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Russia aid for Dhaka

Moscow, Jan. 15 (AP): Moscow will lend Bangladesh a total of $1.5 billion to help finance the building of a nuclear power station and buy Russian arms, report Russian news agencies.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed signed the deal at the Kremlin today.

Out of the $1.5 billion, $1 billion will fund the purchase of Russian arms while $500 million will be spent on the construction of a nuclear power station in Ruppur, 200km northwest of Dhaka, to be built by the Russian state atomic energy corporation.

Lanka judge

Colombo (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s President Mahindra Rajapaksa appointed a close ally as chief justice on Tuesday, two days after he controversially sacked the country’s top judge for impeachment in the face of opposition from the Supreme Court.

Iraq lawmaker

Falluja, Iraq (Reuters): A suicide bomber killed an Iraqi Sunni lawmaker as he visited a construction site on Tuesday, threatening to deepen a crisis over Sunni protests against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Syria blasts

Beirut (Reuters): At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded in two explosions that rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria’s second largest city on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Sweden crash

Stockholm (AP): A woman stole an empty commuter train from a depot on Tuesday and drove it to a suburb of Stockholm where it derailed and slammed into an apartment building, officials said. The woman was seriously injured in the early morning crash and was flown to a Stockholm hospital, police spokesman Lars Bystrom said.


 
 
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