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China’s interest in building deep sea port in Bangladesh was solely on ‘business reason’ and ‘not for military use’, its ambassador in Dhaka said on Saturday, placating concerns from some quarters about the Asian power’s interest in the coveted infrastructure project. “We believe in Bangladesh’s economic development,” Li Jun said at a seminar, “We want […]

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Conservationists have expressed alarm over the low number of turtles arriving on the coast of east India and Bangladesh for the nesting season, blaming overfishing and climate change for the decline. Between November and March, several species of sea turtle, including the Olive Ridley, travel thousands of miles to nest on the sandy shores of […]

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A hidden explanation for Britain’s surprising job numbers: Bangladeshi and Pakistani women are finally surging into the labour market IN AN upstairs room at the Jagonari women’s centre in east London, six women in colourful headscarves grin as an instructor enunciates simple English phrases from a whiteboard. The women are mostly new immigrants from Bangladesh, […]

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By Ross Colvin NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations and India vowed on Thursday to step up cooperation on maritime security, a move that comes amid tension with China in the potentially oil- and gas-rich South China Sea. In a vision statement agreed at a summit in New Delhi, India and the 10-member Association […]

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US President Barack Obama is to nominate John Kerry to be his next secretary of state, US media report. Mr Kerry would replace Hillary Clinton at the head of the state department, the media quoted senior administration officials as saying. Mr Kerry ran as Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 and is chairman of the Senate […]

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Supporters of South Korea’s presidential candidate Park Geun-Hye react as they celebrate victory outside the party’s office in Seoul yesterday. Left, Park Geun-Hye South Korea elected its first female president yesterday, handing a slim but historic victory to conservative ruling party candidate Park Geun-Hye, daughter of the country’s former military ruler. As leader of Asia’s […]

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Narendra Modi won a fourth successive term as the chief minister of Gujarat on Thursday, a victory that could launch the prime ministerial ambitions of one of the country’s most popular but controversial leaders. Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 115 of the state legislative assembly’s 182 seats against 61 for the Congress […]

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US president appoints panel, led by his vice-president, to draft a list of “concrete proposals” to curb gun violence. The killing of 26 people at a Connecticut primary school has sparked a debate about gun control in the US [AFP]   US President Barack Obama has asked a team led by Vice President Joe Biden […]

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Six women working to vaccinate children against disease are killed in co-ordinated attacks in Karachi and Peshawar. At least 35 children have been infected with the crippling disease, all but wiped out elsewhere, this year [EPA]   Gunmen in Pakistan have shot dead six health workers associated with an anti-polio campaign in a string of attacks. […]

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The Indian government is planning a new travel agreement with Bangladesh, enabling citizens of both the countries to avail of visa on arrival. This new travel agreement is likely to be signed in January, 2013, when Indian home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will be visiting Dhaka to sign a number of other pacts with his […]

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Donna Soto, right, mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher who was shot and killed while protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, hugs her daughter Karly, second from right, while mourning their loss with Victoria’s other two siblings at a candlelight vigil at Stratford High School in Stratford, Connecticut on Friday.Photo: AFPNew York […]

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Can China sustain?

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Villages disappear as millions migrate to expanding Chinese boomtowns, food security after a few decades to become big hurdle The skyline of Qingdao. One of the rapidly growing economic hub, Qingdao of Shandong Province hosts the third biggest port in China. Also one of the most planned and livable cities in China, Qingdao provides jobs […]

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