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Guterres takes over as UN secretary general

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Antonio Guterres took the reins of the United Nations on New Year’s Day, promising to be a “bridge-builder” but facing an antagonistic incoming US administration led by Donald Trump who thinks the world body’s 193 member states do nothing except talk and have a good time. In his first message on his first day as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres appeals to the world for one shared new year resolution - to “put peace first” in the year 2017. The former Portuguese prime minister and UN refugee chief told reporters after being sworn-in un-s...
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Syria-bound Russian military jet crashes

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A Russian military plane crashed Sunday in the Black Sea as it made its way to Syria with 91 people onboard, including musicians heading to celebrate the New Year with troops. Local news agencies, citing the defence ministry, said the Tu-154 plane had crashed shortly after taking off from the southern city of Adler, south of the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, at 5:40 am local time (0240 GMT), reports AFP. It was conducting a routine flight to Russia’s Hmeimim airbase outside the coastal Syrian city plane-450x253

Indonesian FM to visit Dhaka over Rohingya issue

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Indonesia’s foreign minister Retno LP Marsudi will embark on a two-day mission to Bangladesh and Myanmar in search of a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis, reports Jakarta Post. She reportedly said she would visit Dhaka after completing her tour of Myanmar o Monday. indofmThe Indonesian foreign minister is set to meet her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Tuesday, the newspaper said in a report published on Saturday. "On 19 Decembe...

The US presidential election: a how-to guide

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The American presidential election falls this year on November 8. The quadrennial exercise always takes place on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, as spelled out in the US Constitution. Here is a primer on the US election system: How the voting system works The vote, by universal suffrage, is conducted in a single round in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (the city of Washington, which is not part of any state). trump-hillaryVoters choose among the candidates for president and...

Tulip inducted into Labour Party shadow cabinet

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Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, the granddaughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been inducted into the shadow cabinet of UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. She will be joining Shadow Minister of Education Angela Rayner’s team of four as the Shadow Minister of Early Years education, reports BSS. “Delighted to join the brilliant @AngelaRayner in Shadow Education team - we will battle to hold gov to account on education and early years,” Tulip tweeted. Her appointment comes after a shadow cabinet shake-up by Jeremy Corbyn following his re-election as Labour leader.

US sanctions on Myanmar lifted

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President Barack Obama formally announced the lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar on Friday by terminating an emergency order that deemed the policies of the former military government a threat to US national security. "I have determined that the situation that gave rise to the national emergency ... has been significantly altered by Burma's (Myanmar's) substantial advances to promote democracy, including historic elections in November 2015," Obama said in a letter to the US House and Senate speakers. A US treasury statement said that as a result of the termination of the emergency order the