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West eyes more Russia sanctions

West eyes more Russia sanctions

The EU and the US say they will impose "further costs" on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country. EU foreign ministers said on Monday they would expand a list of names targeted by EU sanctions. Tension has been rising in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings...

EU still wants talks for fresh JS polls

The European Parliament (EP), a directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU), still stands by its resolution to call for political dialogue to hold fresh inclusive national elections in Bangladesh. “Obviously there is a need for political dialogue. We want to see a situation wherein voices of all people of Bangladesh can be heard in politics,” said Jean Lambert, leader of a four-member visiting EP mission. In an exclusive interview with a select group of journalists at a hotel...

EU signs agreement with Ukraine

EU signs agreement with Ukraine

EU leaders have signed an agreement on closer relations with Ukraine, in a show of support following Russia's annexation of Crimea. Ukraine's interim PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the EU signed the deal in Brussels. Pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych's abandonment of the deal had led to deadly protests, his removal and Russia taking over Crimea. On Friday,...

Russia warns west over sanctions

Russia warns west over sanctions

Russia has told the US that Western sanctions over the Crimea dispute are unacceptable, and has threatened "consequences". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued the warning in a telephone call to US Secretary of State John Kerry. It came hours after Russian and Crimean leaders signed a treaty absorbing the peninsula into the Russian Federation. Crimean...

EU, US imposes sanctions over Crimea referendum

EU, US imposes sanctions over Crimea referendum

The EU and US have announced travel bans and asset freezes against a number of officials from Russia and Ukraine. The move follows Sunday's referendum in Crimea, in which officials say 97 percent of voters backed breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia. The so-far unnamed individuals targeted by the sanctions are seen as having...

EU set to have common mobile phone charger

EU set to have common mobile phone charger

The European Union took another step on Thursday towards the mandatory introduction of a common mobile phone charger, which could power-up all makes of handsets. The European Parliament in Strasbourg voted in favour of draft legislation which would include compatibility with "universal" chargers as one of the "essential requirements" of all electrical goods approved...

Editorial

Bangladesh exports to face a challenge

AS per a recent study, a number of countries including India, Pakistan and Vietnam could soon have duty free access to the European Union (EU). It is not a question of 'if' but 'when' this access will materialise, since Pakistan already enjoys duty free access under GSP to the EU as of January this year. Research findings point to a downturn for textiles and clothing to the tune of 1 per cent per annum. Taking that into a broader...

Robot ships designed by Rolls-Royce

Robot ships designed by Rolls-Royce

Unmanned cargo ships could become a reality on our oceans within the decade, according to manufacturer Rolls-Royce. The firm has been showing off the designs for its concept crewless ships. The EU is funding a 3.5m euro (£2.8m) project dubbed Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence (Munin) which aims to develop its own autonomous ship. Experts remain...

Ukrainian President Yanukovych agrees early election

Ukrainian President Yanukovych agrees early election

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to an early presidential election as part of a deal to end the long-running crisis. He said he had also agreed to a national unity government, and to make constitutional changes reducing the power of the president. The compromise came after hours of talks with the opposition leaders. The opposition...

GSP Restoration

A long way to go, still

With less than three months to go for the final review by the Obama administration, the government is yet to fulfil many of the 16 conditions laid out to win back trade privileges to the US market. The development comes as the commerce, labour and foreign secretaries are due to meet the chiefs of missions of the US, the EU, the Netherlands, the UK and Germany today at the foreign ministry in Dhaka to brief them on the progress made...

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Vajpayee weakest PM: Congress

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It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

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New book adds fuel to fire

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A new book by a former top ...

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