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Vietnam condo fire kills at least 13, injures 27

A fire at a condominium complex in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City early Friday morning killed at least 13 people and injured another 27, police said. State media said most people died of suffocation or jumping from high floors. It’s unclear whether anyone was missing, said the city fire and police department, declining to give more details. “We were sleeping ...

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PM attends LDC graduation party at BNS

A colourful cultural event buttressed by a spectacular laser show and fireworks was held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium to celebrate  Bangladesh’s graduation from the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) as designated by the UN. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her sister Sheikh Rehana, Rehana’s son Radwan Mujib Siddiq (Bobby), along with a cross-section of politicians, public officials and intelligentsia ...

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Bangladesh celebrates LDC graduation eligibility

The government on Thursday launched a five-day programme to celebrate Bangladesh’s eligibility for graduation from the group of least developed countries (LDCs) to a developing one. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially opened the programmes at a function at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city in the evening. As part of the programmes, the Economic Relations Division accorded a reception to ...

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UK passports ‘to be made in France after Brexit’

The new UK passport to be issued after Brexit will be made in France, according to the current British manufacturer. The burgundy passport, in use since 1988, will revert to its original blue and gold colour from October 2019. The boss of UK supplier De La Rue told the BBC Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto had won the £490m contract. The Home ...

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Conference on “Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and the Bangladeshi Diaspora” at UN Geneva on 22 March

Geneva, March 15: A Conference titled on “Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and the Bangladeshi Diaspora” and its impact and policy options to defend secularism & democracy will be held on the 22 March 2018 at The Palais des Nations, UN, Geneva. The organisers of the conference said that the key objective of the Geneva conference is to uphold secularism to counter violent terrorism ...

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Mayor John Biggs invests in new books and protects Idea Stores and Libraries

Mayor John Biggs visited Whitechapel Idea Store this week following his recent budget being approved, which protected and invested in the borough’s Idea Stores and Libraries. The Town Hall’s budget has been cut by £138m since 2010 and the Council needs to make £58m savings from 2017-18 to 2019-20 as a result of further cuts and increasing demand. While some ...

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United in protecting the Right to Vote in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council today set out the plans in place to deliver a free and fair election in the borough on May 3, as it welcomed government minister Chloe Smith, MP, to the town hall. The Minister for the Constitution attended a partnership event with representatives of Crimestoppers and the Electoral Commission to raise awareness of their new campaign. The ‘Your ...

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Ten women of three faiths visit Dunkirk refugees for Sadaqa Day.

We thought you might be interested to hear about a trip to Dunkirk to visit refugees on 18 March 2018, organised by Sadaqa Day, the day of social action in the Muslim community. Ten women of three faiths banded together, including Catriona Robertson, director of the Christian Muslim Forum, Michaela Youngson, Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church, Julie ...

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Theresa May warns EU of ‘pattern of Russian aggression’

Theresa May said she would tell her fellow EU leaders that “the Russia threat” did not respect borders, as she arrived for a summit in Brussels. The UK PM said the nerve agent attack in Salisbury was “part of a pattern of Russian aggression against Europe”. She will stress the UK’s commitment to European security, after it leaves the bloc ...

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Jeremy Corbyn launches Labour’s local election bid

Doc1 Voters should use the local elections to tell the government “enough is enough” and that they want a change in direction, Jeremy Corbyn says. Launching Labour’s campaign for the May polls in English authorities, he highlighted increases of almost 6% in council tax bills across the country. He accused Conservatives of demanding voters “pay more for less”. Theresa May ...

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