• Kazi Zafar raises 5-point demand at a press conference, including Sheikh Hasina's resignation
  • Taranco for ‘credible, inclusive, peaceful polls’
  • Deferring election EC’s jurisdiction, PM tells Taranco
  • 'Nothing specific discussed'
  • Ershad lifelong chairman of JP
  • Resolve stalemate immediately: BGMEA
  • BNP asks govt employees not to serve election-related duties
  • One burnt in Mawa mayhem
  • Blockade underway amid stray incidents in capital
  • Two held over Shahbagh bus arson
  • World mourns South Africa peace icon Mandela
  • Commerce ministers approve landmark WTO trade deal
  • WTO hails 'historic' first global trade agreement
  • Workers wear the masks to protect them from air pollution in Shanghai, China, on Friday. — AP photo


Al-Qaeda-claimed attack in Yemeni capital kills 52

Militants stormed the Defence Ministry in the heart of Yemen̢۪s capital on Thursday, killing 52 people, including at least seven foreigners, in a suicide car bombing and assault by gunmen. Full story

Bangkok relatively quiet as sides mull next moves

The truce between Thailand̢۪s political rivals held in Bangkok on Friday amid more ceremonies in honour of the king̢۪s birthday, while the leader of the protest movement who has vowed to overthrow the government planned to announce his next move. Full story

France launches new Africa mission to halt CAR violence

France launched its second major African intervention in a year on Friday as its troops rushed to the Central African Republic̢۪s capital, Bangui, to stem violence that already claimed over 100 lives this week. France, which capital Bamako earlier this... Full story

Syrian opposition alleges new poison gas attack

Opposition activists again accused the president Bashar al-Assad̢۪s forces of using poison gas in Syria̢۪s civil war on Thursday, saying victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth. The activists said that two shells loaded with gas... Full story

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Smog at extremely hazardous levels in Shanghai

Workers wear the masks to protect them from air pollution in Shanghai, China, on Friday. — AP photo
Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China̢۪s financial hub suffered one its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters and obscuring the city̢۪s spectacular skyline. Full story

Students in Libya say slain teacher inspired them

An American chemistry teacher shot to death while jogging in Benghazi was looking forward to his first Christmas in the United States with his wife and toddler son. Full story

Australia will still spy on Indonesia: PM

Australia will not halt collecting intelligence on Indonesia but would work towards becoming its trusted partner, the prime minister, Tony Abbott, said on Friday in the wake of damaging espionage allegations. Reports last month that Australian spies... Full story

Obama defends NSA against latest spying report

The president, Barack Obama, is defending the National Security Agency, saying it does a very good job of not engaging in domestic surveillance. He was responding to a Washington Post report on Thursday that the agency tracks locations... Full story

Kerry urges Israelis, Palestinians to make peace like Mandela

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, closed another Middle East troubleshooting mission on Friday by urging Israel and the Palestinians to follow Nelson Mandela̢۪s lead and make peace. Kerry wants to coax the two... Full story

China slams Japan for resolution on airspace zone

China’s Foreign Ministry criticised Japan’s lower house of parliament on Friday for passing a resolution demanding that Beijing scrap its air defence zone over the East China Sea, saying Japan had no right to ‘talk nonsense’. Full story

Clash leaves six dead in southwest Pakistan: officials

At least six people were killed in southwest Pakistan when security forces exchanged fire with suspected militants during an operation to recover abductees, officials said on Friday. The exchange of fire took place in the restive Baluchistan... Full story

Malala awarded 2013 UN Human Rights Prize

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year, has been awarded the 2013 UN Human Rights Prize, an honour previously given to icons like late Nelson Mandela in recognition of outstanding... Full story

Nepal fears for tourism after EU airline ban

Nepal expressed fears on Friday for its tourism industry after the European Union blacklisted its airlines due to safety concerns. The EU transport commissioner, Siim Kallas, announced on Thursday that the bloc had placed all of Nepal̢۪s airlines... Full story

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