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Happy US Independence Day! Now can you sing it?

When the United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4th, many Americans will be singing the Star-Spangled Banner at sports games, parties, and other patriotic-themed events. To mark the date, we take a look at some fun facts about national anthems around the world.

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The climate homeless

Even if the US, Europe, China, and India reduce carbon emissions at the rate they've promised, much climate damage has already been done. That shouldn't stop these and other countries from doing all they can to meet their net-zero emissions targets, but they also better start preparing for a world of people on the move.

Climate change will displace an unprecedented number of people in coming years, creating not just a series of humanitarian crises in many parts of the world, but lasting political, economic, and social upheaval as those of us who live on higher ground try to find a sustainable place for these climate refugees to live.

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Bangladesh ships Rohingya refugees to remote island despite protests

December 04, 2020 1:07 PM

Bangladesh says it is only moving refugees who are willing to go and that this will ease chronic overcrowding in camps.

Bangladesh begins transfer of Rohingya to controversial island

December 03, 2020 4:07 PM

COX'S BAZAR (AFP) - Bangladesh began transferring several hundred Rohingya refugees on Thursday (Dec 3) to what the UN and rights groups worry is a dangerous low-lying island prone to cyclones and floods.

We cannot allow Dhaka to become a drug trafficking route: Daily Star

November 26, 2020 11:15 AM

The paper says that while drug trafficking syndicates are not easy to dismantle, agencies involved must take concerted efforts to make Bangladesh's borders less porous.

What We're Watching: "Illiberals" veto EU budget, Bangladesh's all-female cop unit, Armenian PM in trouble

EU budget in peril: The European Union now faces an unexpected budget crisis after Hungary and Poland vetoed the bloc's 1.8 trillion euro ($2.14 trillion) spending proposal that will help steer the bloc's pandemic recovery, and fund the Union through 2027. Budapest and Warsaw balked after the EU included a provision that made disbursement of funds contingent on respecting EU rule-of-law norms — including on issues like judicial independence and human rights — which both countries vehemently oppose. The twin veto came as a surprise for many in Brussels, which had recently compromised on this issue by agreeing to only cut funding if the rule-of-law threat directly affects how EU money is spent, and if a simple majority of member states approve. Those terms were seen as narrow enough for Budapest and Warsaw to accept, but the EU's two "illiberal" states are playing hardball. We're watching to see how long Hungary and Poland — which often flout EU democratic norms — are willing to hold the EU budget hostage, or if the bloc will cave to their demands in order to release 750 billion euros in coronavirus relief funds that other member states are desperate to get their hands on.

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'Beacon of hope': Bangladesh opens first school for transgender students

November 06, 2020 8:38 PM

DHAKA (REUTERS) - A religious charity has opened the first school in Bangladesh for hijras, a transgender community whose members face widespread discrimination in the mostly conservative Muslim society and often live in abject poverty.

Bangladesh garment workers pray for orders as pandemic shreds exports

October 20, 2020 3:42 PM

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Bangladesh garment factory owner Shahidullah Azim laid off 20 per cent of his workers in the wake of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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