17 Houthi fighters were killed in the US-led attack



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Yemen's Houthi rebel group says US and British strikes have killed 17 of its fighters. This information was reported in the Houthi-controlled media after the funeral of the victims in Sana'a, the capital of the country.

International media Al Jazeera reported this information on Saturday (February 10).

The report said, "Funerals for those killed in the US-British bombing were held in the capital Sana. A Houthi state media reported that the names of the dead were being listed on Saturday.

The US and UK have been striking Houthi targets in Yemen since mid-January in an effort to stop Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

Iran-backed rebels, who control much of war-torn Yemen, including the port of Hodeidah, have been targeting ships linked to Israel in response to the Gaza war.

The United States said on Thursday that its military had conducted several operations against the missile launcher. The reason cited was that Houthi fighters were preparing to attack commercial shipping and US warships in the Red Sea.

A large number of supporters gathered at Al-Shabab Mosque, formerly Al-Saleh Mosque, in Sana'a on Saturday for the funeral of the Houthis killed in the attack.

Abu Mowataz Ghalib, one of the mourners, told AFP news agency that he and others present were firm on the Gaza war.

He said, “We convey our message through these martyrs that it is absolutely impossible for us to abandon our stand based on principles and beliefs and that has compelled us to take action.

   

US spacecraft on lunar surface after half a century



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After more than 50 years, the US spacecraft landed on the lunar surface again. The spacecraft, sent by a Houston-based company, landed on the lunar surface on Thursday (February 22) local time.

According to the news agency Reuters report, this lunar flight conducted by commercial spacecraft was funded by the US space research organization NASA. The mission aims to pave the way for sending astronauts to the moon by the end of this decade.

According to the report, on Thursday (February 22) at 6:23 pm local time, the 'Intuitive Machine' landed its hexagonal robot 'Odysseus' on the south pole of the Moon.

Earlier, a US company's lunar mission failed last month. This raises questions about the ability of private organizations to conduct lunar missions. Finally, in 1972, NASA successfully conducted the Apollo 17 mission to the moon.

Scott Pace, director of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute, told AFP the US is trying to rebuild its lunar capabilities after decades of absence.

Pace, a former member of the National Space Council of the United States, also said, "It is sometimes said that we have done it (successful lunar mission) in the past; Why can't I now? Every generation has to learn how to do this campaign.

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Biden meets Navalny's wife and daughter



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US President Joe Biden met the wife and daughter of Alexei Navalny, a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin, who died in a Russian prison.

The White House said that the meeting was held on Thursday (February 22) local time.

The US President met with Navalny's wife Yulia and his daughter Dasha Navalnya and expressed his sincere condolences for their terrible loss. Biden called the slain Navalny a man of incredible courage.

Speaking to reporters, Biden reiterated that Washington was planning to impose broad sanctions on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, over Navalny's death.

According to a White House statement, Biden confirmed that the new ban will be announced this Friday.

During the meeting, the US President praised Alexei Navalny for his extraordinary courage and fight against corruption and his fight for a free and democratic Russia, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Navalny's mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, said Thursday that Russian authorities were trying to force her to bury Navalny in secret.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Russian authorities should return Navalny's body to his mother. So that he can properly bury his son.

Navalny has been in prison since 2021. The opposition leader had been in solitary confinement in a prison (penal colony) in northern Siberia since late last year. Last Friday (February 16), prison authorities said that 47-year-old Navalny died in prison. Various reports have been heard about his dead body. His body has been sent to the morgue for autopsy, according to the jail authorities. But Navalny's party said they found no body at the morgue.

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Asif Zardari set to be the president of Pakistan again, PTI lost the game



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After 2013, Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the former president of the country, is going to be the president again for the second time. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and PPP finalized such a decision in a midnight meeting on Tuesday (February 20). The PML-N-PPP gave the information on Wednesday (February 21) after the consensus.

This information has been reported by the Pakistani media Dawn and news agency AFP.

According to the report, Pakistan, which is plagued with economic tension, is almost bankrupt. As of January 26, the country's reserves were only 8.21 billion dollars. By the end of the year, the global debt will be 7 billion dollars.

The report also says that Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Pakistan's former prime minister and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, is going to be the country's prime minister. Shehbaz became the prime minister in 2022 after ousting popular leader and former prime minister Imran Khan. The Sharifs are one of the Pakistani families that have ruled Pakistan for decades. On the other hand, Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is set to lose to the alliance despite getting more votes.

Asif Ali Zardari was born in 1955 into a prominent Baloch family of the Nawabshah of Sindh. His political career began in 1987. Zardari was also jailed for several years on corruption charges. He was married to a prominent political family of Pakistan. His wife Benazir Bhutto was the daughter of the former Prime Minister of the country. who herself later became the prime minister. A year after their marriage, Benazir Bhutto assumed the post of prime minister in 1987. Pakistan's first woman prime minister.

The same year, Zardari began his own political career as a member of the National Assembly. While prime minister, Bhutto invited Ali Zardari to join his administration as Pakistan's minister of Investment and Environment which created a lot of controversy. The opposition accused Zardari of widespread corruption during his time in the cabinet. He was also accused of embezzling public funds. Since then, due to corruption and scandal, he was called 'Mr. 'Ten Percent' is given the title. In other words, without 10 percent commissions, he would not advance a step forward. Both the opposition and government investigators alleged that Zardari had smuggled hundreds of millions of dollars out of the country. He was in jail from 1997 to 2004, although the charges were not proved.

Before 2007, Ali Zardari was not a well-known face outside of Pakistan. But after militants killed his wife, Zardari's name came to the international stage. After the death of Benazir Bhutto, he was easily elected to the presidency in 2008, gaining public sympathy. But his journey to higher political power was once again marred by controversy and allegations of widespread corruption. He has repeatedly faced allegations of misconduct and corruption in his political career. However, nothing was proved in court. He is also known as a shrewd political leader. Last year Dawn reported that Asif Ali Zardari is undoubtedly one of the most intelligent political figures in the country.

During his tenure as president, he signed two bills to provide harsher punishments for various crimes against women. The first bill called for severe punishment for forcibly marrying women under various customs and depriving them of their rightful inheritance. The second bill demands stricter punishment for those involved in acid attacks.

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India gives permission for onion export to Bangladesh



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On the recommendation of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, India has officially allowed the export of onions in five countries including Bangladesh.

On Monday (February 19), the Indian media, Economic Times, reported this information. However, the media could not tell how much was allowed to be exported.

According to the sources, the media said that although no decision has been taken to lift the complete ban on onion export, a limited quantity of onion has been allowed to be exported for bilateral purposes.

Other countries are - Nepal, Bhutan, Bahrain and Mauritius.

The government of Bangladesh has issued a formal letter to India to allow the export of certain quantities of sugar and onions in order to reduce the prices of sugar and onions in the domestic market during the holy month of Ramadan.

India is the second largest onion exporter in the world. The country imposed a ban on exports in December 2023. Later, the export ban was extended till March this year when the price of onion rose in the country's domestic market ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

India initially imposed a 40 percent tariff on onions to discourage exports. But it also imposed sanctions when it was not working.

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