Tuesday, 27 Feb, 2024


Abbott to head to Commonwealth despite boycott call

DHAKA: Australia’s new prime minister said on Monday he would attend a Commonwealth summit next month despite calls for a boycott over the human rights record of host Sri Lanka.Conservative leader Tony Abbott indicated disagreement with Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, who does

‘Japan out of economic crossroads’

DHAKA: Japan has emerged from the ‘crossroads’ of economic stagnation, with deep reforms and a massive spending package expected to put it back on the growth track.Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, reports The Straits Times.Speaking to Asia’s top corporate executives

5 Egyptian soldiers killed as blast hits Sinai

DHAKA: Gunmen have killed five Egyptian soldiers near the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya, say security officials.The gunmen opened fire on the soldiers while they were sitting in a car at a checkpoint north of the city, reports said, according to the BBC.Security forces have been repeatedly

Pak bomb targets polio campaign

DHAKA: Two people, one a police officer, were killed by a bomb apparently targeting anti-polio campaigners in Pakistan, say police.The blast struck a van near a hospital in Budh Bher suburb of the north-western city of Peshawar.A death toll of six was earlier given but corrected by

‘Rouhani visit to Saudi Arabia possible after Hajj’

DHAKA: Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi played down in comments published Monday a possible visit by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to Saudi Arabia during Hajj, saying the visit could occur following the Muslim religious pilgrimage.‘Due to the positivity (in ties)

Powerful typhoon hits eastern China

DHAKA: Powerful typhoon Fitow has rammed into eastern China after triggering the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.With winds up to 151km/h, the storm landed in Fujian province early on Monday, bringing heavy rains and causing widespread power cuts.At least two people have

6 including cops killed Pak bomb blast

DHAKA: Six people including four police were killed and 12 others injured in a bombing that targeted polio workers in northwest Pakistan on Monday.The blast took place on the outskirts of the violence-plagued city of Peshawar.The senior superintendent of police Najeeb-Ur-Rehman said that

US credits Syria’s Assad

DHAKA: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s regime deserves credit for complying with a chemical weapons deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.He was speaking after international monitors said the destruction of Syria`s stockpile had begun.The mission was established under a UN

2 Indian Police dismissed for sexual abuse

DHAKA: Sending a strong message, the Delhi Police on Monday dismissed two of its constables for attempting to sexually assault a young girl.A press release by the Delhi Police said: “Constables Amit Tomar and Gurjinder Singh have been dismissed to send a strong signal, that harshest

Mexico accident kills 8, injures 79

DHAKA: Twelve spectators remained in intensive care Sunday with four in critical condition after the truck shot into the audience at a Chihuahua, Mexico air show SaturdayWitnesses say they saw the driver hit his head on the inside of his truck just after a car-jumping stunt and before

50 killed in fresh clashes in Egypt

DHAKA: At least 50 people were killed and more than 240 injured in Egypt in clashes between police and supporters of the deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.More than 200 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested in Cairo, where most of the deaths were reported.Supporters of

8 killed as mortar fired on Damascus

DHAKA: At least eight people were killed on Sunday by mortar fire that hit a Christian neighbourhood in central Damascus.Syrian state news agency SANA reported, says TDS.The attack on the Qassaa district in the Old City injured at least 24 people and damaged a church in the area, SANA

Pakistan army chief to retire in November

DHAKA: Putting extension rumours to rest, Pakistan army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Sunday said that he would retire from his post at the end of his extended tenure on November 29.‘My tenure ends on 29th November 2013. On that day I will retire...,’ Kayani was quoted as saying by a

Al Shabaab leader believed killed by US commandos

DHAKA: A US Navy SEAL team is believed to have killed a senior leader of the al-Shabaab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in Somalia on Saturday in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall last month.The New York Times reported, says The Jerusalem Post.The

German embassy worker shot dead In Yemen

DHAKA: A German embassy bodyguard has been shot dead in an attempted kidnapping in Yemen, according to reports.A security official told media that a German envoy escaped the attempted abduction in Sana’a, reports Sky News.Gunmen in a vehicle opened fire at the victim as he was leaving a

‘Syria peace talks in Geneva are uncertain’

DHAKA: United Nations peace envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, repeated on Sunday that it is not certain that peace talks will take place in mid-November in Geneva as planned.Asked if the conference was a certainty, he said in an interview with TV5 television and RFI radio, ‘No, this is

Brotherhood supporter killed in Egypt clash

DHAKA: A supporter of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was killed and at least two were wounded during a clash with police in a town south of Cairo on Sunday.Egypt security and medical sources said, reports The Jerusalem Post.They said supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi

Iraq suicide blasts kill 27, many of them children

DHAKA: Suicide car bombers attacked an elementary school and a police station in a small northern Iraqi village on Sunday, while another on foot detonated his payload among Shia pilgrims in Baghdad, killing at least 27 people including children.Iraq officials said, reports The Straits

Iran unveils two new nanomedicines

DHAKA: Iran has unveiled two new domestically-made nanomedicines for the treatment of cancerous diseases and some skin-related illnesses.The medicines were unveiled during the opening ceremony of the sixth nanotechnology exhibition on Saturday, attended by presidential office chairman

‘US will never stop hunting down extremists’

DHAKA: US state secretary John Kerry on Sunday said two high-profile raids in Libya and Somalia showed the United States’ unflinching determination to hunt down those responsible for terrorism.‘We hope that this makes clear that the United States of America will never stop in its