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Don’t come back, ISI chief told Musharraf in Dubai


January 24th, 2012 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Jan 24 (IANS) Pakistan spy chief Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha had a secret meeting with former president Pervez Musharraf in Dubai and told him not to come ... Read more...

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Bangladesh observes Ziaur Rahman’s death anniversary


May 30th, 2011 - 12:52 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, May 30 (IANS) Bangladesh is Monday observing the 30th anniversary of the assassination of president Ziaur Rahman, the war of independence hero whose role as the military strongman changed ... Read more...

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Ziaur Rahman ‘passively involved’ in Mujib murder: US scribe


March 15th, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, March 15 (IANS) US journalist and writer Lawrence Lifschultz has alleged that Bangladesh's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed in "a plot" in August 1975 in which ... Read more...

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US scribe to depose on Dhaka trial he covered 35 years ago


March 14th, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, March 14 (IANS) Veteran American journalist and writer Lawrence Lifschultz will depose before Dhaka High Court about a military court trial that he reported in 1976 before being expelled ... Read more...

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A Pakistani law that felled a minister and a governor


March 3rd, 2011 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, March 3 (IANS) Pakistan's blasphemy law, which carries a death sentence for the person who insults the Prophet, has caused the killing of a minister who was a Christian ... Read more...

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Germany probing playing cards of Hitler, other dicators


February 8th, 2011 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI
Berlin, Feb.8 (ANI): German prosecutors have begun proceedings against playing cards for children that feature Adolf Hitler and other dictators from history on them.The creators said they wanted to 'make an ironic ... Read more...

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Bangladesh ex-dictator meets Hasina, may escape punishment


August 30th, 2010 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Aug 30 (IANS) Bangladesh's former military ruler Hussain Mohammed Ershad may escape punishment for violating the country's constitution following his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after which he "looked ... Read more...

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Dhaka court reopens trial, hanging of 1971 war hero


August 24th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Aug 24 (IANS) The high court in Bangladesh has reopened the case of a 1971 war hero who was tried and hanged after he fell out with the then military strongman ... Read more...

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Former Fiji PM Chaudhry questioned for tax evasion


July 23rd, 2010 - 11:00 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, July 23 (DPA) Former Fiji prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry, who is of Indian-origin, was questioned for the third consecutive day Friday by police over allegations of tax evasion and money ... Read more...

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Bangladesh moves against Islamists for 1971 killings


July 15th, 2010 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, July 15 (IANS) A Dhaka court Thursday remanded a top Islamist leader, already in detention, to three days custody in a case relating to the killing of 345 unarmed civilians ... Read more...

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Bangladesh to have more airports


July 15th, 2010 - 12:31 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, July 15 (IANS) Bangladesh is to have more international and domestic airports to facilitate economic development and act as "a bridge between the East and the West", Prime Minister Sheikh ... Read more...

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Fiji military chief says he might delay promised elections


July 13th, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, July 13 (DPA) Fiji's military strongman, Voreqe Bainimarama, said Tuesday that he might postpone elections he promised to hold in 2014 because of what he called constant interference in his country's ... Read more...

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Pakistan unlikely to give Musharraf second chance to rule: Editorial


June 11th, 2010 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Jun.11 (ANI): Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf's aim of returning to country's political stage may have received a boost recently with the launch of his newly floated party-the All ... Read more...

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Dhaka opposition in quandary over ‘war crimes’ trial


April 11th, 2010 - 12:37 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, April 11 (IANS) The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is in a quandary over whether to support or oppose the "war crimes" trial launched against those who killed unarmed civilians ... Read more...

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Dhaka airport to be renamed after Sufi saint


February 15th, 2010 - 1:15 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Feb 15 (IANS) Bangladesh's Zia International Airport is to be renamed after 13th century Sufi saint Hazarat Shah Jalal, after deleting the name of former president Ziaur Rahman. The civil ... Read more...

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Former Fiji premier faces corruption trial


January 15th, 2010 - 4:10 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, Jan 15 (DPA) Former Fiji prime minister Laisenia Qarase, who was ousted in a bloodless military coup just over three years ago, faces a trial on corruption charges next week, according ... Read more...

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Fiji stops pensions to government critics


January 12th, 2010 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, Jan 12 (DPA) Fiji's military strongman Frank Bainimarama said Tuesday that all pensioners who criticised his government were having their benefit payments stopped from this week. Bainimarama, who seized power in a ... Read more...

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Thousands in Pakistan mark second anniversary of Bhutto’s death


December 27th, 2009 - 10:22 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Dec 27 (DPA) Thousands of people Sunday commemorating the second anniversary of the death of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, called on the government to unmask her assassins. Bhutto was ... Read more...

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Ex-Bangladesh president’s son thrashed after car mishap


December 23rd, 2009 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Dec 23 (IANS) Former Bangladesh president H.M. Ershad's son was beaten up by a mob here after his car rammed into a car and two auto-rickshaws, injuring five people. "A mob beat ... Read more...

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US commander dismisses fears of Pakistan military coup


December 15th, 2009 - 6:34 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Dec 15 (DPA) US General David Petraeus dismissed fears that the Pakistani military might stage a coup amid brewing political turmoil, media reports said Tuesday. "Whenever we have talked to them, ... Read more...

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Pakistani president takes his fingers off nuclear button


November 28th, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Nov 28 (DPA) Pakistan's beleaguered President Asif Ali Zardari has amended a key law to relinquish the executive control over the country's nuclear weapons to the prime minister. The change in ... Read more...

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Pacific tit-for-tat on cards after Fiji expels diplomats


November 4th, 2009 - 8:20 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, Nov 4 (DPA) Relations between Fiji's military government and its biggest South Pacific neighbours Australia and New Zealand were poised to worsen Wednesday after the island state expelled their senior diplomats. New ... Read more...

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US condemns mass killings, rape in Guinea


October 7th, 2009 - 12:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct.7 (ANI): The Obama administration has condemned reports of mass killings and rape in Guinea and, in an unusual step, sent a senior diplomat to that country to register its strong ... Read more...

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushes sanctions talks


September 28th, 2009 - 5:15 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, Sep 28 (DPA) Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has requested permission from the ruling junta to talk about lifting economic sanctions with the US, Australia and the European (EU), ... Read more...

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Dhaka plans sweeping constitutional changes


September 25th, 2009 - 1:53 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Sep 25 (IANS) The Bangladesh government is planning sweeping changes in the country's 1972 constitution to restore some of the original provisions removed or replaced by successive military and civilian ... Read more...

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Ousted Thai leader Thaksin seeking Pacific asylum: Report


July 9th, 2009 - 7:03 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, July 9 (DPA) Thaksin Shinawatra, the ousted prime minister of Thailand, is touring the Pacific seeking political asylum, according to a report Thursday on the Fiji-based Pacnews website. Thaksin and an entourage ... Read more...

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Fiji regime extends emergency powers till end of the year


July 2nd, 2009 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, July 2 (DPA) Fiji's military regime has extended emergency powers, which ban political meetings and criticism of the government, until the end of the year, according to reports from the capital ... Read more...

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Pakistani chief justice finally meets President Zardari


June 6th, 2009 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, June 6 (IANS) In a fence-mending move, Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has finally met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, the man who had bitterly opposed his reinstatement ... Read more...

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Fiji judges re-appointed


May 23rd, 2009 - 11:30 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 23 (DPA) Fiji's Chief Justice, Briton Anthony Gates, who ruled last year that the military's seizure of power in a bloodless coup in December 2006 was legal, has been re-appointed, ... Read more...

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Fiji’s neighbours disagree on how to deal with its military regime


May 19th, 2009 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 19 (DPA) Differences among Fiji's Pacific neighbours over how to deal with the island's military regime emerged Tuesday following top-level talks between New Zealand and Tonga. Tongan Prime Minister Feleti ... Read more...

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Arrested Fiji journalists released (Lead)


May 11th, 2009 - 1:06 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 11 (DPA) Two Fijian journalists were released Monday after being detained for two days for infringing media censorship imposed by the Pacific island country's military rulers, a media report said. ... Read more...

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Two scribes held in Fiji for infringing censorship


May 11th, 2009 - 10:30 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 11 (DPA) Two journalists working for the independent Fijilive news website have been arrested, apparently for infringing emergency censorship regulations barring reports that cast a negative light on the Pacific ... Read more...

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Fiji extends emergency and media censorship for a month (Lead)


May 4th, 2009 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 4 (DPA) Fiji's military regime is extending emergency regulations, which include media censorship and a ban on political meetings, for another month, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Monday. The extension ... Read more...

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Fiji extends emergency and media censorship


May 4th, 2009 - 4:12 am ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 4 (DPA) Fiji's military regime will extend emergency regulations, which include a ban on political meetings and media censorship, for another month, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Monday. Extension of emergency powers ... Read more...

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South Pacific Forum poised to suspend Fiji


May 1st, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, May 1 (DPA) The 16-member South Pacific Forum was poised Friday to suspend membership of Fiji, which has been ruled by military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama since he ousted the elected ... Read more...

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