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Castro demands Guantanamo Bay in return for US-Cuba diplomatic deal

Castro demands Guantanamo Bay in return for US-Cuba diplomatic deal

Cuba has demanded the US hand back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised. In a speech, President Raul Castro also called for the lifting of the US trade embargo and Cuba's removal from a terror list. Last month the two countries announced a thaw in relations, agreeing to restore diplomatic...

Pentagon official urges Nato to focus on innovative weapons

Pentagon official urges Nato to focus on innovative weapons

US Deputy Defence Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged Nato allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Work said the Pentagon has a new plan called "Defence Innovation Initiative" and a separate effort targeting...

Apple posts the biggest quarterly profit in history

Apple posts the biggest quarterly profit in history

US technology giant Apple has reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company. Apple reported a net profit of $18bn (£11.8bn) in its fiscal first quarter, which tops the $15.9bn made by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012, according to Standard and Poor's. Record sales of iPhones were behind the surge...

Snow falls but Bangladeshi food deliveryman gets the chicken thru

Snow falls but Bangladeshi food deliveryman gets the chicken thru

Mohamed Hosen, ace deliveryman at the Taj Kebab King restaurant in Brooklyn, was ready. Cheeks shedding steam, eyebrows still thawing, he had just come in from a nearby chicken curry run in Williamsburg. Now he was headed out again — with chicken madras, chicken poori and an order of lemon rice — on...

Snow emergency declared in US

Snow emergency declared in US

An emergency has been declared in several US states as a storm bringing hurricane-force winds and 90cm (36ins) of snow barrels down on the north-east. Boston, New York and Philadelphia began shutting down Monday evening as the flurries began, with the worst ahead. Non-emergency vehicles have been banned on New York City's 6,000 miles of...

Obama addresses town hall meeting

Obama addresses town hall meeting

US President Barack Obama has addressed a town hall-style meeting with young people in Delhi on the final day of his visit to India. The US can become India's "best partner", Obama told the gathering of university students and activists. Speaking at a joint business forum in Delhi on Monday,  Obama said there was "much...

US, UK, Egypt envoys visit Khaleda’s office

US, UK, Egypt envoys visit Khaleda’s office

Diplomats from the US, UK and Egypt today visited BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office to console her following the death of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko. The envoys signed on the condolence book kept at the office. They however could not meet Khaleda as she was feeling unwell, BNP sources said. The diplomats...

First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

First US troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 US troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday. Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the troops, mostly special...

US woman jailed for plotting IS help

US woman jailed for plotting IS help

A young Colorado woman has been sentenced to four years in jail after she pleaded guilty to trying to help the militant group Islamic State (IS). Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old Muslim convert, was arrested in April while trying to board a flight to Turkey en route to Syria to marry an IS fighter. Prosecutors offered...

US assistant secretary for pressurising Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

US assistant secretary for pressurising Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C Richard today said the international community needs to put more pressure on Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue saying it is Myanmar’s responsibility to take back its nationals. She made the remarks while talking to a select group of journalists after wrapping up her four-day visit to Bangladesh. The US assistant secretary, however, did not favour settling the Rohingya refuges to a third country. “Our dream is to see they are given a peaceful place to live. I know it is possible but that’s a dream,” said Anne Richard, who came to Bangladesh for the first time. Responding to a question, she...

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