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Sheikh Mujib wanted a confederation: US papers

07/07/2005

Sheikh Mujib wanted a confederation: US papers

Anwar Iqbal The US State Department’s newly declassified documents about the 1971 debacle show that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman wanted to have a “form of confederation” with Pakistan rather than a separate country. The documents include two telegrams dating Feb 28, 1971 and Dec 23, 1971 “based on the sentiments of Sheikh Mujib and the...

US State Dept computers hacked, email shut down

US State Dept computers hacked, email shut down

The US State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department official said Sunday that "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the...

In their words: Bhutto and Mujib, December, 1971

In their words: Bhutto and Mujib, December, 1971

In this exclusive extract from his new book, Kuldip Nayar provides the inside scoop on the thinking of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto immediately following the liberation of Bangladesh The 1970s' papers released by the US from its archives reveal that, following its liberation from Pakistan, Bangladesh wanted to establish a confederation...

Russia pressed over Ukraine fighting

Russia pressed over Ukraine fighting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from Russia's President Vladimir Putin amid reports that Russian troops have launched an incursion into south-east Ukraine. Ukraine said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting separatist attacks. The US State Department said it suspected a Russian-directed counter-offensive was under way. Russia has repeatedly denied arming...

Palestinian Unity Government

US, Israel ties take new blow

Washington's support for a new Palestinian government backed by Israel's Islamist foe Hamas, has left the Jewish state feeling betrayed, triggering a new crisis with its closest ally. Several Israeli ministers expressed public anger yesterday after the US State Department said it was willing to work with the new Palestinian unity government put together by the West Bank leadership and Gaza's Hamas rulers. Technocratic in nature, the new government was sworn in on Monday in front of president Mahmud Abbas, with...

US continues to maintain silence on Modi's visa status

US continues to maintain silence on Modi's visa status

The US continued to maintain silence on granting a visa to BJP leader Narendra Modi, whose party-led NDA is projected by exit polls to form the next government in India. "We don't speak on visa acceptances, applications, etcetera, so I don't have anything for you on that," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters...

US too won't send polls observers

US too won't send polls observers

The United States expresses disappointment over the ongoing political turmoil in Bangladesh and said it will not send observers to oversee the 10th parliamentary election slated for January 5

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