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Hasina nudges US

Hasina nudges US

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the US had made all-out efforts but failed to thwart the January 5 parliamentary election in Bangladesh. She also alleged that the World Bank cancelled its loan for the Padma Bridge project on Washington's instructions.

Protest spreads in US

Protest spreads in US

Protest marches sprang up across the United States yesterday, and police battled to stifle another night of unrest in Ferguson, ground zero of America's latest racially-charged riots. Violence erupted in the St Louis, Missouri suburb for a second night, after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for...

We won't deport you

We won't deport you

Pledging to fix America's "broken" immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics and drew unspecified pledges to counter it, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in the...

Battle turning against IS, says US Gen

Battle turning against IS, says US Gen

America's top general has told US troops in Iraq that momentum is turning against Islamic State militants. Gen Martin Dempsey, on an unannounced visit, called the militants "midgets" but said the battle against them was likely to take years. The US has launched air strikes against IS and has more than 1,000 personnel in Iraq...

Muslims found Americas before Columbus: Turkish president

Muslims found Americas before Columbus: Turkish president

Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. He made the claim during a conference of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul, pointing to a diary entry in which Columbus mentioned a mosque on a hill in Cuba. Erdogan also said "Muslim sailors arrived in...

Washington Post ex-editor dies at 93

Washington Post ex-editor dies at 93

Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, has died aged 93. The newspaper reports he died at his Washington home of natural causes. As executive editor from 1968-1991, Bradlee was credited for transforming the Post into one the most respected newspapers in America. In 2013, he...

7.4 offshore quake hits Central America, 1 dead

7.4 offshore quake hits Central America, 1 dead

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck late on Monday off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua and was felt across Central America, killing at least one person, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. El Salvador's emergency services said a dozen homes in the department of Usulutan had been slightly damaged but that coastal areas appeared calm and the country's international airport was unaffected. Wilfredo Salgado, mayor of the city of San Miguel in El Salvador, said on his Twitter account that a man was killed when an electricity post fell on him. "It felt really powerful, suddenly the whole house started to move," said Xiomara Amaya, 30, who lives...

PRAFUL BIDWAI COLUMN

An Indian-American circus

IN September every year, leaders of 190-plus nations, big or small, get a chance to make speeches at the United Nations General Assembly, which is usually attended by nobody except their diplomats and journalists. Their “patriotic” media dutifully reports their speeches. The world ignores them. So does the UN! Prime Minister Narendra Modi played out this charade when he spoke at a General Assembly hall which was two-thirds empty. He said nothing substantive. Yet the Indian media, in full attendance,...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

America's ramped up nuclear capability: Prelude to another Cold War?

WHILE people across the world for the last three years have been watching the unbelievable resurgence in state and non-state-actor-sponsored violence and terror across the Arab World --  Libya, Egypt, Syria, Gaza, and of late, Iraq -- the Obama administration's recent decision to ramp up its nuclear capability has almost remained unnoticed to most analysts, let alone the common people. Even if, very similar to what happened during the Cold War, America's ramped up nuclear capability does not lead...

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America's never-ending war

IT is official: US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama is at war again. After toppling Libyan ruler Muammar el-Qaddafi and bombing targets in Somalia and Yemen, Obama has initiated airstrikes in northern Iraq, effectively declaring war on the Islamic State -- a decision that will involve infringing on the sovereign, if disintegrating, state of Syria. In his zeal to intervene, Obama is again disregarding US and international law by seeking approval from neither the US Congress...

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