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UN appeals for record $22.5 b in global aid for 2018
AFP, Geneva
The United Nations appealed Friday for a record $22.5 billion (18.9 billion euros) to provide aid in 2018 to soaring numbers of people slammed by conflicts and disasters around the world.
The global appeal by UN agencies and other humanitarian organisations aims to raise funds to help the some 91 million most vulnerable of the nearly 136 million people expected to need aid across 26 countries next year.
The number of people in need of international assistance worldwide has thus risen more than five percent from last year's estimate.

Ex-US Marine gets life for murder, rape
AP, Tokyo
A Japanese court on Friday convicted a U.S. military contractor of murder and rape charges in the death of an Okinawa woman and sentenced him to life in prison.
The Naha District Court also found Kenneth Shinzato, a former Marine, guilty of abandoning the victim's body, court officials said. The 20-year-old woman was found in the forest in May, three weeks after she disappeared while taking a walk.

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli settler
AFP, Nablus
An Israeli settler shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Thursday after a group of Israelis was targeted by Palestinian stone-throwers, officials said. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the Palestinian was killed after being shot by an Israeli settler. It named him as Mohammed Zaal, 45, from the village of Qusra near where the shooting took place. The Israeli army said the settler opened fire after the group was targeted with stones near Qusra in the northern West Bank.

Quake hits southeast Iran, destroys homes
Reuters, Ankara
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck southeastern Iran on Friday, injuring at least 42 people and destroying several homes in an area where most people live in villages of mud-walled homes. State media said no deaths had been reported.
Rescue workers, special teams with sniffer dogs and units of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Basij militia forces were sent to the quake-hit areas in Kerman province, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said.

10 killed in fire in north China port city
AP, Beijing
Ten people died and five were injured in a fire early Friday in a northern Chinese port city where scores were killed in an explosion two years ago.
The fire department in Tianjin said the blaze broke out at 4 a.m. in a mixed residential-office building and was extinguished in less than three hours. It said the cause was unknown but that one individual is being held as part of the investigation. The official Xinhua News Agency said materials used for interior decoration are believed to have contributed to the blaze.

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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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Usain Bolt to attend C’wealth Games as a spectator

Sprint legend Usain Bolt will attend next month's Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast to watch the 100-metres final, former Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake has revealed. Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August's World Championships in London, has been busy preparing for a tilt at football and has ...

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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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Rakhinization to put the last nail to Rohingyas fate

MEDIA reports on Saturday said the Myanmar government has started a Rakhinization programme in areas mostly cleared by its Rohingya Muslim residents. It appears they have started the rehabilitation programme with Buddhist Rakhine migrants, picking from the poor segment of the  population from around 600 km in the south or ...

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Shriya Saran ties the knot with her Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev

Actor Shriya Saran who was recently seen in the Telugu film Gayatri opposite Vishnu Manchu is said to have tied the knot with her long-time Russian boyfriend Andrei Koscheev. According to a report in Mid-Day, a source was quoted as saying, "It was a private affair with only family members ...

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Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command organised a press conference protesting recent remarks on freedom fighters and creating anarchy in the name of movement demanding cancellation of quota system at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday.

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No news on Trump-Kim summit as N Korea wrap-up Sweden talks

AFP, Stockholm :North Korean officials wrapped up a third day of talks Saturday with Swedish counterparts with no indication their efforts had cleared the way for a mooted nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.From Washington on Friday, Trump had called his South Korean ...

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Give highest priority to flight safety

AFTER the US-Bangla plane crash, the Prime Minister has instructed the Civil Aviation Authorities to give highest priority to flight safety and maintenance of planes. No doubt, it is a timely instruction. Though it is still unclear why the plane was crashed, the survivors said the aircraft was shuddering few ...

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Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, MP, speaking at the prize-giving ceremony of the Annual Sports Competition of Dokkhin Khailkure Language High School in Gazipur City recently.


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BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed speaking at a discussion organised by Nagorik Adhikar Andolon Forum at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday with a call to stop conspiracy against lengthy of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's imprisonment.


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Surbhi to play heroine in `Kanithan` Telugu remake?

Noted Telugu and Tamil actress Surbhi is likely to be part of Tollywood star, Nikhil's upcoming Tollywood movie, as per latest updates. The makers are in talks to rope in the actor for the movie, added reports. The much awaited film is a Telugu remake blockbuster Telugu movie, Kanithan. The ...

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