• PM pays floral tributes to martyred intellectuals
  • 151 candidates for 10th parliament elected unopposed
  • 3 Jamaat-Shibir men killed in Noakhali clash
  • Asaduzzaman Nur’s convoy attacked, 2 killed
  • Verdicts of other war criminals will also be executed: AL
  • Stop 'unilateral' polls for the sake of democracy: BNP
  • 'Ershad sticking to poll boycott’
  • Petrol bombs hurled at Tuku’s Pabna residence
  • Three killed in Khagrachari road accident
  • Lakshmipur Jamaat leader found dead
  • China prepares for first lunar rover landing on the moon
  • Japan seeks ASEAN backing on China with $20b pledge
  • Mandela's 'long walk' nears its end
  • 21 workers killed in China mine explosion
  • Iraq violence kills 37 as 'terrorism' suspects escape
  • The prime minister, Manmohan Singh, with Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai during a meeting in New Delhi on Friday. — AP Photo

  • Christians gather in a makeshift camp for internally displaced people set in the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Friday. Over 30,000 have gathered there, prompting the UN to start food distribution a kilometre away. — AP photo

  • People sing and dance as they arrive for a provincial memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Friday. — Reuters photo

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UN confirms Syria chemical attack

Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, UN inspectors have said. Full story

Karzai warns against ‘intimidation’

The prime minister, Manmohan Singh, with Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai during a meeting in New Delhi on Friday. — AP Photo
Afghanistan will not be bullied into signing a security pact allowing US troops to stay on after next year, the president Hamid Karzai said as he pressed India on Friday for more military hardware. Karzai met the Indian prime... Full story

Abbas rejects permanent Israel troop presence

The Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas, has rejected US proposals for Israel to keep troops in a future Palestinian state along its strategic border with Jordan, a Palestinian source said on Friday. Full story

600 killed in week of C Africa violence: UN

Christians gather in a makeshift camp for internally displaced people set in the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Friday. Over 30,000 have gathered there, prompting the UN to start food distribution a kilometre away. — AP photo
More than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence tearing though the Central African Republic in the past week, including 27 Muslims killed Thursday in a western village, the UN said Friday. ‘We are seeing a further... Full story

Many Indonesians think vote-buying ‘acceptable’

More than 40 per cent of Indonesian voters consider politicians seeking to buy support at elections acceptable, a survey showed Friday, months before national polls in the graft-ridden country. In what it described as... Full story

Mourners swamp last goodbye for Mandela

People sing and dance as they arrive for a provincial memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Friday. — Reuters photo
The last day of Nelson Mandela̢۪s formal lying in state on Friday was overwhelmed by mourners desperate to say a final, personal farewell to the anti-apartheid icon. Barely two hours after opening the top of the casket for... Full story

Snowstorm leaves Jerusalem in lockdown

A rare snowstorm has blanketed Jerusalem, forcing a lockdown with police blocking access to and from the city. The police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says citizens have been told not to enter... Full story

Iran quits nuclear talks protesting US blacklist move

Iran has quit nuclear talks with the major powers, accusing Washington on Friday of going against the spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its sanctions blacklist. A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine... Full story

Ukraine opposition digs in as Yanukovych faces EU, Russia choice

Ukraine protesters reinforced their positions in Kiev on Friday as they prepared for another mass rally to pressure the president to turn the country away from historical master Moscow toward the EU. Full story

‘Stunning’ tsunami record discovered in Indonesia cave

Scientists said on Friday they have discovered a cave on the Indonesian island of Sumatra that provides a ‘stunning’ record of Indian Ocean tsunamis over thousands of years. They say layers of... Full story

Two Pak cops protecting polio team killed

The police say gunmen have killed two police officers assigned to protect a team of polio workers in northwest Pakistan. Local police officer Khalid Iqbal says the two officers were attacked on Friday as they... Full story

Congo, M23 rebels sign peace agreements

Congo and the so-called M23 rebels signed a peace agreement on Thursday that will see the insurgent group demobilize its fighters and transform itself into a political party. Kenya̢۪s presidency said the Ugandan... Full story

Drone strike in Yemen killed 17

A drone strike on a wedding convoy in Yemen killed 17 people, mostly civilians, medical and security sources said Friday, adding grist to mounting criticism of the US drone war. ‘Some’ of the dead in Thursday’s strike... Full story

South Africa formally apologises for Mandela signer

The South African government formally apologised Friday for any offence caused by the sign language interpreter it hired for Nelson Mandela’s memorial, later exposed as a fake. ‘We sincerely apologise to the deaf... Full story


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