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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...

US mulling 'combat role'

US mulling 'combat role'

The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisors into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said yesterday. Military leaders warned of a further escalation in their battle against the jihadists just as two branches of the rival al-Qaeda group called for a united...

US hopes training local forces will work -- this time

The United States has often struggled to turn rag-tag foreign forces into professional armies, but President Barack Obama is gambling that this time the training effort will succeed in Iraq and Syria. Eager to avoid sending US combat troops to fight against Islamic State jihadists, Obama is touting a renewed effort to bolster Iraqi government forces and "moderate" opposition fighters in Syria with weapons and advice from seasoned American officers. But there are doubts in Western capitals that Washington can ensure...

Man inserts microchip into hand to use iPhone

Man inserts microchip into hand to use iPhone

A Brisbane man is living the life of the future after having a microchip implanted under his skin so he can control electronic devices with just a wave of a hand, reports the Daily Mail Online. Ben Slater had a radio-frequency identification microchip - which has similar measurements to a grain of rice -...

The end of the road for the trucker?

The end of the road for the trucker?

Driving a lorry or a truck across the country is not easy. In the United States, by law truckers have to take a break after 11 consecutive hours. In Britain, the maximum driving time is nine hours per day. But imagine a world where trucks drive through the night without ever stopping. There is...

US planes strike ISIS in Iraq

US planes strike ISIS in Iraq

The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shia town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorised the new military action, broadening US operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat...

Mosque suicide bomber kills 13 in Baghdad

Mosque suicide bomber kills 13 in Baghdad

Shortly after Iraq’s new prime minister-designate called for national unity at his first official news conference on Monday, a man wearing an explosive vest detonated himself inside a Shiite mosque here, killing 13 people and underscoring the great challenges the country’s leaders face in trying to hold the country together, reports The New...

US cannot lecture on human rights

The United States must sort out its own human rights abuses before lecturing others, Amnesty International has said, referring to the crackdown on the Ferguson demonstrations - sentiments astonishingly shared by Iran, Egypt and China. The campaigners have criticised the over-militarised response to protests that erupted after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police on 9 August. Fierce clashes between residents and officers resulted in the deployment of the National Guard yesterday, while this past week has...

Investors pin growth hopes on US as Ukraine crisis casts shadow on Europe

Investors pin growth hopes on US as Ukraine crisis casts shadow on Europe

With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors will be looking to the United States and China to underpin the global economy. Wednesday's US gross domestic product (GDP) reading and jobs data on Friday will help markets to judge the strength of the economy's rebound and the likely speed...

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