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Front Pagearrow Advisers tell Hasina of EC reformation move
Two advisers to the caretaker government late last night rushed to AL President Sheikh Hasina conveying the message that they have initiated effective steps to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC).
 arrow Aziz, ECs 'neutral, non-partisan'
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the chief election commissioner (CEC) and the other commissioners are "neutral and non-partisan people" holding the constitutional posts.
 arrow Same men reshuffled among top cop posts
The top posts of the police were reshuffled again yesterday in a span of 24 hours, leaving the same men in important positions.
 arrow Ershad may join BNP alliance today
In a major political development, former president HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) is going to join the BNP-led four-party alliance today.
 arrow Contracts, projects to be reviewed
Adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said the interim government will review all development projects and contracts approved during the last days of the immediate past alliance government.
 arrow Meet demands or face all-out movements
The 14-party alliance yesterday reminded the president and caretaker government chief of the deadline to prove his neutrality and threatened to go for all-out movements if their demands are not met by
 arrow Pricey essentials remained people's permanent plight
Changes to the commerce ministry portfolio twice did little help to curb the price hike of essentials during the BNP-led four-party government's tenure.
 arrow Caretaker chief holds more posts than predecessors
The caretaker government chief this time holds more portfolios than the ones in 1996 and 2001.
 arrow A part of the Shitalakhya...

 arrow Law firm asks Adviser Sufia to confirm her citizenship
A law firm, Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed & Associates, sent a letter to Adviser to the Caretaker Government Dr Sufia Rahman yesterday requesting her to confirm to the president that she does not holddual
 arrow CEC to consider if advisers ask him to quit
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said he will consider if advisers to the caretaker government request him to resign from his post but he reminded them to follow the constitution before
 arrow SCBA wants Adviser Fazlul to resign
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has demanded immediate resignation of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Justice M Fazlul Huq for what it said his hostile attitude towards the 14-party
 arrow Jail Killing Day today
Today is the 30th anniversary of the killing of four national leaders and Liberation War heroes.
 arrow An usual scene...

 arrow Teachers for education sector free of politics
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday placed a 13-point education reform proposal to the caretaker government with a view to free the education sector of partisan influence.
 arrow Call for removal of politically recruited doctors
Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (SCP) yesterday demanded immediate removal of all physicians politically recruited or promoted during the tenure of the four-party alliance government, including the director
 arrow Mufti Hannan remanded again
A Dhaka court yesterday placed Mufti Abdul Hannan, operations commander of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad (Huji), his brother Huji member Mahibullah alias Mafizur Rahman and their close associate
 arrow Butenis meets JP, Jamaat leaders
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad said his party might contest the elections independently if other alliances boycott the polls.
 arrow Shibir leader killed in clash with BNP
An Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leader was shot dead and 50 others were injured during a clash between the activists of BNP and Jamaat at Nangolkot upazila headquarters yesterday morning.
 arrow Reception to Prof Yunus at Bangabhaban November 5
President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed will accord a reception to Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus on November 5.
 arrow BNP-led alliance acts as caretaker of caretaker govt
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday claimed that the members of the last government still think they are in power and it shows in their attitude and activities.
 arrow Interim govt must deliver neutrally
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the caretaker government will have to perform its duties neutrally for holding free and fair elections in the country.
 arrow Amnesty concerned at political violence
The Amnesty International (AI) strongly condemned recent wave of political violence and asked leaders of all political parties for immediate and effective measures to ensure that no further violence is
 arrow 8 die in road crashes
Eight people died and 20 others were injured in road accidents in Bogra and Faridpur yesterday and on Wednesday night.
 arrow 11 arms found from pond in Kurigram
Police yesterday recovered 11 firearms and ammunition from a pond at Chandrakhana village under Fulbari upazila of the district.
 arrow Russia, China won't back Iran sanctions
Russian and China indicated that they will not support a draft UN resolution imposing tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear enrichment programme.
 arrow Panama to get Security Council seat
Panama was expected to be officially nominated yesterday for a post on the UN Security Council after deadlocked Guatemala and Venezuela gave up their bids.
 arrow Syria, Iran dismiss US accusation on Lebanon
Syria and Iran yesterday dismissed a US accusation that they are trying to topple Lebanon's government with their Lebanese ally Hezbollah.
 arrow Notice
We regret that the Star Weekend Magazine could not come out today due to printing problem. The magazine will be distributed along with Saturday's newspaper.
Businessarrow Labour unrest, political tensions upset RMG buyers: MCCI
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has said labour unrest in readymade garment industry, political tensions and congestion in Chittagong Port have upset major apparel buyers, who
 arrow Ensure MFIs' transparency, product diversification
More transparency and product diversification in micro finance institutions (MFIs) would help sustain the success of the sector in Bangladesh, observed speakers at a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Nilufar to attend Halifax Microcredit Summit
"I never thought of going abroad in my life.
 arrow GP launches medical call centre tomorrow
GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd is going to launch healthcare information service tomorrow for its subscribers through a medical call centre styled 'HealthLine' in cooperation with Telemedicine Reference Centre
 arrow China-Africa summit today
The official theme of the China-Africa summit this weekend is "friendship, peace, cooperation, and development", but a fifth word seems to be missing from huge banners hung up around Beijing. Oil.
 arrow Ctg port, Customs to operate round-the-clock for one month
Chittagong Port and Customs will remain open round-the-clock for next one month to clear the congestion caused by the countrywide seize by the 14-party alliance early this week.
 arrow Lahore Safta sub-group meet put off
The 2nd meeting of the Safta sub-group on non-tariff measures (NTMs), due from November 6-8 at Lahore in Pakistan, has been postponed at the request of a member state.
 arrow 3 get AKTEL scholarship to study in Malaysia
Three students got scholarship from mobile phone operator AKTEL to study at Multimedia University in Malaysia. The scholarships were given away to the recipients at a function in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow FBCCI chief becomes VP of confederation of Asia-Pacific chambers
Mir Nasir Hossain, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), has been elected vice president of Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI).
 arrow IPDC IPO lottery held
The lottery for allotment of shares against IPO of Industrial Promotion and Development Company of Bangladesh Limited (IPDC), a private sector development finance institution, was held yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow Eastland Ins celebrates 20th anniversary tomorrow
Eastland Insurance Company, one of the first generation private sector general insurance companies, is going to celebrate its 20th founding anniversary tomorrow, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Hockey: MSC do it again
Mohammedan Sporting Club once again passed the 'mettle' detector with flying colours when they put aside a possible players' rebellion to crush Green Delta Premier Hockey League leaders and archrivals
 arrow Cricket: Gayle takes WI into final
Chris Gayle smashed a blistering century to fire the West Indies into the Champions Trophy final with a six-wicket win over a hapless South Africa here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif to appeal
Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar will appeal against a two-year drugs ban, his doctor said Thursday, as a tribunal's report showed the paceman took vitamins and herbal medicines without telling team staff.
 arrow Cricket: Imran terms ban 'harsh'
Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan said Thursday the "harsh" bans handed to Pakistan's two key pace bowlers had dealt a major blow to the team's World Cup chances.
 arrow Cricket: Punter firm on catch
Not for the first time in this tournament, the issue of a fielder being unsure about the legality of a catch cropped up again and Ricky Ponting reiterated his stance on the need for an agreement between
 arrow Cricket: Intikhab sets' an example'
Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has said he has no regrets about imposing the doping bans on Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif that effectively ruled them out of the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo talks for Aussies
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming expects Australia to regain the Ashes from England provided their best players remain fit during the November-January cricket series.
 arrow Cricket: Glenn claims near fitness
Veteran Australia paceman Glenn McGrath believes he is close to full form and fitness after his man-of-the-match display against New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Vermeulen the attacker?
Police was questioning controversial former Zimbabwe Test player Mark Vermeulen on Thursday over a suspected arson attack on the national cricket training academy in Harare.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy can feel their pain
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Thursday he felt the pain of bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif after they were banned for doping, adding that the team would badly miss their pace.
 arrow Tennis: Nikolay into last eight
Defending champion Tomas Berdych and Nikolay Davydenko, the highest ranked player in the tournament, wasted little time in reaching the Paris Masters quarterfinals on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Milan cruise on Kaka
Brazilian playmaker Kaka struck a hattrick as AC Milan beat Anderlecht 4-1 to tighten their grip at the top of Champions League Group H on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: United caught in the cold
Manchester United's seven-match winning run came to an abrupt halt as Sir Alex Ferguson's men crashed to a 1-0 Champions League defeat by FC Copenhagen on a freezing night in the Danish capital.
 arrow Football: Real steal past Steaua
Real Madrid reached the last 16 of the Cham-pions League on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest of Romania, through the performance at the Bernabeu lacked sparkle.
 arrow Cricket: CA studies home ODIs
Cricket Australia said Thursday it was unable to guarantee the format of the home triangular one-day international series would be retained beyond the 2007-08 summer season.
 arrow Cricket: Matthew likens Monty to Daniel
Australian Test opener Matthew Hayden has described England's Monty Panesar "different" from most finger spinners but said his wicket-taking ability was quite like that of New Zealand left-arm ace Daniel
 arrow Football: Ancelotti heaps praise on Kaka
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti described playmaker Kaka as the best in the world after he scored a hattrick in a 4-1 win over Champions League rivals Anderlecht.
 arrow Football: Lyon breeze into last 16
Karim Benzema's winner for Lyon in a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev here on Wednesday propelled them into the Champions League knockout stages and continued their remarkable victory run.
 arrow Football: Juve celebrate in style
Juventus celebrated their 109th anniversary by defeating Brescia 2-0 on Wednesday for their eighth consecutive win in Serie B.
 arrow Football: Gunners fire blanks
Arsenal were left to rue a series of woeful misses as CSKA Moscow rode their luck to earn a 0-0 draw in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Hamburg humiliated
2004 winners FC Porto are in with a great shout of reaching the knockout phase of the Champions League after an impressive 3-1 away win over SV Hamburg here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Celtic crushed at Benfica
Benfica kept their chances alive of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League when they crushed Celtic 3-0 on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: AEK end barren run
It's taken 22 attempts but AEK Athens finally chalked up their first win in the Champions League against 10-man Lille here on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory.
 arrow Football: Good news for Eidur
Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to be back to face Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Saturday after getting injured in midweek Champions League action.
 arrow Football: We let Germany down: Doll
Hamburg SV's meek exit from the Champions League let down German football as well as the club and their fans, according to coach Thomas Doll.
Metropolitanarrow President to meet reasonable demands
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said it is the President's discretion whether or not to call out army to quell any future outbreaks of political violence.
 arrow Act with neutrality in country's interest
There is no place for violence under any circumstances and the United Kingdom (UK) is helping in promoting non-violent politics in Bangladesh, said a British diplomat in the city yesterday referring to
 arrow 'Form cell to monitor govt officials' activities'
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Kendriyo Command Council yesterday called for forming a monitoring cell comprising eminent citizens to keep tabs on administrative officials in order to ensure that they
 arrow Advisers' First Day at Office

 arrow 'Publish white paper on previous govt'
Bangabandhu Prakaushali Parishad, a pro-Awami League engineers' association, yesterday urged the chief advisor to the caretaker government and President Iajuddin Ahmed to initiate publication of a white
 arrow Reopen public varsities
Chhatra Sangram Parishad (CSP), a combine of seven student organisations, yesterday urged the caretaker government to reopen country's public universities immediately and to bring back a congenial atmosphere
 arrow Non-govt teachers, staffs to get 100 pc salary
The teachers and employees of the non-government schools, colleges, madrasas and technical educational institutions will get 100 percent salary from the national exchequer, an education ministry circular
 arrow Remove CHT Dev Board chairman
Khagrachhari District Jana Sanghati Samity (JSS) yesterday submitted a memorandum to President and Chief Adviser to caretaker government Iajuddin Ahmed demanding implementation of its two-point demand.
 arrow Police raid 5 DU halls
Police yesterday raided five dormitories of Dhaka University (DU) and arrested two outsiders.
 arrow Holy Kathin Chivar Dan begins today
The Buddhist community celebrates the Holy Kathin Chivar Dan (yellow robes offering ceremony) festival with due solemnity, dignity and religious fervour today and tomorrow.
 arrow Justice Haq's remarks protested
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday expressed its frustration over the remarks by an adviser to the caretaker government Justice Fazlul Haq.
 arrow 92nd anniversary of birth of Justice Debesh today
Today is the 92nd birth anniversary of Justice Debesh Bhattacharya, says a press release. He was born in a Zamindar family of Ellenga, Tangail, in 1914.
 arrow 'Delete distorted Liberation War history from textbooks'
Sammilita Sangskritik Jote submitted a memorandum to the chairman of School Textbook Board yesterday demanding deletion of distorted version of the Liberation War history from the textbooks and insertion
 arrow Free, fair polls CG's main task
Advisor for Information, Water Resources and Religious Affairs Mahbubul Alam yesterday said the main responsibility of the caretaker government is to hold a free, fair and impartial election in the country.
 arrow Injured Shibir man dies at city hospital
A Shibir leader, who was wounded during the clashes between Jamaat-e-Islami and 14-party combine activists at Paltan on October 28, succumbed to his injuries yesterday at a hospital in the capital.
 arrow No reason to resign: RU VC
Rajshahi University (RU) Vice-chancellor Prof Altaf Hossain yesterday said there is no reason for his resignation as demanded by local 14-party combine and RU Progressive Teachers' Society (PTS).
 arrow Film appreciation course from Nov 24
The three-month film appreciation course organised by Bangladesh Film Archive under the Ministry of Information will begin from November 24.
Point-Counterpointarrow Either you're with us, or you're with the poorest
The usual wrong-guy-got-the-prize claims have followed the Nobel Peace Prize for Dr Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank.
 arrow To the polls, unless your name be Das, Tripura, or Roy
"Why can small numbers excite rage? They represent a tiny obstacle between majority and totality or total purity.
 arrow Tajuddin's prophecy
Tajuddin Ahmed, the first prime minister of Bangladesh, was born in Kapasia of Gazipur (then Dhaka) District in 1925.
 arrow A prayer for the president
Our Most Honourable President, as an ordinary citizen of our beloved country I write this to you. Ours is a country with a lot of sores and agonies, with hopes and dreams continually being frustrated.
Culturearrow Mita Noor: Transition from modelling to acting
I am as translucent and transparent as the finest glass. I have gained so much by being honest I don't see why I should be dishonest," says the attractive and outspoken Mita Noor.
 arrow 'Antorotoro Aaj Gaaner Bhubon': Bringing together two divas on mini screen
The marathon Eid programmes were surely a boon for the audience as the private channels competed fiercely to woo viewers with a surfeit of entertainment, ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical
 arrow Winners of Aawaz /Foorti quiz contest awarded
Private radios are fast becoming popular amongst the younger generation.
 arrow Tunes from Rajasthan
The Langas and the Mangniyars, two ancient families residing in the deserts of Rajasthan, claim ancestral lineage with the Rajputs and the Sindh Sipahis.
 arrow Framing Bangladesh-Russia relationship anew
To mark the 35th anniversary of Russian-Bangladesh diplomatic relations, a photography exhibition titled 'President of the Russian Federation Vladimir V Putin' is being held at Russian Centre of Science
 arrow Colourful 'Day of the Dead' festival in Mexico
The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos, Día de los Difuntos or Día de Muertos in Spanish) is an ancient Aztec celebration of the memory of deceased ancestors that is celebrated on November 1 (All Saints'
Generalarrow 3 m women to be vaccinated
Approximately 3 million women of child bearing age (15-49 years) will be vaccinated during the second phase of the Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (NTE) campaign starting November 5, says a press release.
 arrow Ras Mela begins tomorrow
Ras Mela, the biggest festival for the fishing community in the south of the country, will begin at Dublar Char in the Sundarbans tomorrow.
 arrow ASK greets Irene Khan on winning Sydney Peace Prize
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, yesterday congratulated Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, on her winning the 2006 Sydney Peace Prize, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Distribution of portfolios
The distribution of the portfolios amongst the newly appointed advisers of the fourth caretaker government has largely disappointed the people.
 arrow Editorial: Opposition demands
The Awami League's judicious and constructive response to President Iajuddin Ahmed's taking over as the chief of the caretaker government, despite initial rejection, and the party's readiness to extend
 arrow The heat is on
It is said that if you place a frog into a pot of boiling water that it will hop right out again, but that if you place it in a pot of cold water and then slowly increase the heat, it will stay put until
 arrow The Sunday night schtick
Something happened last Sunday night that has left no taste in the mouth. We can't tell if it was sweet, bitter, hot or sour.
 arrow Why Dr Yunus did not get the Nobel Prize for economics
In orthodox economics one of the first lessons is: an economist cannot make value judgments -- the moment s/he does, s/he is no more an economist.
Letters to Editorarrow Destructive politics, helpless people
Recent political events are harmful for the nation as a whole. All the important sectors of our national life have been affected by the on-going political crisis.
 arrow Saddam's trial
The former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has been under trial for quite some time now and the investigative agencies authorised and controlled by the Pentagon-cum-CIA are making a mockery of legal procedures
 arrow Olmert and Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday compared Iran's nuclear ambitions and threats against Israel with the policies of Nazi Germany and criticised world leaders who maintain relations with Iran's
 arrow New stalemate
Whereas our political parties failed to show the nation any sign of hope, KM Hasan, the former chief justice, took an attempt to resolve the conflict by declining to be Chief Adviser of the CaretakerGovernment.
 arrow Who will rescue us?
We feel helpless. We are not safe on the road, in the mosque or even our home. What a life in an independent country! The two political parties have paralysed our economy, development, everything.
 arrow Changing Afghans
I am writing this letter in response to "Changing Afghans" written by FR Chowdhury from London on 13 September. I absolutely resent the impression that the writer has of the people of Afghanistan.
 arrow Whither spirit of liberation war?
We are general people. We don't understand democracy or political science well, what we understand is that a controversial anti-liberation party is leading our country.
 arrow Intellectual poverty?
Except a few exceptions, our intellectual property seems to be tailored by political sponsorship, if I could define them and detect their instinctive impulses properly.
 arrow Look at the constitution
It seems to me that under clause 58C article 5 of our constitution, the President may appoint any eligible citizen of Bangladesh to be the Chief Advisor, in consultation with the major political parties,
 arrow So be it!
It was two days of stress and tension for me to get updated about what is happening in Dhaka, where I left my three most loved people--mom, dad and sister.
 arrow Shafiq Rehman
It is amazing and baffling, and shocking to many, that journalist Shafiq Rehman tried to get out of the country under mysterious circumstances.
Environmentarrow Now it is global dimming
Most of us are aware, or at least heard of, terms like greenhouse gasses, greenhouse effect, and global warming.
 arrow El Nino update: 2006-07
An El Niño has been developing in the equatorial Pacific since early summer and, based on conditions in the Indian Ocean, will likely grow in strength over the next two months.
 arrow Dammed river, dead river: A case study on Teesta
Evidences show that the natural flow of all rivers is inherently variable, and that this variability is critical to ecosystem functioning and native bio-diversity.
 arrow SPARRSO works for food security
Food security is the ensured access of all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.
Worldarrow South Asia: Five killed in Lanka air attack: Tigers
At least five people were killed yesterday when Sri Lankan war planes bombed a house near the main hospital inside rebel-held territory in Kilinochchi, Tiger guerrillas said.
 arrow South Asia: India, UK join hands to fight terrorism and climate change
India and Britain yesterday took their multifaceted ties to a new level by stepping up cooperation in the crucial areas of counter-terrorism and climate change.
 arrow South Asia: Ulfa opposes oil drilling in Brahmaputra River
A separatist group that has previously destroyed petroleum works in India's resource-rich northeast Assam state said yesterday it opposed a plan to search for oil under the Brahmaputra River.
 arrow South Asia: UN urges Nepali rebels to stop torture
A United Nations rights group has urged Nepal's Maoist rebels to stop detaining and torturing suspected criminals throughout the country, the group said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Myanmar threatens political crackdown
Myanmar's military government threatened yesterday to crack down on activists who have been campaigning for the release of political prisoners.
 arrow South Asia: Car bomb kills 3 near Pak police chief's office in Quetta
A car bomb exploded yesterday in front of a provincial police chief's office in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, killing three people including a policeman, officials said.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal court orders 'living goddess' probe
Nepal's Supreme Court has ordered a probe into whether a centuries-old practice of worshipping a "living goddess" violates the rights of young girls, court officials said yesterday.
 arrow Asia turns hotspots for arms sellers
Asia has shot past the Middle East as the world's largest arms market, with India concluding $5.4 billion in deals in 2005, the most of any developing nation, a new report for the US Congress has found.
 arrow US accuses Syria, Iran of plotting to topple Lebanon govt
The United States on Wednesday accused Syria, Iran and Hezbollah militants of plotting to topple the Lebanese government and warned them to keep their "hands off.
 arrow 4 more killed as Israel presses Gaza incursion
Israel kept up an incursion in Gaza yesterday, which has killed 12 Palestinians and a soldier in little over a day in one of its largest operations since militants seized a soldier in June.
 arrow AI's Irene Khan wins Sydney Peace Prize
The first woman to lead the world's largest human rights organisation, Amnesty International, is this year's recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.
 arrow US military sees Iraq edging toward chaos
US military commanders assessed two weeks ago that Iraq was edging toward chaos, according to a classified military chart published in the New York Times on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Iraq discontent drives US polls agenda'
A new poll has confirmed that widespread dissatisfaction over Iraq could spell the end of the Republican dominance of Congress, with voters saying they expect the Democrats to cut US involvement in Iraq.
 arrow Saddam faces judgment day on Sunday
For 24 years he brooked no dissent, brutally crushing anyone who challenged his despotic rule. Now fallen Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein faces the ultimate penalty in a court run by his own people.
 arrow Kerry says sorry for 'botched Iraq joke’
Democratic Sen John Kerry apologised directly to US troops on Wednesday for comments about Iraq that prompted a firestorm of Republican criticism in the final days of a bitter congressional election campaign.
 arrow China wants N Korea talks as soon as possible
China called yesterday for the next round of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons programme to take place as soon as possible, after this week brokering an end to the diplomatic deadlock.
 arrow Trapped coal miners in China dig their way to safety
Sixteen miners trapped for 14 hours in a northwestern China coal mine have dug themselves out, state press reported Thursday.
 arrow Vietnam charges 3 US citizens with 'terrorism’
Seven people, including three Vietnamese-born US citizens, will be prosecuted on charges of plotting violence against Vietnam's communist government, officials said yesterday.
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