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June 17, 2012 What Rio Can Do By THOMAS LOVEJOY Twenty years after the largest gathering of heads of state in history at the 1992 Earth Summit, the world’s nations are returning to Rio de Janeiro to negotiate further progress toward sustainable development. The 80-page draft text that the delegates will be discussing addresses a […]

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The United States has voiced concern over the reports that Bangladesh was turning back Rohingyas fleeing the ethnic violence in Myanmar and urged the government to allow the refugees in. “We’re concerned that Bangladeshi authorities appear to have intercepted and turned back persons fleeing the ethnic and religious violence in Burma,” State Department Spokeswoman Victoria […]

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Inside the online education juggernaut’s mission to make their free lessons available in more than a dozen languages. Khan Academy, one of the world’s most popular educational sites, has a problem. People around the world want to learn online. However, the majority of world Internet users aren’t fluent English speakers. For Khan Academy, the answer […]

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  DHAKA — Bangladesh refused on Thursday to open its border to Rohingya Muslims fleeing communal violence in neighbouring Myanmar despite pressure from the United States and rights groups.

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Inertia on climate change and flawed economic path also cited as once popular president sees approval decline – Common Dreams staff President Obama is still vastly more popular internationally than his predecessor, George W. Bush, but after three and a half years of his presidency world opinion of US policy has fallen sharply, according to […]

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More than 300 garment factories were shut as readymade garment workers flew into a rage and clashed with police in Ashulia for third straight day on Wednesday, injuring over 100 people including 10 law enforcers. Our correspondent reports that over 3,000 law enforcers deployed in the area have finally managed to bring the situation under […]

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By: The Daily Star Diplomatic Correspondent Dhaka has decided not to allow any refugee from Myanmar and directed the administration and law enforcement agencies to beef up vigilance and resist intrusion. On the other hand, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a briefing yesterday urged the Bangladesh government to allow the people […]

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Thousands in and outside Dhaka suffered badly due to unavailability of transport yesterday. To obstruct people of other districts from joining a BNP-led 18-party alliance rally in the capital, the administration and ruling party men directed transport owners to suspend the operation of vehicles. Services of Dhaka-bound launches remained suspended since Sunday evening till yesterday […]

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Leaders of Bangladesh AbasanShilpa Rakkha Committee (Bangladesh Housing Industry Protection Committee), aforum of real estate companies and backward linkage organisations, havedemanded the cancellation of the ‘secret deal’ with Indian housing companySahara group to build four satellite towns in the outskirts of the capitalcity, Dhaka. The Bangladesh Abasan ShilpaRakkha Committee (BASRC) leaders also urged the government […]

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YANGON, Burma (AP) – Burma’s president on Sunday night declared a state of emergency in a western state where sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims have unleashed deadly violence. He warned that if the situation spun out of control, it could jeopardize the democratic reforms he has been instituting since taking office last year. It […]

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The prices of all kinds of small and medium sized vehicles such as car, microbus and SUV will go up as supplementary duties have been increased in the proposed budget, said vehicle importers. They said 45 percent supplementary duty has been imposed on up to 1,500cc engine capacity cars. At the same time, the prices […]

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Depending upon your definition, and whether or not you count Taiwan, there are “approximately” 196 countries in the world as of this writing. So while you may consider yourself to be a knowledgeable global citizen, and we’re sure you are, given the dynamic and complex nature of our planet there are certain to be at […]

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