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Front Pagearrow Govt restricts Hasina's going abroad
The army-backed caretaker government yesterday imposed restrictions on Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's leaving Dhaka today for USA for "the sake of investigation" into the graft cases filed
 arrow Proposals for reform in BNP being readied
Pro-reform leaders of the BNP are now finalising a set of proposals for reforms in the party, if necessary, excluding party Chairperson Khaleda.
 arrow Lifting ban on indoor politics not now
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government is not thinking of election or resumption of indoor politics at the moment in the interests of pro-reform politicians.
 arrow Falu on fresh remand, Tarique denied bail
Detained former BNP lawmaker Mossaddak Ali Falu was placed on a fresh four-day remand in a criminal case while Chief Conservator of Forests Osman Gani was placed on a three-day remand yesterday.
 arrow Financial closure timeline extended on Obaidul's plea
Responding to a plea of scamster Obaidul Karim's shell company BON Consortium, the Power Development Board (PDB) has agreed to extend the deadline for financial closure of the Meghnaghat-2, a 450MW power
 arrow Tariff proposals to hurt industry
The tariff changes in the proposed budget will hurt the country's industrial sector as the strong import bias will encourage imports at the cost of local industries, a joint press statement of eight leading
 arrow Budget size, financing sources not unrealistic
Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam rejected outright the notion that the proposals in the budget for fiscal year 2007-08 are unrealistic or unattainable.
 arrow Hasina terms govt decision 'undemocratic'
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday described the government restriction on her travelling to Chittagong to visit the landslide victims as "unconstitutional, undemocratic and contraryto
 arrow 7 JMB cadres surrender in Rangpur
Seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants surrendered at Gangachara Police Station in Rangpur yesterday morning.
 arrow EC to recruit 15,000 computer operators for voter listing
The Election Commission (EC) has decided to recruit some 15,000 computer operators for the field level task of preparing the voter roll with photographs and national identity cards.
 arrow Wife meets Tarique
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman's wife and mother-in-law visited him at the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow WB may withdraw grants for slow progress
The World Bank (WB) has warned that it would withdraw its Tk 280 crore grants for the Bangladesh Water Supply Programme Project because of its slow implementation pace and "reactive" project management.
 arrow Bomb planted by Jadid found in Rajshahi
True to their earlier declaration, the newly emerged Jadid Al Qaeda yesterday planted another powerful bomb on the campus of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) evading tight security.
 arrow Cops checking visitors' register of Ganobhaban
Police started checking the visitors' register of the then Ganobhaban to find out whether businessman Noor Ali visited the building on specific dates to handed over 12 cheques to the then prime minister
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Gias sued for land grabbing
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) filed a case against former BNP lawmaker Mohammad Giasuddin yesterday in connection with grabbing six acres of BIWTA land at Shiddhirganj in Narayanganj.
 arrow Hamim Group chief Azad owns Tk 29cr properties
Proprietor of Hamim Group AK Azad, one of the 21 corruption suspects and the publisher of daily Shamokal, yesterday submitted his statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) disclosing wealth worth
 arrow 3 Jamuna Oil Depot staff held for 'fuel adulteration'
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three people on charge of "fuel adulteration" in Narayanganj Jamuna Oil Company depot.
 arrow Abbas declares state of emergency, dismisses Hamas government
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas yesterday declared a state of emergency and sacked the government as Hamas appeared set to seize control of Gaza after days of ferocious gun battles.
 arrow Traffic Jams


 arrow Nepal parliament gets armed to axe king
Almost five years after it was dissolved for defiance, Nepal's resurrected parliament has finally got its revenge - becoming empowered to axe King Gyanendra ahead of the crucial November election.
 arrow 2,000 poultry birds culled
Live Stock Department (LSD) of Rangpur culled about 2000 poultry birds at Ghagotpara of Lakhmitari union under Gangachara upazila on Wednesday night following detection of avian influenza (bird flu) virus.
 arrow Rejoinders, our reply
Saifa Siddique, daughter of former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, has protested a report headlined "Babar talks about illegal VoIP network" published in The Daily Star on June 13.
 arrow Russians fixing space station computers
Russian computers that control the international space station's orientation and oxygen and water supplies were partly working again yesterday after failing the day before.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi on Ghona border in Satkhira Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Saifa Siddique, daughter of former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, has protested a report headlined "Babar talks about illegal VoIP network" published in The Daily Star on June 13.
Businessarrow New budget lacks mechanism to contain inflation: BEA
The proposed budget for the 2007-08 fiscal would not help keep inflation at a tolerable level, rather it would mount the inflationary pressure, Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) told a post-budget
 arrow Withdrawal of 10pc duty, 15pc VAT on textile machinery demanded
The FBCCI Standing Committee on Textile and 12 other associations of the textile and apparel sector, including BGMEA and BKMEA, Wednesday demanded the proposed 10 percent import duty and 15 percent VAT
 arrow Kuwait to resume recruiting Bangladeshis after enacting law
Kuwait will decide to resume recruitment of workers from Bangladesh after it formulates a law relating to employment of foreign workers, Kuwaiti labour minister has said.
 arrow Banks asked for short-term loans for RMG units
Had the financial institutions come forward to provide short term loans for smooth running of ready made garment units, the owners would have ensured workers' monthly salary on time, remarked the management
 arrow China urges US Congress to back down from trade bill
China urged the US Congress on Thursday to back away from a planned bill that could lead to tariffs on its exports, while pledging further reforms that would address concerns about an undervalued yuan.
 arrow BGMEA nominates Annisul Huq for FBCCI presidency
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday nominated its former president and Chairman of Mohammadi Group Annisul Huq as the candidate for the office of the president of
 arrow Turkish-Bangla chamber formally launched
Turkey-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBCCI) was launched Wednesday aiming to boost trade and economy between the two friendly countries.
 arrow Trust Bank opens branch in Moulvibazar
Trust Bank opened a branch in Moulvibazar recently, says a press release. Chief of Army Staff and Chairman of Trust Bank Limited General Moeen U Ahmed inaugurated the new branch.
 arrow Xerox Global Services launched in Dhaka
Xerox Corporation, the global document management company, has announced plans to further strengthen its presence in Bangladesh as Xerox Global Services (XGS) was launched yesterday in Dhaka to help organisations
 arrow Tough new US currency bill
High powered US Senators on Wednesday unveiled a tough new attempt to punish countries with "misaligned" currencies, hours after the Treasury decided not to brand China a "currency manipulator.
 arrow Dollar above 123 yen
The dollar surged past 123 yen on Thursday following news in the United States that producer prices jumped higher than expected in May. The dollar leapt to 123.
 arrow Eastern Bank declares 20pc cash, 25pc stock dividends
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) has declared a 20 percent cash dividend and a 25 percent stock dividend (bonus share) for its shareholders for the year 2006.
 arrow Exclusive showroom for Titan watch opens
Titan, a leading brand and manufacturer of watches based in India, has opened its first-ever exclusive showroom in Bangladesh styled 'World of Titan' at Bashundhara City shopping mall in Dhaka, says a
 arrow Students flying with BA can carry extra 23kg bag
Students flying with British Airways between June 15 and October 31, 2007, can carry an extra bag weighing up to 23 kilos, says a press release.
 arrow Oriental Bank gets new chairman
A H Tawfique Ahmed, former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank, has taken over as the chairman of Oriental Bank Ltd, says a press release.
 arrow Int'l Business Forum demands policy supports for social, services sectors
International Business Forum of Bangladesh has demanded additional allocations and policy supports for developing social and services sectors to achieve the projected 7 percent growth, which it says is
 arrow Oil prices flat in Asia
Oil prices were flat in Asian trade Thursday after a surprising US report showed little change in gasoline (petrol) inventories, dealers said.
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers focus on batting
Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful hoped that their extended batting sessions during last week would help them succeed in Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Course not on right course
Putting a system in place could be harder if the right atmosphere can't be created because lack of logistic support.
 arrow Cricket: Onus on West Indies
West Indies hope fast bowler Fidel Edwards can carry on from where he left off at Old Trafford as they look to restore some pride in the final Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Lies, damned lies..
Cricket statistics can be beguiling things.
It was revealed this week that the latest LG ICC player rankings rank Corey Collymore as the ninth best bowler in Test cricket.

 arrow Football: B. League back today
The B.League will resume today in the city after an impromptu four-day break due to heavy monsoon rain.
 arrow Cricket: NCL gets cash boost
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) did not discuss issues like picking a coach for the Tigers or on the selectors during a meeting at a conference hall in Gulshan last night.
 arrow Cricket: Sun TV to cover Ireland series
Kalanidhi Maran-promoted media group Sun TV Network Ltd yesterday said it will broadcast live feed of ODI series between India, Pakistan, South Africa and Ireland in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages.
 arrow Cricket: Rixon refuses Pakistan
Former Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was left as the main contender to coach troubled Pakistan on Thursday after his Australian compatriot Steve Rixon ruled himself out.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI surprised by Ford snub
Graham Ford's decision to decline the offer to coach the Indian team came as a surprise to the BCCI, according to its secretary Niranjan Shah.
 arrow Football: Capello future still undecided
Even winning the Spanish title might not save Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello from the sack, according to Spanish press reports on Thursday.
 arrow F1 coming to India
India has won the right to host its first Formula One race in 2009, officials announced Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Tsonga stuns Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt will go back to basics in the aftermath of his shock Queen's exit as he turns his attention to Wimbledon.
 arrow Table Tennis: Biman off to bright start
Title contenders Bangladesh Biman began their AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis League campaign with a straight sets win over Mohammedpur Boys on the opening day of the competition yesterday.
 arrow Chess: GM Zia joins Rajib, Nasir
In a seesaw battle in the premier group of the Destiny International Rating Chess Tournament, Grand Master Ziaur Rahman joined previous round's joint leaders Enamul Hossain Rajib and Nasir Ahmed atopthe
 arrow Cricket: The secret of Aussie success
The secret of Australia's continued success on the cricket field lay in the fact that the players treated themselves as the second best team in the world, captain Ricky Ponting said today.
 arrow Cricket: Aus coaches in SL shortlist
Sri Lanka has short-listed a handful of Australian coaches to take over the national team, officials said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Valencia players in ultras bust-up
Valencia players exchanged insults with a group of hardline fans following training on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Italy tackling hooliganism
The security measures introduced by the Italian government after the football riot which claimed the life of a policeman in Catania in February 2 have resulted in a sharp fall in football-related violence,
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld expects clash of personalities
After the biggest spending spree in Bayern Munich's history, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admitted on Wednesday he expects a few personality clashes within his German 'dream team'.
 arrow Vieira feels for pressured refs
Inter Milan star Patrick Vieira believes referees are becoming too scared to make crucial, match-turning decisions because of the pressure put on them by fans and media critics.
 arrow Football: Saha out till November
Manchester United striker Louis Saha has undergone knee surgery in the United States to repair an injury that kept him sidelined for much of last season.
 arrow Football: Bundesliga coach in doping burst
Former Bundesliga coach Peter Nuerurer admitted on Wednesday he saw players take a banned stimulant in the 1990s and claims the practice was not unusual in German football at that time.
 arrow Football: Tardelli to quit Juventus board
Marco Tardelli, a World Cup winner with Italy in 1982, said on Thursday he is to resign from the board of newly-promoted Juventus.
 arrow Football: Reds in for Yossi, Tal bound for Blues
Liverpool have confirmed that they would like to sign West Ham's Yossi Benayoun in a surprise development that has prompted the Israeli playmaker to stall on signing a new deal at the east London club.
 arrow Cricket: Clark bowls Hampshire into semis
Australia quick Stuart Clark bowled Hampshire into the semi-finals of English domestic cricket's Friends Provident Trophy one-day competition with a dramatic haul of six for 27 against Surrey at the Rose
 arrow Cricket: West Indies doubts over Zim tour
The West Indies Players' Association has expressed concern over the forthcoming A-team tour of Zimbabwe which is due to get underway in early July.
Metropolitanarrow Poor deprived of health rights
Though people's health is related to human rights, medical service in the country is so divided and captured by a group of people that the poor are often deprived of getting proper treatment, said former
 arrow No disaggregated data on gender in budget
There is no disaggregated data on gender in this year's budget, though the planning and finance adviser claimed it to be gender sensitive, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Stop hill cutting, renovate Chaktai canal
Communications Adviser Major General (retd) MA Matin yesterday directed the authorities concerned to stop all sorts of hill cutting, and take measures to renovate the Chaktai canal to avert landslides
 arrow Rita, Mita taken to BSMMU for treatment
Dr Ainun Nahar Rita, a physician, and Nurunnahar Mita, an engineer, two sisters who had been keeping themselves locked up for more than a month with the symptoms of relapse of their mental illness, were
 arrow Nine more fake students found at DU IR dept
A Dhaka University committee on admission forgery detected nine more cases at the Department of International Relations.
 arrow 'Take action plan to solve waterlogging problem in city '
Environmentalists at a press conference yesterday urged the government to take a pragmatic action plan to solve the waterlogging problem in the capital.
 arrow Joint forces arrest two criminals in Khagrachhari
Joint forces arrested two criminals in Khagrachhari yesterday. The arrestees were identified as Bolash Tripura alias Biplob Tripura, 22 and Yakub Ali alias Huzur Yakub, 45.
 arrow Declaration of 9 Chuadanga newspapers cancelled
The declaration of nine local newspapers in Chuadanga was cancelled by the deputy commissioner yesterday under the relevant provisions of the press and publication Act 1973.
 arrow Rajshahi BNP leader Altaf arrested
Police arrested Rajshahi BNP Vice President Altaf Hossain, a close associate of detained Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu, from Shaheb Bazar Zero Point in the city yesterday.
 arrow MJF, embassy of Norway sign agreement
The Embassy of Norway in Bangladesh and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) signed a three-year agreement to help establish human rights and good governance in Bangladesh on Wednesday, says a press release.
 arrow Concern aid for mudslide victims
Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian NGO, will provide relief amounting to Tk 28 lakh for the people affected by the mudslide and waterlogging in Chittagong.
 arrow Dr Ashraful Islam resigns from PSC
Dr Ashraful Islam Chowdhury, a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC), resigned on 'personal grounds' yesterday.
 arrow Gulf Oil distributors confce today
The annual distributors' conference of Gulf Oil Bangladesh Limited will be held at Parjatan Holiday Complex, Hotel Shoibal, in Cox's Bazar at 10:00am today, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Nature's revenge
The devastation that wrought havoc in the port city of Chittagong is an eye-opener, which shows how vulnerable we are to natural calamities.
 arrow Budget comments
The Finance Adviser, Dr.
 arrow Chittagong on the precipice
The city of beauty suddenly becoming a city of death! More than hundreds of people, including women and children, were buried under walls of mud and washed away in the current, with many others stillmissing.
Culturearrow Alauddin Ali and his unforgettable melodies
It was one of those rare moments when I caught a glimpse of renowned composer Alauddin Ali, as usual oblivious to the world around him, humming a catchy tune he probably just came up with...
 arrow Geetishotro's musical tribute to Waheedul Haque
Cultural organisation Geetishotro arranged a musical soiree on June 13 at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library. The programme was a homage to noted Tagore exponent Waheedul Haque.
 arrow TV play "Ananya" on Channel-i
Channel-i will telecast Ananya, a single episode TV play, today at 3:05pm in its Savlon Birotihin Binodon slot. The play revolves around Ananya -- a vivacious woman with an uncommon habit.
 arrow "Kushumpur-er Jabanika" on ATN Bangla tonight
Single episode TV play Kushumpurer Jabanika will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8:45pm. Ali is a famed TV actor. He also owns an ad firm. His wife is an actress.
 arrow Cultural evening by differently-abled artistes
Department of Production of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a two-day cultural programme by individuals with special needs. The programme began at the National Theatre Stage on January 13.
 arrow My views on music as an art form
Why do we compose music? Why do we involve ourselves in this field of art? Is it something we possess as a gift from the Creator and destined to continue throughout our lives? If not naturally gifted,
 arrow Aparna Sen's latest venture "The Japanese Wife"
Whenever there is an opportunity to explore the intricacies of human relationships, veteran actress-director Aparna Sen never lets go of that.
 arrow Drew Barrymore to play a chihuahua
Drew Barrymore has signed up to play a chihuahua in Disney's latest comedy South Of The Border.
 arrow "Pirates of the Caribbean III" faces wrath in China
Pirates of the Caribbean III is the latest film to feel the wrath of Chinese censors. Audiences in Beijing will see a severely snipped version of the movie when it opens there this week.
Generalarrow 'Provide budgetary allocation for indigenous people of plains'
Indigenous leaders demanded that the government provide budgetary allocation for advancement of the indigenous people of the plain lands and ensure their active participation in using the block allocation
 arrow Seven killed in road accidents
Seven people were killed and scores injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow Four of the killer gang arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four of a serial-killing gang, which was also involved in last month's killing of six members of a family in Narsingdi, from different parts of the country on Wednesday.
 arrow Art exhibition on children in politics
The National Children's Task Force (NCTF) opened a two-day art exhibition at the Shishu Academy in the city yesterday displaying children's artworks on involvement of children in political activities,
 arrow Foreign adviser meets speaker of Australian parliament
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury met Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives David Hawker MP at the Australian Parliament in Canberra yesterday morning.
 arrow 314 cases filed against owners, drivers in city
A mobile court in separate drives in the city over the last 21 days filed 314 cases against the owners and drivers of CNG-run auto-rickshaws for taking additional deposits and realising excess fares.
 arrow Shafi Ahmed made envoy to UK
The government has decided to appoint Shafi U Ahmed, now serving as the Bangladesh high commissioner to Malaysia, as the country's next high commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Internationalarrow Iraq surge a failure
Top US congressional Democrats bluntly told President George W.
 arrow New global rules to fight health threats come into force
Revised International Health Regulations (IHR) enter into force on Friday, aiming to boost the world's capacity to deal with the growing threat that infectious diseases such as bird flu can spread globally.
 arrow Ameerah Haq awarded Malalai medal
Ameerah Haq, deputy special representative of the UN secretary general for Afghanistan, was awarded Malalai medal by President Hamid Karzai recently, says a press release.
 arrow India could see first-ever female president
India's ruling Congress party yesterday chose a woman as its candidate in a presidential vote next month, raising the prospect that the country could see its first female head of state.
 arrow Bush plunges to new low in poll
US President George W. Bush's approval rating plunged to a new low of 29 percent in the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the Journal reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Big investment proposals
We must regard the half a dozen multi-billion dollar foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals that have been on the table for some years now as a tribute to the investment worthiness of Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Mocking poverty
Srijoni Bangladesh and Payatok Bangladesh may not be household names in the country. Even so, they happen to be NGOs which have as part of their agenda certain poverty alleviation schemes.
 arrow Eating out of foreign hands
I have had eyewitness accounts of how politicians competed with each other for the attention of a foreign diplomat.
 arrow Budgetary musings
Every Federal budget is usually better than the previous year, this year even more so.
Letters to Editorarrow The tragic landslide
Dateline: 11 June 2007, around 2:00 pm. Dhaka. Mr. Delwar Hossain, dealing assistant of English Department of Chittagong University calls me on my cell phone. "What is it Delwar Shaheb?" I ask.
 arrow Budget 2007-08
The recently announced budget is acclaimed by the people in general and us, the retired government servants.
 arrow Challenge for Ashraful
Bangladesh cricket Board has taken a very brave decision by appointing young Mohammad Ashraful and Mashrafe Bin Mortoza as captain and vice captain respectably until this September for both versions
 arrow Student politics
Everybody knows that student organisations affiliated with the two political parties are the breeding grounds of extortionists and hooligans directly nurtured by the two parties to meet their political
 arrow US morality
I have been quite impressed with the daily pronouncements from the USA as to how Bangladesh should be run. This is very generous of them.
 arrow Drive against corruption
Bangladesh is going through a radical transition that will enable the country to prosper, progress and sustain growth long term.
 arrow Nayar's article
Please see the write-up "The unwanted brew" by Kuldip Nayar published in your daily on 26 May.
 arrow Compressed air car!
There was a fascinating report (June 1), on air powered cars.
 arrow Corrupt elements
I think these corrupt politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats thought that all the people in the country were fools! A cheat, a thief has no other name - he/she should be punished as a cheat or as
 arrow Our next leader
It is encouraging that while Professor Yunus has withdrawn himself from politics (without even entering into it and that for valid and understandable reasons) Dr Kamal Hossain, a veteran politician,
 arrow Education sector
It is heartening that the govt. has allocated the highest amount of money for the education sector. It is important no doubt, but some other considerations are there to be addressed immediately & simultaneously.
 arrow Bashar's contribution
Everyone has his ups & downs in life and it is also not different in the case of a cricketer. Habibul Bashar has many contributions to our cricket.
 arrow Appeal to CTG
I am sure the people of Bangladesh overwhelmingly accepted and appreciated the present CTG's drive against corruption.
 arrow Thanking you...
I am a Bangladeshi student in Malaysia studying American Degree Program, MIS. I read the article on the banned educational institutions in Bangladesh.
 arrow Mudslide victims
I would request the government to declare immediately a "national mourning day" for the victims of Chittagong tragedy.
 arrow Manmade disaster
It is quite usual in the Bangladeshi context to experience such weather at this time of the year. But what happened in Chittagong is not usual. The whole country is shocked to learn about the death toll.
 arrow TSC cyber centre
Bangladesh has joined the information super highway through the submarine cable. This is good news for the people who depend on the internet or enjoy net facilities.
 arrow Good supplements, but...
For the past 11years we have been a loyal subscriber of "The Daily Star". It became an integral part of our morning, ever since my dad introduced it in our house more than a decade ago.
 arrow Dhaka-Kolkata train service
Another milestone of the present caretaker government would be the opening of train service between the Dhaka (Banani) railway station and the Kolkata (Shealdah) station.
Environmentarrow Depletion of forest by the forest lord!
Most of the news about the environment either here in Bangladesh or elsewhere in the world is distressingly bad.
 arrow Unilateral withdrawal of Brahmaputra waters?
My attention was drawn to the news item "China plans to divert Brahmaputra waters" in The Daily Star of May 8, 2007.
 arrow Greener living to thwart climate change
Our planet is surrounded by a blanket of gases which keeps its surface warm and able to sustain life.
Worldarrow US presses Pakistan to hold free elections
Top US diplomats are visiting Pakistan this week for talks with embattled anti-terror ally President Pervez Musharraf on holding free and fair elections due later this year, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Israel rules out military intervention in Gaza
Israel voiced increasing alarm on Thursday about raging Palestinian warfare in Gaza but ruled out military intervention to stop Hamas from gaining the upper hand over its Western-backed rivals.
 arrow 'LTTE planning attack on Colombo port'
Sri Lankan police have uncovered a plan by Tamil Tiger rebels to launch a suicide attack against the country's main sea port in the capital, a report said Thursday quoting police investigators.
 arrow Sunni mosques attacked after Shia shrine bombing
A handful of Sunni mosques were attacked or burned yesterday, but curfews and increased troop levels kept Iraq in relative calm a day after suspected al-Qaeda bombers toppled the towering minarets ofa
 arrow Iran threatens to cut nuclear cooperation
Iran threatened yesterday to further reduce cooperation with the UN atomic agency if new sanctions are ordered and insisted its uranium enrichment programme had gone too far to turn back.
 arrow Angry mourners blame Syria at Lebanon MP's funeral
Angry mourners cried out against Syria yesterday at the funeral of prominent MP Walid Eido, whose death in a Beirut bombing was the latest in a string of killings the ruling coalition has blamed on Damascus.
 arrow Ex-UN chief Waldheim no more
Kurt Waldheim, the former UN secretary general and president of Austria whose reputation was tarnished by revelations over his Nazi past, died Thursday at the age of 88, his family said.
 
   
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