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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...

Court opens case against Catalan leader for breakaway vote

Catalonia's president Artur Mas was placed under investigation yesterday for holding a banned vote on whether his region should be independent from Spain. The Catalonia High Court said that Mas was under judicial investigation for flouting a injunction against holding the symbolic vote on November 9. Prosecutors have accused him of civil disobedience, abuse of power and embezzlement of public funds for pressing ahead with the vote. If charges were brought against him, Mas could risk a jail sentence of several years...

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the...

French MPs vote for recognising Palestine

French lawmakers voted yesterday in favour of recognising Palestine as a state, sparking an immediate angry reaction from Israel which said such "unilateral measures" would harm efforts towards Middle East peace. Following hot on the heels of similar votes in Britain and Spain, French MPs voted 339 to 151 in favour of a motion urging the government to recognise the state of Palestine as a way of achieving a "definitive resolution of the conflict." The vote -- which is non-binding on...

Spain Health Minister Ana Mato resigns amid Gurtel scandal

Spain Health Minister Ana Mato resigns amid Gurtel scandal

Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato has resigned after a judge accused her of benefiting from illegal payments. Her ex-husband, Jesus Sepulveda, was found to be linked to a huge corruption case involving the ruling People's Party. A court issued a formal ruling which signalled that Mato had no knowledge of any possible crime. The scheme caused...

Catalonia poll 'backs independence'

Catalonia poll 'backs independence'

An informal vote on independence for Catalonia has shown more than 80 percent in favour, officials say. The provisional results followed a day of voting across the region in north-eastern Spain. Earlier, Catalan leader Artur Mas hailed the non-binding poll "a great success" that should pave the way for a formal referendum. The non-binding vote went...

TACKLING EBOLA

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

Screen all inbound passengers: HC

The High Court today asked the government to take necessary steps to screen all inbound passengers at air, land and sea ports with the help of armed forces to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country. The court also issued a rule upon the government to explain why a directive will not...

UEFA Euro 2016 France

Slovakia stun Spain

Slovakia stun Spain

Defending European champions Spain suffered their first qualifying defeat in eight years Thursday when they slumped to a 2-1 loss against Slovakia while England made it two wins in two. Spain, who had opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 5-1 mauling of Macedonia, exhibited all the faults which had led to their World...

Barca face expulsion

Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country's football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month. Politics have been interwoven with the football club almost since it was formed and is summed up by the team's motto: 'more than a club'. Barca's role in pushing the Catalan nationalist cause varies depending on the board in power, but it...

Child Pornography

Interpol on trail of foreign buyers

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is assisting Interpol to identify and apprehend the foreigners who had bought child pornography from Bangladesh. The move to nab the international clientele was initiated following the arrest of Tipu Kibria, an author of children's literature, and three of his associates on June 12 for using street children in pornographic shoots and selling those to foreign buyers. "So far we have identified 13 customers and dealers from eight countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Saudi...

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