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Thailand starts long Thaksin extradition process PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Bangkok,Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Thailand has begun the lengthy process to try to extradite former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who skipped bail this week and went into exile in London, the Attorney-General's office said on Wednesday.

A team of lawyers had been drawn up and was waiting for the formal signature of the Attorney-General, who is due to return from an overseas trip at the end of this week, state prosecutor Kosonlavat Intujunyong said.
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Sarkozy`s Georgia peace plan agreed in principle PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Moscow,Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Georgia and Russia agreed in principle to an EU-brokered peace plan over South Ossetia on Wednesday as the US showed disapproval of Moscow's attacks on its neighbour by cancelling a joint naval exercise.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili agreed late on Tuesday to a modified version of a six-point peace plan endorsed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
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Missile strike kills five militants in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Wana, Pakistan,Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - At least five militants were killed in a missile strike on their training camp in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, near the Afghan border, security officials and residents said on Wednesday.

US forces stationed in Afghanistan have carried out several missile attacks this year in Pakistan's border regions, known as sanctuaries for al Qaeda and Taliban militants.
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US envoy hopeful of more Darfur peacekeepers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Khartoum,aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - International peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region look set to receive substantial reinforcements after months of under-manning, the US envoy to Sudan said on Tuesday.

Richard Williamson last month criticized both the United Nations and Sudan for the slow roll-out of the joint UN/African Union UNAMID peacekeeping force, which currently has only 9,900 of the 26,000 soldiers and police officers promised at the beginning of the year.
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North Korea, Japan agree terms for abduction probe PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Tokyo,Aug 13 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - North Korea and Japan have agreed terms for a new investigation into Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese people in the 1970s and 1980s, officials said, opening the way for Tokyo to lift some travel sanctions.

The deal, hammered out early Wednesday after two days of talks in China, would see North Korea complete the investigation in the next few months, with Japanese given access to documents, interviews and to related sites to verify the results, an official at Japan's foreign ministry said.
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Mugabe in deal with opposition faction: Mbeki PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Harare,Aug 13(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe agreed a power-sharing deal with a breakaway opposition faction on Tuesday, but has yet to agree with main rival Morgan Tsvangirai, South African President Thabo Mbeki said.

Mbeki, mediating in talks to end the political and economic crisis paralysing Zimbabwe, said negotiations had not broken down and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai was still considering his position.
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Retail sales drop for first time in 5 months PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

AP, WASHINGTON -- Retail sales fell in July, the weakest performance in five months, as shoppers shunned autos and other big ticket items.

The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that retail sales dipped 0.1 percent last month when a variety of economic woes combined to blunt the impact of billions of dollars in government stimulus payments to U.S. households.
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Stocks Open Lower PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK  -- Stocks fell sharply for a second session Wednesday after the government reported retail sales fell in July to their weakest levels in five months and as oil prices advanced. The Dow Jones industrial average fell about 150 points.

The retail figures fell short of expectations and fed investors' anxiety about the health of the industry and consumers, whose spending is the key driver of the economy.
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Deere 3Q profits rise 7 pct but miss expectations PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Deere & Co., the world's largest of maker of farm machinery, said Wednesday third-quarter profit rose 7 percent as high crop prices spurred stronger sales of tractors and harvesting equipment, reports AP.

But lower sales of its consumer, construction and forestry equipment, coupled with higher costs of raw materials such as steel and rubber, hurt the company, which missed Wall Street earnings estimates for the second straight quarter.
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Out of sight but not out of mind, Castro turns 82 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

HAVANA, Wed Aug 13,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro turned 82 on Wednesday, still a world and national figure even though he has not been seen in public since falling ill two years ago.

After ruling for almost 50 years, Castro follows a special diet for an undisclosed illness that required intestinal surgery and admits he does not have the strength he once had.
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EU backs truce monitors for Georgia PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, Wed Aug 13, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The European Union on Wednesday backed sending peacekeeping monitors to Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia to supervise a ceasefire between Russia and Georgia after days of heavy fighting.

"The EU is ready to engage, including on the ground, to support the efforts of the United Nations and the OSCE," Irish Development Minister Peter Power said after an emergency EU meeting in Brussels.
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Palestinians bury poet Darwish in emotional funeral PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Wed Aug 13, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Palestinians gave their national poet Mahmoud Darwish what amounted to a state funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, mourning a man who articulated their sense of loss, exile and defiance.

Around 10,000 people joined the procession that took his coffin, draped in a Palestinian flag, to a hilltop grave.
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Sri Lanka military says kills 14 rebels in push PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

COLOMBO, Wed Aug 13, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed 14 Tamil Tiger rebels and captured rebel positions in the far north of the island, as government forces continued their push into the rebels' stronghold there, the military said on Wednesday.

The military also said they captured one of the rebels' administrative centers on Wednesday, hurting their ability to move by sea along the island nation's northwestern coast.
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Dalai Lama dodges controversy over Sarkozy meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

PARIS, Wed Aug 13, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The Dalai Lama sought on Wednesday to defuse criticism of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been accused at home of caving into Chinese pressure by declining to meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

Starting a two-week visit to France mostly focused on religious commitments, the Buddhist leader said Western leaders were right to nurture warm relations with Beijing.
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Cabinet meets in Ctg PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Efforts to release Khaleda soon, emergency to be relaxed for upazila polls, corruption strongly handled, CA informs

Staff Reporter

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed chaired a meeting of the interim cabinet at the

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Mayor Mohiuddin, HRC boss, BNP's Munshi get bail PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Ill-gotten wealth, extortion case

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Wednesday bailed Chittagong mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, HRC Group chairman Sayeed Hossain Chowdhury and former BNP lawmaker Monjurul Ahsan Munshi in three separate cases.

However, the Appellate Division chamber judge stayed the bail of Pro-Awami League Bangladesh Jubo League general secretary Mirza Azam for one month.
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‘At least 17 apply for clemency from TAC’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chairman of the Truth and Accountability Commission, Justice Habibur Rahman, said Wednesday that 17 to 18 people—including politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen—had so far voluntarily applied to the commission seeking clemency.

In a weekly press briefing at the commission's office, Justice Habibur said that the truth commission is working with a view to maintaining social and economic stability.
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Four tonnes of Indian rice arrive so far PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

India has already shipped more than four of the five lakh tonnes of rice promised to Bangladesh, the foreign secretary said Wednesday.

"More than four lakh tonnes of rice has already been shipped to us," Md Touhid Hossain told bdnews24.com.
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Promoted college teachers posted at last PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Agency

The government has at last posted 476 associate professors of the civil service education cadre, three months after their promotion, an education ministry circular said Wednesday.

The associate professors in question have been asked to join their new college posts by Aug 21, the ministry said.
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Case against Justice Fazlul Huq’s son-in-law PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Verdict on Aug21

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court is set to deliver verdict on August 21 in a case against Tariqur Rahman Prince, son-in-law of Justice Fazlul Huq, that charges him with not submitting his wealth statement to the Anticorruption Commission.

Judge Khondoker Kamal Uzzaman of the Special Judge's Court-9 has fixed the date on Wednesday.
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Pakistan bomb hits military truck; at least 14 dead PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2008

AFP, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN -- At least 14 people were killed Tuesday in the roadside bombing of a Pakistani military truck, an attack authorities blamed on Islamic militants.

The powerful blast occurred just outside Peshawar, the nearest large city to a tribal area along the border with Afghanistan that has been raked by fighting for nearly a week.

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