Guterres made the comments to reporters after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo just days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. The White House said Wednesday that no negotiations could be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior. Abe, who spoke to reporters with Guterres, reiterated that dialogue needed to be meaningful and aimed at denuclearisation. Tillerson’s overture came nearly two weeks after North Korea said it had successfully tested a breakthrough intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that put the entire United States mainland within range. In September, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, the second to fly over Japan in less than a month.

December 14, 2017 05:48 UTC

Haider's family had been worried when his son-in-law, Akayed Ullah, 27, missed a regular call to his wife on Monday. ReutersHe recalled being elated when Ullah's family called from the United States in December 2015 asking for the hand of his daughter, Jannatul Ferdous Jui, now 25. 'Only God knows'The white-bearded Haider said he could not understand how Ullah, who had lived in the United States since 2011, could have committed the attack. Haider said he feared Monday's incident could lead to a backlash against Bangladeshis living in the United States. Bangladesh police, meanwhile, have questioned Haider as well as his wife, daughter and his 22-year-old son.

December 14, 2017 05:26 UTC

The 27 other EU leaders are all but certain to approve the deal to move to 'phase two' on Friday, after May has left Brussels, launching a new stage of talks that could be hampered by divisions at home and differences with the EU. Then, EU negotiators said the talks had made "sufficient progress", a recommendation that will, barring accidents, be blessed by the leaders of the other member states. Her refusal to listen means she will now have to accept Parliament taking back control," he said, co-opting a Brexit slogan. Divisions have split not only the governing Conservatives but Labour and the wider country -- which voted narrowly for Brexit 18 months ago. Over dinner, leaders will discuss their response to the migration crisis from Africa and the Middle East, and lingering deep divisions over how to share the load.

December 14, 2017 04:30 UTC

The nation is paying tribute to them by placing wreaths from early morning on Thursday with President Md Abdul Hamid paying homage at the memorial in Dhaka’s Mirpur. Tributes have been paid on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on her way to Dhaka from Paris, where she attended the One Planet Summit. In his message on the eve of Martyred Intellectuals Day, the president called upon all to be imbued with the spirit of patriotism of the martyred intellectuals and work together to develop a merit-based nation. Hasina in her message said in the history of the liberation struggle of the Bangalee nation, Martyred Intellectuals Day is a ‘painful occasion’. The prime minister said, "I pay deep respect to their memory and express profound sympathies to the bereaved members of their families."

December 14, 2017 04:18 UTC

The Law of Internal Security aims to regulate the armed forces’ role in combating drug cartels, a conflict which has claimed well over 100,000 lives in the last decade. Senate committees approved the bill on Wednesday, a senate spokesman said. Lawmakers who support the bill say it will set out clear rules that limit the use of soldiers to fight crime. The military has already been embroiled in multiple human rights scandals including extrajudicial killings of gang members and the disappearance of 43 students near one of its bases in 2014. The United Nations, Amnesty International and Mexican human rights organizations have all criticized the bill.

December 14, 2017 02:15 UTC





Israel carried out a series of air strikes against Islamist group Hamas in Gaza early Thursday, the army said, hours after rockets were fired at the Jewish state from the Palestinian enclave. In a statement the Israeli army said they had targeted three Hamas military facilities in different parts of the Gaza Strip, which Hamas controls. The strikes came hours after Israel’s missile defence system intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza. Also Read- Israeli tank, aircraft hit Gaza after rocket fireThe rockets are often fired by small Islamist groups but Israel holds Gaza’s rulers Hamas responsible for any attacks from the territory. Four Gazans have been killed, two in clashes along the border and two Hamas militants in an Israeli airstrike.

December 14, 2017 02:03 UTC

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BAPLC, the body of the companies listed on the stock exchanges of Bangladesh, elected the new committee for the two-year term 2018-2019, the association said in a media release on Wednesday. The members of the Executive Committee include Mubarak Ali, Managing Director, Olympic Industries Ltd, Manzurul Islam, Chairman, Eastern Housing Ltd, Mohammed Younus, Director, Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd, Monzurur Rahman, Chairman, Delta Life Insurance Co Ltd, Gulam Rabbani Chowdhury, Managing Director, Baraka Power Ltd, Md Habibur Rahman, Managing Director, Al-Arafah Islami Bank Ltd, Abdullah Al Mahmud, Managing Director, Hamid Fabrics Ltd, Engr Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, Managing Director, Saiham Cotton Mills Ltd, Syed Farhad Ahmed, Managing Director & CEO, Aamra Technologies Ltd, Ruhul Amin, Chairman, Bangladesh Industrial Finance Co. Ltd., Shahriar Ahmed, Director, Apex Spinning & Knitting Mills Ltd, Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, Managing Director, Fu-Wang Foods Ltd, Md Abu Noman Howlader, Managing Director, Bangladesh Building Systems Ltd, Riad Mahmud, Managing Director, National Polymer Industries Ltd, MA Rahim, Director, Matin Spinning Mills Ltd, QAFM Serajul Islam, Consultant, Pioneer Insurance Co Ltd, Md Zahid Anwar Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Central Insurance Co Ltd., Mohammed Sabir Ahmed, FCA, FCS, Executive Director & CFO, Reliance Insurance Ltd and Md Anwar Hossain, Chief Executive Officer, Agrani Insurance Co Ltd.

December 13, 2017 23:26 UTC

Under the terms of the all-stock deal, Fox assets that will be sold to Disney, including the Twentieth Century Fox movie and TV studio, cable networks and international operations will be valued at around $29 per share, the source said on Wednesday. Fox shares ended trading on Wednesday at $32.75, giving it a market capitalization of around $60 billion. The Fox deal brings marquee franchises inside the Mouse House, on top of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s previous purchases, including Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment and “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm. Under the deal, Disney will gain access to 46 million subscribers in three major markets, the United States, Western Europe and India, according to Barclays analysts. The US Department of Justice recently sued to block AT&T Inc’s $85.4 billion deal to buy Time Warner Inc, on the basis that it will raise prices for consumers and competitors.

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