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US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US, Russia spar over Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden yesterday told Russia it faced paying an ever-higher price over Ukraine as tensions ratcheted up on the first anniversary of mass protests which unleashed a year of turmoil. On its part, Russia warned against the US arming Ukrainian forces, with the secretary of its national security council, Nikolai Patrushev,...

Book on 1971 genocide wins Cundill Prize

Book on 1971 genocide wins Cundill Prize

A book about the United States' complicity in the genocide of Bangladeshis in the early 1970s has won the $75,000 (US) Cundill Prize for historical literature. The announcement was made at a gala event at Toronto's Shangri-La Hotel on Thursday evening. The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide (Knopf) by Gary J Bass,...

Adilur receives Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Adilur receives Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Adilur Rahman Khan, a Bangladeshi human rights activist, received the 2014 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in a ceremony in Capitol Hill in Washington DC of the United States on Thursday. Presented annually by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center), the award recognises Rahman Khan's courageous work uncovering the most serious human rights violations in Bangladesh and initiates a partnership to support his efforts to promote and safeguard human rights, said a press release received here Friday . "There is no more fitting tribute to my father than the presentation of this award to Adilur Rahman Khan," said Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK...

US Senate confirms Bernicat as next envoy to Bangladesh

US Senate confirms Bernicat as next envoy to Bangladesh

The US Senate has confirmed nomination of Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat as new US ambassador to Bangladesh.  The nomination is confirmed by voice vote on November 19, according to the US Senate. Bernicat will succeed incumbent Ambassador Dan W Mozena. About Bangladesh, Bernicat, currently deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department...

Heavy snowstorm kills 7 in northern US

Heavy snowstorm kills 7 in northern US

A massive snowstorm has wreaked havoc in the north-eastern US and left seven people dead in upstate New York. After sweeping across the Great Lakes, the storm dumped 5ft (1.5m) of snow in the Buffalo area, with more forecast. The storm caused seven deaths there - one in a car crash, one trapped in a...

Obama worried at state of Rohingyas

Obama worried at state of Rohingyas

The United States yesterday called for Myanmar to allow stateless Rohingya Muslims to become citizens, after President Barack Obama said he was "deeply concerned" about the marginalised group. Obama, who is in Myanmar's capital to attend the East Asia Summit, would push to ensure the "fundamental universal rights" of all those in the nation, a White House official said. The US president also met with Myanmar democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi after voicing alarm the Southeast Asian nation's much celebrated political reforms were backsliding. The meeting took place in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, as Obama took time out from a summit that had been meant to heap praise on the country's shift...

US, China announce historic climate deal

The United States and China yesterday announced ambitious targets on greenhouse gas emissions as part of a "historic" pact that climate scientists acclaimed but US Republicans denounced as a job-killer. At a Beijing summit, the leaders of the world's two biggest polluters put their stamp on attempts to breathe new life into action against global warming ahead of international talks in Paris next year. US President Barack Obama said the joint announcement on the two countries' emissions targets was a "historic...

Apec summit: China and Japan break ice

Apec summit: China and Japan break ice

After an awkward handshake, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held formal talks on Monday for the first time since the two leaders took office, a breakthrough in efforts to improve ties between the Asian rivals. Television footage showed Abe waiting for Xi to greet him at Beijing's Great Hall...

Bangladesh, US to work for stopping terror financing

Bangladesh, US to work for stopping terror financing

Bangladesh and the United States have agreed to continue cooperation in countering terrorist financing and violent extremism. As part of the globally recognised Financial Action Task Force (FATF) framework, in December, the US Embassy in Dhaka and the State Department will host a South Asia regional workshop in collaboration with the Bangladesh government to...

US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

US for fair war trial in Bangladesh

The United States has reiterated its support for trials to bringing to justice those who committed atrocities in the 1971 Liberation War but reminded that the trials should be fair and transparent maintaining the international standards.  “We understand the importance of this process in closing a painful chapter in Bangladesh’s… Bangladeshi history,” said Jen...

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