Thai protesters vow to annul election result

BANGKOK – Thai protesters vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections that were expected to prolong a national political crisis. Despite fears of violence, voting proceeded peacefully in 90 percent of polling stations Sunday. The protesters forced polling booths to close in […]

Read More

14 sentenced to death over Bangladesh’s biggest arms haul

DHAKA, Jan. 30 (NsNewsWire) — Fourteen including two former Bangladeshi ministers and an Indian separatist leader were awarded death penalty by a court in the southeastern port city of Chittagong on Thursday for arms smuggling. Judge SM Mojibur Rahman delivered the verdict over the country’ s largest-ever arms seizure about a decade ago, reports Xinhua. […]

Read More

Thai government says no delay in Sunday election

DHAKA, Jan. 29 (NsNewsWire) — Thailand’s government announced Tuesday it will go ahead with an election this weekend despite an opposition boycott, months of street protests and the likelihood of more violence in the country’s political crisis. Related Stories The government made the announcement after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra met with the Election Commission, which […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More