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Senate approves new sanctions for Iran energy, shipping

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate resoundingly approved on Friday expanded sanctions on global trade with Iran’s energy and shipping sectors, its latest effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. Share this:

US demands Iran release hunger-striking human rights lawyer

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday demanded that Iran free jailed human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, who it said has been on hunger strike for more than six weeks, and sharply criticized Iranian authorities for their treatment of the 49-year-old prize-winning lawyer. Share this:

Tunisian leader fears that clashes could spread

TUNIS: The army moved into a southwestern Tunisian town, an official and witnesses said Friday, the fourth day of protests that have injured more than 300 people. Share this:

Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through

CAIRO: Tens of thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader’s newly expanded powers. Share this:

Palestine wins UN ‘birth certificate’

New York, Nov 30: The 193-nation UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue “birth certificate.” Share this:

Spinners do it for the Tigers

KHULNA, Nov 30: Bangladesh spinners cajoled the West Indies to snatch a stunning seven-wicket victory in the first ODI at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on Friday. Sohag Gazi, who marked his ODI debut with yet another remarkable performance, was the pick of the bowlers with four for 29, best bowling performance by any debutant [...]

Zillur, Hasina, Khaleda greet cricketers

DHAKA, Nov 30:  President Mohammad Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia congratulated the Bangladesh cricket team for winning the first one-day international (ODI) at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna on Friday. Share this:

WB expert panel arrives again today

DHAKA, NOV 30: A three-member panel of experts from the World Bank is arriving in Dhaka on Saturday to review the probe of the Anti-Corruption Commission into the alleged conspiracy of corruption over US$2.9 billion Padma Multipurpose Bridge project. Share this:

20 girders of Bahaddarhat flyover still pose risk

CHITTAGONG, Nov 30: At least 20 girders of the under-construction Bahaddarhat Flyover can collapse anytime, while one or two more are in a precarious state. The flyover has become a virtual death trap for commuters and those who walk under it. Residents of Chittagong South, Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban have been avoiding the route since [...]