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Trump son-in-law to take senior White House role
AP, New York
President-elect Donald Trump appointed his influential son-in-law Jared Kushner as a White House senior adviser Monday, putting the young real estate executive in position to exert broad sway over both domestic and foreign policy, particularly Middle East issues and trade negotiations.
Trump has come to rely heavily on Kushner, who is married to the president-elect's daughter Ivanka. Since the election, the political novice has been one of the transition team's main liaisons to foreign governments, communicating with Israeli officials and meeting Sunday with Britain's foreign minister. He's also huddled with congressional leaders and helped interview Cabinet candidates.

Parliament begins debate on new Erdogan powers
AFP, Istanbul
Turkey's parliament on Monday began debating a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The new constitution, which is expected to be put to a referendum by the spring, would replace the basic law drawn up after Turkey's 1980 military coup.

New Cyprus peace talks begin
AFP, Geneva
Rival Cypriot leaders on Monday resumed UN-backed peace talks seen as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.
"We are now in the final moment. We are now really at the moment of truth," UN envoy Espen Barth Eide told reporters in Geneva.

Turkey renames street after slain Russian envoy
AP, Ankara
Turkey has renamed the street that serves the Russian Embassy after the ambassador who was killed in an attack in the Turkish capital.
Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek on Tuesday presented a framed copy of his municipality's decision to rename the street to the widow of Andrei Karlov. Municipality workers then replaced the street sign with one inscribed with Karlov's name.

Prof sacked after criticising Mao
Reuters, Beijing
A Chinese professor has been sacked after he criticized Chairman Mao Zedong on his 123rd birthday in an commentary he posted online that enraged leftists.
Mao, who died on Sept. 9, 1976, is still officially venerated by the ruling Communist Party as the founder of modern China and his face appears on every yuan banknote.

16 arrested over Paris robbery
AFP, Paris
French police arrested 16 people in raids Monday over the armed robbery of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris last year based on DNA found at the crime scene, police sources said.
Police swooped in the Paris region and the south of France following forensic work at the luxury Paris residence.

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John McEnroe (left) responds to a question while promoting the Laver Cup tennis tournament with Rod Laver (second from left), Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios Monday in Chicago.

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Self-belief is key to success: Ronaldo

AFP, Lisbon :Cristiano Ronaldo says the key to his staggering success is believing nobody is better than he is -- and he advised his Portuguese teammates to adopt the same attitude.The Real Madrid star made the comments as he accepted the Portuguese player of the year award in Lisbon."We should ...

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Sayali Bhagat reveals her Marathi Debut

Sayali Bhagat, the title holder of 'Femina Miss India World turned actress was last seen in 'Yaariyan' in 2014 is now enjoying motherhood and preparing for her next project simultaneously. She was recently seen at a book launch event of her dear friend, Sonia Golani at Marini queen exhibition at ...

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Amjad Hossain out of danger now

Entertainment Report :Amjad Hossain, a prominent Film director, actor, scriptwriter, the lyricist is known for making films like `Golapi Ekhon Trainey`, `Bhat De`, `Janmo Theke Jolchhi`, `Dui Poyshar Alta`, `Abar Tora Manush Ho`, `Nayanmoni`.So far, there are about 30 films of him, but there are numerous films made by his ...

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China ready to fight `bloody battle` to regain its rightful place in world: Xi

AFP, Beijing : President Xi Jinping delivered a blistering nationalist speech on Tuesday, warning against any attempts to split China and touting the country's readiness to fight "the bloody battle" to regain its rightful place in the world.Xi's address capped an annual session of the National People's Congress that paved the ...

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'Women are absolutely equal to men': Saudi Crown Prince

AP, Washington :Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said that women are "absolutely" equal to men as he is set to arrive in the United States on Monday during which he will meet President Donald Trump and tour a number of American cities.On Sunday, CBS News programme "60 ...

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Developing nation status without reaching benefits to common people meaningless

DESPITE Bangladesh's positive achievements towards becoming a developing nation soon growing inequality, unemployment, lack of good governance, high cost of borrowing and less trade facilities are still the major challenges that need to be overcome to achieve the developing nation's status. The nation requires sustained efforts to fight back these ...

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Former Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Dr. AK Azad Chowdhury, among others, at the inaugural ceremony of a programme on the debut of 'Green Environment Movement' on the premises of Public Library in the city on Tuesday.

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BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, among others, at a discussion on 'Recovering of Democracy, Rule of Law and Role for Holding Impartial Election' organised by Bangladesh Jatiya Dal at the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday.

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N. Korea `in talks to free US detainees` as diplomacy escalates

AFP :North Korea is in talks with the US and Sweden to release three jailed Americans, reports said, as diplomatic activities intensified ahead of Pyongyang's planned summits with Washington and Seoul.The release of the three Korean-Americans is under discussion through multiple channels more than a week after President Donald Trump ...

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Bangabandhu in satellite era

THE country's first ever-satellite -- Bangabandhu-1 is ready for launch and likely to be sent into orbit next month. It is a defining moment for the country to enter into the satellite era of our own; which will be ready for commercial use in three months after the final launch, ...

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Ronaldo scores 4 goals as Madrid beat Girona 6-3

AP, Madrid :Cristiano Ronaldo extended his impressive scoring run by scoring four goals in Real Madrid's 6-3 rout of Girona in the Spanish league on Sunday.Ronaldo scored once in the first half and three times in the second, reaching 21 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions. The ...

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Anushka tried something different for perfection!

These days all the actors try their best to be realistic and get into the skin of their character. From changing looks to mastering the art, they have tried everything. Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan who are shooting for their film Sui Dhaaga also doing the same. Anushka took to ...

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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressing his reaction over the verdict of the Supreme Court on the bail appeal of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia at the party central office in the city's Nayapalton on Monday.

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From left: Natalia Maliszewska of Poland; Choi Min-jeong of South Korea and Qu Chunyu of China hold up their medals following the women's 500 meters at the ISU world short-track speedskating championships in Montreal on Saturday.

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