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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...

Foreign diplomats concerned over violence, arson

Foreign diplomats concerned over violence, arson

Foreign diplomats today expressed concerns over the ongoing violence and arson attacks, particularly loss of lives and properties in Bangladesh. “While discussing the current situation in the country, the diplomats categorically said that destructive activities, setting fire and damaging properties are contrary to the democracy,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told the media after...

BNP briefs diplomats on latest political situation

BNP briefs diplomats on latest political situation

BNP this evening briefed foreign diplomats about the country’s latest political situation including the government’s “oppression” on its leaders and activists. At a meeting at the Gulshan residence of BNP standing committee member Abdul Moeen Khan, a delegation of the party informed this to the envoys stationed in Dhaka. The heads and representatives of different...

EU for talks on future elections

EU for talks on future elections

Major political parties should sit to figure out a mechanism for future elections and structure of the poll-time government in order to give voters a fair choice, says a top politician of the European Union. Jean Lambert, chair of an EU delegation for relations with the South Asian countries, however, yesterday said: "We are...

Climate change impacts heat up UN talks in Lima

Climate change impacts heat up UN talks in Lima

With 2014 on track to become the warmest year on record and time running short, more than 190 nations began talks on a new worldwide deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming from causing irreversible damage. New targets for fossil fuel use were announced ahead of the climate conference by the...

Time to work for GSP Plus: EU envoy

The European Union yesterday suggested Bangladesh should start working now to get generous benefits under GSP Plus, a preferential trade scheme, by complying with stringent conditions. Bangladesh will lose generalised system of preferences (GSP) and may qualify for GSP Plus in the EU market as soon as it becomes a middle-income country. GSP Plus means full removal of tariffs on goods, but that depends on higher labour standards. It is granted to the nations that graduate from the status of least...

Turkey migrant boat sinks killing 24

Turkey migrant boat sinks killing 24

At least 24 people have been killed and scores are missing after a boat said to be carrying migrants sank off the north coast of Istanbul, officials say. The accident took place at the confluence of the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. A large rescue operation is now reported to be under way. The nationality of...

Russia, Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia, Ukraine agree gas deal

Russia has agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter in a deal brokered by the European Union. The deal will also ensure gas supplies to EU countries via Ukraine are secure. "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,'' said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. European...

EU nations seal major climate deal

European Union leaders agreed yesterday what they hailed as the world's most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year. The 28 leaders overcame deep divisions at a summit in Brussels to reach a deal including a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. They also agreed on 27 percent targets for renewable energy supply and efficiency gains, in spite of reservations from some...

EU leaders agree on CO2 emissions cut

EU leaders agree on CO2 emissions cut

EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected. Correspondents say it could make the EU a leader again in climate...

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