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Diplomats for de-escalating political conflict

Diplomats for de-escalating political conflict

A group of foreign diplomats including US and EU ambassadors has emphasised on the de-escalation of political conflict for the sake of human rights and democracy in Bangladesh. Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Greg Wilcock made the comment while briefing journalists on behalf of the envoys after their meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia...

German MPs back Greek loan extension

German MPs back Greek loan extension

The German parliament has voted to extend financial aid to Greece by another four months. The extension - approved by creditors last week in exchange for a series of Greek government reforms - needs to be ratified by eurozone members. Some MPs had expressed doubts about the deal and there is substantial public scepticism but...

Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Kerry denies split between US and Europe on Russia policy

Secretary of State John Kerry denied on Sunday that a split has emerged between Washington and Europe over how to handle Russia, after leading US senators sharply criticized Germany and other countries who oppose sending arms to the Ukraine military. "Let me assure everybody there is no division, there is no split – I...

Four-way Ukraine summit planned

Four-way Ukraine summit planned

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France aim to meet in Belarus's capital Minsk on Wednesday to discuss a peace plan for eastern Ukraine. It comes after leaders of the four countries discussed the ongoing conflict by telephone today. Over 5,300 people have been killed by fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia rebels since...

Leaders upbeat on Ukraine talks

Leaders upbeat on Ukraine talks

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany have held "constructive and substantive" talks on ending the conflict in Ukraine, BBC quotes the diplomats. Russian President Vladimir Putin, France's Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met for more than four hours in Moscow. Hollande and Merkel had brought with them a peace proposal details on...

Ganging up on the Germans

The common currency Euro is in a bit of a mess. Ever since the austerity measures were introduced, southern European nations in the European Union (EU) have had to swallow the bitter pill of 'austerity.' Social benefits took a hit and thousands lost their jobs. Unfortunately, such bleak measures have not worked out too well for countries like Greece, one of the countries that are hammering for debt cancellation. Germany, the strongest economy in the Union is now under...

Euro, stocks slip as Greece set to reject austerity

Euro, stocks slip as Greece set to reject austerity

The euro skidded to an 11-year low and stock prices fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. The euro fell to an 11-year low of $1.1098 on the vote outcome before...

New terror strike feared in Europe

There could be as many as 20 sleeper cells of between 120 and 180 people ready to strike in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, a Western intelligence source has told CNN. The source told CNN national correspondent Deborah Feyerick that European Union and Middle East intelligence agencies had identified an "imminent threat" to Belgium, and possibly also to the Netherlands. The warning comes against the backdrop of the deadly attacks in Paris last week and anti-terror raids in Belgium on...

Rival German rallies over Islam

Rival German rallies over Islam

Supporters and opponents of a group campaigning against what it sees as the "Islamisation" of Europe have held rival rallies across Germany. There have been weekly protests by the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) since October. A record 18,000 people turned out on Monday at one rally in Dresden. But counter demonstrations...

PM inaugurates Dhaka Int’l Trade Fair

PM inaugurates Dhaka Int’l Trade Fair

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told businessmen to increase productivity to survive in the competitive world of today while opening the Dhaka International Trade Fair. She urged them to make more quality, standard and attractive products. She formally inaugurated the month-long annual mega-event Dhaka International Trade Fair-2015 this morning, which is aimed to showcase Bangladeshi products...

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