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French hero officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

French hero officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

(AP/UNB) — A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of “exceptional courage and selflessness.” Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was among

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Dhaka seeks stronger UN role in resolving Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has sought stronger role from the United Nation in resolving the Rohingya crisis and ensure voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam made the request during his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York. Appreciating

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Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

Int’l Desk President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from serving. The White House said retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” — those who may require


ECNEC Okays proposed border roads on hilly frontiers

The National Economic Council Executive Committee (ECNEC) today approved a project to construct some 317 kilometres “border roads” on hilly frontiers with India and Myanmar along Bangladesh’s southeastern hills with a key objective of tightening border security. Briefing newsmen after the meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal