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Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia gets five-year jail term

Bangladesh’s ex-premier and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia was on Thursday sentenced to five years in jail in a corruption case. Zia, 72, was sentenced by the Special Court-5 in Dhaka in connection with embezzlement of 21 million takas ($252,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. In …

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Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint into a street that was only open to government workers. It happened near the old interior ministry …

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US shutdown to end as Senate strikes deal

The US government partial shutdown is set to end after Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would support the bill if Republicans addressed a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation. Democrats refused to vote for the bill unless they …

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US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass budget

The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget, the BBC reported today. Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the Bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes. It is the first shutdown ever to …

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UN urges US to withdraw

UN General Assembly decisively backed resolution effectively calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, foreign media said.

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