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      কার সাথে আলোচনা?: বাংলাদেশে নির্বাচন নিয়ে বিএনপির সাথে আলোচনা প্রসঙ্গে শেখ হাসিনার প্রশ্ন? বাংলাদেশের প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা বলেছেন, দেশটিতে আগামী সাধারণ নির্বাচন নিয়ে অন্যতম প্রধান রাজনৈতিক দল বিএনপির সাথে আলোচনার কোন প্রয়োজন তিনি দেখছেন না। তিনি মনে করেন, বিএনপি তার নিজের প্রয়োজনেই নির্বাচনে আসবে।
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        বাংলাদেশে দুর্নীতি: সমাজ বা পরিবারের দায় কতটা? ঢাকার একটি বেসরকারি ইংরেজি মাধ্যম স্কুলের স্টেশনারি দোকানের নাম 'অনেস্টি শপ'। যেখানে খাতা কলম, পেন্সিলসহ প্রয়োজনীয় শিক্ষা উপকরণ আছে। কিন্তু কোনো বিক্রেতা নেই। শিক্ষার্থীরা তাদের দরকারি জিনিসটি নিয়ে নেয়। দাম পরিশোধ করে নির্ধারিত বাক্সে। শিশুকাল থেকেই সৎ এবং নীতিবান মানুষ হওয়ার শিক্ষা দিতেই স্কুল কর্তৃপক্ষের এই উদ্যোগ।
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          ইসরায়েলের রাজধানী হিসাবে জেরুসালেম স্বীকৃতি দেয়ার পর নিরাপত্তা পরিষদের জরুরী বৈঠকে তীব্র সমালোচনার মুখে পড়েছে যুক্তরাষ্ট্র। এমনকি ব্রিটেন, ফ্রান্স, জার্মানি আর ইউরোপীয় ইউনিয়নও এক বিবৃতিতে বলেছেন, যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের এই স্বীকৃতি অসহযোগিতামুলক।
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            জেরুসালেম ইসরায়েলের রাজধানী হিসাবে স্বীকৃতির পর জাতিসংঘের নিরাপত্তা পরিষদে তোপের মুখে যুক্তরাষ্ট্র
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              Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5 million to carry his child - Reports AP News : WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother. The eight-term lawmaker abruptly resigned Friday, bowing to an ultimatum from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan told Franks that he would refer the allegations to the Ethics Committee and urged him to step aside. The former staffer said the Arizona congressman asked at least four times if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife, who have struggled with infertility, have twins who were carried through surrogacy. The former aide said the conversations took place in private, sometimes in the congressman’s car, and that she repeatedly told him she wasn’t interested. She said she never filed a formal complaint because until recently she didn’t know where to go, but that his behavior had made her feel uncomfortable. The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer and confirmed that she worked in Franks’ office. She asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy. “During my time there, I was asked a few times to look over a ‘contract’ to carry his child, and if I would conceive his child, I would be given $5 million,” she said, adding that she refused to look over the contract and has never seen a copy. The woman said the requests shocked her, and made her feel afraid that if she didn’t agree, she would face professional consequences. She said she spoke to another aide in the office, who had also been approached about surrogacy. The aide cited the surrogacy requests as “a main reason” for leaving the office, adding that she felt retaliated against after turning down the congressman, ignored by Franks and not given many assignments. A spokesman for Franks would not comment on whether the congressman offered aides money in exchange to act as surrogates.
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                California wildfires: Businesses face ruin as blaze rages.Much of California's avocado crop has been destroyed by wildfires that have ripped through the southern part of the state, industry experts say. "We've lost at least several hundred acres of avocados, probably more," the California Avocado Commission told agriculture news site AgNet West. About 90% of US avocados are grown in California, and the industry is worth millions to the economy. About 5,700 firefighters have been battling the fires, officials say.
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                  Ashes: Ben Duckett dropped from England tour game after Perth bar incident. Batsman Ben Duckett was dropped from England's Ashes tour game on Saturday following an incident in a Perth bar. The 23-year-old, part of the England Lions squad, was due to feature against a Cricket Australia XI as a number of the senior party were rested. On Thursday, he was socialising with the Lions and members of the senior squad, whose curfew imposed earlier in the tour had been lifted that day. Duckett has been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation. The Northants left-hander averages 15.71 in four Tests for England, the last of which was against India in November 2016. He has been replaced in the England team for the game at Richardson Park by Joe Clarke. It is understood that no members of the public were involved and England team security were present. Ballance fails to press England case as he fails in Perth England v Cricket Australia XI scorecard England are 2-0 down in the Ashes series and will relinquish the urn if they are beaten in the third Test in Perth, which begins on Thursday. The Ashes squad had been placed under a curfew after Jonny Bairstow was accused of 'head-butting' Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar at the beginning of the tour. Although both Bairstow and Bancroft described the incident as "without malice", England's players were subsequently required to return to their hotel by midnight.
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                    US urges Saudis to allow humanitarian aid immediately.The US has urged the Saudi-led coalition to "facilitate the free flow of humanitarian aid" in Yemen as millions suffer in the war-torn country due to the land and air blockade imposed by the Saudis. "The United States is gravely concerned by the recent escalation in violence and continued dire humanitarian conditions in Yemen," the White House said in a statement on Friday. "We call on the Saudi-led coalition to facilitate the free flow of humanitarian aid and critical commercial goods, including fuel, through all Yemeni ports and to restore commercial flights through Sanaa Airport."
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                      Gaza: Two dead in Israeli attack amid Jerusalem unrest. At least two people have been killed in an Israeli air raid on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Another 25 Palestinians, including a six-month-old baby, were also wounded in the attack carried out on Friday night. Dr Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson for the health ministry, told local media that the bodies of two Hamas fighters were recovered at dawn from training sites of the Qassam Brigades armed wing in the south of Gaza City. The fighters were identified as Mahmoud al-Atal, 28 and Mohammed Safadi, 30. Friday night's air raid by Israel followed the alleged launching of rockets from inside the Gaza Strip.
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                        True journalism is about facts and evidence… except when it’s about Russian meddling. CNN seems to be the latest major US media outlet to shoot itself in the foot, allowing a desire to report a ‘gotcha’ story about Trump-Russia collusion to trample the actual facts. It thereby joins a respectable pool of journalistic self-injury victims. The news channel’s latest take on Russiagate targeted WikiLeaks, a whistleblower site that – according to the US media consensus – is nothing more than a not-so-secret arm of Russian intelligence. The story claimed that the Trump campaign was given access to a batch of files stolen from the DNC days before their public release last year. Based on an email sent to the campaign, which CNN never saw, the Friday story had several hours of fame before receiving a headshot from the Washington Post. The email, which the newspaper had obtained, was dated September 14, not September 4 as CNN had claimed. In other words, the day after the documents went public.
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                          Russia-China real gold standard means end of US dollar dominance. The BRICS counties are considering starting an internal gold trading platform, according to Russian officials. When this happens, the global economy will be significantly reshaped, and the West will lose its dominance, predicts a precious metals expert.In 2016, 24,338 tons of physical gold were traded, which was 43 percent more than in 2015, according to Claudio Grass, of Precious Metal Advisory Switzerland.
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                            City of discord: How Trump’s decision on Jerusalem throws 70yrs of caution to the wind. Trump’s Jerusalem decision has undone 70 years of wary American policy in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, undermining the status of the US as one of peace brokers in the region. RT looks back at how America started, trimmed and reversed its Middle East policy.
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                              Louvre Abu Dhabi to exhibit 'Salvator Mundi,' the world's most expensive painting. Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," the world's most expensive painting, is headed to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, it has been revealed. The newly opened museum made the announcement in a series of tweets, without confirming whether it had purchased, or is simply borrowing, the $450.3 million masterpiece. Dating back to approximately 1500, "Salvator Mundi" smashed auction records when it went under the hammer at Christie's New York last month. It is one of fewer than 20 authenticated da Vinci paintings in existence.
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                              Beijing forces migrant workers from their homes in 'savage' demolitions
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                                I bought $250 in bitcoin. Here's what I learned - CNN|Tech : Some people kill time at the airport by browsing duty-free shops. I decided to shop for bitcoin. But first, there are two things you should know about me: I tend to be almost as afraid of losing money investing as I am of flying. On some level, I figured one fear might cancel out the other. So last Thursday, while waiting for a flight to Nashville, I pulled up a popular application called Coinbase that can be used to buy and sell bitcoin. The virtual currency had hit $10,000 for the first time a couple days earlier, before retreating somewhat. News of bitcoin's rapid rise was everywhere, including on CNN.
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                                  Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents - reports CNN : Washington (CNN)Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016. The story also changed the headline and removed a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who posted a message about WikiLeaks on September 4, 2016. Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators. The September 14 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race. CNN originally reported the email was released September 4 -- 10 days earlier -- based on accounts from two sources who had seen the email. The new details appear to show that the sender was relying on publicly available information. The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported. After this story was published, The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email Friday afternoon and reported that the email urged Trump and his campaign to download archives that WikiLeaks had made public a day earlier. The story suggested that the individual may simply have been trying to flag the campaign to already public documents. CNN has now obtained a copy of the email, which lists September 14 as the date sent and contains a decryption key that matches what WikiLeaks had tweeted out the day before. The email came two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's hacked emails. It arrived about a week before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter. Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the September email.
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                                    DR Congo: 14 U.N. peacekeepers dead, dozens hurt in ‘huge attack’ - Reports ASSOCIATED PRESS : In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in recent memory, rebels in eastern Congo killed at least 14 peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed "outrage and utter heartbreak" and called the attack a war crime, urging Congolese authorities to swiftly investigate. The State Department's Bureau of African Affairs said it was "horrified."
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                                      Supermassive black hole is the most distant ever observed The unexpected discovery has astronomers rethinking ideas about the early days of the universe.In an unexpected discovery that shifts how scientists think about the early days of the universe, astronomers have detected a supermassive black hole that they say is the most distant ever observed.
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                                        ‘Israel won’t be bullied into agreement by the United Nations’ – US envoy Haley, reports - RT International :Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting, the American ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said that "Israel will never be bullied into an agreement by the United Nations” or countries with a disregard for Israel’s security. Haley has also said that the US has not yet taken a position on the boundaries and border of Jerusalem, nor is it calling for changes to the existing arrangements on holy sites. She also reiterated the US commitment to the peace process, which she said has credibility with both Israelis and Palestinians.
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                                          Tillerson hints at deal to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict in one fell swoop, Moscow waits in wings - RT International : The US secretary of state believes he can resolve the decades-old conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors in a single 'deal of the century.' Moscow is waiting with bated breath to hear the details of the plan, according to its top diplomat. “Rex [Tillerson]… hinted to me that the United States is expecting to strike a ‘deal of the century,’ which would resolve the Palestinian-Israeli problem in one swoop,” Sergey Lavrov said. “We certainly want to understand how they see this happening.”