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Catalan separatists agree deal to re-elect Puigdemont

AP, Madrid

 Catalonia's main separatist parties said Wednesday they have agreed to re-elect fugitive Carles Puigdemont as president of the region later this month, although how to make that legally possible is still up in the air.
Puigdemont, who has been in Brussels since he was sacked in October over an attempt to secede from Spain, faces immediate arrest if he returns home.

Two Reuters reporters due in court in Myanmar

Reuters, Yangon

Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar are due to appear in court on Wednesday, when prosecutors could request that charges be filed against them over an accusation they broke the country's Official Secrets Act.
Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in the western state of Rakhine, where - according to U.N. estimates - about 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from a fierce military crackdown on militants.

Turkey, US relations may deteriorate

Reuters, Istanbul

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that relations with the United States were harmed by Washington's refusal to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen and its provision of arms to the Kurdish militant YPG.
Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency, Cavusoglu said that ties between the NATO allies could be harmed further if Washington does not correct its mistakes.

Heavy snowfall  in Swiss Alps

AFP, Zermatt, Switzerland

Heavy snowfall has cut off many villages and resorts across the Alps, trapping some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, officials said on Tuesday.
Helicopters spent two hours airlifting some of those stranded to nearby villages, while others remained stuck in the resort for a second day running after snow blocked road and rail links.

Indian capital on alert of Swine Flu

Xinhua, New delhi

 The local government in Indian capital Delhi has issued an advisory with regard to prevention of seasonal influenza swine flu, officials said Wednesday.
In its advisory, the government said swine flu is also a type of seasonal influenza and is a self- limiting viral disease.
As per advisory publicised through state media in case of mild fever with sore throat with or without body ache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, the patient neither requires oseltamivir nor testing.

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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

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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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Britain points at Putin in poisoning attack as gulf widens

AP, Moscow :The gulf between Russia and Britain widened on Friday as they cranked up pressure over a nerve agent attack and a suspected murder in Britain that have deepened Western worries about alleged Russian meddling abroad.Britain's foreign secretary accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the poisoning of ...

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We mourn Hawking's death, his vacuum will not filled so soon

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Parineeti was forced to take a massage!

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Shakib Al Hasan (left) celebrates the dismissal of Danushka Gunathilaka during their second Twenty20 cricket match in Nidahas Trophy in Colombo on Friday.


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BNP Chairperson's Adviser Advocate Khondkar Mahbub Hossain, among others, at a roundtable on 'Release of Begum Khaleda Zia and Next Parliament Election' organised by Bangladesh Unmukta Ganotantrik Parishad at the Jatiya Press Club on Friday.


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Abe`s support falls to 39 pc amid scandal doubts

Reuters, Tokyo :Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support has fallen 9.4 points to 39.3 percent, a survey by Jiji news agency showed, as suspicion swirls over a suspected cover-up linked to cronyism, Abe's worst crisis since taking office.Abe and Finance Minister, Taro Aso, 77, have been under fire since the ...

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