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Front Pagearrow Fertiliser, energy prices won't be hiked for now
The advisory committee on economic affairs yesterday held back a proposal for price hike of urea fertiliser and asked the ministries concerned to prepare a comprehensive proposal for possible price increases
 arrow Reforms required, not imposed ones
Leaders of major political parties, a former adviser to the caretaker government, and members of the civil society yesterday said splitting the major political parties or forced reforms will bring nogood
 arrow NGOs asked to spend 50pc foreign funds on visible dev works
The non-government organisations (NGOs) will have to ensure accountability in getting and spending foreign funds and dedicate half the money to tangible development work, says a recent circular by the
 arrow First ODI today
Under heightened security, there was hardly any buzz in the city about the three-match one-day series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka which starts today but there was no short of excitement in the visitors'
 arrow No reforms until Hasina released
Acting president of Awami League (AL) Zillur Rahman yesterday said no reforms and council would take place unless Sheikh Hasina is released.
 arrow Ad firm filling up Gulshan Lake for billboard
An advertise firm is erecting a billboard filling up a portion of Gulshan Lake beside Kalachandpur Gudaraghat on Gulshan-1-Mohakhali link road.
 arrow Move to right history in school textbooks
National Curriculum and Text Book Board (NCTB) is going to print primary and secondary textbooks recognising Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as 'father of the nation' and Ziaur Rahman as 'the firstproclaimer
 arrow Hasina receives ACC letter
Detained Awami League President Sheikh Hasina said the notice issued upon her to submit wealth statement is full of mistakes, but her claim was dismissed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow 60 get 84-yr in jail in Natore arms loot case
A Natore court yesterday sentenced 60 people to 84 years imprisonment in two cases--Gurudaspur Police Station looting and murder of a cop during the incident--in Natore district in 1987.
 arrow Processions for Hasina's release
Police yesterday arrested six activists of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations at different places in the country as they brought out processions, protesting AL chief Sheikh Hasina's arrestand
 arrow Indo-Bangla water talks from Aug 7
The Joint Committee of Experts (JCE) of Bangladesh and India meets in New Delhi from August 7 to settle different unresolved water issues, especially to make recommendations for an interim deal on the
 arrow Nepal parliament okays right to information bill
The Interim Legislature-Parliament in Nepal Wednesday unanimously passed a bill on "Right to Information" guaranteeing the public easy access to all the documents of the state except for information in
 arrow NBR asks for bank account details of 46
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked all commercial banks to submit account details of 46 corruption suspects, including former state ministers Lutfozzaman Babar and Shahjahan Omar, and
 arrow AK Faezul Huq passes away
Eminent politician A K Faezul Huq, son of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq, died of cardiac arrest at United Hospital at Gulshan in the city yesterday. He was 64.
 arrow Maternal uncle accused of 'killing' Nawshin
Father of Sadia Nawshin who was found strangled to death inside their flat at Moghbazar in the city on Wednesday filed a murder case yesterday against his brother-in-law who used to live in the residence.
 arrow The Elders...

 arrow EC wants more authority to formulate rules
The Election Commission (EC) is going to seek more power from the government to formulate rules on voter list preparation under the Electoral Rolls Ordinance 1982, according to which the said authority
 arrow Children stop another child marriage
A 14-year old girl was rescued yesterday from an attempted under-age marriage at Laxmanpur village in Tala upazila as over a hundred students from Ghona High School took to the streets in protest.
 arrow Charges pressed against ex-MP Harun, ntv MD, Barisal mayor
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against former BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid, ntv Managing Director Enayetur Rahman Bappi and a businessman Istiaq Sadiq in a graft case.
 arrow Jt forces earned public support for fighting graft
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said the joint forces in operation have already earned massive support and kudos from common people for resisting corruption in the country.
 arrow India set for first woman president
India looked set Thursday to get its first woman president after a vote by lawmakers, but doubts remained as to whether the 72-year-old -- dogged by a slew of scandals -- was fit to assume the post.
 arrow Pakistan suicide bombings kill 36
Suicide bombers hit a convoy of Chinese workers in southern Pakistan and a police academy in the north, killing 36 people and wounding 54 as violence swept farther across the country.
 arrow Russia expelling 4 British diplomats
Russia said Thursday it will expel four British diplomats and suspend counterterrorism cooperation with London, the latest move in a mounting confrontation over the radiation poisoning death of former
Businessarrow FDI in limited sectors does a little for Bangladesh economy
A UN report on least developed countries has pointed out that maximum foreign direct investments in Bangladesh now concentrates on some sectors like telecommunications, banking service or oil and gasexploration,
 arrow AB Bank, Euronet for joint venture on e-payment system
Arab Bangladesh Bank Ltd and Euronet Worldwide, the world's third biggest money transfer company, have expressed their intention to set up a joint venture company in Bangladesh to establish ATM and POS
 arrow Over Tk27cr tax on undeclared assets realised so far
The National Board of Revenue realised Tk 27 crore 39.50 lakh taxes on undeclared assets till yesterday, the board chairman, Badiur Rahman, told a conference in the port city yesterday.
 arrow World Bank to help expand EPZs
World Bank (WB) will finance to expand the country's export processing zones (EPZs) as a part of special economic zone, says a press release.
 arrow Independent body to protect coal suggested
Speakers at a discussion yesterday in Dhaka urged the government to form an organisation, namely 'Coal Bangla', which will be responsible for mining, producing, distributing and preserving the country's
 arrow Bush targets import safety amid China worries
US President George W. Bush ordered top aides Wednesday to review the safety of imports into the United States amid public outrage over a series of health scares centered on goods from China.
 arrow IIDFC arranges Tk 168cr for Warid Telecom
Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC) Ltd with the help of nine banks has arranged a Tk 168 crore syndicated working capital facility for Warid Telecom International Ltd, which
 arrow Oil above $75
Oil prices extended their rise above $75 a barrel on Thursday as the market reacted to an unexpected decline in U.S. gasoline inventories.
 arrow Tata, Mahindra may bid for Land Rover, Jaguar
Indian automakers Tata Motors and the Mahindra group are considering separate bids to buy luxury British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover from struggling US carmaker Ford Motor Corp, according to media
 arrow Apollo Hospitals, Saudi embassy sign corporate agreement
Apollo Hospitals Dhaka and Saudi embassy in Bangladesh have recently entered into a corporate agreement under which employees of the embassy will get medical services at special rates and other corporate
 arrow Atab president reelected
MA Muhaimin Saleh, managing director of Saimon Overseas Ltd, has been elected president of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab) for the third term, says a press release.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Ashraful targets win
Bangladesh proved earlier that they have the ability to turn the table on them in the one-day game if they gain momentum from the very beginning of a match.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath boost for Mahela
"Mahela (Jayawardene), is your team under pressure in this series?" a surprised question was thrown to the Sri Lankan skipper when he was talking to the press after a practice session at the indoors of
 arrow Football: Seniors refuse to play
If the first list of the national squad named by the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for the Nehru Cup in India had raised just a few eyebrows, the second set of players chosen for the Merdeka Cup
 arrow Football: Ctg Mohammedan too good for Khulna Abahani
Chittagong Mohammedan crushed visiting Khulna Abahani 3-0 in yesterday's B. League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.
 arrow Hockey: Twenty-eight report to hockey camp
Some 28 players reported yesterday to coach Mahbub Harun and assistant coach Abdullah Piru for the second phase of the national hockey camp that began at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Dastagir quits cricket board
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) vice-president Gazi Golam Dastagir yesterday tendered his resignation to the board president.
 arrow Football: Booter Nasir passes away
Capt (retd) Nasiruddin Ahmed Chowdhury, a star Wari Club footballer, died of heart attack yesterday at his residence in Pallabi. He was 56.
 arrow Handball: Dhaka win tight opener
Dhaka edged Madaripur 7-6 in a keenly contested opening match of the BASIC Bank 18th National Women's Handball Championship yesterday at the Dhanmondi Women's Complex.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss nears landmark
Andrew Strauss was in sight of his 11th Test hundred and fourth at Lord's on the first day of the first Test against India here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Miandad vows to help Lawson
Despite criticising his appointment, Javed Miandad says he is willing to work with Pakistan's new coach Geoff Lawson.
 arrow Cricket: Welcome Home...

 arrow Football: Stars pay tribute to Mandela
Technique won over youth and agility when football legends past and present played a celebrity match in Cape Town Wednesday to mark statesman Nelson Mandela's 89th birthday.
 arrow Football: Japan aim to cripple Viduka
Japan are determined to stop burly danger man Mark Viduka at all costs when the defending champions fight Australia with vengeance in their Asian Cup quarterfinal here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Real, Barca on a merry-go-round
Newly-crowned Spanish champions Real Madrid and runners-up Barcelona have killed the proverbial fatted calf this summer in an attempt to establish pre-eminence in La Liga next season.
 arrow Football: Malaysia coach sacked
Malaysia coach Norizan Bakar paid the price for his team's atrocious Asian Cup showing when he was sacked on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Collina in a new role
Former football referee Pierluigi Collina has officially been appointed as the man who selects referees for matches in Italy's top two divisions, Serie A and Serie B, the Italian football federation (FIGC)
 arrow Tennis: Sania sails into Cincinnati quarters
Third-seed Sania Mirza of India led the way into the quarterfinals of the 175,000-dollar WTA harcourt tournament here Wednesday with a straight set win over Varvara Lepchenko.
 arrow Football: Heinze not for sale
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Thursday ruled out the possibility of letting defender Gabriel Heinze join Premier League rivals Liverpool.
 arrow Cricket: 'Violence no worry'
Pakistan cricket officials Thursday said they hoped a surge in violence will not affect upcoming tours by South Africa and Australia.
 arrow Cricket: A crucial relationship
Okay, it's not quite the Ashes or India v Pakistan. It doesn't even carry the needle and tension of a contest between England and Pakistan, or the piquancy of a trans-Tasman rivalry.
 arrow Cricket: Grand affair

 arrow Cricket: Ramnarine accuses board
The ongoing tussle between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) continued on Wednesday with the WIPA accusing the board of "unilateral" decision-making.
 arrow Cricket: Lancs ride on Murali
Muttiah Muralitharan wasn't originally going to play in the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa, but is probably looking forward to it now after he proved Lancashire's match winner against Warwickshire
 arrow Chess: Saif, Prantik on top
Abdullah Al Saif and Carmel School Kolkata's Prantik Roy lead the points table at the end of eighth round games in the StanChart 9th National School Chess tournament at the BCF hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts name 30-man squad
Hosts South Africa named eight spinners in a provisional 30-man squad for September's Twenty20 world championships, which also included a surprise call-up for veteran batsman Neil McKenzie.
 arrow Cricket: Under-19s escape defeat
Bangladesh Under-19 team must thank the weather gods after rain forced their opening match of the tri-nation series against the hosts Sri Lanka Under-19s to be called off in the tri-nation series yesterday
 arrow Swimming: Navy clinch swimming meet
Bangladesh Navy clinched the Inter-Service Swimming competition yesterday at the Naval Headquarters Swimming Complex in Banani.
 arrow Cricket: 'T20 match not possible'
Pakistan has expressed its inability to play a Twenty20 match against India to raise funds for their former coach Bob Woolmer's cricket academy in South Africa because of a packed international schedule.
Metropolitanarrow Govt seeks media help to make people aware
The government seeks help from the media to make people aware of the 'mysterious illness' by disseminating scientific knowledge while the experts said there nothing to be panicked as the ailment doesnot
 arrow Formulate policy soon to revive jute sector
Different organisations yesterday expressed concern whether the government policy of shutting down the jute mills and retrenching workers would bring back the 'golden days of golden fibre'.
 arrow 84,000 incidents of violence against children take place a yr
About 84,000 incidents of violence against children are taking place every year in the absence of 'safety' or 'child-friendly environment' in society, which usually cast a long-term negative impact on
 arrow FFs demand action against corrupt leaders
Muktijoddha Gono Parishad, a platform of freedom fighters, yesterday demanded removal of 'corrupt' and 'incompetent' leaders from Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad who undermined the dignity of freedom fighters
 arrow Duta demands release of Hasina
The teachers of Dhaka University will observe a half-day work abstention on Sunday and wear black badges on Saturday protesting the arrest of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow "Strengthen adult literacy efforts"
No substantial adult literacy effort exists at present, other than the post-literacy and continuing education project targeting 350,000 participants in about five years.
 arrow All docs of Ctg Maa O Shishu Hospital fired
All medical officers on strike at Chittagong Maa O Shishu General Hospital were fired from their jobs yesterday as they failed to resume work by the deadline given by the hospital's executive committee
 arrow Mobi brought to Dhaka for better treatment
Merajunnahar Mobi, who became mentally disordered after all her family members committed suicide by jumping under a running train in Mymensingh on July 11, was sent to National Mental Health Institute
 arrow Edn ministry to introduce database
Education ministry is going to introduce a database that will have detailed information of all the teachers and officials of government colleges, teachers' training colleges and education boards to speed
 arrow Body to examine draft shipbreaking policy
The shipping ministry yesterday formed a committee comprising representatives from the shipping, environment and labour ministries, central bargaining agency and Chittagong University to review the draft
 arrow 2 money exchange employees robbed of Tk 6 lakh
A gang of muggers robbed two employees of a money exchanger of about Tk 6 lakh after stabbing them at Purana Paltan in the city last night.
 arrow President returns home
President Iajuddin Ahmed returned from Singapore last night after a five-day visit for medical checkup.
 arrow Extortion case against ex-BNP lawmaker
Being ordered by Pabna Cognizance Court-2, Bhangura police yesterday recorded an extortion case against immediate- past BNP lawmaker K M Anwarul Islam and two others.
 arrow 2 injured in landslide at Khagrachhari
Two women were injured in a landslide at Harinathpara in Khagrachhari Sadar yesterday. The victims were identified as Swapna Begum, 25, and her mother-in-law Amina Begum, 41.
 arrow APP jailed for 13 years in Magura
A Magura court yesterday sentenced the president of a school managing committee to 13 years' rigorous imprisonment for cheating people and misusing school funds.
 arrow Citibank NA to honour Sanjida Khatun
Citibank NA Bangladesh will accord a reception to eminent cultural personality Sanjida Khatun under its 'Gunijon Sambardhona' initiative at Radisson Water Garden Hotel in the city today, says a pressrelease.
 arrow 153 Bangladeshi scouts to participate
A 153-member team of Bangladesh Scouts will participate in the 21st World Jamboree which will be held in London on July 27-August 8 to mark the 100 years of Scouting.
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout'
An alleged criminal was killed in an encounter with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the city's Mirpur area early yesterday.
 arrow Downpour paralyses life in Ctg
Torrential rain in Chittagong yesterday brought city life to a standstill as it left low-lying areas under water.
 arrow No headway in Sayma murder case
The law enforcers investigating the murder of Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Sayma Khanam could not arrest anybody as of yesterday.
 arrow Killing of Sadia condoled
Karmojibi Nari (KN) yesterday condemned the killing of Sadia Nawshin, who was strangled inside her flat at Maghbazar in the city on Wednesday, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Never say die
Some issues, like old soldiers, never die, but also never quite fade away. One such issue is the National Security Council (NSC). The idea was first floated in 1979 by then Major (later Brig.
Culturearrow A thespian on his illustrious career
Viewers are accustomed to watch him in negative roles. For his unique presence in diverse roles, ATM Shamsuzzaman has won several national awards.
 arrow Manoocher Deghati: Chronicling the absurdity of war
As renowned Iranian-French photojournalist Manoocher Deghati puts it: "Photography is one of the youngest art forms but in the last few decades it has established its significance as an instrument todocument
 arrow Commercial release of "Matir Moina" in Kolkata
Matir Moina, the internationally acclaimed film directed by Tareque Masud and produced by Catherine Masud, is due to have its commercial release in Kolkata on July 31.
 arrow Abu Sayeed completes filming of "Banshi"
Filkmaker Abu Sayeed has finished shooting his forth film Banshi. Funded by Visions Sud Est, a renowned Swiss organisation, the film is going to be submitted to the Censor Board possibly in the next week.
 arrow "Rupoboti" to be staged today
Shubochan Natya Sangsad will stage its production Rupoboti today, as part of ongoing Citycell-Mahakal Theatre Festival '07, at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow "Aumir Shesh Chithi" on Channel-i today
Single-episode play, Aumir Shesh Chithi will be aired today on Channel-i at 3:05 pm. Aumir Shesh Chithi follows the story of Prantika and Aumi -- two University students in love.
 arrow Giving a voice to moderate Muslims
On July 12 2007, after two days of intense fighting, which left 73 extremists and 9 soldiers killed, silence finally descended over Laal Masjid in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Generalarrow Eight killed in road accidents
At least eight people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra, Comilla and Mymensingh yesterday.
 arrow 'Environment-friendly projects to be taken for CHT region'
Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said environment-friendly development projects will be taken in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) for the betterment of its people.
 arrow Website needed to facilitate research works
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday suggested organising a book fair related to women issues on the next 'Rokeya Day', says a press release.
 arrow Banyan tree falls on autorickshaw, two die
Two passengers of an autorickshaw were killed and driver was injured critically when a century-old banyan tree fell on the vehicle in front of the Old Hospital on Tabalchhari road in the town yesterday.
 arrow Lightning kills 5 in Patuakhali
Lightning killed five farmers at South Charpara village at Kalapara in the district on Thursday. The victims were identified as Swapan, 20, Shahid, 19 and Zakir Farazee, 33.
 arrow Farewell at DU pharmaceutical chemistry deptt
Pharmaceutical Chemistry department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday bade farewell to the students of Masters of Pharmacy (sessions 2000-2004), says a press release.
 arrow EC team observes Japanese overseas voting system
A three-member Election Commission (EC) delegation led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda visited the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka yesterday to observe overseas voting for the Upper House
 arrow Indian, Chinese trade teams arrive July 21, 22
Two separate high level trade delegations from India and China will arrive in the city on July 21 and 22 respectively.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Jute sector reform
It is common knowledge that the state-owned enterprises in the jute sector have been hemorrhaging to an extent that their cumulative losses stood at staggering Tk 4770 crore in 2006.
 arrow Editorial: Gautama Buddha relics
The handing over of the hair relics of Gautama Buddha to a high-powered team from Sri Lanka on Wednesday carries considerable historical symbolism for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Let us put down the chair
For the first time in my life I can explain something which I don't understand. Now don't let confusion paralyze your mind yet, wait till you are as confused as I.
 arrow Pakistan Supreme Court must deliver a bold decision
Professional consensus, Islamic traditions, and the Constitution, all indicate that the Pakistan Supreme Court will deliver a bold decision in The Chief Justice v.
 arrow Towards an accountable Public Service
Citizen's Charters are written, voluntary, declarations developed by service providers with the involvement of users, and highlight the standard of services, availability of choice for consumers, avenues
Letters to Editorarrow Sheikh Hasina's arrest
The small hour drama at Dhanmondi was naturally a newsman's delight. Hundreds of cops including elite ones defying incessant rain cordoned a house where a lady stays 24 hours under state security.
 arrow Hilsa export
The average price of hilsa in a Bangladeshi grocery store here in the USA is US $4.50 per pound. Accordingly, a medium-size hilsa costs nine dollars.
 arrow Test debacle
The dismal performance of Bangladesh cricket team in Sri Lanka is really heartbreaking. The feel-good factor during the Cricket World Cup now seems light years away.
 arrow Globalisation
In the present world, globalisation has been introduced with a view to extending a border-less market. Through globalisation free flow of products as well as ideas is possible.
 arrow Butenis' observations
I thank former US Ambassador Ms Butenis for her comment on the political situation in our country. She could read the hearts of people.
 arrow Lal Masjid
There is a lesson to learn from the Lal Masjid crisis in Pakistan. The rise of militant outfits like the JMB is an eye opener.
 arrow Seven points
Undoubtedly, the present caretaker government has set several examples of combating corruption in the first six months.
 arrow Income tax
We, the common people, are very much confused and concerned about the tax department's ultimatum of paying the tax on undeclared money by end July 2007.
 arrow Gordon Brown's job
With doctors trying to bomb, Britain is again facing religion-incited terrorist attacks.
 arrow Uttara plots
The present interim government as part of the drive against corruption has cancelled over 900 plots allotted by the immediate past BNP government on the plea of massive corruption in the allocation
 arrow A good friend
There are many friends around us who provide us company.
 arrow Politicians
I want to address the politicians who are delivering lectures on a regular basis. Please trust people and they are much smarter than those old politicians.
 arrow Maintain neutrality
When this caretaker administration under the leadership of Dr. Fakhruddin took power in Bangladesh, people heaved a sigh of relief as it ended the misrule and corruption of the BNP-Jamaat government.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's claim
Hasina mentioned to the media that during her administration people could buy a litre of edible oil for Tk 28.
 arrow Corruption
We are aghast and just cannot believe that people could stoop so low for money and other earthly possessions.
 arrow Better treatment
Somebody (often a politician) is going abroad for better treatment. This is very common news in our daily newspapers.
 arrow Reformists or conformists?
It is with increasing discomfort that I watch the political scenario unfolding in Bangladesh. Yes, we needed a major overhaul and a shifting of priorities.
Environmentarrow Now the curse of land degradation: Arrest it
From depleted forests to melting glaciers to shrinking water supplies to dying reefs -- distress signals dot the globe. The global environmental scenario looks pretty bleak.
 arrow Harmonising industrialisation and environment conservation
Since the dawn of human civilisation, every nation has been endeavouring to maximise economic development in one or another way as it is closely related to the living standard of a nation and domination
Worldarrow Tigers must choose between war or peace: President
The Tamil Tigers must decide between war and peace, Sri Lanka's president said Thursday as the government celebrated its capture of the rebels' final bastion in the east of the island.
 arrow Republicans torpedo Iraq troop pullout plan
Senate Republicans torpedoed legislation Wednesday to force the withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq, bowing to President Bush's adamant refusal to consider any change in war strategy before September.
 arrow Pak militants try to sour China ties
Chinese citizens in Pakistan have been regularly targeted by Islamic militants and tribal rebels alike in an apparent campaign to split President Pervez Musharraf from his closest ally.
 arrow Political uncertainty sparks crime wave in Nepal's capital
Shankar Raj Adhikari was working at his photography school last week when five men with guns and swords burst in and took him to a forest near Nepal's capital and demanded an 8,000-dollar ransom.
 arrow Abbas asks PLO for early polls to snub Hamas
President Mahmud Abbas asked the main Palestinian organisation on Wednesday to approve the holding of early elections after the bloody Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Huge steam pipe blast kills one in NYC
An underground steam pipe explosion tore through a Manhattan street near Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, swallowing a tow truck and killing one person as hundreds of others ran for cover amid a towering
 arrow US, India extend talks to salvage nuke deal
The United States and India extended nuclear talks by another day after failing Wednesday to finalise an implementing accord for their landmark civilian atomic deal, officials said.
 arrow Five US soldiers killed in Iraq
Insurgents killed five more US soldiers in Iraq, including four in a roadside bomb attack against their patrol in Baghdad, the military reported yesterday.
 arrow Chirac questioned over party funding scam
Former French president Jacques Chirac was questioned Thursday by a judge looking into a party funding scam dating from his time as mayor of Paris, judicial officials said.
 arrow Hekmatyar declares ceasefire
Afghan rebel leader and former premier Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has announced a ceasefire with the government, a statement carrying Hekmatyar's signature said yesterday.
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