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Facebook faces record UK fine for data misuse

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MNA Science Desk: Britain’s information regulator said on Wednesday she intends to fine Facebook for breaches of data protection law as her office investigates how millions of users’ data was improperly accessed by consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced questioning by US and EU lawmakers over how Cambridge Analytica improperly got hold of the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher. Updating on her investigation into the use of data analytics by political campaigns, Britain’s Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said she intended to fine Facebook 500,000 pounds ($663,850), a small figure for a company ...

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Harry-Meghan tie knot

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MNA Entertainment Desk: The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a globally-watched ceremony at Windsor Castle. Archbishop Welby has declared them husband and wife. Harry was visibly emotional when he saw his bride for the first time in her simple but beautiful pure white dress and then grabbed his bride’s hand and told her: ‘You look amazing – I missed you’. He also said ‘thank you, pa’ after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, daily Mail reports. But the tears turned to laughter when ...

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BD writes to UK for Tarique’s extradition: FM

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MNA National Desk: Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said the government has written to the home office in the UK for extradition of BNP leader Tarique Rahman. He was addressing a press briefing on Thursday regarding OIC foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in Dhaka on May 5-6. ‘The process of writing letters (to British authorities) is going on. More than one letters have already been sent in this regard,’ he said. The minister said they are taking further steps and writing letters based on the responses from the British government. ‘More letters are being written as the process ...

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Syrian Civil War: Humanity falls victim to global politics

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MNA Feature Desk: A series of guided air strikes conducted by a coalition of US, UK and French forces on Syria added a new dimension to the ongoing civil war after tensions boiled over between the US and Russia over the Syria crisis in recent weeks. As both the powers are not intending to back off from their plans, several new developments are in the headlines every day. For the last few years, it has become a common matter of the world citizens to start their day with few depressing pictures of war victims of Syria. Once a rich country ...

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UK to combat lifestyle diseases

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MNA Life Style Desk: A number of UK-based agencies will provide Bangladesh support to tackle diseases relating to lifestyle and environment under a five-year initiative. The support will be given under “Cambridge Programme to Assist Bangladesh in Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Reduction (CAPABLE)”, reported news agency. Mainly ‘non-communicable diseases (NCDs)’ will be tackled under the project. An agreement to this effect would be signed on 23 January at Radisson Blu Water Garden in the city. University of Cambridge, University College London, the University Court of the University of Aberdeen from UK and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Institute of ...

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At least 11 dead from cold in US

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MNA International Desk: At least 11 people died of cold in the United States as a prolonged stretch of strikingly bitter cold enveloped much of the country and buried some places under a record amount of snow even as a powerful winter storm was forecast to hit the eastern US. The bombogenesis—an area of low pressure that drops significantly in 24 hours—will result in what’s known as a ‘bomb cyclone’. And the bomb cyclone, expected to strike on Thursday, will likely dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in New England, which will be driven by 64 to 96 kmph ...

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UK asks UN to discuss Myanmar violence

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MNA International Desk: Britain has asks for the UN Security Council to meet on Wednesday to discuss escalating deadly violence between Rohingya insurgents and Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, Britain’s UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said on Tuesday. ‘Need to address long-term issues in Rakhine, urge restraint by all parties,’ Rycroft posted on Twitter. A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday has triggered a fresh exodus to Bangladesh of Rohingya Muslim villagers trying to escape the violence, reports the Reuters. The meeting is expected to take place ...

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Fresh Brexit talks open despite UK infighting

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MNA International Desk: Britain and the EU vowed to get to the “heart of the matter” as they launched fresh Brexit negotiations in Brussels on Monday, even as bitter infighting gripped the British government. Brexit minister David Davis met EU negotiator Michel Barnier for a second round of talks ahead of Britain’s historic withdrawal from the bloc, scheduled for March 2019. But in London there was fresh turmoil as weakened Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to urge her warring ministers to end damaging leaks against each other over Brexit. “Now it’s time to get down to work and make this ...

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19 killed in UK terror attack at pop concert

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MNA International Desk: About 19 people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in the northwest English city of Manchester. There were scenes of panic as Grande’s audience of youthful fans fled the 21,000-capacity venue after what eyewitnesses described as a “huge bomb-like bang” in the foyer area at the end of the concert. A fleet of ambulances was seen rushing to the venue and bomb disposal teams were dispatched soon after, as city residents opened up their doors to stranded concert-goers after train services were shut down, reported news ...

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Sheikh Hasina condemns UK terrorist attack

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MNA National Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the British capital of London on Wednesday. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly denounced the terrorist attack that took place outside of the British parliament on Wednesday,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told to media. However, five people, including a London police officer who was stabbed and the alleged assailant, were killed in a terror attack that saw more 40 people injured outside the Parliament building on Wednesday. The dead, in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack,” included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. ...

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UK, US ban laptops on flights from Middle East counties

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MNA International Desk: The United States and Britain banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. American officials warned that extremists are seeking ‘innovative’ ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics bigger than smart phones. The UK government has also announced a sweeping cabin ban on laptops and tablets on inbound flights from six countries. The UK ban on any electronic item larger than a normal Smartphone applies to all direct passenger flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. ...

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Biggest ever UK protest to oppose Trump visit

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MNA International Desk: Musicians, MPs, activists and comedians have pledged to stage the biggest demonstration in British history in protest against Donald Trump visit to the UK. A letter sent to the Guardian by the newly formed Stop Trump Coalition, and signed by 90 figures from across arts and politics, damningly referred to the US president’s actions as “dangerous and divisive” and said he “directly threatens steps towards tackling climate change, fighting discrimination, inequality, peace and disarmament”. They hope their combined backgrounds and spheres of influence will help mobilize 1 million people on to London’s streets to make their opposition ...

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Aynabaji becomes houseful in London

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MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: In the arena of Bangladeshi cinema, one name buzzed in everyone’s ear last year – Aynabaji. Not only at home but the film did very well even at abroad. After winning the hearts of countless viewers in France, United States, Canada and Australia Aynabaji has now amazed the citizens of London in the United Kingdom. The first show in London went houseful and all of the tickets were completely sold out and Aynabaji like other places around the world also achieved tremendous success in the Capital of United Kingdom. Audiences here are gathering around the ...

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Bangladeshi on UK’s most wanted list arrested

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MNA National Desk: Spanish police said Tuesday they had arrested one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, who fled the country in 2008 after allegedly raping a woman and was found working in Tenerife. Mohammed Jahangir Alam, a Bangladeshi who had been living in Britain on a temporary visa, was convicted in absentia in 2010 for the alleged sexual assault, and sentenced to 14 years in jail. “The fugitive was tracked down at his work place, a restaurant where he was eventually detained,” Spanish police said in a statement. They added he had fake ID on his arrest in Santa Cruz ...

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Driverless car tested on UK’s streets for the first time

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MNA Technology Desk: A driverless car took to Britain’s streets for the first time on Tuesday, as part of trials aimed at getting autonomous vehicles onto the roads by 2020, reported news agency. The electric-powered pod – like a small two-seater car – navigated its way around a pedestrianized area in the southern English town of Milton Keynes at 5 miles (8km) per hour, turning corners and stopping as pedestrians crossed its path. The government is encouraging tech firms and carmakers to develop and test autonomous driving technology in Britain, aiming to build an industry to serve a worldwide market ...

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Oliver Hart, Bengt Holmstrom won Nobel Economics Prize

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MNA Business Desk: Nobel UK-born Oliver Hart and Finland-born Bengt Holmstrom won the 2016 Nobel Economics Prize for “their contributions to contract theory”, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Monday. “(Their work) lays an intellectual foundation for designing policies and institutions in many areas, from bankruptcy legislation to political constitutions,” the award-giving body said on announcing the 8 million Swedish crown ($928,000) prize. The economics prize, officially called the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, was established in 1968. It was not part of the original group of awards set out in dynamite ...

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O and A level exams take place as per schedule

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MNA Editorial Desk: A press release, published by British Council Bangladesh, floated to the media on Saturday said that the O-level and A-level exams (Cambridge International Examinations and Pearson Edexcel) will take place as per schedule. Through the release, the council stated that the authorities of the organization are working on to bring the exams services to the students. The registration limit for the Cambridge International Examinations in November-2016 session has been extended till Wednesday. School applicants are asked to contact their schools for a unique school candidate registration link. Private candidates from Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, and Khulna ...

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Brexit pitches world into uncharted terrain

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MNA Editorial Desk: UK leaving the EU as the decision became obvious, Brexit pitches the world as we know it into uncharted terrain. Decelerating growth, a return to protectionism, inquiring for free trade agreements and worries over the solidity of the EU – the global economy is ingoing an era of bottomless uncertainty following Brexit. “We are moving into completely uncharted territory where the only certainty will be uncertainty,” said Jean-Michel Six, chief economist for Europe at SP Global Ratings. Britain voted by 52% to 48% for their country to leave the EU in spite of dire warnings from world ...

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