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US, Iraq draw up ground attack plan against ISIS

US, Iraq draw up ground attack plan against ISIS

The United States and Iraq are drawing up a campaign plan for offensive operations by Iraqi ground forces to gradually reclaim towns and cities that have been occupied by ISIS, according to a senior US official. The report came as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights yesterday said US-led air strikes in Syria have...

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria Ebola-free

Nigeria was declared free of the deadly Ebola virus yesterday after a determined doctor and thousands of officials and volunteers helped end an outbreak still ravaging other parts of West Africa and threatening the United States and Spain. Caught unawares when a diplomat arrived with the disease from Liberia, authorities were alerted by Doctor Ameyo Adadevoh, who kept him in her hospital despite protests from him and his government, and later herself died from the disease. They then set about trying to contain it in an overcrowded city of 21 million where it could easily have turned a doomsday scenario if about 300 people who had been in direct or indirect...

Monica Lewinsky: I was in love with Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky: I was in love with Bill Clinton

Monica Lewinsky has said she "fell in love" with Bill Clinton during a tearful speech describing the pain of being made into a figure of global humiliation. In her first ever public address, the 41-year-old said she wanted "to give purpose to my past" by campaigning against a toxic internet culture that relentlessly hounds individuals in the news. She described herself as "the first person to have [had] their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the internet" and spoke about her part in the affair that nearly ended Clinton's presidency. "I fell in love with my boss...

Dhaka urges GSP reinstatement

Dhaka urges GSP reinstatement

Bangladesh has requested the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to take a considerate view in the next GSP (generalised system of preferences) review for the reinstatment of the status. Mohammad Ziauddin, the newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States, came up with the request when he was making a courtesy call on USTR...

COMMENTS ON HAJJ

Latif will pay the price, not govt: Hasina

Latif will pay the price, not govt: Hasina

Terming the comments made by Latif Siddique on Hajj and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) inconsiderate, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said it was Latif Siddique who would pay the price, not her government. “It is not the government or the country, but Latif Siddique is in trouble for his inconsiderate remarks, which hurt the...

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country. In an interview, he said Western air power had "filled many gaps" in Iraq's fight against the jihadist group. Iraqi PM Abadi tells BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes...

Demand for fresh polls internal issue

In a major policy shift, the United States has described the demand for political dialogue to hold a fresh election in Bangladesh as an "internal issue" that needs to be solved by political parties. "I think that [fresh election] is an internal issue which the political parties of Bangladesh and the people of Bangladesh will need to resolve… they'll resolve that at some point," said US Ambassador Dan Mozena at a diplomatic talk in the capital yesterday. Mozena called for fresh...

Modi opts for new fashion for US visit

Modi opts for new fashion for US visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pulling out all the fashion stops for his upcoming visit to the United States, hiring a top Mumbai designer to create outfits that will sell his vision of a newly confident, aspirational India. India's politicians are often mocked by media for their crumpled traditional cotton shirt-and-pyjama attire, which serves as an austerity badge in a nation where simple living is prized as a political credo. But fashion experts say Modi, 64, has taken Indian political dress to a new level with his fastidious style, favouring crisp, half-sleeved linen, khadi or silk kurtas -- shirts -- and churidar pyjamas he pairs with tailored Nehru jackets. "He's selling...

Joining UNGA

PM leaves for US tonight

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for the United States tonight to attend the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA). An Emirates flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage is scheduled to take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:30pm. The flight is expected to reach John F Kennedy International Airport in New York at 8:25am (local time) on Monday. According to govt sources, Hasina is leading a nearly 200-member delegation to the UNGA this year, the biggest entourage since...

PM flies to NY to attend UNGA

PM flies to NY to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for the United States tonight to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly with a 185-member delegation, the biggest entourage in the history of Bangladesh. She is scheduled to address the UN session on September 27. The premier will highlight international peace and security, democracy and good governance, empowerment...

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