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    Is there a brighter future for Afghanistan

    by Jean Périer | Updated at 09:55pm on November 29, 2016

    IT GOES without saying that Afghanistan has a special geopolitical, geo-strategic and geo-economic importance, that is why its territory has become an arena of bitter rivalry between various external and internal forces...

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    A second shift will harm public universities

    | Updated at 09:50pm on November 29, 2016

    UGC deliberations, as set out in its report for 2015, to start the second shift of regular courses in public universities purported to widen the scope for higher education for more students and ‘to ensure quality higher education’ could, in all likelihood, constitute a problem...

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    Police excesses an obstacle to rule of law

    | Updated at 09:50pm on November 29, 2016

    THE police attacks on teachers and students of a college at Phulbaria in Mymensingh on Sunday, which left a teacher and a villager dead and at least 25 others injured, provide yet another example of how law enforcement agencies go overboard when it comes to discharging their stipulated duty...

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    Turkey’s EU accession negotiations: The big freeze

    Nassir Djafari  | Updated at 12:05am on November 28, 2016

    With Turkey maintaining an ever greater distance from the European Union, the EU needs to reconsider its options, writes Nassir Djafari TURKEY has been aspiring to become a member of the European Union for over half a century

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    The police encounter in India

    by AG Noorani | Updated at 12:10am on November 28, 2016

    THE disease of ‘encounters’, or extra-judicial killings, by members of the police, security or armed forces is at least half a century old, but has now assumed epidemic proportions...

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    Fidel, Comrade, red salute!

    by Farooque Chowdhury | Updated at 12:15am on November 28, 2016

    Fidel, dear comrade, red salute. YOU embodied humanity’s struggle for a free, dignified life, a life free from exploitation, a life full of love and with flowering of humane living....

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    Part CXXXVIII: The symphony of our times

    Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelly | Updated at 11:23pm on November 27, 2016

    THE closing months of 1966 were busy with my normal work of teaching and writing books and articles...

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    US still seeks regime change across Asia

    Ulson Gunnar | Updated at 11:15pm on November 28, 2016

    WHILE the US could accurately be described as a global power in decline, the ambitions of prominent special interests at the centre of its economic and political power still pose a potent threat to global stability and national sovereignty worldwide...

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    Ship-breaking still a death trap

    | Updated at 11:10pm on November 28, 2016

    SHIPBREAKING yard accidents in Chittagong claimed 161 lives and left 200 others critically injured in nine years, indicating that the yards owners are still indifferent to worker rights in defiance of the relevant provisions of the labour law...

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    Castro to remain a symbol of revolutionary defiance

    | Updated at 11:05pm on November 28, 2016

    FIDEL Castro, the iconic Cuban revolutionary who had worked his whole life for the emancipation of the people of Cuba, and beyond, died aged 90 on Saturday...