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Israel’s PM slams impending ‘war crimes’ probe

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed the decision by the International Criminal Court to launch a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, saying it is absurd. Speaking in West Jerusalem yesterday, Netanyahu said it is absurd of the ICC to ignore international law and agreements under which the Palestinians do not have a state and can only get one through direct negotiations with Israel.

The rules of the ICC are clear, No state, no standing, no case. Netanyahu said Israel upholds high standards of international law and that the country’s actions are subjected to careful and constant review of an independent legal system.

Palestine applied to join the ICC in December and has since signed the Rome treaty, the charter that led to the formation of the ICC in 2002. It is due to join the court in April but its membership will be backdated to June 2014, meaning that the court will have jurisdiction to look into last summer’s offensive between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.

The conflict, which left the Gaza Strip run by Hamas devastated, killed more than 2,300 Palestinians, mostly women and children. Israel says it lost 73 people, most of them soldiers.

India, Nepal to soon begin joint tourism promotion campaign

Jan 18,
India and Nepal will soon begin joint tourism promotion campaign. Speaking at the 51st anniversary of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents in Kathmandu, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae said that there is a need for mutual cooperation as the two countries are jointly promoting tourism. He said, as Nepal is famous for Pashupatinath, Lumbini, Muktinath and Janakpurdham, these destinations should be promoted to attract tourists. Rae said, Nepal should focus on religious and adventure tourism and it is through this it can bring in quality tourists.

Bangladesh Political confrontation continues

Bangladesh, the political confrontation intensifies as the government and main opposition alliance remain rigid on taking hardlines.
 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says, her government will deal with the violence, unleashed by the opposition alliance in the name of a political movement, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is determined to press on with the nationwide transport blockade despite the government’s warning.
 In a statement released to the press last night, BNP Joint General Secretary Rizvi Ahmed said Khaleda is firm on continuation of the agitation till democratic rights are restored.   Sources in the party said the BNP combine will intensify the violent blockade after the Biswa Ijtema ends today. AIR Dhaka correspondent reports, violence continues unabated in the t country.
 At least 24 people have been killed and hundreds injured in the violent blockade which has entered the 13th day today. One truck driver was killed as micreants hurled a petrol bomb at the vehicle on the Dhaka-Barisal highway today.
 Blockaders petrol bombed a police bus in Shahbhag area in the capital seriously burning 5 policemen. last night.
Nine bus passengers including 2 children have been burned when miscreants set fire to a bus in Mohammadpur last night in the capital. At least six other vehicles, including auto-rickshaws have been torched in the capital
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