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Dengue epidemic looms large over Bangladesh

UNI Dhaka The administration in Bangladesh are sweating to control a dengue outbreak, as holidaymakers are preparing to travel home from the epicentre of the spread, with Eid-Ul Azha less than two weeks away. Traders, especially those of cattle for sacrifice during Eid, are also travelling to and from the capital ahead of the festival. With the mosquito-borne viral disease …

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Trump invited Iran FM to White House

AFP Washington US President Donald Trump invited Iran’s foreign minister to the White House last month at the height of tensions between the two countries, a magazine reports. The invitation, extended by Senator Rand Paul with permission from the president, was turned down for now, The New Yorker reported Friday. The minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said it was up to …

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US eyes breakthrough in push for peace with Taliban

AFP Doha Washington is hoping for a breakthrough as talks between the US and the Taliban resumed in Doha on Saturday in a bid to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan. The US, which invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban in 2001, wants to withdraw thousands of troops and draw down its longest ever war. But it would first …

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UK PM Johnson’s Parliament majority down to one after by-election

PTI London Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s already slim parliamentary majority has been cut down further to just one with the loss of an MP to the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrat party in a by-election in Wales. In one of his first major election clashes since taking over from Theresa May last month, Johnson’s Conservative Party candidate lost the seat …

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Guterres calls on nations to fight climate change

PTI United Nations Expressing concern over changes in the weather patterns leading to severe heat waves across the world, UN Chief Antonio Guterras has called on global leaders to come up with concrete plans and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050 and not “beautiful speeches.” Addressing reporters at the UN headquarters on Thursday, the Secretary-General underscored the urgent need for …

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Maldives asylum-seeking politician’s life at risk, UK lawyer tells India

PTI London Former Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor has sought political asylum from India as he faces a serious risk to his life in his home country, a UK lawyer from the firm representing the politician said on Friday. Ghafoor Thursday reached India via sea route on the coast of Tamil Nadu and he is being questioned by …

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Trump says Kashmir is bilateral issue between India-Pakistan

PTI Washington US President Donald Trump has said the issue of Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan but he would be happy to mediate if they want him to do so. Last week, Trump had made a stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the vexed issue during their meeting in Japan, …

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Saudi ends travel restrictions on women, move hailed

IANS Riyadh Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer require a permission from a “male guardian” to travel or obtain a passport, a move that marks a significant loosening of the kingdom’s strict restrictions on females. The decision was hailed by Saudi women, with prominent influencer and talk show host Muna AbuSulayman tweeting: “A generation growing up completely free and …

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Bangladesh court indicts six in secular blogger’s murder case

PTI Dhaka An anti-terrorism court here on Thursday indicted six people, including a sacked army Major, in the brutal murder of a Bangladesh-born American blogger in 2015, five months after police wrapped up the investigation into the sensational killing. Blogger and science writer Avijit Roy, 42, was hacked to death in February 2015 with the machete-wielding assailants also wounding his …

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India, Africa natural partners, says President

PTI Banjul (Gambia) Calling India and Africa natural partners, President Ram Nath Kovind has said that in the last five years there has been an “unprecedented transformation” of India’s political engagement with the resource-rich continent. Addressing the National Assembly of the Gambia, President Kovind on Wednesday said that in the last five years, Indian leadership has visited 30 African countries …

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