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Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

The growing disparity in incomes and access to social opportunities in Asia-Pacific developing countries, including Bangladesh, not only threatens social stability but is also a key constraint to the region’s economic dynamism, according to Survey 2014. Latest data from about 40 countries in the region show that the poorest 20 percent of the population...

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast, 6 dead

Gaza bomb disposal team hit by blast, 6 dead

Six people were killed in the Gaza Strip when an Israeli missile exploded amid attempts to dismantle it. The dead included two journalists - an Italian and a Palestinian - and a number of bomb disposal officers. The incident happened in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip It comes hours...

New three-day Gaza ceasefire holds

New three-day Gaza ceasefire holds

A fresh three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and Palestinian faction Hamas in Gaza was holding on Monday. The agreement, which began at midnight (21:00 GMT Sunday), came after days of intense mediation by Egypt. If the truce continues to hold, Israel will send negotiators to Cairo on Monday for talks on a longer-term deal. Truce must...

US, UN condemn new Gaza violence

US, UN condemn new Gaza violence

The US and UN have condemned the resumption of attacks between Gaza and Israel on Friday, urging both sides to cease hostilities. Israel renewed strikes on Gaza soon after a three-day truce expired, saying it was in response to rocket fire by Hamas, which controls Gaza. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the parties should...

Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity

Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity

Three and a half decades after the genocidal rule of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge ended, a UN-backed tribunal on Thursday sentenced two top leaders of the former regime to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the country's 1970s terror period that left close to 2 million people dead. The historic verdicts were announced...

Editorial

Innocent blood spills on unchecked

UN reports say that at least 296 Palestinian children and adolescents have been killed since Israel's recent military operation began in the Gaza Strip. Even though casualty statistics have a penchant for devolving human lives into mere numbers, this is a chilling testament to the inhumanity displayed by the Israeli army and their complete disregard towards humanist values that the rest of the world holds deeply. At this point, a statement condemning their act will no longer suffice. We...

Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking 7hr Gaza truce

Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking 7hr Gaza truce

A seven-hour truce under which Israel would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip went into force on Monday and Palestinians immediately accused Israel of breaking the ceasefire by bombing a house in Gaza City. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said 15 people were wounded in the strike on a house...

GAZA CONFLICT

Israel 'to destroy Gaza tunnels’

Israel 'to destroy Gaza tunnels’

Israel will not stop its operation in Gaza until the tunnels constructed by Hamas have been destroyed, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said. Speaking ahead of a cabinet meeting, he said Israel was determined to destroy the tunnels - used to attack troops and towns - "with or without a ceasefire". Earlier Israel called up 16,000...

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

Downing of MH17 'may be war crime' :UN

The downing of Malaysia Airlines jet MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", the UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. Ukraine and Western governments believe pro-Russian rebels shot down MH17, using a Russia-supplied missile system. Moscow and the rebels have blamed Ukrainian forces for the plane crash. All 298 people on board -...

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

Solution must come from AL, BNP: UN official

UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Neal Walker today said leaders of the two main political parties -- Awami League and BNP -- can agree on conditions that would create way for free and fair elections, asserting that no outsiders can do it. “My view is that the solution must come from Bangladesh, mainly from two political leaders. This really depends on the will of both sides… there’re no outsiders and the UN never pretended to do that,” Walker said. He said it is important to say that “solution to democratic evolution in Bangladesh can only be formulated and implemented by Bangladeshis.” Asked if the UN, after being failed in its first mission...

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