Author: Niyoosha Sarbani

Europe’s new “Iron Lady”, Estonia’s Kaja Kallas, is one of the strongest voices for an uncompromising stand against belligerent Russia. Brussels (30 June – 28). Having grown up under the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Kaja Kallas was urging EU leaders to take the Russian threat seriously long before the invasion of Ukraine On Saturday, the Reform Party chose climate minister Kristen Michal to replace outgoing Kaja Kallas, who is the EU’s new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The unanimous decision to nominate Michal was made following a closed-door meeting by the party’s governing board only two days after…

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Brussels/London (16/6 – 33.33) The defeat of the Russian Federation is a foregone conclusion. It is a reality. It is a must. Victory for Ukraine is non-negotiable. It is an absolute necessity. As ironclad as Brussels, London, Berlin or Washington. As ironclad as the Normandy battlefield, Waterloo, Verdun, or many other spots on the planet. We, the ones living in this generation that saw the war erupted right in front of our eyes, owe it to the young men and women in the Ukraine who gave their lives for this conviction. An excessive number of sceptics advocate for surrender. We…

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US ambassador Peter Haas has sought meetings with three major political parties in Bangladesh as the election is approaching in Bangladesh. The embassy in a statement said, Ambassador Haas has requested meetings with senior officials in all three major political parties to underscore the US position regarding the upcoming elections: The United States wants free and fair elections conducted in a peaceful manner and calls on all sides to eschew violence and exercise restraint. The United States does not favour any particular political party over the other. The United States urges all sides to engage in dialogue without preconditions. “The…

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A protest condemning the action of the Sri Lanka navy and demanding the immediate release of detained Tamil Nadu fishermen was staged in Rameshwaram last week. The demonstration was organised by the families of the affected fisherfolk and fishing unions, following yet another arrest of Indian fishermen and the seizure of their vessels. The protest took place in front of the Rameshwaram-Madurai highway and saw the participation of hundreds of individuals who have been directly affected by the ongoing arrests by the Sri Lankan navy. The primary demand of the protestors was the swift release of the fishermen and the seized…

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New Delhi: More children in South Asia are struggling due to severe water scarcity made worse by the impacts of climate change than anywhere else worldwide, the United Nations said Monday. “A staggering 347 million children under 18 are exposed to high or extremely high water scarcity in South Asia, the highest number among all regions in the world,” the UN children’s agency said in a report. The eight-nation region, comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, is home to more than one-quarter of the world’s children. “Climate change is disrupting weather patterns and rainfall, leading…

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan was the top borrower of the International Development Association (IDA) in fiscal year 2023, securing $2.3 billion in funding, the World Bank said in its annual report. The bank helped Pakistan respond to devastating floods with nearly $1.7bn for five projects in the worst-affected Sindh province to build resilient housing, restore crop production, provide health services for mothers and children, and strengthen social protection and the local government’s disaster response capacity. The document, titled “World Bank Annual Report 2023 — A New Era in Development”, states that the international institution approved $10.1bn in lending for 37 operations in…

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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are the talk of one Indiana neighborhood — and not for reasons one would likely expect! An Indiana Swiftie got creative when it came to the Halloween decorations for her home. Just as October kicked off, 12-foot skeletons of Swift, 33, and Kelce, also 33, went up outside Michael Owens’ home in Zionsville, Indiana. Owens spoke to CBS 4 Indianapolis on Saturday about how her “Skaylor Swift” creation is drawing in crowds. Standing roughly the height of two humans, the Swift-inspired huge skeleton is stylish. Draped over the bones is a two-piece metallic blue skirt and top meant to model one of…

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The government of Bangladesh and the World Bank today signed a $300 million financing agreement to equip about 900,000 economically disengaged rural youths with skills and alternative education needed for employment and entrepreneurship. Out of the total number, about 60% would be women. In this regard, a loan agreement was signed today by Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Sharifa Khan and World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan Abdoulaye Seck on behalf of the government and the World Bank respectively. The concessional credit is from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and has a 30-year term, including a…

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President Joe Biden honored 13 service members who died during an attack while the U.S. was withdrawing from Afghanistan two years ago in a statement Saturday. A bomb by the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 26, 2021, killed 13 U.S. service members and at least 170 Afghan civilians. “Today, Jill and I remember and mourn these 13 brave American service members and the more than 100 innocent Afghan civilians who were killed in the horrific terrorist attack at Abbey Gate,” Biden said in the statement. “Many more were injured and will carry the impacts of their wounds and the…

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This comes a week after the minister, Mohammad Khalid Hanafi, visited the province and told officials and religious clerics that women haven’t been adhering to the correct way of wearing the hijab, asking security personnel to stop women from visiting the tourist hotspot. “Going sightseeing is not a must for women,” Hanafi said at the time. Ministry spokesman Molvi Mohammad Sadiq Akif shared a report of Hanafi’s remarks late Saturday night, including the use of security forces, clerics and elders to carry out Hanafi’s order. A recording of the minister’s speech in Bamiyan, aligning with Akif’s report, was shared on…

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