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Hong Kong ‘umbrella movement’: nine convicted over protests

Fresh alarm about civil rights in region after verdict against 2014 democracy campaigners WT24 Desk Nine pro-democracy campaigners have been convicted over their leadership of “umbrella movement” rallies in Hong Kong in 2014, in a controversial verdict that has prompted renewed alarm about the city’s political freedom, The Guardian reports. Protest leaders including the sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, the law ...

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Congress-NCP needs more than arithmetic to better its standing

The Congress-NCP have contested all general and assembly elections in Maharashtra together since 2004, except the October 2014 assembly election. WT24 Desk The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Shiv Sena won 41 out of the 48 seats in Maharashtra in the 2014 elections. Notwithstanding a lot of tension since, including contesting the 2014 assembly elections separately, the two ...

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BNP starts hunger strike

Seeks Khaleda’s release WT24 Desk BNP on Sunday started a six-hour token hunger strike in the capital demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and her proper treatment, Agencies report. The programme began at the auditorium of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh at 10:30am. Leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies joined the programme amid tight security. The ...

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‘Will consider Khaleda’s parole if she applies’

Decision on seeking parole later, says Fakhrul WT24 Desk The government will consider releasing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on parole if she files an application and cites specific reasons, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Saturday, Agencies report. “We haven’t received any request for parole so far,” he told reporters after inaugurating a naval police station at Chikajani in Dewanganj upazila. ...

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Father son in polls fray

Kamal Nath and son from Chhindwara; five more in Odisha WT24 Desk The Congress on Thursday announced that Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath will be contesting from Chhindwara assembly constituency and his son Nakul Nath from Lok Sabha constituency with the same name, The Hindustan Times reports. Kamal Nath, who is chief of the state Congress, did not contest ...

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Salvini aims to forge far-right alliance ahead of European elections

Italian deputy PM holding gathering of far-right parties including Germany’s AfD next week as he seeks to create bloc of populists WT24 Desk Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of its far-right League party, will host a gathering of European far-right parties in Milan next week aimed at building an alliance before elections in May, The Guardian reports. ...

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Black, gay woman elected Chicago mayor in historic vote

Lori Lightfoot, a 56-year-old former federal prosecutor and practicing lawyer who has never before held elected office, won the Midwestern city’s mayoral race in a lopsided victory. WT24 Desk Chicago on Tuesday became the biggest US city to elect a black woman its mayor, as voters put their faith in an openly-gay political novice to tackle difficult problems of economic ...

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Gono Forum’s Mokabbir sworn in as MP

Oath taking goes against party decision, says party GS WT24 Desk Gono Forum’s another MP-elect Mokabbir Khan (Sylhet-2) took oath as a member of the 11th Parliament on Thursday, violating his party decision, Agencies report. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the swearing-in around 12:15pm at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban. Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury and Whips Iqbalur Rahim, Mahbub Ara ...

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Pompeo hopes for new N.Korea summit in ‘coming months’

WT24 Desk WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hope that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump will meet again “in the coming months” and make significant headway on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear program, AFP reports. In an interview broadcast Monday, the top US diplomat cautioned it wasdifficult to know the timing of a third ...

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Launch united movement to ‘restore’ democracy

Dr Kamal at JOF meeting on 49th Independence Day WT24 Desk Stating that an impossible thing can be made possible through unity, Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Sunday urged people to launch a united movement to ‘restore’ democracy in the country, Agencies report. “It’s mentioned in the Constitution, signed by Bangabandhu, that the country will be ruled by ...

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