kashmir on Thursday as a land dispute between Muslims and Hindus boiled into a litmus test of New Delhi's hold on the troubled Himalayan region.

The row pits Muslims in Kashmir against Hindus in Jammu -- the two main regions which make up the state of Jammu and Kashmir -- in what is one of the hardest challenges facing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government since it took office in 2004.
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US proposes to exempt India from nuclear ban PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

VIENNA, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The United States has proposed to waive restrictions on critical nuclear trade with India in a draft circulated among member nations of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and published by an arms control advocacy group.

The draft, published on the web site of the US-based Arms Control Association (www.armscontrol.org), would effectively lift a 34-year embargo on nuclear trade with India without tying the waiver to explicit conditions for the Asian nuclear power.
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Trade gap near doubles on rising food imports, tops $6 bn PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Fallout of crop losses

Staff Correspondent

The trade deficit almost doubled to over $6 billion last fiscal year from $3.45 billion in the fiscal year 2006-07 on rising food imports driven by crop losses, according to Bangladesh Bank.

The trade deficit stood at $6.26 billion in fiscal 2007-08, up from $3.45 billion in 2006-07.
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Mohiuddin, Mosharraf, Altaf get bail PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Ill-gotten wealth

Staff Correspondent

Former ministers Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Chittagong mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and AL leader Obaidul Quader secured bail from the High Court on Thursday.

The HC bench of justices Sharifuddin Chaklader and Md Imdadul Haque Azad granted bail to Mosharraf Hossain for two months in a land purchase case and Altaf Hossain Chowdhury for the same period in a case filed for amassing illegal wealth.
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GP fined Tk 250 crore PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Illegal VoIP business

Staff Correspondent

BTRC has fined Grameenphone Tk 250 crore for illegal VoIP business, the second time the country's largest mobile phone operator has been penalised for such rogue activities, the telecom regulators announced Thursday.

GP chief of public relations Syed Yamin Bakht told bdnews24.com that the company had received notice of the fine and had already made a payment.
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Tk 2000 cr rural jobs scheme ready PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Jobs to be created in two phases, food-disaster hit areas to get priority

Staff Correspondent

The government has finalised a Tk 2000-crore 100-day job generation scheme set to begin by mid-September throughout Bangladesh, says a senior government official.

"The guideline has been formulated today (Thursday). Two million jobs will be created in two phases in all 64 districts," food and disaster management secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman told bdnews24.com.
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Khaleda and Tarique to be released PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Says Matin

Desk Report

The process of releasing both BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and elder son Tarique Rahman is progressing, home adviser MA Matin said Thursday.

"The Khaleda Zia release process is on. The file will come to the home ministry after its journey through the law ministry is completed."
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‘Overseas workers to cross 9 lakh’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Thursday said that overseas employment during the current fiscal would cross nine lakh, reports bdnews24.com.

He urged the recruiting agents to procure decent work-offers instead of unskilled odd- jobs to stop exploitation of Bangladeshi workers abroad.
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AL leaders pay homage to Bangabandhu PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Reinstatement of Aug 15

Desk Report

Senior Awami League leaders paid homage Thursday at the mausoleum of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara, Gopalganj, amid tight security, ahead of the

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'Dramatic' WTO farm deal close if talks revive PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- A world trade deal that dramatically opens livestock markets in the European Union, Canada and Japan is within grasp if talks that collapsed last month in Geneva can be revived.

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab hinted at the scope of the deal in a July 30 news conference after nine days of intense negotiations ended in failure.
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Musharraf appeals for unity as calls for impeachment grow PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Western diplomats press for 'graceful exit', saying charges would cause more unrest in Pakistan

Agencies

The Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, today appealed for reconciliation as he faced continuing calls for his impeachment.

In his first public comments since the country's coalition government last week announced plans to remove him from office, Musharraf did not refer to the political pressure to unseat him, but confined himself to general remarks calling for unity to deal with Islamist militants and problems with the economy.
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