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World leaders hail move to normalise ties

World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that the United States and Cuba are moving to restore diplomatic relations and bury one of the last vestiges of the Cold War after more than 50 years of hostility. Celebrations broke out on the streets of Havana Wednesday as people living on a pittance per day in the communist-run island savoured the prospect of an end to the crippling US trade embargo and perhaps a brighter future. From China to Chile, plaudits rang out....

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the...

US, Iran hold new nuke talks in Geneva

Senior officials from the United States and Iran resumed talks yesterday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, a diplomatic source said, three weeks after world powers missed a deadline for reaching a deal. The two-day discussions in Geneva will be followed by a meeting on Wednesday involving the political directors of the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the European Union. "I can confirm that the talks have begun," the diplomatic source told AFP, without giving further...

Iraq appeals to US for more air power

Iraq yesterday appealed to visiting Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel for the United States to escalate its air war against the Islamic State group and to provide more powerful weapons. Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi made the request at the start of discussions with Hagel, who insisted the outcome of the war was up to the Iraqis themselves. Hagel flew into Iraq from Kuwait, where US Lieutenant General James Terry on Monday told reporters that members of the anti-ISIS coalition meeting last week...

Ties stronger with Dhaka

The United States has declined to comment on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks about the January 5 general election, but said bilateral relations between the two nations are broader and stronger than ever. At a press conference at the Gono Bhaban on Friday, Hasina said the US had made all-out efforts but failed to thwart the January 5 parliamentary election in Bangladesh. She also alleged that the World Bank cancelled its loan for the Padma Bridge project on Washington's instructions. Asked about...

Protest spreads in US

Protest spreads in US

Protest marches sprang up across the United States yesterday, and police battled to stifle another night of unrest in Ferguson, ground zero of America's latest racially-charged riots. Violence erupted in the St Louis, Missouri suburb for a second night, after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for...

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...

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