• Bangladesh corruption scenario still alarming: TI
  • Time runs fast for a consensus: CEC
  • Perpetrators of Standard Group arson won’t be spared: PM
  • BNP vows to continue movement
  • Indian Foreign Secy due Wednesday
  • Two JCD men shot dead in Chandpur
  • JP boycotts polls
  • BNP welcomes Ershad’s polls boycott decision
  • Suranjit slams Ershad for his U-turn
  • Govt looks at Ershad till withdrawal of nomination papers: Quader
  • Six killed, 65 injured Tuesday
  • Another burn victim dies
  • 3 killed in Bagerhat road crash
  • Ctg bomb attack kills 1
  • BNP calls hartal in Comilla for Wednesday
  • Asia takes top spots in OECD global education survey
  • Thai police allow protesters through barricades
  • A flying 'octocopter' mini-drone that would be used to fly small packages to consumers. — AFP photo

  • The Chang'e-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasts off, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest province of Sichuan on Monday. — AFP photo


Syria war toll 126,000

The toll in 33 months of Syria̢۪s brutal conflict has left nearly 126,000 people dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. The group, which relies on a network of activists, lawyers and doctors on the ground... Full story

Karzai accuses US of cutting military supplies

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, accused his US ally on Sunday of withholding military supplies to press him to sign a bilateral security deal that will shape the US military presence after most foreign troops leave in 2014. Full story

Iran’s Zarif urges S Arabia to work jointly for ‘stability’

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, appealed Monday to Saudi Arabia to work together with his government toward achieving regional ‘stability’, in remarks to AFP during a visit to Oman. Full story

Australia, NZ win $81m settlement

More than 100 Australian and New Zealand victims of thalidomide have won a A$89 million ($81 million) settlement from the parent of the company that distributed the drug that caused thousands of birth defects around the world. Full story

'Memories' pass between generations: study

Lab mice trained to fear a particular smell can transfer the impulse to their unborn sons and grandsons through a mechanism in their sperm, a study said on Sunday. The research claims to provide evidence for the concept of animals... Full story

Amazon unveils futuristic mini-drone delivery plan

A flying 'octocopter' mini-drone that would be used to fly small packages to consumers. — AFP photo
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed on Sunday that his company is looking to the future with plans to use ‘octocopter’ mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes. The US retail giant’s ambitious project still requires additional safety... Full story

China launches first moon rover, ‘Jade Rabbit’

The Chang'e-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasts off, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest province of Sichuan on Monday. — AFP photo
China launched its first ever extraterrestrial landing craft into orbit en route for the moon in the small hours of Monday, in a major milestone for its space programme. The Chang̢۪e-3 lunar probe, which includes the Yutu or Jade Rabbit buggy, blasted off on... Full story

Skull find shows women were sacrificed in ancient China

Archaeologists in China have unearthed the skulls of more than 80 young women who may have been sacrificed more than 4,000 years ago, state media reported Monday. The skulls were found in what appears to have been... Full story

Ukraine protesters declare general strike after clashes

Ukrainian protesters declared a general strike and blockaded government buildings on Monday after violent clashes in which more than 100,000 sought early elections over the authorities̢۪ rejection of a historic EU pact. Full story

Taiwan military jets fly into overlapping zone with China

Taiwan said Monday its military planes have made about 30 flights into a part of China̢۪s newly declared air defence zone which overlaps a similar Taiwanese zone. China̢۪s unilateral announcement on November 23 of an Air Defence Identification... Full story

Nine killed in Yemen clashes

Six suspected al-Qaeda militants and three Yemeni soldiers were killed in clashes in Yemen̢۪s eastern region of Hadramout on Monday, the defence ministry said. Last year, the Yemeni army, with US backing, drove al-Qaeda militants... Full story

Gazans protest at sea over Israeli naval blockade

Hundreds of Palestinian youth activists sailed from the shores of the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest at Israel̢۪s restrictions on fishing in the seas off the Islamist-ruled enclave. Palestinian fishermen say they cannot meet demand in Gaza... Full story

Somali prime minister voted out by lawmakers

Somalia̢۪s parliament voted on Monday to sack the prime minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, the speaker of parliament said, after a row with the president that has paralysed the state and threatened a shaky recovery from war. Full story

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