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Front Pagearrow 1.11cr voters unexplained
The draft voter list shows at least 1.11 crore unaccounted for voters if one goes by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) census report, 2001.
 arrow Inflation raises its head again
Inflation rate on a point-to-point basis rose in March after a steady decline for three consecutive months, and the upward trend was more pronounced in the rural areas than in the urban ones.
 arrow Oil price hike must to avoid economic peril
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has prescribed an immediate oil price hike, if the government wants to avoid serious macroeconomic harms.
 arrow No hope for immediate solution to power crisis
State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood yesterday told parliament that he is not optimistic about resolving the ongoing power crisis in a short time.
 arrow Firm tries hard to get off the hook
King and Company, a sister concern of BD Foods Ltd and accused with four other companies of smuggling 75.5kg of heroin to the UK, continues intense lobbying to clear its name.
 arrow Feeder operators mull fresh surcharge
Feeder operators have decided to slap an additional surcharge of $130 on each TEU (twenty equivalent unit) container coming to Chittagong Port unless the congestion at the port that delays unloading of
 arrow BDR rescues 34 from traffickers
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Rajshahi rescued 34 people including 16 women and 15 children as they were being trafficked to India through Barakuthi Ghat on the Padma yesterday.
 arrow Sit for talks to reach decision on reforms
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has made a fresh offer to resolve the standoff over reforms of the caretaker government system, urging the opposition to sit across the table candidly for a decision.
 arrow All that is left

 arrow AL says fire at B Chy's house not accidental
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday in parliament demanded forming a 10-member parliamentary body headed by the speaker to investigate the incident of arson at former president AQM Badruddoza
 arrow Petrol pump owners call off strike
Petrol Pump Owners Association (PPOA) has called off its planned indefinite strike from May 8, officials said.
 arrow Opposition MPs question sources of money of TV channel owners
Deputy Minister for Information Abdus Salam in parliament yesterday avoided opposition queries about the sources of money and identities of owners of recently launched private television channels.
 arrow Rab official closed for his 'involvement' in extortion
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has closed one of its officials for his alleged involvement in extortion as one of his sources was caught from a city hotel in an act of extorting Tk 1 lakh from a woman
 arrow CPD protests Inqilab report on dialogue
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday protested a daily Inqilab report published on April 30, saying CPD Executive Director Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya was misquoted in the report.
 arrow Lawmaker says his name is not on voter list
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ekabbar Hossain alleged in the parliament yesterday that his name has been dropped from the draft voter list published Wednesday.
 arrow Lawyer of four convicts submits arguments
Counsel of the four convicts sentenced to death for murdering schoolgirl Shazneen submitted their arguments in the High Court yesterday.
 arrow Bus strike on in 13 districts
Bus strike on 175 routes of 13 southwestern districts continued for the second day yesterday, mounting sufferings of the commuters.
 arrow PM leaves for Kuwait Sunday
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves for Kuwait on a two-day official visit beginning on Sunday, during which she will discuss the economic cooperation and increasing Bangladeshi labour force in Kuwait.
 arrow New Tata offer much better, says Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the government found the new proposal of Tata group much better than the previous one as it offered to buy natural gas at a higher price.
 arrow Nasreen Huq's chauffeur placed on 5-day remand
A Dhaka court yesterday placed the driver of Nasreen Pervin Huq, the deceased country director of ActionAid Bangladesh, on a five-day remand.
 arrow FM to lead team to D-8 Summit in Bali May 11
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan will lead the Bangladesh delegation at the D-8 Summit instead of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, beginning May 11 in Bali, Indonesia.
 arrow Polls won't be free without reforms, says Dr Kamal
Gono Forum President Convener Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the next election will not be free and fair unless the proposed electoral reforms are carried out.
 arrow Robber killed in 'crossfire' with Rab
A member of a notorious gang of robbers was killed in 'crossfire' during a gunfight between his associates and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Bakerganj of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Trial adjourned for 10 days
Trial of the former finance minister SAMS Kibria killing case was adjourned yesterday for 10 days at the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow SC bans razing of Gujarat mosques
India's Supreme Court yesterday banned the western state of Gujarat from razing mosques in a city where a municipal drive to clear congested areas triggered sectarian violence that left six dead.
 arrow Nepali Maoists agree to hold peace talks
Nepal's rebel Maoists agreed yesterday to hold talks on ending their decade-long insurgency, clearing the way for the release of hundreds of jailed fighters.
 arrow Robbers loot travel agency
Robbers looted around 2,000 tickets, 200 passports and Tk 8.5 lakh in cash in foreign and local currencies from a travel agency on Wednesday midnight.
 arrow Notice
The Channel i telecasts a special programme today at 5:00pm on the Regional Dialogue that was held in Mymensingh on April 29.
Businessarrow Dhaka, Delhi set same weekend for land ports
The two-day meeting of Bangladesh-India joint group of customs (JGC) ended yesterday with a decision to keep close their land customs stations (LCSs) on Friday.
 arrow Compulsory registration, SIM tax slow cellphone growth: GP CEO
The number of GrameenPhone mobile users crossed 6.5 million in April, although the growth dropped substantially after imposing SIM tax and making registration compulsory for new clients.
 arrow Economists, businesses seek steps to ease power crisis
Economists and businesspeople at a dialogue yesterday urged the government to take concrete measures in the next budget to ease power crisis.
 arrow Power crisis poses threat to factory, farm outputs: MCCI
Although there has been a positive trend on the different economic fronts, the prevailing power crisis is now posing a serious threat to production in agriculture and industrial sectors as well as inservices
 arrow ADB to allocate $1b loan for clean energy
Faced with the demand from activists of an estimated 150 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) here that development cannot be at the cost of environment, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced it
 arrow Etihad Airways launches operations in Bangladesh
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday inaugurated its operations in Bangladesh with the launch of a direct flight on Dhaka-Abu Dhabi route.
 arrow Oil prices fall in Asian trade
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Thursday after an unexpected increase in US stockpiles sparked a round of profit-taking even as concerns over Iran's nuclear programme remained in place, dealers said.
 arrow Foreign employment up in Nepal
The number of people leaving Nepal for employment surged by 44.
 arrow Telenor's CEO due Sunday
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, GrameenPhone's 62 percent Norwegian owner Telenor's president and CEO, is arriving in Dhaka Sunday on a three-day official trip.
 arrow EU trade chief to focus on China relations after Doha round
Relations with China will top the European Union's trade agenda after the current round of WTO negotiations are wrapped up, EU trade chief Peter Mandelson said Thursday.
 arrow Transcom Beverages observes May Day
Transcom Beverages Ltd, the official franchisee of Pepsi in Bangladesh, organised a discussion on Monday in Gazipur to observe May Day.
 arrow Mittal eyeing acquisitions in China
Steelmaking giant Mittal Steel, which is in the midst of hostile takeover for rival Arcelor, plans on making "several acquisitions" in China, an executive for group said in an interview published Thursday.
 arrow Hyundai Motor Q1 results beat expectations
Hyundai Motor, South Korea's top automaker under siege from prosecutors over a slush fund scandal, said Thursday its first quarter operating profit rose 3.9 percent to 335.
 arrow AGM of CRAB held
The second annual general meeting (AGM) of Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) Ltd was held on Wednesday in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Six matches still a puzzle
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar expressed his excitement at Bangladesh's hosting of the 2011 World Cup but also said that nothing have been decided yet on the number of matches tobe
 arrow Football: United we stand...
Spain is a country obsessed with soccer known as "el deporte rey" or the king of sports.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Oxygen treatment for Rooney
Afp, Manchester

Sir Alex Ferguson has said injured England striker Wayne Rooney will use an oxygen chamber in a bid to boost his chances of playingin

 arrow Cricket: BKSP, Kalindi in zonal final
Kalindi High School and BKSP both won convincingly to reach the finals of Dhaka Metro in the Standard Chartered National School Cricket tournament yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Titu to skipper hockey team
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday announced an 18-member squad for the Asian Games hockey qualifiers to be held in Dhaka from May 11.
 arrow Football: School soccer 2nd phase from today
The second stage of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Championship begins at six venues -- Comilla, Feni, Pabna, Sirajganj, Faridpur and Nilphamari -- today.
 arrow Olympics: BOA keeps booters waiting
The National Team Management Committee (NTMC) will delay naming the preliminary squad for the South Asian Games which will be held in Colombo in August.
 arrow Football: Barcelona retain Liga title
Barcelona retained their Primera Liga title on Wednesday after second-placed Valencia lost 2-1 at struggling Real Mallorca while they went on to beat high-flying Celta Vigo 1-0 in the evening's late match.
 arrow Cricket: Rankings on SA's mind
South Africa will be aiming to climb above New Zealand in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings when they meet the Black Caps in the third and final Test starting at the Wanderers StadiumFriday.
 arrow Football: Uruguay 1930: The journey begins
Almost as soon as they had voted against the idea of a World Cup, Sweden applied to stage it. Quick learners indeed.
 arrow Football: Ballack waits for day out
Michael Ballack is preparing to leave Germany, and there would be no better way to depart than with a World Cup winner's medal around his neck.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho the guiding light
As Barcelona fans celebrated their second successive Spanish championship on Wednesday, they were giving much of the credit for getting this title to their Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho.
 arrow Football: McClaren gets England job
Steve McClaren was named as the new England manager, in succession to Sven-Goran Eriksson, by the Football Association (FA) here Thursday.
 arrow Football: New era beckons Barca
Barcelona fans and players alike believe that the Catalan club is on the verge of establishing a new dynasty in Spanish football after winning the Primera Liga title for the second consecutive year.
 arrow Football: A small town in Germany tunes in to samba
Beach volleyball, cocktail bars and samba will turn a small town in Germany into a piece of Brazil for two weeks next month.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath will not listen to Ponting
Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath intends not to heed the advice of his skipper Ricky Ponting and make his cricket comeback in the Champions Trophy one-day tournament in India in October, press reports
 arrow Cricket: More cricket in the EAP
Participation in the International Cricket Council's East Asia Pacific (EAP) development programme expanded by 21 per cent in the region's 10 ICC member countries last year, the ICC said on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Serena to miss Wimbledon & French Open
Former world number one Serena Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, said Wednesday she will miss Wimbledon and the French Open this year because of a chronic left knee injury.
 arrow Cricket: Govt committee meets newsmen
The government committee for ascertaining the extent of loss of the injured journalists talked to the newsmen on Thursday at Chittagong Press Club.
 arrow Football: Change in US roster
Los Angeles Galaxy defender Chris Albright was named to the US FIFA World Cup squad Wednesday, replacing injured Frankie Hejduk just one day after the Americans announced their 23-man roster.
 arrow Tennis: Borgs suffer double-fault
The Swedish tax office is looking for 14 million kronor (1.8 million dollars, 1.5 million euros) in unpaid taxes from former tennis star Bjorn Borg and his parents, a Swedish newspaper reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Advantage Inter
Holders Inter Milan gained the upper hand over Roma in the Italian Cup final here Wednesday, scoring a precious away goal in a 1-1 first leg draw at the Olympic stadium.
 arrow Tennis: Safin stopped on return
Marat Safin's spring comeback on clay ended in a second round knockout at the Estoril Open Wednesday at the hands of fellow Russian Nikolay Davydenko.
 arrow Tennis: Venus' first win of 2006
Wimbledon champion Venus Williams claimed only her second victory in eight months on Wednesday when she beat Polish wild card Urszula Radwanska 6-3, 6-3 to reach the second round of the Warsaw Open.
 arrow Cricket: 'Captaincy no burden'
Andrew Flintoff has brushed aside, nonchalantly, concerns that the captaincy at home against Sri Lanka next week will be an added burden to his burgeoning list of roles within the England team.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin signs $40m deal
International advertising major Saatchi and Saatchi has secured the marketing rights for Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for 40 million dollars, officials and media said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Australia name strong A side
Selectors Thursday named a strong Australia A squad for a series of four-day, one-day and Twenty20 cricket matches against A teams from New Zealand, India and Pakistan in Darwin and Cairns in July.
 arrow Cricket: Rookies given central deals
The Indian cricket board awarded central contracts to batsman Suresh Raina and paceman Shantakumaran Sreesanth on Thursday following impressive starts to their international careers.
 arrow Cricket: Zim keep losing
A century from left-hander Ryan Hinds helped the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI to complete a five-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their limited-overs tour match on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sajid ready to fire
Fast bowler Sajid Mahmood says he is ready to step up to Test level and play for England against Sri Lanka at Lord's next week. Mahmood is being widely tipped to make his England debut on May 11.
 arrow Cricket: Agarkar's regret
Failure to cement a place in India's Test squad despite being in the game for eight years is Ajit Agarkar's biggest regret but the paceman believes that his ability to get wickets with the old ball will
 arrow Cricket: 'Ganguly not finished yet'
Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath said international career of Sourav Ganguly was not finished yet and the ex-skipper of India should take a break to come back fresh in the team.
 arrow Football: Germans donate for tsunami cause
German international players have donated a total of 250,000 euros (315,000 dollar) to help rebuild Asian regions devastated by the Tsunami in December 2004.
 arrow Cricket: Murali flies back home
Sri Lanka star Muttiah Muralidaran was set to leave his side's tour of England on Thursday to fly back home to Kandy for a family bereavement.
Metropolitanarrow 96 thousand may die if 7-pt quake hits city
Around 96 thousand people of the capital might be killed and another 1.27 lakh injured if an earthquake with the intensity of 7-point on the Richter scale hits the city at night, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow 'Women still behind men'
Women are still behind men though the adult literacy rate has increased in the country, said a study conducted by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (Dam) yesterday.
 arrow Voter list abounds with fake voters in Rangpur
Voter list published on Wednesday in Rangpur abounds with fake voters while the names of a large number of genuine voters have been dropped, it was alleged.
 arrow 4 die in road crashes
At least four people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow 'Launch e-governance to ensure transparency, curb corruption'
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, yesterday suggested launching e-governance in the country to ensure transparency and accountability in government machineries, increase efficiency
 arrow 'Govt trying to protect masterminds'
BNP-led four-party alliance government is now trying to delay the investigation into Kibria murder case in order to protect the masterminds, participants at the 'Blue for Peace' programme said yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure transparency in admin for successful project implementation'
Experts at a workshop yesterday said ensuring transparency in the administration is a must for successful implementation of any project at the national level.
 arrow Three commit suicide in city
The police recovered bodies of two women and a businessman who allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents in the capital on Wednesday night.
 arrow Babar claims success in combating militancy
The government has achieved 'satisfactory success' in combating militancy in the country, said State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday.
 arrow Ganges flow at Hardinge bridge satisfactory
The India-Bangladesh Joint Committee has observed that the flow of Ganges water at Hardinge bridge during the current ten-day period was satisfactory.
 arrow 5 CU students injured in clash
Five students of Chittagong University (CU) were injured in a clash at Sholoshahar Railway Station in the port city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Painters pledge to fight child hunger
Forty-five leading painters have pledged their support to fight and end child hunger by 2015, says a press release.
 arrow List of victims being made for paying compensation
A three-member committee has started making lists of the persons killed and hurt in police action in Kansat under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj during the recent movement of rural power subscribers.
 arrow Gang leader killed in gunfight
An alleged gang leader was killed and another injured as two rival gangs of hoodlums traded fire at Kamalapur in the city last night.
 arrow New underground party floated in Bagerhat
A new underground party titled Purbo Banglar Communist Party (M-L New Janajuddho) was floated in Bagerhat.
 arrow Cash, gold worth Tk 20 lakh looted
A gang of robbers looted cash and gold worth Tk 20 lakh from the house of an official of the Public Works Department (PWD) at Ghosh Para in Bogra in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Meeting on Gen Aurora today
Ekatturer Muktijoddha (Freedom Fighters of 1971) will hold a meeting today in observance of the first death anniversary of Lt.
 arrow Daily Star Employees' Union executives
Abdus Sattar Pramanik and Ayub Khan were elected president and general secretary of The Daily Star Employees' Union yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Doing away with the culture of entitlement
Corrupt politicians and public servants indulge in two types of malfeasance: (a) the all-inclusive bribes and kickbacks, which have been conferring number one rankings to Khaleda Zia's government, (b)
 arrow US, South Asia and China
The end of the Cold War has brought about a flourishing relationship between the US and the billion and a half people of South Asia, albeit on a pro-rata basis with India as the priority.
 arrow An insight into bureaucracy
The Bureaucratic Ascendancy: Public Administration in Bangladesh written by Professors Habib Zafarullah and Mohammad Mohabbat Khan provides an accurate reflection of developments which covers different
 arrow Hu's visit to America and its implications
With America's trade deficit passing $ 202 billion in favour of China last year, growing complaint on rampant piracy of intellectual property and violation of human rights in China, the visit of Chinese
Culturearrow In search of meaningful roles
"I want to remain in the hearts and minds of people." Champa Khan alias Champa is a household name in Bangla cinema. However she is rarely seen these days on the silver screen.
 arrow A voice with passion and perfection
My friend Rummana Chowdhury, a well-known poet and compere was hosting a show in Canada. The next participant was Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, whom she was about to beckon.
 arrow The vibrant and the insipid
An exhibition of photographs by eight students of Dhaka Photographic Institute is on at Zainul Art Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts.
 arrow Soaring hopes and talent to match
The 15-year-old Sudeshna Swayamprabha's young age belies her remarkable achievements in the sphere of dance--particularly Bharatnatyam and Manipuri.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A question-ridden voter list
The instant reaction to the draft electoral roll, just released by the Election Commission, is one of incredulity and disbelief.
 arrow Editorial: Vegetables export in disarray
It is disconcerting news that because of some form of standoff between the exporters of fresh vegetables and the authorities of the Bangladesh Biman Airlines, the country is losing much-needed foreign
 arrow A tale of two administrations
Americans visiting Bangladesh, especially journalists, often comment on the similarity between the current four-party alliance government in Bangladesh and the Bush administration in the US.
 arrow Short shrift to the people
It is a pity that Jamaat-e-Islam was not banned and banished in the early days. History might have been different for us and we would not be worrying today.
 arrow Is the Doha round dead?
Despite months of discussion, the international trade negotiations remained completely deadlocked. As a result, a few days ago, Mr.
 arrow Pledge and ploy for next election
The nation is waiting for the general election to be held early next year. The present government seems busy in preparing 'controversial' voter list.
Letters to Editorarrow Role of police
Police department is the first and most important law enforcement authority, which enforces law in society in the interest of people in general.
 arrow Nepalese speak
After weeks of popular protests, the Nepalese monarch collected all his guts and tried to dramatise the situation by calling the seven party alliance to come forward with a candidate for premiership.
 arrow Chernobyl tragedy: 20 years after
Twenty years have passed since the accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It is known as, till date, the most horrible tragedy in the history of nuclear power.
 arrow Indian TV channels
In my view, the call for banning Indian TV channels(Letter, April 24) is counterproductive.
 arrow Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is in desperate need of 330 million dollars to buy necessary fuel to run the country for the next two months.
 arrow Cell phone
As the use of mobile phone increases, I am afraid people are developing the bad habit of telling lies.
 arrow Preserving historically important sites
We have miserably failed to preserve our heritage. I would like to mention the following three cases which should have been preserved for the sake of posterity:
 arrow Police and politicians
I am a reader of your daily. The editorial, the comments on different issues and the pictures that are published in this paper are my only source for getting news, other than the TV channels.
 arrow A valuable fish
Hilsha is our national fish and by exporting it we earn a big amount of foreign currency. So measures must be adopted to stop catching of small hilsha known as jatka.
 arrow Hizab
I think the time has come to educate the politicians to have tolerance, to listen to others' opinions, and to show respect. I am worried mostly about the lack of respect.
 arrow Pollution in residential areas
Air and noise pollution has increased tremendously in the residential areas in recent times.
 arrow Building code
In view of the recent building crash and passing of a bill in the parliament, it is imperative that we come up with a constructive building code that ensures the well being of the public.
 arrow A laudable enterprise
"Maroof Sharmeen Smriti Sangshad" -- a signboard can be seen at Jatramora near Kanchpur intersection. It is located at Rupgonj in Narayangonj.
 arrow Myth about BNP
Every myth about the BNP is exploding. It has failed to take the responsibility of leading the country along the path of democracy. That is a failure for our political system as a whole.
 arrow New kid on the block
Bangladesh politics will never surprise us. Now we have a new kid on the block. This young man seems to be tired of the life in the States.
 arrow Kansat killings
The way the police put down the people's united movement at Kansat, which left as many as twenty people killed, shows that the government cares little about the lives of its citizens.
Urbanarrow Future transportation for Dhaka
In a recent article I wrote on the need of Dhaka for a Mast Transit System (MRT /METRO) ( Why Dhaka Needs a Metro (Mass Rapid Transit ) System.
Worldarrow South Asia: Lanka eyes deal with Tigers over transport
Sri Lanka's government said yesterday it was moving closer to an agreement over the transport of Tamil Tiger commanders, a rebel pre-condition for peace talks, as two people were killed in fresh violence
 arrow South Asia: Peace talks rekindle hope for Kashmiris
People in revolt-torn Kashmir expressed a mixture of hope and caution yesterday, a day after separatist politicians and New Delhi agreed to work together to try and end a bloody insurgency in the disputed
 arrow South Asia: Gujarat must act to halt sectarian riots
India's Gujarat state must take action to stop Hindu-Muslim riots from worsening, a rights group warned yesterday as troops patrolled a city where six people have already died.
 arrow South Asia: 3 Pakistani cops killed in attack near Afghan border
Armed men stormed a Pakistani security post in a remote tribal region near the Afghan border and killed three policemen, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Cyclone Mala death toll in Myanmar rises to 21
Twenty-one people were killed and another 14 are still missing after Cyclone Mala struck Myanmar's west coast last weekend, state media said yesterday.
 arrow UK, France introduce Iran resolution
Over Chinese and Russian opposition, Western nations circulated a UN Security Council resolution that would demand Iran abandon uranium enrichment or face the threat of unspecified further measures,
 arrow US air assault kills 13 in restive Iraqi city
At least 13 people were killed in an air assault by US forces on a house in Iraq's restive city of Ramadi while 10 other Iraqis were killed in suicide bombing at a Baghdad courthouse yesterday.
 arrow Massive Pacific quake sparks tsunami panic
A massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 rocked the island nation of Tonga on Thursday, triggering a panic evacuation in a New Zealand town after tsunami warnings were briefly issued for the South Pacific.
 arrow Abbas calls for 'immediate negotiations' with Israel
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas is ready for "immediate negotiations" with Israel and urges its new government to abstain from any unilateral action in the West Bank, a spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Moussaoui sentenced to life in prison
Zacarias Moussaoui claimed victory over America after a jury rejected the government's effort to put the Sept.
 arrow Picasso portrait fetches $95m
Picasso's 1941 portrait of his mistress, "Dora Maar with cat," sold for an astounding $95 million at Sotheby's on Wednesday, becoming the second most expensive painting in auction history.
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