** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

Billie Jean King headed to Olympics closing

16 February 2014 AFP, Washington

Openly gay tennis legend Billie Jean King will attend the Winter Olympics' closing ceremony on February 23 as part of the US delegation following the death of her mother.
King, 70, had withdrawn from the US party for the opening ceremony in the Russian coastal resort city of Sochi in order to care for her ailing mother, Betty Moffitt, in the United States.
However, the White House named King on Friday in an updated five-member delegation that will represent the United States at the closing ceremony. It will be led by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.  King's inclusion follows reports of her mother's death in Prescott, Arizona on February 7 at the age of 91.  The decision for King to attend the opening ceremony as a member of the US delegation chosen by the White House raised eyebrows when it was announced amid ongoing controversy over Russia's anti- gay laws.
The former multi-Grand Slam-winning champion has long championed equality for gays and lesbians.
This year's Winter Games are the first Olympics since 2000 in which the US delegation has not featured a US president, vice- president or first lady.  It comes against a backdrop of strained relations between Russia and the United States on various foreign policy issues, including Syria and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

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