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Day: May 30, 2017

White House communications director resigns
America, ENGLISH

White House communications director resigns

    The White House communications director has resigned only three months after being hired by President Donald Trump. Mike Dubke, an experienced Republican strategist, was hired to revamp the White House media strategy. As part of the shake-up, White House press secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly hold on to his position, but there will be fewer media briefings. The reshuffle follows reports of disarray in the White House communications team. Mr Dubke is leaving on good terms, according to Axios News, a politics website which first reported his exit.
Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May took part in live debate
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May took part in live debate

    Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have been grilled by a studio audience and then Jeremy Paxman on the central themes of this General Election. How did they square up? Not easy territory for the Labour leader as he was mauled by the audience on his links to the Provisional IRA and his views on the nuclear deterrent. Perhaps prepped for these questions, Mr Corbyn handled them relatively well - saying he had gone with his party on Trident renewal ("it's not a dictatorship") and insisting that his priority on Northern Ireland was to secure a peace process. But his most uncomfortable moments of the entire show included when Paxman quizzed him on the Falklands War: Did you think the Falklands War was a terrorist plot? No. Why did you say it then? Mr Corbyn was then asked whether he...
USA non immigrant Visas to Pakistanis witness decline under Trump administration
Asia, ENGLISH

USA non immigrant Visas to Pakistanis witness decline under Trump administration

    Pakistan is experiencing a significant decrease in number of non-immigrant US visas issued to its nationals under the new administration despite not being on the list of US President Donald Trump's Muslim ban countries. An analysis of newly-released official figures shows non-immigrant visas granted to Pakistanis were down by 40 per cent in March and April this year compared to the monthly average in 2016.
Cyclone Mora claims six lives
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Cyclone Mora claims six lives

    At least six people were killed in Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati and Bhola as severe cyclonic storm Mora hit Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia on Tuesday morning. In Cox’s Bazar, two people Rahmatullah and Sayera Khatun were killed at East Domkhali and East Borohaula in Dulahajara upazila as trees collapsed on them during the storm in the morning, Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar M Ali Hossain told reporters. Besides, a panicked woman, Mariam Begum, died of heart attack at Nuniachata cyclone centre, he said. Besides, 20,000 houses were damaged during the cyclone, said the DC adding that they could not yet assess the total losses in damages caused by the cyclone. Meanwhile, the administration has provided 100 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 1lakh for the cyclone-affected p...
UK charity companies talk about Theresa May
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK charity companies talk about Theresa May

    Charities are reportedly being gagged by the Government from speaking out about damaging social care plans. A chief executive of a major charity told the Guardian they felt muzzled by legislation passed in 2014, which prevents charities from lobbying the Government in the run-up to an election. The charity leader warned Theresa May’s decision to means test the winter fuel allowance could literally cost lives, as some of the poorest pensioners in the country lose support. Read full election coverage on MSN's dedicated page They also condemned the dementia tax, claiming it would stop people from seeking necessary support. They said they were preparing to speak out but would not do so before the general election on 8 June for fear they would be gagged further. We are ready to...
News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London

A red carpet was rolled out at Vienna International Airport yesterday as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived there on a two-day official visit to attend a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). On her arrival at the airport, the Prime Minister was received by State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery Muna Duzdar and Bangladesh Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the UN Offices at Vienna Mohammad Abu Zafar. Various global issues, including bilateral cooperation in implementing sustainable development goals (SDGs), migration, refugee crisis, climate change and the situation in the Europe after Brexit, will come up for discussion during the visit, said Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at a media briefing on Saturday. President Abdul Hamid yesterday urg...