Wednesday, 28 Feb, 2024

International

France, UK, US agree on Syria push at UN

DHAKA: France, Britain and the United States agreed at three-way Paris talks on Monday to seek a ‘strong and robust’ UN resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines on removal of chemical weapons.The office of French president Francois Hollande said, reports The Jerusalem

‘Security for VIPs, but none for us’

DHAKA: India prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited Muzaffarnagar this morning, where nearly 50 people were killed in communal riots so severe that the army was called in for the first time in over a decade to restore law and

Abbott under fire after naming one woman in Cabinet

DHAKA: Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott unveiled his incoming Cabinet on Monday, attracting immediate criticism for including only one woman.Conservative Liberal leader Abbott was elected by an overwhelming majority on September 7, and in his first press conference since

Suicide bomber kills 3 in Chechnya

DHAKA: A suicide bomber driving a carful of explosives killed three policemen in Russia’s Chechnya region on Monday as he tried to ram his car into a police station.‘Three policemen have died as a result of a blast by a suicide bomber,’ Chechnya’s interior ministry said in a

Philippines launches air strikes at Muslim rebels

DHAKA: The Philippine military on Monday launched a helicopter assault on Muslim rebels who have occupied parts of a major southern city, as the crisis entered its eighth day.‘Targeted air strike by the Philippine Air Force (is) ongoing,’ the Zamboanga city government said in a

3 women shot dead in Pakistan ‘honour’ crime

DHAKA: Relatives have shot dead three women in a lawless tribal area of north-west Pakistan after one of them left her husband, officials said on Monday.The ‘honour’ killings happened in Jawaki village in the Darra Adam Khel district, between the cities of Peshawar and Kohat.A

Top Afghanistan policewoman dies

DHAKA: The most senior woman police officer in Afghanistan’s troubled Helmand province has died in hospital after being shot by unknown gunmen, officials say.Lieutenant Negar, known only by her surname, was shot near the police headquarters in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah,

China road accident kills 16

DHAKA: A passenger bus collided with a truck and plunged into a riverbed in southwest China, killing 16 people including 11 students, authorities said.The accident happened on Sunday afternoon in a village in Dazhou city in Sichuan province.The truck overturned and the sand and

France welcomes Syria deal

DHAKA: French President Francois Hollande has described the US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons as an “important step” towards the much bigger goal of a political solution to the civil war.But in a TV address Hollande also said: “The military option must remain; otherwise

19 killed in Mexico storm

DHAKA: At least 19 people have been killed in Mexico, which is being battered by two powerful storms.Hurricane Ingrid has caused floods and sent thousands to emergency shelter on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. It is expected to make landfall later on Monday.On the Pacific coast, Tropical Storm

Dilip Kumar admitted to hospital

DHAKA: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, has been admitted to Mumbai`s Lilavati Hospital on Sunday after he developed chest complications.90-year-old Kumar who is married to actress Saira Bhanu, has acted in many memorable Bollywood movies including Devdas, Karma and Kranti.Dilip Kumar was

Senior army official killed in Pakistan

DHAKA: A high-ranking Pakistani general has been killed in a bomb attack claimed by the Taliban near the Afghan border.The Pakistani army said, reports Al Jazeera.Major General Sanaullah Khan was the top army commander in a northwestern region, including the volatile Swat Valley.A

Israel not to supply weapon systems to Pakistan

DHAKA: With its defence ties with India growing at a rapid pace, Israel on Sunday asserted that it will not supply any weapons systems and military hardware to Pakistan, saying the policy in this regard was ‘very clear’ and ‘strict’.India’s Israeli ambassador Alon Ushpiz said

UN accepts Syria chemical arms treaty application

DHAKA: The United Nations has formally accepted Syria’s application to join the chemical weapons convention, a spokesperson said.The UN welcomed Syria joining the Chemical Weapons Convention, after it received the formal instrument of accession to it by the Assad regime.Syria applied

Indian soldier held for rape attempt in train

DHAKA: An Indian army jawan allegedly attempted to rape a sleeping woman passenger in an air-conditioned coach of a running train in Assam in the wee hours of Sunday.India railway police sources said, reports Hindustan Times.The incident occurred in Guwahati-Ledo Inter City Express and

Nigerian kidnappers free archbishop

DHAKA: One of Nigeria’s most senior Anglican clerics, who was kidnapped by armed men more than a week ago, has been freed.Archbishop Ignatius Kattey was released without a ransom on Saturday evening near the southern city of Port Harcourt, police said.He was in a stable condition,

Afghan female police officer shot

DHAKA: Unknown gunmen shot and seriously injured the top female police officer in Afghanistan’s restive Helmand province on Sunday, just months after her high-profile predecessor was killed, officials said.Nigar, who like many Afghans uses only one name, was expected to survive the

Obama rejects Putin’s claim

DHAKA: US president Barack Obama rejected Russian president Vladimir Putin’s claim that Syrian rebels were responsible for an August 21 chemical gas attack but, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, he welcomed Putin’s diplomatic role in the crisis.Obama, in an interview on ABC’s

Jordan hosts over 2,100 Syria army defectors

DHAKA: More than 2,100 Syrian officers have fled to Jordan since the start of the conflict in their country in 2011.The kingdom’s interior minister said in remarks published on Sunday, reports The Straits Times.‘Jordan is hosting around 2,130 Syrian officers of different military

‘US-Russia deal victory for Syria’

DHAKA: The US-Russia deal aimed at removing Syrian chemical weapons averted war and is ‘a victory for Syria’.The Syrian minister of state for national reconciliation Ali Haidar said Sunday, reports TDS.‘On one hand, it will help the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it