Thursday, 28 Sep, 2023


Syria chemical weapons talks start in Geneva

DHAKA: John Kerry, US secretary of state, has addressed the media after arriving in Geneva to meet Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov as the UN tries to forge an international plan to disarm the Syrian government of its chemical weapons.Lavrov and Kerry will discuss efforts to agree a UN

Unable to stop anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar

DHAKA: Myanmar`s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday that she alone could not stop the anti-Muslim violence that has shaken her country and that the solution was to install the rule of law."It`s not something that I could learn to do, but I think what this whole society

Somalia`s al-Shabaab kill US fighter

DHAKA: An American from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia`s al-Shabaab armed group high enough to attract a $5 million US government bounty has been killed in an ambush ordered by the group`s leader, witnesses said.Residents in al Baate village in southern Somalia said Omar

Riot victims didn`t get justice in Gujarat: Mulayam

DHAKA: Talking to reporters at the conclusion of his party`s national executive meeting, he said, "There was no justice in Gujarat but justice will be done in UP, I have never done the politics of caste and religion.”“Strict action will be taken against the guilty. We will provide the

BJP set to name Modi as PM candidate

DHAKA: Advani stood firmly against Modi, though BJP president Rajnath Singh and other leaders tried to convince him during two rounds of discussions that majority of the BJP leadership, its cadres and the ideological parent, the RSS, overwhelmingly wanted Modi as the PM candidate.In fact,

Breivik begins studies at University of Oslo

DHAKA: The man convicted of murdering 77 people in attacks in Norway in 2011 has enrolled at the University of Oslo to study political science.Anders Behring Breivik, who is serving a 21-year sentence, has not been admitted to a degree-granting programme, but will study modules.The

Syria will give up control of chemical weapons

DHAKA: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has appeared on Russian TV to confirm that his country’s chemical weapons will be placed under international control.His comments, to Rossiya 24, came as US and Russian foreign ministers prepared to meet in Geneva to discuss the plan, proposed

Russia says there is still a chance for peace in Syria

DHAKA: There is a still a chance for peace in Syria and the world must not let it pass, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.Speaking to students in Kazakhstan, Lavrov welcomed the Syrian government’s acceptance of Russia’s proposal that Damascus

European Parliament wants ‘clear strong’ response

DHAKA: The European Parliament on Thursday urged a ‘clear, strong, targeted and united’ international response, including ‘deterrent measures’ if needed, to the chemical weapons attack that left hundreds dead in Syria last month.In a resolution, the parliament noted that

US seeks proof Syria ready to abandon chemical weapons

DHAKA: The United States will insist that Syria take rapid steps to show it is serious about abandoning its vast chemical arsenal, a senior US officials said, as US state secretary John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Thursday for talks with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.Among the

One-third of food worldwide gets wasted

DHAKA: The UN food agency says one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to a loss of $750 billion a year.The Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization said in a report Wednesday that food in developing countries is wasted mostly due to poor harvesting

‘Assad buying time on chemical weapons’

DHAKA: Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he was doubtful that president Bashar Assad would fulfil his pledge to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, and said he was buying time for new ‘massacres’.‘The Assad regime has not lived up to any

‘US military threat changes Russia’s Syria stance’

DHAKA: The United States’ decision to weigh military action against Syria and growing evidence that the government there was behind a chemical weapons attack prompted Russia to change its stance towards its Middle East ally.The British government said, reports The Straits Times.‘The

Prince William to leave military

DHAKA: Prince William is to leave the military after more than seven years of service, Kensington Palace has announced.The Duke of Cambridge completed his final shift as an RAF search and rescue pilot on Tuesday.He will now focus on royal duties and charity work together with the Duchess

Netherlands apologise for Indonesia killings

DHAKA: The Netherlands has made a formal public apology for thousands of summary executions carried out by Dutch troops in its former colony of Indonesia.Dutch ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd de Zwaan apologised for the ‘excesses committed by Dutch forces’ between 1945 and

US, Iran set for first direct talks in 30 years

DHAKA: US president Barack Obama has exchanged letters with his new Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani in recent weeks, and the two leaders may hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York later this month.The Los Angeles Times quoted US officials as saying,

Geneva set for Syria disarmament talks

DHAKA: US state secretary John Kerry has arrived in Geneva to meet Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov as the UN tries to forge an international plan to disarm the Syrian government of its chemical weapons.Lavrov and Kerry will discuss efforts to agree a UN resolution on the issue, as well

Greek unemployment rises to 27.9%

DHAKA: Unemployment continues to rise in recession-hit Greece, with the overall rate reaching 27.9 percent in June. Even worse, 58.8 percent of people under age 25 are out of work.The Greek Statistical Authority reported on Thursday that the jobless rate had risen from 24.6 percent the

Rohingya boat people detained in southern Thailand

DHAKA: More than 200 members of the Rohingya minority fleeing Myanmar have been detained in southern Thailand after their boat ran aground.Thai district chief Watcharasak Chulayanon said the 219 men aboard swam ashore after their boat got stuck off on Wednesday off the coast of Satun

‘North Korea reactor status not clear’

DHAKA: The UN nuclear watchdog is following reports that North Korea may have restarted a reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons, but does not yet have a ‘clear understanding’ of the situation there.IAEA chief said on Thursday, reports Turkish daily Hurriyet.A US research