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Iranian state television has shown images of what it says is an unmanned US drone captured in its airspace. The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle – one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans. Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the Fars news agency that the drone had conducted […]

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By Rory Cellan-Jones Huawei’s equipment and services have been sold to 140 countries Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has hit back at US politicians who labelled it a security threat. A senior executive told the BBC that Huawei should not be treated unfairly just because it was Chinese. In October the United States House Intelligence Committee […]

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BEIRUT, Dec 4 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) – NATO told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday that any use of chemical weapons in his fight against encroaching rebel forces would be met by an immediate international response. The warning from NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen came as Syrian forces bombarded rebel districts near Damascus in a sustained counter-attack […]

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Bangladesh and India on Tuesday agreed to sign an extradition treaty and a Revised Travel Agreement (RTA) in January next year. India is considering Bangladesh’s request for handing over Subrata Bain, one of the most wanted criminals in Bangladesh who was arrested in Kolkata last month after he escaped from a jail in Nepal, Joint […]

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Typhoon Bopha has caused power cuts, travel disruption and flooding More than 40,000 people have been moved into shelter as a powerful typhoon hits the southern Philippines. Typhoon Bopha made landfall on Mindanao early on Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and wind gusts of 210 km/h (130mph). The storm has caused widespread power cuts, travel disruption […]

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The Duchess of Cambridge is less than twelve weeks pregnant but is in hospital with acute morning sickness. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, married in April 2011 [Reuters] Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby. A spokesman said the duchess has been admitted to a London […]

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New Delhi, Dec 3 (bdnews24.com/Reuters)— The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India’s oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. India has sparred diplomatically with China in the past over its […]

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A camel grazes on a hill in what is called the E1 area overlooking the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem December 1. Photo: Reuters BBC Online Britain and France have both summoned Israeli ambassadors in protest at Israel’s decision to approve the construction of 3,000 new homes in the West Bank and East […]

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A 200-year-old letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte in which he vows to blow up the Kremlin has been sold at auction for 150,000 euros (£122,000). The letter, which dates from Napoleon’s ill-fated invasion of Russia, was bought by the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts in Paris. It is written in code and was sold alongside […]

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President of Palestinian Authority back home after successful bid for upgraded status at the UN. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has returned to the West Bank after his successful UN bid for upgraded status. Abbas told cheering crowds on Sunday: “Yes, now we have a state. Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement at the UN.” The crowds chanted […]

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Taliban militants fired rockets and detonated bombs outside a US base in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday and police said 12 bodies were found near the gate of the airfield. Local police officials said a dozen bodies in Afghan police and military uniforms were scattered around the entrance. A Taliban spokesman said […]

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Violence in Syria is “reaching new and appalling heights of brutality”, the UN secretary general has said, as fighting continued across the country. Syrian air force jets bombarded rebel targets on Friday close to the Damascus airport road. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Ban Ki-moon warned that refugee numbers could swell to 700,000 by […]

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