Friday, 01 Dec, 2023


Pakistan market explosion kills 31

DHAKA: An explosion has ripped through a market in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar, leaving at least 31 dead and dozens wounded.Police said a bomb had exploded in the Kissa Khwani market, with shops and vehicles set alight, reports the BBC.The blast comes a week after a

Maldives opposition urges tourist boycott after vote halted

DHAKA: The Maldivian opposition appealed to foreign holidaymakers on Saturday to boycott the upmarket tourist destination as authorities indefinitely postponed a presidential runoff amid mounting international concern.The runoff had been slated for Saturday between human rights activist

Kenya ‘at war’ with al Shabaab

DHAKA: Kenya is ‘at war’ with Islamist militants who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, the government said on Saturday as it faced questions about whether it had received advance intelligence warnings of the deadly strike.A week after the raid on the Westgate shopping centre that

Attack on Hezbollah checkpoint leaves 3 dead

DHAKA: Three people were killed in clashes in the Lebanese town of Baalbek on Saturday after gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint manned by militant group Hezbollah, security sources said.One Hezbollah member was killed and two others were wounded when gunmen opened fire from a car at the

12 dead in powerful new Pakistan earthquake

DHAKA: A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 12 people in a region already devastated by a tremor which left more than 300 people dead this week.‘At least 12 people have died and seven were wounded,’ Mr Abdul Latif Kakar, head of the

US officials blame Iran for Navy computer breach

DHAKA: Iranian cyber hackers were allegedly responsible for breaching an unclassified US Navy computer network as recently as early last week.The Washington Post cited unnamed US officials as saying, reports The Jerusalem Post.According to the report, the officials said the intruders were

Tunisia Islamist government agrees to resignation plan

DHAKA: Tunisia’s Islamist government has agreed to resign after negotiations that start next week with secular opponents to form a caretaker administration and prepare for elections.A senior ruling party official said on Saturday, reports The Jerusalem Post.The negotiations aim to end

‘UNSC resolution sets a standard’

DHAKA: The European Union hailed a UN resolution on the eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal as ‘setting a standard’ for the global response to the threats of weapons of mass destruction.The UN Security Council on Friday night unanimously passed a draft resolution on

French hostage in Nigeria pleads for help in video

DHAKA: A French hostage kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria has asked for French and Nigerian government help in securing his release in a video released by his captors, according to the SITE web monitoring service.If the video is confirmed as authentic it would be the first visual

Mumbai building collapse death toll hits 33

DHAKA: The death toll from the collapse of a five-storey apartment block in Mumbai rose to 33 as rescuers frantically searched for around two dozen others trapped beneath the rubble.Officials said Saturday, reports The Striats Times.Rescue official Alok Avasthy of the National Disaster

‘UN Syria resolution fails to ensure justice’

DHAKA: Human Rights Watch on Saturday criticised a hard-won United Nations Security Council resolution ordering the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal for failing to deliver justice for the conflict’s victims.‘This resolution fails to ensure justice for the gassing of hundreds

New earthquake hits Pakistan

DHAKA: A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit south-west Pakistan on Saturday in a region already devastated by a quake which left more than 500 dead just days ago.The new tremor struck 96 kilometres north-east of the district of Awaran at a depth of 14 km at 12.34pm (local time), according to

Shoe thrown at Rohani’s car as he returns home

DHAKA: A shoe was thrown towards Iranian president Hassan Rohani’s car on Saturday as he arrived home to a mixed reception for his historic call with United States president Barack Obama.Some 60 hardline Islamists chanted ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ as Rohani’s

Malala honoured at Harvard

DHAKA: A Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban is being honoured as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year.Malala Yousafzai is an outspoken proponent for girls’ education.She was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J Gomes Humanitarian

Refugee boat sinks on way to Australia, 21 dead

DHAKA: A boat carrying migrants to Australia sank off the Indonesian coast on Friday, killing at least 21 people, Indonesian police said, a sign that Australia’s tough new immigration rules may not be enough to deter would-be asylum seekers.The latest disaster to strike refugees using

‘Kenya govt had been warned of Nairobi attack’

DHAKA: Kenya’s government had been warned, including by Israel, of the high risk of an attack before the assault on a Nairobi mall by Islamist gunmen that killed at least 67 people, newspapers reported Saturday.Cabinet ministers and Kenya’s army chief had received information warning

92 abducted children freed in China

DHAKA: Chinese police have rescued 92 abducted children and held 301 suspected members of a huge trafficking network, the authorities say.They say two women were also freed in an operation involving police forces in 11 provinces of the country.The traffickers are believed to have targeted

One held as death toll rises to 25

DHAKA: The death toll in the collapse of a four-storey building in Mumbai yesterday has gone up to 25. A disaster management official said the victims included nine women.National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) commandant Alok Awasthi added that nearly 36 people were still trapped under

UN adopts Syria arms resolution

DHAKA: The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to secure and destroy Syria`s chemical weapons stockpile.The vote late on Friday was the first resolution passed on the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011, after Russia and China had previously vetoed three Western-backed

Obama and Rouhani speak by phone

DHAKA: US President Barack Obama has spoken by phone to Iran`s Hassan Rouhani - the first such top-level conversation in more than 30 years.Mr Obama spoke of a "unique opportunity" to make progress with Iran`s new leadership, amid a flurry of diplomacy over its nuclear programme.Earlier,