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Trump pledges ‘great’ Mideast peace deal

US President Donald Trump has said he will work very hard to deliver “really a great peace deal” between Israel and the Palestinians. After his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Trump told his visitor both sides would have to make compromises. He also asked Mr Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements for a little bit”. Mr ...

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Woman arrested over Kim Jong-un’s half-brother killing

Malaysian police probing the killing of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader arrested a woman Wednesday as they tried to unravel a Cold War-style assassination the South said was carried out by Pyongyang’s agents. As Seoul pointed the finger at poison-wielding female spies from North of their shared border, police in Kuala Lumpur said they were holding a woman with ...

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CEC Huda promises firm, uncompromising stance for fair polls

After taking oath as the 12th chief election commissioner of Bangladesh, KM Nurul Huda has exhumed optimism about gaining the confidence of all the political parties by working impartially. Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha administered the swearing-in of Huda and the four other election commissioners at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge on Wednesday. The four new election commissioners are former ...

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Dr Yunus behind graft allegation in Padma Bridge project: Minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday blamed Dr Muhammad Yunus for the graft allegation in the Padma Bridge project. While speaking at a ‘Meet-the-Press’ programme at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the city, he also said the World Bank had asked them to arrest former Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain and take him on remand over the graft allegation. The ...

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PM for declaring March 25 as Mass Killing Day

Mentioning that March 25 is certainly a mass killing day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday underscored the need for pursuing different international organisations to get its international recognition. “I think we’ll have to take initiatives in this regard. We can adopt a proposal in Parliament to make March 25 the mass killing day. We can also provide information and ...

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New £5 note: Bank to keep note despite animal fat content

The new £5 note will not be withdrawn, despite concerns that it contains traces of animal fat, the Bank of England says. The Bank said it had concluded it would be “appropriate” to keep the £5 polymer note in circulation. It will also issue the £10 polymer note as planned in September, it added. Vegans and some religious groups had ...

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Tata Steel: Union workers back new pension plan

Thousands of Tata steelworkers have overwhelmingly backed a deal on the future of their pensions. They were asked whether they would accept moving from a final salary pension to a less generous scheme. Members of three unions at sites in Wales, Scotland, South Yorkshire and Teesside all supported the new proposals. Tata’s offer included a £1bn investment commitment at Port Talbot ...

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UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals, figures show

The vast majority of employment growth was driven by non-UK nationals in the final three months of 2016 compared with a year earlier, the latest official figures on the labour market revealed. Of the 303,000 more people in work between October and December compared with a year earlier, 233,000 were non-UK nationals, taking the total to 3.48 million according to ...

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UK fishermen may not win ‘waters back’ after Brexit, EU memo reveals

The hopes of British fishermen that the UK can win its “waters back” after Brexit are expected to be dashed by the European parliament, despite the campaign promises of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, a leaked EU document reveals. MEPs have drafted seven provisions to be included in Britain’s “exit agreement”, including the stipulation that there will be “no increase to the ...

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2 Sylhet councillors suspended

The Local Government Ministry has temporarily suspended two councilors of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC). The gazette in this regard reached at SCC on Tuesday afternoon. The suspended councilors are Farhad Chowdhury Shamim and Dinar Khan Hasu, councilors of ward no. 6 and 19 respectively. Enamul Habib, chief executive officer of SCC, confirmed the news. However, he could not tell why ...

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