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Deforestation in Bangladesh puts Rohingya refugees at risk: UNDP

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  World  /  Comments Off on Deforestation in Bangladesh puts Rohingya refugees at risk: UNDP

Author: SHEHAB SUMONSun, 2018-01-21 03:00ID: 1516476681075596600DHAKA: Camps housing more than a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are facing “great risk” of a landslide, according to a recent UN Development Programme (UNDP) report. The Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment report suggests that the recent influx of Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar has had a hugely negative impact […]

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Two dead, several hurt in Prague hotel fire

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Author: ReutersSat, 2018-01-20 21:57ID: 1516475008175372000PRAGUE: Two people died and nine were injured in a fire at a hotel in the center of Prague on Saturday night, fire and rescue officials said. The fire occurred at Eurostars David Hotel, a block away from the Vltava River and near the Czech capital’s National Theatre. Of those hurt, five people […]

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Comoros says abuse of passports-for-cash scheme worries Gulf allies

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Author: REUTERSSat, 2018-01-20 21:49ID: 1516475190715400000MORONI: Comoros has sold citizenship to nearly 52,000 foreigners since 2009, the government said in the first official statement on the scale of a passports-for-cash deal with Gulf states. Most of the documents had been sold under an approved scheme but there had been abuses that led to some Iranians buying passports, which […]

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Merkel welcomes EU-Turkey meeting to improve ties

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Author: ReutersSat, 2018-01-20 20:44ID: 1516470488564873400SOFIA: Germany’s Angela Merkel welcomed on Saturday a Bulgarian plan to host a European Union-Turkey working meeting to try to improve strained ties and clear the ground for an eventual possible summit. Bulgaria, which currently holds the EU presidency, is preparing a meeting between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker, […]

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Blaze at firecracker factory outside Indian capital kills 17

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Author: APSat, 2018-01-20 03:00ID: 1516468820134733100NEW DELHI: A massive fire broke out at a firecracker factory on the northern outskirts of the Indian capital on Saturday, killing at least 17 workers, a fire official said. The official K.C. Gupta said a dozen fire engines took three hours to douse the fire in the Bawana industrial area of New […]

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Liberia’s Weah seeks to reassure ahead of inauguration

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  World  /  Comments Off on Liberia’s Weah seeks to reassure ahead of inauguration

Author: AFPSat, 2018-01-20 17:46ID: 1516459645313534200MONROVIA: Incoming Liberian president George Weah on Saturday sought to dispel accusations he is ill-prepared to take the reins of his fragile west African country, and said his priority would be maintaining peace. Former international footballer Weah played a friendly match against the Liberian Armed Forces side, fronting his All Stars team of […]

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Gunmen attack Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, take hostages

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Author: REUTERSKABUL: A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging fire with security forces as the building caught fire and residents and staff fled. Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab, who managed to escape unhurt, said the attackers had managed to […]

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McDonald to succeed Adams as Sinn Fein leader in striking shift

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Author: REUTERSSat, 2018-01-20 15:06ID: 1516465411534381900BELFAST: Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party said on Saturday, completing a generational shift for the Irish nationalist party as it bids to enter government on both sides of the Irish border. Adams, a pivotal figure in the political life of Ireland for almost 50 years, […]

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After tax, banks up the pressure on bitcoin exchanges, accounts getting blocked

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Science & Technology  /  Comments Off on After tax, banks up the pressure on bitcoin exchanges, accounts getting blocked

The State Bank of India, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank apparently have suspended accounts of bitcoin exchanges over suspicion of dubious transactions. Three people with info on the issue, spoke to Economic Times, confirming that banks sought additional collateral from promoters of exchanges on borrowing and capped cash withdrawals from the few operational […]

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You can soon surf internet mid-air, Trai gives approval for in-flight Wi-Fi

By   /  January 20, 2018  /  Science & Technology  /  Comments Off on You can soon surf internet mid-air, Trai gives approval for in-flight Wi-Fi

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday gave green signal to access mobile and internet services on-board flight.The authority recommended allowing mobile and internet services through both satellite and terrestrial network.In its recommendation, the authority said, internet and mobile communication on Aircraft service should be permitted as in-flight connectivity in the […]

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