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Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as SL Prez

WT24 Desk Former defense official Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president and appealed to the minority Tamil and Muslim communities who voted against him to rally around him, Agencies report. Rajapaksa is credited with helping to end a long civil war and comfortably won last Saturday’s presidential election. But minorities feared his election over human rights ...

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Labour immigration policy would allow ‘lot of movement’

Corbyn suggests liberal EU deal, but stops short of saying free movement would continue WT24 Desk Jeremy Corbyn has said he would want his government to allow “a great deal of movement” of people, in a sign Labour would look to keep a liberal immigration regime with Europe if Brexit goes ahead, The Guardian reports.. The Labour leader stopped short of saying free ...

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Democrat wins governor election in Louisiana

The polls were razor-thin, as the popular Edwards attempted to win in a state won by President Trump by 20 percentage points in 2016 WT24 Desk Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has secured a second term as Louisiana governor after a tightly fought election race, Agencies report. Mr Edwards faced a strong challenge from Republican Eddie Rispone, winning with 51% of the ...

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JOF seeks permission to meet Khaleda

WT24 Desk Jatiya Oikyafront(JOK) on Sunday sent a letter to prison authorities seeking permission for its five leaders to meet ailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Agencies report. Talking to UNB, Oikyafront office secretary Jahangir Alam Mintoo said their five leaders, led by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president Abdur Rob, will meet Khaleda in ...

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BNP wants deals with India be disclosed

Sends letter to PM WT24 Desk BNP on Sunday sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding the disclosure of bilateral documents signed with India during her visit to the neighbouring country last month, Agencies report. Party joint secretaries general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Khairul Kabir Khokon took the letter, signed by BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam ...

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Outspoken Liberal MPs barred from China

WT24 Desk An outspoken Australian parliamentarian said Saturday that he and a colleague have been barred entry to China for a study trip, a development he said was concerning, Agencies report. Sen. James Paterson said he and Rep. Andrew Hastie were due to take part in a study tour next month in Beijing organized by China Matters, an Australia-based think-tank. ...

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BNP’s nation-wide demo against onion price hike Monday

It will join public hearing on power tariff hike proposal, says Fakhrul  WT24 Desk BNP will stage protest rallies across the country on Monday against the unusual hike in the prices of essentials, including onion, Agencies report. The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members held at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday. “The price ...

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Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

An interview with The Associated Press WT24 Desk Bolivia’s Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a coup d’etat that forced him into exile in Mexico, Agencies report. In an interview with The Associated Press Thursday in Mexico City, ...

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Opposition vote challenge

Mozambique’s top court rejects WT24 Desk Mozambique’s top court has dismissed a request by the top opposition party to annul the recent elections and vote again, saying it didn’t bring enough evidence to support claims of irregularities, Agencies report. The Constitutional Council decision published this week upholds President Filipe Nyusi’s election win last month. Official results showed he was re-elected ...

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Why no drive against onion syndicates

BNP asks govt WT24 Desk BNP on Friday asked the Home Minister why the government is not conducting drives against onion syndicates as prices of the item – a common ingredient in Bangladeshi cooking – shoot out beyond people’s buying capacity, Agencies report. “Onion price was Tk 200 yesterday (Thursday) while it increased to Tk 250 today. The current trend ...

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