China threatens US military superiority: official

DHAKA, Jan. 29 (NsNewsWire) — China poses an increasing challenge to the US military’s technological edge while budget pressures are hampering Washington’s effort to stay ahead, a senior defense official warned on Tuesday. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, told lawmakers that when it comes to “technological superiority, the Department of Defense is being […]

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Thai Tourism Hurt as Protests Dent Lunar New Year Trips: Economy

Thai anti-government protests that have shut down parts of Bangkok may cost the nation’s tourism industry as Chinese visitors cancel trips during the lunar new year holiday that starts this week. Arrivals will fall by half to 1 million this month, Minister of Tourism and Sports Somsak Phurisisak said Jan. 23, with some hotels in […]

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Deal to buy ferry from Bangladesh irks Kiwi boat builders

DHAKA, Jan. 14 (NsNewsWire) — The New Zealand government has defended its decision to award an $8 million ferry contract to a Bangladesh company rather than a local boat builder as the ‘best value for money’ option. Economic development minister Steven Joyce told The New Zealand Herald the difference between the New Zealand tenders and […]

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New cabinet members join office

DHAKA, Jan. 13 (NsNewsWire) — A number ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s new cabinet Monday joined office. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed her new cabinet taking the oath of office Sunday for the second consecutive term after last week’s controversial parliament polls. Sheikh Hasina, eldest daughter of Bangladesh’s […]

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Smuggled sperm brings baby joy to Gaza prisoner’s family

(Reuters) – The wife of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail gave birth on Friday to a boy born from sperm smuggled into Gaza, her family said, the first successful pregnancy of its kind in the embattled coastal enclave. The procedure follows several similar cases last year in the West Bank, and Palestinians view […]

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U.S. Senate passes resolution for “political dialogue in Bangladesh”

Washington D.C., Jan. 10 (NsNewsWire) — A resolution expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate regarding the “critical need for political dialogue in Bangladesh”, and for other purposes has been passed recently. The first session of the 113th Congress on Jan. 7 in a regular business meeting at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. passed […]

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Indian diplomat indicted in United States on her way home

New York (CNN) — Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat at the heart of a dispute that has strained ties between New Delhi and Washington, is on her way back to India from the United States, officials said. American authorities’ arrest and strip-search of Khobragade, the former Indian deputy consul general in New York, set off […]

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Bangladesh: Elections Further Tainted by Arbitrary Arrests

New York, Jan. 9 (NsNewsWire)– Bangladesh authorities should immediately end arbitrary arrests of opposition party members and others, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Arrests have continued even after the ruling Awami League party and its allies won the largely uncontested elections held on January 5, 2014. The United States, European Union, and others refused to […]

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