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BNP demands fair trial over Avijit killing

BNP demands fair trial over Avijit killing

Criticising the killing of blogger Avijit Roy in an impenetrable security cordon of police, BNP today said the killing of the Bangladesh-born US citizen has proved that the government has failed to ensure security of the life and property of the country’s citizens. “We strongly condemn and protest the killing of Avijit Roy and...

UK envoy shocked at Avijit murder

UK envoy shocked at Avijit murder

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert W Gibson today expressed deep shock at the murder of Avijit Roy, founder of Muktamona blog. "British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert W Gibson shocked by the savage murder of Avijit Roy....," the message from the High Commissioner said. Avijit Roy was killed and his wife Rafida Afrin Banya...

‘EU team not concerned about HR situation’

‘EU team not concerned about HR situation’

The visiting EU parliamentary delegation did not express any concerns about the human rights situation in Bangladesh, claimed State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam today. Shahriar was speaking to journalists after the European Parliament's sub-committee on human rights met him at the foreign ministry in Dhaka. “We told the delegation that the law enforcers...

Khaleda talks HR situation with EU delegation

Khaleda talks HR situation with EU delegation

BNP says it has elaborately discussed the country’s present political and human rights situation with the visiting European Parliament's sub-committee. “Facts and documents over the country’s prevailing political and human rights situation have been given to the EU team during the meeting to get their attention in favour our demand,” BNP standing committee member...

EU deplores violence, calls for dialogue

EU deplores violence, calls for dialogue

Deploring violence affecting innocent citizens of Bangladesh, the European Union has reiterated its rejection of any form of violence and called for dialogue to resolve problems. This was stated by EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation Pierre Mayaudon, who paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning at the Prime Minister's Office. The EU envoy also underlined that peace and stability would be critical for economic development. On this note, he deplored violence affecting innocent citizens of Bangladesh. According to a press release of EU, the ambassador engaged with the prime minister on a number of issues related to the EU-Bangladesh relations, including on trade and development where the...

3 killed as deadly shell hits Donetsk hospital

3 killed as deadly shell hits Donetsk hospital

At least three people were killed and many more wounded when a shell hit a hospital in the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine today. Nearby schools were also damaged in the blast, city officials said. Violence has surged in the east in recent weeks, and the pro-Russian rebels have captured territory from government...

Greek PM offers olive branch on debt

Greek PM offers olive branch on debt

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said he is confident that agreement can be reached with creditors over repayment of Greece's debts. Tsipras said in a statement issued to Bloomberg news agency that he had never intended to act unilaterally. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out debt cancellation, saying creditors had already made concessions. Tsipras'...

EU's Moscovici wants Greece in euro

EU's Moscovici wants Greece in euro

Greece belongs in the eurozone and the single currency depends on there being no "Grexit", the EU economic and financial affairs commissioner says. Pierre Moscovici told the BBC's Hardtalk "we will do everything" to prevent Greece leaving the eurozone. But he said the Greek government had to respect previous commitments. The new finance minister has meanwhile...

Anti-austerity party wins Greek poll

Anti-austerity party wins Greek poll

Anti-austerity Syriza party has won Greece's general election, putting the country on a possible collision course with the EU over its massive bailout. With nearly 75% of the votes counted, Syriza is projected to win 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority, though that number could change. Left-wing party leader Alexis Tsipras, who...

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

Obama suggests Putin 'not so smart'

President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was "not so smart". That thinking his Russian counterpart was a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis, he said. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Obama...

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