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Coping with Ebola crisis

Coping with Ebola crisis

Sergeant KM Mehedi Hasan of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police was elated to learn that he had been selected to participate in a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Little could the father of one from Khulna imagine that the success would land him in the midst of West Africa's ebola epidemic. Thirty-two-year-old Hasan was one of only eight officers offered a UN Police Adviser position in Liberia this year. On 9 June 2014 they arrived in Monrovia, raising the total number of Bangladeshi officers in Liberia to 12....

Syrian rebels surround UN peacekeepers

Syrian rebels surrounded dozens of defiant Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Friday and demanded they give up their weapons, hours after taking 43 Fijian soldiers hostage, authorities said. Seventy-five Filipino members of a United Nations peacekeeping force were defending two posts on the Syrian side of Golan Heights, and were prepared to fight back rather than surrender, their commander in Manila said. "We can use deadly force in defence of the UN facilities," Colonel Roberto Ancan told reporters. "I...

Top Bangladeshi UN official resigns

Top Bangladeshi UN official resigns

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Ameerah Haq is stepping down as the UN undersecretary-general in charge of providing logistics and support for the more than 100,000 UN peacekeepers deployed around the world, Indian news agency PTI reports. Ban expressed “tremendous gratitude” to Haq on Tuesday “for her outstanding service” during a 38-year UN career which...

Leaving for Beirut

Leaving for Beirut

  On a winter night in 1981, Momen left for Beirut. When I met him the day before, his 17-year-old eyes twinkled with the excitement of joining the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). He pulled out his air ticket -- probably of British Airways, memories wane so fast -- and said: “Dosto, Ami Chollam. Torao parley ai...

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