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UK weighs response to Iran crisis with few good options

Britain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded and seized a ship three days ago. Prime minister Theresa May’s office said she would chair a meeting of Britain’s COBR emergency response committee on Monday ...

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Media Brief on envoys’ conference in London

  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked the Bangladesh envoys in European countries to pursue the political and economic diplomacy together in the interest of country’s economic development. “We need to focus more on economic issues besides political diplomacy so the ongoing development in Bangladesh will continue,” the prime minister said while speaking as the Chief Guest at the Envoys’ ...

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British Airways, Lufthansa suspend Cairo flights

Photo: British Airways planes parked at Heathrow Airport in London. London, Jul 21 : British Airways and Lufthansa both said Saturday they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security. The British carrier said it was canceling flights to the Egyptian capital for a week. The German airline said normal operations would resume Sunday. Both ...

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Sheikh Hasina to join envoys’ conference in London today

  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend a conference of Bangladesh envoys in Europe, the first of its kind, in the  capital of London today. “The prime minister will join the conference at a hotel in  today,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said. 15 Bangladesh ambassadors, high commissioners and permanent representatives posted in different countries of Europe will attend the ...

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Iran’s seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Photo: In this May 5, 2019 photo issued by Karatzas Images, showing the British oil tanker Stena Impero at unknown location, which is believed to have been captured by Iran. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced on their website Friday July 19, 2019, it has seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the latest provocation in a strategic waterway ...

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No-deal Brexit could cause £30bn economic hit, watchdog says

Public borrowing could double next year if there is a no-deal Brexit, the country’s spending watchdog says. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said borrowing would be almost £60bn if the UK leaves without a deal – up from £29.3bn if it does get a deal. The watchdog said this scenario was based on assumptions that a no-deal Brexit would ...

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Queen sends message to World Cup finalists

Photo: Queen Elizabeth II. London, July 15 : Buckingham Palace released a statement from Queen Elizabeth II after the final. “Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England men’s cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final. “I also extend my commiserations to the runners-up New Zealand, who competed so admirably in today’s ...

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Stokes brings World Cup home

Lord’s, July 14 : After dramatic twists and turns, England beat New Zealand in the final at the cricket’s spiritual home- Lord’s – on Sunday to win their maiden ICC World Cup. After the match was tied, it went to the Super Over. However, the Super Over was also tied as both England and New Zealand scored identical 15 runs. ...

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3 Bangladeshis to attend media summit in UK

Nafisa Hasan, Azmin Azran & Aanila Tarannum (from the left). Dhaka, July 14 : Three Bangladeshi promising young professionals — two journalists and communication officer — have secured places at Future News Worldwide (FNW), a global forum for the next generation media. The international media summit will be held at the Thompson Reuters Headquarters in London from July 15-17. Aanila ...

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Hammond says UK can’t control no-deal Brexit

London, July 14 : Philip Hammond has warned the UK will not be able to control key elements of a no-deal Brexit. The chancellor told BBC Panorama that if the UK leaves without a deal, then the EU will control many of the levers – including what happens at the French port of Calais. Ex Brexit Secretary David Davis told the programme ...

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