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Trump, sworn in as US president, promises to put ‘America First’

International Desk Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States today, succeeding Barack Obama and telling a bitterly divided country he will pursue “America First” policies at home and abroad. As scattered protests erupted elsewhere in Washington, Trump raised his right hand and put his left on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln and repeated ... Read More »

Protesters make their mark on Trump’s inauguration

International Desk Calling out Donald Trump on climate change, race, his treatment of women and more, protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president demonstrated in the early hours of Inauguration Day, intent on making their mark as Trump prepared to take office. Spirited demonstrations unfolded at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police in riot gear ... Read More »

Trump inauguration ceremonies begin

International Desk Donald Trump began the ceremonial events leading up to his swearing-in later on Friday as the 45th president of the United States, as black-clad activists smashed windows in downtown Washington to protest his inauguration. Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, will take the oath of office at midday (1700 GMT) outside the domed US Capitol, with US ... Read More »

Abbas warns of counter action Demanding a neutral Election Commission (EC) for the next general election, BNP leader Mirza Abbas has warned of a counter action if the government fails to meet the demand. He also threatened to wage tougher movement to enforce the government to hold a free, fair and acceptable election. The BNP leader said this in a programme at the party’s ... Read More »

Scotland will vote for independence in two years

International Desk Scotland will vote to become independent within two years due to the hardline position being taken by British Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit, former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said on Friday. Scotland rejected independence in 2014 by 55 to 45 percent, but current Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has said Scots are now more likely to want ... Read More »

Trump ready to take oath, tight security in Washington

International Desk Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years. It will cap an unlikely and historic rise for a ... Read More »

East Timor banned from Asian Cup

Sports Desk East Timor has been banned from the Asian Cup in 2023 and fined $76,000 for fielding several Brazilian-born footballers with fake documents, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday. The AFC and FIFA investigated the eligibility of a number of East Timor footballers after the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifier playoff round matches last year. The ... Read More »

After N’ganj verdict, BD should disband RAB: HRW           New- York based Human Rights Watch has called on the Bangladesh authorities to take immediate steps to disband Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and replace it with a rights-respecting force. In an article written by its South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly released on Friday on its websites, the rights watchdog read, “For years, Bangladesh’s Rapid Action ... Read More »

No headway in Tonu murder probe in 10 months

Though 10 months have elapsed since the murder of Victoria College student Sohagi Jahan Tonu, there is no visible progress in the investigation into the grisly murder case, reports UNB  The investigation agencies could neither identify the motive behind the killing nor the killers yet. Seeing no progress in the investigation, Tonu’s family members and relatives are getting more frustrated ... Read More »

US-China trade war: 5 key questions

AFP . Beijing             As Donald Trump prepares to take office as the 45th president of the United States Friday, Beijing will be watching closely amid fears a trade war could break out between the world’s top two economies. Trump has repeatedly blasted China’s trade policies and threatened to slap huge tariffs of up to ... Read More »