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Front Pagearrow Updated list drafts in 17 lakh more voters
Despite allegations of leaving out many eligible ones, the number of voters on the updated electoral roll stood at a staggering 9.
 arrow More cheers in HSC results
The higher secondary education has received a boost with 63.92 percent of the examinees passing the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Examinations 2006 under seven education boards, making it the highest pass percentage in the last six years.
 arrow Tax on 3 items slashed as essentials turn very pricey
The government yesterday reduced by five percent import tax on three items to keep the prices of essentials steady during the Ramadan while wholesalers and importers said the 'delayed' move would nothelp
 arrow Govt given Sept 18 deadline for reforms
The city unit of the Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine at a rally yesterday demanded that the alliance government accept the proposed electoral reforms by September 18, and warned of a one-point
 arrow BoI chief drops case against 5 eminent citizens
Executive Chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI) Mahmudur Rahman yesterday withdrew his defamation case against five eminent citizens, proceedings of which were earlier stayed by a High Court (HC)order.
 arrow Notre Dame, VN, City colleges on top
Notre Dame College, Viqarunnisa Noon (VN) College and Dhaka City College secured first, second and third position for the second consecutive year in terms of having the highest number of GPA-5 achievers
 arrow 86 colleges, madrasas draw a blank
Not a single examinee in 86 educational institutions including 31 Alia madrasas could come out successful in this year's HSC or equivalent examination.
 arrow GPA-5 getters almost double
As many as 9,450 students secured the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) 5 in this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations breaking all the previous records.
 arrow Shab-e-Barat tonight
The holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed across the country tonight, seeking divine blessings for the well-being of mankind.
 arrow 1 killed, 100 hurt in cop-workers clash
One person was killed and over 100 others were injured, 14 of them severely, in clashes between law enforcers and unruly jute mill workers at Khalishpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tax holiday to continue
National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman M Abdul Karim has said tax exemptions and tax holiday will continue although International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank are repeatedly pressing for the withdrawal
 arrow Injured Saber may be flown to S'pore today
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, is likely to be flown to Singapore today if his physicians allow, family sources said.
 arrow Polls without AL won't be acceptable
Quoting from a recent field-level survey carried out by Awami League (AL), Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said no election would be acceptable without participation of her party that,
 arrow Swechchhasebak League leader shot dead
Unidentified assailants gunned down a ward unit leader of Swechchhasebak League at East Badda in the capital yesterday. Yusuf Khan, 25, was the president of Badda ward No 3 unit of Swechchhasebak League.
 arrow Regional dialogue tomorrow at Narayanganj
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the Prothom Alo, The Daily Star and Channel i will jointly organise their last regional dialogue on "National Election 2007: Civil Society Initiative for AccountableDevelopment"
 arrow Boy killed for refusing to peddle drug
A 10-year-old boy was murdered yesterday allegedly for refusing to peddle drugs for his employers at Demra in the capital.
 arrow Polls to be held in time
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated that the upcoming general elections would be held in time under a caretaker government.
 arrow 34 Bangladeshi crew rescued by Lankan navy
Sri Lanka's navy rescued 34 Bangladeshi nationals yesterday who were aboard a crippled merchant vessel that sank off the island's southern coast, officials said.
 arrow US hands over army control to Iraq
Insurgents killed at least 39 Iraqis on Thursday as a wave of car bombings in the capital marked the day when the embattled Baghdad government began to take command of its own armed forces.
 arrow Israel starts to lift Lebanon blockade
Israel said it started to lift its eight-week air and sea blockade of Lebanon at 1500 GMT yesterday, three weeks after a ceasefire brought an end to its offensive against Hezbollah.
 arrow 8 injured in BCL-Shibir clash at DU
Some eight Dhaka University (DU) students were injured in a clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir at Sergeant Zohurul Haq Hall on Wednesday night.
 arrow BSF guns down 2 in Thakurgaon
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down two Bangladeshi farmers at Mandumala of Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon yesterday morning and dragged their bodies into Indian territory.
Businessarrow Importers, wholesalers blame rent seeking
City's wholesalers and importers of essential commodities yesterday identified 'rent-seeking' by different government personnel like tax officials and law enforcers as one of the major reasons for the
 arrow Bangla-UAE economic ties to grow
Eonomic ties between Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be stronger with the operation of its national carrier Etihad Airways and Etihad Crystal Cargo in Bangladesh, said State Minister
 arrow Tk 300cr Japanese aid to develop EPZs
The Japanese government will provide Taka 300 crore for infrastructure development of the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA) aiming at turning it into an apex industrial organisationof
 arrow Asia, EU leaders to focus on trade
Freeing up trade between the EU and Asia will be in the spotlight when European and Asian leaders meet Sunday and Monday in Helsinki, although the official talks will focus on the environment, energyand
 arrow Forex reserve slides from record after ACU payment
Country's foreign exchange reserve dropped to US$3.34 billion yesterday, four days after hitting highest $3.61 billion on Sunday, following a regular bimonthly payment to Asian Clearing Union (ACU).
 arrow AKTEL's PCO subscribers to get security money back
Cellphone operator AKTEL's Public Call Office (PCO) subscribers now will get their security money back with interest after three years from Prime Bank.
 arrow CPD lectures on Bangladesh economy conclude
The four-day course on Advanced Lectures on Bangladesh Economy, organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), concluded yesterday.
 arrow Raffle draw for shoppers at Bashundhara City held
The 'Rainy Season Grand Raffle Draw-2006' for shoppers at Bashundhara City shopping mall was held yesterday.
 arrow Pran promotional offer winners get prizes
The prize giving ceremony of a consumer promotional offer of Pran Group was held yesterday.
 arrow A close look at Asian performance: Citigroup's economics takeout (Sept 2006)


 arrow China to invest $38m in West Bengal
West Bengal would be the first state in India to taste the flavour of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI).
 arrow Oil prices up
Oil prices regained some ground Thursday, a day after falling to a five-month low, while the market waited for the latest data on U.S. supplies.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mehrab in, Javed out
As predicted the national selectors excluded veteran opener Javed Omar to make way for young all-rounder Mehrab Hossain in the 14-member Bangladesh squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in India.
 arrow Cricket: Ready since he was nine
His father was his friend, philosopher and guide but unfortunately the man is no more to see son getting the ultimate reward -- a call-up to the Bangladesh squad.
 arrow Football: Qatar blank Bangladesh
Qatar maintained their 100 percent record with a 3-0 win over Bangladesh at the Al Gharafa Stadium here on Wednesday to confirm their place in the 2007 Asian Cup finals.
 arrow Olympics: BOA keeps its words
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) acting secretary general Kutubuddin Ahmed yesterday handed over cheques of Tk 60,000 each to the country's gold medallists at the recently concluded 10th South Asian
 arrow Cricket: Dravid seeks revenge
India would seek to avenge its one-day series loss to the West Indies when the two teams meet in the upcoming cricket tri-series in Malaysia, captain Rahul Dravid said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Les Bleus avenge Berlin debacle
Wantaway Lyon striker Sidney Govou helped France forget their World Cup final defeat with a brace in an exciting 3-1 defeat of Italy at the Stade de France on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Owen surgery goes 'extremely well'
A second operation to repair Newcastle and England striker Michael Owen's cruciate knee ligament has gone "extremely well".
 arrow Football: Media slam awful Azzurri
The Italian press on Thursday tore into the world champions after their 3-1 defeat to France in a European championship qualifier in Paris.
 arrow Football: Germany 13: San Marino 0
World Cup semifinalists Germany made San Marino look every bit the 191st best team in the world with a shuddering 13-0 demolition here on Wednesday in a Euro 2008 group D qualifier.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal knocked out
World number two Rafael Nadal crashed out of the US Open on Wednesday losing to unseeded Mikhail Youzhny who has made a habit of ousting Spanish top seeds at the 18.5 million dollar event.
 arrow Tennis: Open Secrets
The racket-throwing tandem of Marat Safin and sister Dinara Safina got tossed out of the US Open. The 12th-seeded Safina lost first, falling to No.
 arrow Cricket: Burning like an inferno
Justin Langer says his hunger to retrieve cricket's Ashes from England later this year is akin to a raging inferno.
 arrow Cricket: Andy, Kevin could open
England are contemplating opening the batting with big hitters Andrew Flintoff or Kevin Pietersen in future one-day internationals.
 arrow Athletics: Jones gets all-clear
Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones has been cleared of potential doping charges for use of EPO after the "B" sample analysis of her test was negative, a statement issued by her attorney said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: N Ireland stun Spain
A hattrick by striker David Healy gave Northern Ireland a surprise 3-2 home win over fancied Spain in their Euro 2008 Group F qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: England squeeze past Macedonia
A superb finish by striker Peter Crouch just after halftime gave England a deserved 1-0 win over Macedonia in their Euro 2008 Group E qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Hockey: Korea shock the Dutch
South Korea stunned favourites the Netherlands 3-2 in the last match of the opening day of the men's hockey World Cup here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Carlos ends Brazil career
Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos said Wednesday the arrival of younger, fitter defenders in the Brazil national team had spelt the end of his international career.
 arrow Cricket: Eng-Pak 4th ODI today
Pakistan will be hoping to clinch the series as they face England in the fourth one-day international at Trent Bridge in Nottingham today.
 arrow Football: Van Persie stars in Dutch win
Dutch coach Marco van Basten emphasised the importance of Robin van Persie to the team after his two goals set up a 3-0 win over Belarus in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier.
 arrow Football: Brazilian booter's sister kidnapped
The sister of Brazilian footballer Michael Anderson da Silva, was seized by unknown gunmen on Wednesday in Sao Paulo, according to Globo News television channel.
 arrow Football: Bosnia coach resigns
Bosnian football coach Blaz Sliskovic has resigned following his team's defeat to Hungary, Sarajevo dailies reported Thursday. "I have decided to resign...
 arrow Football: Lama threatens to quit Kenya
Former French goalkeeper Bernard Lama has threatened to quit as Kenya's national coach just weeks after taking up the post, officials said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy hearing Sept 27-28
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq's hearing in the ball-tampering controversy will be held on September 27 and 28.
 arrow Hockey: F'ganj, Police win big
Farashganj Sporting Club posted their fifth win in six matches in the Green Delta Metropolis First Division Hockey League beating Mukta Bihanga Torun Sangha 4-2 at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey
 arrow Football: Pioneer Football League results
Goals by Rubel, Narayan and Nippon gave Bangladesh Sporting Club a convincing 3-0 win over Titu Smriti Sangsad in yesterday's Pioneer Football League at the Dhupkhola ground in east zone.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar found not guilty
Shoaib Akhtar and the rest of the Pakistan team were cleared of any wrongdoing after a controversial incident during the third one-day international against England at the Rose Bowl.
 arrow Cricket: PCB will turn to others if needed
Pakistan cricket authorities on Thursday said they would not hesitate to seek support from other countries like India and West Indies to back their case if the ball-tampering issue was given a political
 arrow Football: MSC to groom 30 for future
Mohammedan Sporting Club will train 30 young players for one year with a view to strengthen the base of their football team.
 arrow Football: Torino hire Zaccheroni
Torino have sacked Gianni De Biasi and brought in Alberto Zaccheroni to replace him as coach just three days before the start of the new season, the newly-promoted Serie A club confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: UNICEF gets Barcelona shirt deal
Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced Wednesday the club has officially signed a shirt deal with international children's welfare body UNICEF.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka to focus on visa trading, labour standards
A government delegation will attend the United Nations High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development beginning in New York on September 15.
 arrow 1,006 get GPA-5 under Ctg Board
A total of 1,006 students secured Grade Point Average (GPA)-5 in this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations under Chittagong Education Board against 485 studnets last year.
 arrow Universities defer Sept 10 exams
All the examinations of Dhaka University (DU), National University (NU) and Jagannath University scheduled for September 10 have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, press releases said.
 arrow HC issues rule on govt
The High Court issued a rule on the government on Wednesday to explain within three weeks why the Jail Recruitment Rules 2006 will not be declared illegal.
 arrow 25 students hurt in clash with Rab, cops
At least 25 students of Mirpur Government Bangla Collage were injured in a clash between law enforcers and students yesterday.
 arrow 4th int'l confce of Asian political parties begins in Seoul
A four-day 4th International Conference on Asian Political Parties began in Seoul, South Korea yesterday.
 arrow 60-yr-old gets 31 yrs' RI
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a 60-year-old man to 31 years' RI for possessing 500 grams of heroin in November last year.
 arrow 150 peacekeepers return home from Ivory Coast
A 150-member team of Bangladesh Army returned home on Wednesday after serving in UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast.
 arrow Rashid Khan new CEO of banglalink
Rashid Khan has recently been appointed managing director and chief executive officer of banglalink, the fastest growing cellular operator in the country, says a press release.
 arrow Early Childhood Dev Centre opens
Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS), an NGO, has opened an Early Childhood Development Centre at Banasree, Rampura, in the city, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Reaching point of no return
During the last 35 years we have seen Bangladesh undergo massive political changes (like emasculation of democracy twice under army rule), suffer terrible natural disasters, and face complete economic
 arrow Israel and her neighbours
The shaky ceasefire that started on August 14 between Israel, Lebanon and Israel's bete noire Hezbollah is holding on. This has also underscored that Hezbollah, both in peace as in war is tenacious.
 arrow The year of living fearfully
IT'S 1938, says the liberal columnist Richard Cohen, evoking images of Hitler's armies massing in the face of an appeasing West. No, no, says Newt Gingrich, the Third World War has already begun.
Culturearrow Bengal Bikash: Ushering in new talents
Results of the talent search Bengal Bikash, organised by Bengal Foundation, were announced at the National Museum on September 6.
 arrow The name behind 'Bengal Bikash'
In an interview with The Daily Star, Abul Khair Litu, chairman of Bengal Foundation, recollected how Bengal Bikash began.
 arrow Tunes from Land of The Rising Sun
A musical programme titled, 'Hogaku: Japanese Traditional Music Today' was held at National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on September 6.
 arrow Drama serial 'Mallodan' on ATN Bangla
Aruna Biswas' recent serial Mallodan has hit the small screen. The serial is based on a literary work by Rabindranath Tagore. Global media are the producers.
 arrow Ongoing German film festival at Goethe-Institut
Goethe-Institut Dhaka and Dhaka University Film Society have organised screening of quality contemporary German movies.
Generalarrow Enrolment in pry education has increased
A Unesco estimate suggests that total adult literacy rate in Bangladesh in 2005 was 41.5 per cent. Among them, 47 per cent were male and 36.7 per cent were female.
 arrow Gas supply to Ctg industries resumes
Gas supply to different gas-based industries here resumed yesterday over 15 hours after the production at Sangu gas field tripped on Wednesday evening.
 arrow $ 266m UNDP fund for 5 priority areas
The UNDP will fund US$ 266.05 million for Bangladesh in five priority areas over the next five years.
 arrow Japanese experts visit Akram, Heron Point
A 13-member team comprising eight Japanese experts went to Akram Point and Heron Point near Mongla yesterday to conduct a feasibility study for building a deep-sea port.
 arrow Contractors continue agitation
Contractors under Ulipur Municipality in Kurigram continued demonstration yesterday for the second consecutive day demanding a fresh bid for construction of roads.
 arrow Six-year-old girl stabbed to death
A gang of criminals stabbed a six-year-old girl to death at her house at Muhammadpur in the city yesterday.
 arrow 3 killed in road accidents
Three unidentified people were killed in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Pabna on Wednesday night and yesterday.
 arrow WB to conduct study on Biman to resolve crises
The World Bank will conduct a study on Bangladesh Biman to find ways to rescue the national flag carrier from the current crises.
 arrow Student bodies call strike at DU Sept 11
Chhatra Sangram Parishad, an alliance of opposition student bodies, called a strike at Dhaka University (DU) on September 11, protesting appointment of a teacher at the Department of Genetic Engineering
 arrow 2 get 31 yrs' RI for killing boy
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two people to 31 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing a seven-year-old boy in February 2003.
 arrow Press minister in Delhi gets extension
The government has extended the diplomatic assignment of M Anwarul Haq, Minister (Press) at the Bangladesh High Commission in India by one year, says a press release.
 arrow BBC 'Bangladesh Sanglap' tomorrow
Recording of the second edition of the BBC Bengali Service's 'Bangladesh Sanglap' will take place at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city at 5:30pm tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow More donations to AMCH
Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) has received Tk 1,42,60,000 in donations to its fund in July and August, says a press release.
 arrow ISPR exam date changed
The written examination for the posts of assistant directors and research officer of Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate, Ministry of Defence, will now be held on September 22 instead of
 arrow Malaysia offers 'Visa On Arrival' facility
The government of Malaysia has decided to extend the 'Visa On Arrival' facility to Bangladeshi citizens and other foreign nationals with effect from September 1, says a press release of the High Commission
Editorialarrow Editorial: An auspicious night
Lailatul Baraat, the night of prayers and penance is before us.
 arrow Editorial: Mounting police high-handedness
The police brutality unleashed on Wednesday on the demonstrators during the opposition-called siege programme was shocking and outrageous, however much the authorities might try to justify it.
 arrow An open letter to Tom Daschle
Apologies. I know that you are here as head of the NDI delegation and not in your capacity as a former Senate majority leader or indeed as a leader of the Democratic Party, but this is the capacity in which I am writing to you.
 arrow Dialogue of the deaf
Compare the government to a driving license, and it expires on October 27, 2006. The license can be renewed in the next election, but in the meantime we need somebody to take us around.
 arrow No, not through religion
Whoever advised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have a meeting with Muslim religious leaders did not serve him well. One, there is no recognised religious leader in the community.
Letters to Editorarrow Biman issue
I am a Bangladeshi student studying in Australia and I am very patriotic and passionate about my beloved country Bangladesh.
 arrow Tourism potential
Have you ever heard someone in the western world saying, "Let's visit this country called Bangladesh, I heard that you can have a really great time there, at least that is what my travel agent toldme,
 arrow Poor healthcare
Since independence the healthcare sector has received enormous amounts of donations from abroad and funds allocated by the government. Unfortunately, all the financial resources have gone down the drain.
 arrow Lagendary Andre Agassi
Lagendary tennis player Andre Agassi bade goodbye to international tennis after his third round at the US Open-2006.
 arrow The concept of morality
The pervasive lawlessness and corruption in the public and private realms of Bangladeshi society generate a lot of lively discussions in newspaper pages, and the concept of morality inevitably comes to
 arrow What is happening?
It is incomprehensible to any civilised society some of the actions of our countrymen.
 arrow Rural banking
We, of course, concentrate on making the resources useful to human beings by changing forms that ultimately help to alleviate poverty from our society.
 arrow Keep your home clean
We, the people of Bangladesh, often blame politicians for their lack of sincerity, commitment, abuse of power, and what not.
 arrow The political stalemate
We are really getting concerned at the impending catastrophe if no political solution is reached before the political government steps down.
 arrow A losing game!
The big game that's being played for the last 15 (or more in fact) years is where the two players are fighting even after they have been defeated! I often wonder why people still watch this monotonous
 arrow Brain drain
Every year a significant number of bright students of high calibre of our country go abroad for higher education but regrettably many of them do not come back even after completion of their higher education.
 arrow Our identity
This is not a very complicated issue; our citizenship is Bangladeshi --simple and clear. But our ethnic identity is Bengalee.
Specialarrow Can we achieve MDG in Universal Primary Education by 2015?
The Millennium Development Goals are the world's time-bound and quantified targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions -- monetary poverty, hunger, disease, lack of adequate shelterand
 arrow Of prayers and penance
To a true Muslim night and day has each its own beauty and utility as has been frequently pointed out in the Holy Quran and Hadith.
 arrow A unique education project
Learning is interactive and full of fun at BRAC pre-primary and primary schools. I wish I were a student there.
 arrow The night of salvation
Shaban is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims all over the world celebrate the 15th night of this holy lunar month as Lailatul Barat (Night of Salvation) with due solemnity and fervour.
Worldarrow South Asia: Islamabad, Kabul must join hands to crush Taliban
Islamabad and Kabul must stop playing blame games in the battle against the resurgent Taliban and work together to crush the group on both sides of the border, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said
 arrow South Asia: US refuses to endorse Pakistan-Taliban border deal
The United States on Wednesday refused to endorse but did not criticise a peace deal between Pakistan and pro-Taliban Islamic militants in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
 arrow South Asia: Millions mark centenary of Indian national song amid Muslim dissent
Politicians and millions of school children sang out Thursday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a controversial national song which has split Hindu and Muslim leaders.
 arrow South Asia: Maoists bring Nepali capital to a standstill
Tens of thousands of Maoist rebel supporters brought the centre of Nepal's capital to a standstill Wednesday with a massive rally at which union leaders pledged to protect workers' rights in a new democracy.
 arrow South Asia: Taliban retake volatile Afghan district in south
Taliban militants have seized control of a volatile district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, a senior police official said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: 54 miners feared dead in Jharkhand after blast
At least 54 miners were feared dead in Jharkhand after the roof of a state-owned coal mine collapsed following an explosion, a mine official said on Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal plans to give millions citizenship
Nepal plans to grant citizenship to millions of people living in the country by changing a law, which only gave that right to children whose father was a Nepali, a government minister said yesterday.
 arrow Bush admits CIA runs secret prisons
President Bush on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time that the CIA runs secret prisons overseas and said tough interrogation forced terrorist leaders to reveal plots to attack the United Statesand
 arrow Tempers fray as Iraqi MPs talk federalism
Iraq's parliament abruptly adjourned yesterday after several Shia lawmakers tried to force debate on the divisive issue of federalism, which Sunnis fear could lead to the breakup of the oil-rich country.
 arrow US ups pressure on China, Russia over Iran
The United States Wednesday said it expected China and Russia to conquer qualms over imposing UN sanctions on Iran, warning the prospect of its foe going nuclear was "intolerable.
 arrow Blair says he'll resign within a year
Prime Minister Tony Blair reluctantly promised Thursday to resign within a year, hoping that revealing a general time frame for his departure will appease critics who are calling for him to step down.
 arrow Democrats debate censure of Rumsfeld
The US Senate debated Wednesday a Democrat-sponsored measure calling on President George W. Bush to sack Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, as ruling Republicans rallied around the embattled defence chief.
 arrow Arab League wants UN to relaunch ME peace
The Arab League on Wednesday called on the United Nations Security Council to find a new mechanism to relaunch the Middle East peace process, during a meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo.
 
   
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