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Global denim suppliers eye Bangladesh for expansion

Vicunha, one of the largest denim fabric suppliers in Latin America, seeks to increase its business with Bangladesh as buyers are shifting business to the country from Europe and China. “Our main focus is to boost business here for Bangladesh's strong potential in the garment industry,” Julien Eickelmann, commercial manager of Vicunha, said at the launch of an exposition on denim and jeans at Radisson Hotel in Dhaka yesterday. Vicunha that supplies denim fabrics to Bangladesh customers has a capacity to...

One in 10 girls sexually abused: UN report

One in 10 girls sexually abused: UN report

About 120 million girls around the world - slightly more than one in 10 - have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20, a UN report says. The children's agency Unicef also says 95,000 children and teenagers - most of them in Latin America and the Caribbean - were murdered in...

Was Putin the target?

Was Putin the target?

Russia's state-controlled television yesterday wheeled out conspiracy theories to explain the Malaysian air crash including one holding that it was a bungled attempt to down President Vladimir Putin's presidential jet. After Putin said that Ukraine was responsible for the crash, Russian state television focused on several theories that pinned the blame accordingly. "The aim could...

Putin in Cuba, Nicaragua to rekindle LatAm ties

President Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Nicaragua Friday after visiting Russia's Cold War ally Cuba, part of a tour to increase Moscow's influence in Latin America amid frayed ties with the West. Putin's six-day trip will also take him to Argentina and Brazil, where he will take part in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging countries -- an agenda that neatly aligns with his push for a multipolar world at a time when the Ukraine crisis...

Mexico honors Márquez

Mexico honors Márquez

Every March, often with a yellow flower pinned to his lapel, Gabriel García Márquez stood on the stoop of his home here to greet well-wishers on his birthday. He wrote his foremost work, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” here in the mid-1960s after a flash of inspiration during a drive to the Pacific resort...

Marquez hailed as literary giant

Marquez hailed as literary giant

His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Nobel...

5 of Marquez's best books

5 of Marquez's best books

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. In 1972, Marquez was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and in 1982 the Nobel Prize in Literature....

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