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Kamala Harris as VP candidate ‘unprecedented’

US presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris gives him a running mate who can appeal to African American voters who are core to Biden's base of support and serve as a fierce critic of President Donald Trump's record in office. A former top state prosecutor in California, Senator Harris brings a law-and-order career record that will help Biden steer a tricky, centrist line between Black Lives Matter protesters and white Americans who worry about attacks on police funding. At the same time, picking a woman who competed with Biden during the presidential primaries and attacked him memorably on race during a debate, shows Biden asserting a degree of self-confidence that he can forge a cooperative, working relationship with her, politi...

 4 Bangladeshis among the dead in Beirut

Bangladesh Embassy in Lebanon confirmed that at least 4 Bangladeshi nationals were killed and around 100 others, including 21 Navy personnel, were injured in yesterday’s deadly explosion in Beirut.

Embassy’s first secretary (labour) Abdullah Al Mamun told media through WhatsApp messages that so far four Bangladeshis died, while around 100 others including 78 expatriate Bangladeshis and 21 members of Bangladesh Navy, who are on duty at Beirut port under UN peace keeping mission, were reportedly injured in the massive blast, reports BSS.

US likely to postpone auto tariff decision

The Trump administration plans to issue a deferral this week on its decision about whether to impose additional tariffs on imported cars, two industry sources told AFP Tuesday. The delay could last up to another six months, the sources said, with the announcement expected Wednesday or later. President Donald Trump “doesn’t have to make this decision tomorrow,” one of the sources said. trumpThe Trump administration has been threatening since last year to impose tariffs of perhaps 25 percent on auto imports to defend the US ...

Iran to hold talks if US lifts ban

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers speech at a conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on June 15, 2019. — Reuters file photo Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it quit last year, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday. IranUS president Donald Trump’s administration has said it is open to negotiations with Iran on a more far-reaching agreement on nuclear and...

62 killed in protests of US embassy in Jerusalem

Palestinians followed through with their vow to protest massively along the Gaza border Monday with tens of thousands demonstrating and 62 killed by Israeli fire as clashes erupted over the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The death toll made it the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war, reports AFP. The 41, including a 14-year-old, were shot dead by Israeli forces as clashes broke out at five points along the Gaza border hours before the opening of the embassy. Mideast

200 years on, Marx is still relevant

In September 1999, the BBC launched an online poll to find the greatest thinker of the millennium. Karl Marx, a great German philosopher and pioneer of the international communist movement, topped the list, leading Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and even Charles Darwin with a clear margin. Born in the Rhineland city of Trier on May 5, 1818, Marx lived in an era of drastic transformation. In that year, Britain was planning to build the world’s first railway, Prussia initiated the establishment of a customs union, and French peasants continued to flee their homes into cities because of heavy taxation, reports XINHUA. In the decades after his death, bourgeois governments introduced numerous reforms designed