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Reuters : The mounting death toll from Israel’s military offensive on the Gaza Strip is a concrete, daily reality for Ibrahim Ahmed: instead of building houses as he did before the war, he digs graves. Displaced from his home, like most of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million, Ahmed spends his days at Tal Al-Sultan cemetery in the Rafah area, preparing rows of graves in the sandy terrain and marking them with cement blocks for lack of gravestones. “As a human...
Reuters : President Vladimir Putin told Western countries on Thursday they risked provoking a nuclear war if they sent troops to fight in Ukraine, warning that Moscow had the weapons to strike targets in the West. The war in Ukraine has triggered the worst crisis in Moscow’s relations with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Putin has previously spoken of the dangers of a direct confrontation between NATO and Russia, but his nuclear warning on Thursday was one...
Reuters : After surviving on bitter loaves made from animal feed instead of proper flour, three young brothers who fled their home in Gaza City for a tent further south were tucking into a tub of halawa, a sweet crumbly paste. Seraj Shehada, 8, and his brothers Ismail, 9, and Saad, 11, said they had run away in secret to take refuge with their aunt in her tent in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, because there was nothing to eat in...
AP : More than two-thirds of the UN Security Council’s members demanded Monday that the Taliban rescind all policies and decrees oppressing and discriminating against women and girls, including banning girls education above the sixth grade and women’s right to work and move freely. A statement by 11 of the 15 council members condemned the Taliban’s repression of women and girls since they took power in August 2021, and again insisted on their equal participation in public, political, economic, cultural...
AFP : New Zealand will repeal on Tuesday a world-first law banning tobacco sales for future generations, the government said, even while researchers and campaigners warned of the risk that...
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Reuters : Farmers in India’s northern Punjab state demanding higher prices for their crops from the national government are relying on young students to ensure the agitation’s momentum does not fizzle out. Eighteen-year-old Simranjeet Singh Mathada is one of thousands of college students who have been waking up at 3 am for almost two weeks to help cook meals at community kitchens, fill tankers with potable water and load tractor trailers with supplies before heading to the protest site some...
BBC Online : Volodymyr Zelensky says 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed during Russia’s full-scale invasion. The Ukrainian president said he would not give the number of wounded as that would help Russian military planning. Typically, Ukrainian officials do not make casualty figures public, and other estimates are much higher. It comes after the defence minister said half of all Western aid for Ukraine has been delayed, costing lives and territory. Mr Zelensky said on Sunday that he was providing...
Reuters : Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday he was resigning to allow for the formation of a broad consensus among Palestinians about political arrangements following Israel’s war against the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. The move comes amid growing US pressure on President Mahmoud Abbas to shake up the Palestinian Authority as international efforts have intensified to stop the fighting in Gaza and begin work on a political structure to govern the enclave after the war. His...
Business Report : Country’s both the bourses– Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) – on Thursday plunged due to mainly price fall in large-cap securities. The benchmark index DSEX settled 14.09 points down at 6,254.54. Two other indices also ended lower with the DSE 30 Index, comprising blue chips, plunged 5.82 points to finish at 2,126.80 and the DSE Shariah Index (DSES) lost 3.84 points to close at 1,359.82. Turnover, a crucial indicator of the market, increased...
Economic Reporter : Three board of directors of three listed company of stock market has decided to declare the dividend for their shareholders. The companies are Eastland Insurance, Unilever Consumer Care and IDLC Finance Limited, according to DSE sources. Among the companies, the board meeting of Eastland Insurance will be held on March 7 at 4 pm, Unilever Consumer Care on March 9 at 3:30 pm and IDLC Finance on March 10 at 3:30 pm....
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Al Jazeera : As Pakistan grapples with the aftermath of controversial elections, political chaos is threatening to cloud its $3bn deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which analysts say is key to the country’s economic stability. On Thursday, the global lender said Pakistan’s interim government had “maintained” economic stability. The IMF’s communications chief, Julie Kozack, said the interim government had managed to achieve fiscal targets while also “protecting” the social safety net. “We look forward to working with the...