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New Japan emperor's era to be announced April 1
AP, Tokyo
Japan's prime minister confirmed in his New Year's news conference that the era name for the new emperor's reign will be disclosed April 1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that 2019 will mark pivotal times for Japan, repeatedly referring to Emperor Akihito's stepping down.
Akihito has chosen to buck tradition and abdicate while he is alive, citing frail health. His son becomes emperor May 1. Era names are important as they are needed to determine what year it is in the traditional Japanese calendar.

Sudan protests biggest threat yet to Bashir
AFP, Paris
Deadly protests that have grown across Sudan in recent weeks are the biggest threat to President Omar al-Bashir's iron-fisted rule since he swept to power in a 1989 coup, analysts said. Clashes have killed at least 19 people since demonstrations began two weeks ago, initially in protest against bread prices tripling but rapidly evolving into anti-government rallies.
Human rights group Amnesty International has put the death toll at 37 and UN chief Antonio Guterres has called for an investigation.

Fragmentation helps Netanyahu re-election hopes
AP, Jerusalem
Barring a devastating legal ruling against him in a series of corruption allegations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to be cruising toward re-election and a historic fifth term in office after the upcoming April 9 vote.
Part of his longevity is due to Israel's splintered electoral system, which allows him to rule with just a quarter of the vote for his ruling Likud Party. The first week of the election campaign has already seen a dizzying series of maneuvers, with old parties splitting and new ones emerging, most seeming to work in Netanyahu's favor.

Gasoline tanker fire closes Australian highway
AP, Sydney
Australian firefighters took hours to extinguish flames after a gasoline tanker caught fire on Friday, cutting traffic on a busy highway and forcing evacuations of nearby homes.
The tanker carrying 36,000 liters (9,500 gallons) of gasoline erupted in flames mid-morning after the driver pulled over on the Princes Highway west of the east coast city of Wollongong, a police statement said.

Two toddlers, infant dead in Texas shooting
Reuters, Texas
Police found two toddlers and an infant shot dead and a woman wounded with a gunshot to her head, at an apartment in a suburb of Houston, Texas, late on Thursday, officials said.
A "person of interest" has surrendered to authorities, and was being held by the Texas City Police Department on unrelated warrants. But he was not named as a suspect in the shootings.
The children are believed to be aged 5 and 2, as well as an infant, police said in a statement.

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Check mob beating


IN the last six months, 36 people were killed by mobs. In the last five days, eight, including two women, were killed and at least 30 others were injured. Shockingly, many of the victims were intellectually challenged. Mob attacks on people labelling victims "child kidnappers" continue unabated despite several directives ...

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Tokyo 2020 comes too early for karate kid's Olympic dream


AFP, Nagaoka :Sweat pours off Mahiro Takano as the 13-year-old karate black belt trades blows with a grown man almost twice her size, finishing with a blood-curdling roar, then a dainty bow.The petite schoolgirl is used to punching above her weight - since taking up karate in kindergarten she has ...

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Pope urges concrete measures to protect Syrian civilians


AP, Vatican City :Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his "profound concern" for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians in Idlib province.The Vatican said Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of Francis' top advisers, hand-delivered the letter to Assad during a ...

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Trump praises Pakistan's role in ‘progress’ on Afghan peace


President Donald Trump on Monday hailed Pakistan's help in advancing peace talks in Afghanistan, a marked shift in tone as the United States seeks an accord with the Taliban to end almost 18 years of war.Speaking from the Oval Office alongside Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump also warned he ...

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Abdul Aziz, Additional Managing Director of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd and Naimul Huda, General Manager of Finance & Accounts of Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd, exchanging an agreement signing document at bank's corporate office in the city on Tuesday. Bank's Managing Director M Shahidul Islam, Deputy Managing Directors M Akther Hossain, Mian Quamrul Hasan Chowdhury and Imtiaz U Ahmed, among others, were present. Under the deal, all employee of the company can open their bank account in the bank without keeping any initial deposit and will enjoy other Banking facilities.


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Jacqueline opens up about launching her Youtube channel


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Sonia disappearing from media


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Stand beside flood-hit people


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Lowry weathers storm to win British Open and first major


Ireland's Shane Lowry withstood howling wind and rain to win his first major at the British Open by six shots from Tommy Fleetwood on Sunday, describing the achievement as "an out-of-body experience".In desperately difficult conditions, Lowry's one-over par final round was still more than enough as he finished on 15-under ...

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UK leadership favourite Johnson hits more turmoil on last voting day


AFP :Britain's leadership contest entered its finale Monday with the favourite Boris Johnson facing more defections from ministers over his Brexit plan.The month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being decided by fewer than 200,000 grassroots members of the governing Conservative Party.The winner will ...

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Zelensky party heads for absolute majority in Ukraine


AFP :Ukraine's comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky is set to control an absolute majority in parliament, ushering in a generational shift in the ex-Soviet country's political arena.The 41-year-old became Ukraine's youngest ever post-Soviet leader when he took office two months ago and has promised to stamp out corruption and end a separatist ...

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presenting National Fisheries Award to Mostofa Al Rajib, Upazila Fisheries Officer, Betagi , Barguna for the latter's contribution in Fisheries Sector at a ceremony held recently in the auditorium of Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh in the city on the occasion of National Fisheries Week.


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Taking law in own hand is an ominous sign


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