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Bangladesh court convicts British reporter of contempt DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Tuesday ruled that an award-winning British journalist was guilty of contempt for questioning the official death toll of three million in the country's 1971 independence war.The judges said a 2011 blog post by David Bergman had "hurt the feelings of the nation" and ordered him to pay a fine of 5,000 taka ($65) or go to prison for seven days.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

China's Xi strikes conciliatory note, broadens diplomatic focus BEIJING: China's President Xi Jinping ratcheted down Beijing's heated rhetoric and called on the government to expand its foreign policy agenda through cooperation and diplomacy.China should "promote peaceful resolution of differences and disputes between countries through dialogue and consultation, and oppose the wilful use of threat of force," Xi said in a major policy address this weekend, according to a report by the official Xinhua News Agency late on Saturday."We have advocated the building of ...
Modi vows to halt illegal immigrants from Bangladesh NEW DELHI: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stepped up his rhetoric against illegal immigration from Bangladesh, vowing to halt the unauthorised flow of citizens from the neighbouring country into the northeastern state of Assam.At election rallies before he became prime minister in May, the Hindu nationalist leader repeatedly called for tighter border controls and warned illegal immigrants from Bangladesh to have their "bags packed".The calls prompted a strong reaction from Bangladesh, and its ...
Kabul police chief quits after attack that group says killed 3 staff KABUL: The police chief of Afghanistan's capital quit on Sunday, his spokesman said, following a third deadly Taliban attack in 10 days on foreign guest houses in Kabul.Also on Sunday, the charity whose guest house was targeted in the latest attack said three of its aid workers were killed by insurgents who used guns and explosives. Earlier, Kabul police said one foreigner and other Afghan died.The statement on the website of the U.S.-based Partnership in ...
30 years on, fight for justice still rages in Bhopal BHOPAL: Nearly deaf and riddled with cancer and ulcers, 90-year-old Rampyari Bai insists she will never give up fighting for justice for victims of the world's worst industrial disaster."I will fight until my very last breath, even if I have to crawl on the ground," says Bai at her home in Bhopal, the site of a catastrophic leak at a chemical plant on December 2, 1984.Bai was living just outside the Union Carbide factory when ...
15 killed, 14 hurt in attack in China's Xinjiang: Xinhua SHANGHAI: Fifteen people were killed and fourteen wounded in an attack in China's restive region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, citing a statement from local authorities.Eleven of those killed were described as "mobsters" who drove into a street of food stalls, threw explosive devices and stabbed people in the incident on Friday in Shache County, state-owned Xinjiang news website Tianshan News said.It said detonation devices, large knives and axes were ...
India sees $15.6bn hit on state lenders from coal verdict NEW DELHI: An Indian Supreme Court order scrapping most coal extraction permits given to companies would have a likely impact of 964.84 billion rupees ($15.6 billion) on state-run lenders, the junior finance minister told parliament on Friday.The government had deduced the impact of the cancellation of the so-called coal block allotments on banks due to likely stoppage of power production, Jayant Sinha said in a written reply to a lawmaker question on bad loans for ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
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