Wednesday, 24 Apr, 2024


Japan mayor offers Fukushima kids home in his town

DHAKA: A generation ago, Dr Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe.Today, as mayor of a central Japanese city, he’s trying to avoid a repeat of his own history.Beginning in April, parents living in the shadow of

EU to open new area of membership talks with Turkey

DHAKA: European Union governments agreed on Tuesday to hold a new round of accession talks with Turkey on November 5 after Germany dropped its opposition voiced after Ankara’s crackdown on anti-government protests earlier this year.The launch of a new ‘chapter’ of negotiations with

Oman to represent Iran’s Canada interests

DHAKA: Oman will look after Iranian affairs in Canada after diplomatic relations were suspended last year, Iran said on Tuesday, part of efforts by Tehran to improve ties with the West under president Hassan Rouhani.Canada closed its embassy in Tehran and expelled Iranian diplomats in

Spain orders Eta convict’s release after European ruling

DHAKA: Spanish judges have ordered the release of a convicted Basque militant, after the European Court of Human Rights ruled against her continued detention.Ines del Rio, of the separatist group Eta, has been serving a 30-year sentence for bomb attacks in the 1980s.The High Court backed

Amnesty criticises US drone strikes in Pakistan

DHAKA: Amnesty International called on the US to investigate reports of civilians killed and wounded by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan in a report released on Tuesday that provided new details about the alleged victims of the attacks, including a 68-year-old grandmother hit while farming

‘China, Russia agree to oil supply deal’

DHAKA: Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow has signed an US$85 billion deal to supply oil to China.Medvedev said in an online discussion with Chinese Internet users that Russia’s biggest oil producer, Rosneft, would supply 70 million barrels of crude a year for 10

Italy urges EU summit to adopt immigrant action plan

DHAKA: Italian prime minister Enrico Letta on Tuesday urged an EU summit this week to adopt an action plan to deal with the ‘immigration emergency’ after two shipwrecks that killed over 400 people.Europe ‘cannot sit there and watch’ these tragedies, Letta told the Italian

US govt shutdown hurt Republicans’ image

DHAKA: The recent shutdown of the US government has taken a stinging toll on the image of the Republican Party, according to a poll published on Tuesday.The Washington Post-ABC News survey showed the public’s opinion of the party has sunk to an all-time low, with nearly two-thirds

Kerry voices doubts on Iran role

DHAKA: US state secretary John Kerry said it was hard to see how Iran could play a constructive role in planned peace talks in Geneva without backing plans for a transitional government in Syria.Speaking in Paris after talks with Qatari foreign minister Khaled al-Attiyah, Kerry said Iran

‘No date set for Geneva 2 peace conference’

DHAKA: Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said there was no date set for a long-delayed international conference aimed at ending the country`s civil war.‘There is no date so far ... And current factors do not help in holding it,’ Assad told Al Mayadeen television, reports The Jerusalem

London to host key opposition talks

DHAKA: Arab and Western foreign ministers are to meet Syrian opposition officials in London in an effort to persuade them to attend planned peace talks.A key group in Syria`s main opposition alliance is threatening to boycott the talks, expected next month in Geneva.The Syrian National

US drone strikes killed Pakistani civilians

DHAKA: US drone strikes killed a Pakistani grandmother and 18 civilian labourers last year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, shedding new light on a major source of tension in US-Pakistani relations.Islamabad publicly opposes drone attacks, saying they kill too many civilians in

Bo Xilai`s appeal decision on Friday

DHAKA: A Chinese court said it will announce its verdict on an appeal filed by fallen politician Bo Xilai on Friday. Bo who is a former member of the Communist Party`s political bureau was recently given life imprisonment for corruption and embezzlement.Bo has challenged the verdict

Jonglei militia kills dozens in South Sudan

DHAKA: Some 78 people have been killed and scores wounded in an attack on villages in South Sudan`s Jonglei state, the local MP has told the BBC.The attackers were believed to be members of David Yau Yau`s rebel group, said MP Deng Dau.Jonglei is badly affected by ethnic rivalries and

US spied on 70 mln French calls in 30-d

DHAKA: American spies secretly listened in to 70.3 million private phone calls in France over less than one month, it emerged today.The astonishing figure gives an indication of just how easy it is for the US to monitor people’s activities across Europe and has caused outrage in

New Jersey holds first gay marriages

DHAKA: New Jersey`s first-ever same-sex marriages were celebrated Monday with cheers and laughter as a flurry of excited, beaming couples married minutes after midnight.Republican Governor Chris Christie, who had appealed against the judicial decision to allow the weddings, later that

Japan extends Fukushima clean-up deadline to 2017

DHAKA: Plans to decontaminate six towns and villages close to Japan`s Fukushima nuclear plant have to be delayed by up to three more years, officials say.The clean-up of the exclusion zone around the crippled plant was initially due to be completed by next March.More than 90,000 people

NATO to advise Libya on strengthening security forces

DHAKA: NATO agreed on Monday to a Libyan request to advise it on strengthening its security forces, lending support to a country where powerful militias have stoked fears of a slide into anarchy.Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan asked NATO for technical advice and help with training in May

Gulf states, Egypt back Saudi rejection of UN seat

DHAKA: Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Arab allies and Egypt have applauded its decision to reject a UN Security Council seat in protest at the world body’s failure to act on Syria, whose leader is backed by Russia and Shia Iran.Saudi Arabia turned down a coveted two-year term on the council on

Suu Kyi urges world to pressure Myanmar leaders

DHAKA: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country`s government to complete its reform process.The Nobel peace laureate told a small group of journalists that the country’s democratic future as well as an