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UNSC unanimously adopts Syria peace plan

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution outlining a peace process in Syria. The 15-member council reached rare agreement on the issue in a session in New York on Friday. The resolution endorses talks between the Syrian government and opposition in early January, as well as a ceasefire. The Syrian war, which is heading towards its fifth year, has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced millions more, the UN says. However, disagreements remain over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The US, UK and France called for his departure, saying he had lost the ability to lead the country. Almost five years of fighting has left large parts of the country destroyed

Nepal’s parliament elects first female president

Nepal’s parliament elected lawmaker Bidhya Bhandari as the country’s first female president Wednesday, after the adoption of a landmark constitution last month. The former defence minister defeated her opponent Kul Bahadur Gurung by 327 to 214 votes to become the Himalayan nation’s ceremonial head of state. Bhandari, the vice-chair of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), replaces Ram Baran Yadav, reports AFP. 1st female presidnet of NepalHe was elected as the first president in ...

Thousands rally as Turkey mourns worst ever attack

Thousands of people took to the streets of Ankara on Sunday to denounce the government and remember 95 people killed in twin suspected suicide bombings on a peace rally, as Turkey mourned its worst ever attack. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu declared three days of national mourning, with flags flying at half mast across the country, as questions grew over who might have planned the Ankara bombings. turkeySaturday’s attacks intensified tensions in Turkey ahead of snap elections on November 1 as the military wages an offensive against Islamic State (IS) j...

Arab, Muslim states not agree with Western alert

Dhaka-based diplomats of Arab and Muslim states do not agree with the travel alert that the western countries issued for their nationals visiting or staying in Bangladesh, following the killing of an Italian citizen. According to them, the security situation in Bangladesh has not dipped so low for such travel alerts nor is cause for foreigners to leave the country or not travel to Bangladesh. They are, however, anxious over the murder of Italian citizen in the diplomatic zone in the capital. [caption id="attachment_20006" align="alignright" width="540"]Cesare Tavella, the Italian national...
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Nepal to suspend Indian TV channels

Nepal’s cable federation said it would suspend Indian television channels, while protesters marched in Kathmandu carrying an effigy of India’s prime minister on Monday, accusing their neighbour of imposing an economic blockade and meddling in internal politics. The Federation of Nepal Cable Television planned to suspend broadcasting of Indian channels in Nepal from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sunil Kumar Lama, the organization’s general secretary, said on Monday. nepalese-student-take“This is to protest against the blockade,” Lama...

UK leads $ 56mln for Daraz serving in Bangladesh

Earlier this month, Rocket Internet announced that it would be stepping up aggressive growth in Asia once more, with one new launch per quarter to expand in emerging markets. Today, the e-commerce giant is following through on that strategy: Daraz — an e-commerce portal modelled on Amazon and serving Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar — is today announcing a $56 million (€50 million) round of financing. This is the first major funding for Daraz, which started in 2012 as a fashion portal before expanding to home and other categories. The funding is also notable because it’s not coming daraz