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The president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, faces an impending challenge to his increasingly shaky rule in the island nation, sources tell the BBC.
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If you only read 6 things this week…
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He will meet with government officials to discuss “our growing cooperation on global issues”.

“He also will focus on strengthening our longstanding bilateral partnership on democracy, development, security and human rights,” his office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, his Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali, said that Bangladesh was “delighted” that Kerry would be coming to Dhaka on his first visit to the country.

He will leave on the same day for New Delhi, where he will have meetings with senior Indian officials and co-chair the second U.S.-India Strategic an
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He has urged them to visit Bangladesh without any concerns as the security team of the England and Wales Cricket Board prepare to brief their players on the situation on Thursday.

"I still believe they will come. Strict security is in place for all teams even in ordinary situations. We know the BCB and the government will take the necessary security measures," Mashrafe said on Wednesday.

"As a player I'd say sport should continue. These incidents are taking place all over the world. If we keep putting the games off like this, a time will come when we will stop playing.

"There were at
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Quakes are the ever present danger for those who live along the Apennine mountain range in Italy, as the Amatrice disaster shows.
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A worldwide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics should be imposed as soon as possible, MPs demand.
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The German military is preparing for a possible withdrawal of six Tornado reconnaissance jets from Turkey's Incirlik Air Base given Ankara's continued refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit the facility, Der Spiegel magazine reported Thursday.

The magazine said the German Bundeswehr was evaluating whether it could move the warplanes and refuelling aircraft, which are supporting the U.S.-led coalition's aerial attacks on Islamic State targets, to Jordan or Cyprus. It quoted unnamed military sources as saying such a move would interrupt the reconnaissance flights for at least two months.
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The German military is preparing for a possible withdrawal of six Tornado reconnaissance jets from Turkey's Incirlik Air Base given Ankara's continued refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit the facility, Der Spiegel magazine reported Thursday.

The magazine said the German Bundeswehr was evaluating whether it could move the warplanes and refuelling aircraft, which are supporting the U.S.-led coalition's aerial attacks on Islamic State targets, to Jordan or Cyprus. It quoted unnamed military sources as saying such a move would interrupt the reconnaissance flights for at least two months.