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File photo of Sudip Dutta Bhaumik and Santanu Bhaumik Collected Santanu Bhaumik was killed on September 21, 2017 while covering an agitation while Sudip Dutta Bhaumik was killed on November 20, 2017 at the office of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) headquarters India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) agreed to probe the murders of journalists Santanu Bhaumik […]

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Myanmar immigration officers are seen at empty Nga Khu Ra transit camp for Rohingya refugees at Maungdaw in Rakhine state of Myanmar.— AFP photo The transit camp in Myanmar’s Rakhine state stands ready to welcome back 150 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh every day. But on most days it lies completely empty, as members of the […]

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Satellite tender 3: Family links raise further questions The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole process started with serious irregularities in the tender process that resulted in […]

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Rohingya Muslims wait to cross the border to Bangladesh, in a temporary camp outside Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar November 12, 2017. Reuters The European Union imposed sanctions on seven senior military officials from Myanmar on Monday, including the general in charge of an operation accused of driving more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee […]

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Malaysian-Saudi relations: A lesson in the pitfalls of authoritarianism and autocracy By James M. Dorsey Embattled former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was the main loser in last month’s election upset that returned Mahathir Mohamad to power as his country’s anti-corruption crusader. Yet, Mr. Razak is not the only one who may be paying the […]

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Indonesian Muslim leader signals global shifts in meetings with Pence and Netanyahu   By James M. Dorsey Yahya Staquf, a diminutive, soft-spoken leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim movement, and Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s advisor on religious affairs, has held a series of meetings in recent weeks that reflect the Muslim world’s shifting […]

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Trump backs down, orders end to family separations at US border President Donald Trump signs an executive order to keep families together at the border, but says that the ‘zero-tolerance’ prosecution policy will continue, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Standing behind Trump are […]

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Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns pope Individuals are also tempted to destroy by spreading scandalous news, Pope Francis said during Mass Pope Francis leads Mass for the meeting of the missionaries of mercy in St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on April 10. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP) Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service  Vatican […]

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Bangladeshi-born British diplomat Anwar Choudhury was recalled to London from his Cayman Islands governorship on Wednesday.  The diplomat’s family is still staying in the Caymans, one of Britain’s 14 overseas territories. Anwar Choudhury, the first Bangladeshi-born British diplomat, was appointed as the Cayman Islands governor on 26 March. The British government has said several allegations […]

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South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week’s Singapore summit, echoing US President Donald Trump’s upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim issued a joint statement after their historic meeting that reaffirmed the North’s commitment to […]

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Opinion Kim and Trump Launch Nuke Talks in Reverse By John McLaughlin Why you should care Has America’s greatest showman outdone himself or just stuck his foot in it? What’s your basic take on the summit? President Trump is taking a huge gamble, politically and substantively. On the substantive side, he is betting on handshakes, […]

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Abijeet Nath, left, and Nilotpal Das, right, stopped to ask for directions when a mob attacked them. — BBC photo Indian police have arrested 16 people after two men became the latest victims of hysteria over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers. The men had stopped to ask directions in north-eastern Assam state when they were […]

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