• PM hints at JS dissolution for fresh polls in case of compromise
  • Talibans threaten to attack Bangladesh mission in Islamabad, Nation reports
  • 83-hr blockade again from Saturday
  • Buses to ply on three routes from Saturday on trial basis
  • AL-BNP talks suspended: Inu
  • EC’s decision over army deployment Friday: CEC
  • Seven held, 10 injured in Ganajagaran Mancha programme
  • Dhaka sees slack blockade
  • US senate committee expresses grave concern over Bangladesh
  • Maritime boundary with India: Hearing on merits ends
  • Forex reserve crosses record $18bn
  • Bangladesh journos criticise Pak Parliament resolution
  • Khaleda slammed for her ‘silence’
  • Three activists, two police injured in Satkhira
  • Tribunal to order on 2 Bagerhat lawyers on Jan 7
  • Six covered van torched in Sitakunda
  • Oppn men torch over 50 motorbikes in Lalmonirhat
  • Tokyo governor resigns over money scandal
  • US 'regrets' diplomat treatment as India seethes

Planes pound Aleppo for fourth straight day

Syrian warplanes dumped explosive-laden barrel bombs over opposition-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of a relentless offensive to drive rebels out of the contested city, activists said. Full story

S Arabia urged to halt activist ‘intimidation’

Saudi Arabia should halt the intimidation of peaceful activists and enact a written penal code in line with human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The absolute monarchy has intensified a campaign... Full story

Disasters cost $130b in 2013

Disasters including the floods that struck central Europe in June caused global economic losses of about $130 billion in 2013, reinsurer Swiss Re said on Wednesday. The insurance industry is likely to cover about $44 billion... Full story

Ukraine PM hails Moscow deal as protesters fume

Ukraine’s prime minister said on Wednesday that Kiev had avoided bankruptcy and social collapse thanks to a ‘historic’ bail-out deal with Russia, as protesters accused the government of selling out to Moscow. Full story

Fighting spreads to near flashpoint S Sudan town

South Sudanese soldiers clashed on Wednesday near the flashpoint town of Bor in fighting that has spread from the capital, raising fears of a broader civil conflict in the two-year-old nation. An official in Bor, north of Juba, said soldiers attacked each... Full story

Morsi to stand trial for ‘espionage’

Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi will be tried on charges of ‘espionage’ that aided acts of ‘terrorism’, state media reported on Wednesday. Morsi, an Islamist who the military toppled in July... Full story

Italian sailors rescue boat with 110 migrants, one dead

Italy̢۪s navy on Tuesday rescued 110 mostly African men from an inflatable dinghy in trouble off the coast of the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, and found one passenger on board dead. The immigrants packed in the... Full story

‘Great Train Robber’ Ronnie Biggs dies aged 84

Ronnie Biggs, the British criminal known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, died on Wednesday at the age of 84, his spokeswoman said. Biggs gained notoriety 50 years ago as one of a gang that stopped a... Full story

US blacklists Myanmar firms for arms trade with N Korea

The US Treasury levelled sanctions Tuesday against a Myanmar military official and three Myanmar businesses for trading arms with North Korea. The Treasury said the sanctions, which forbid any US person or... Full story

Afghan Taliban torch US vehicles at Pak border

Taliban fighters wearing army uniforms attacked US military vehicles in a parking lot in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least one policeman and torching several trucks, an official said. The attackers detonated a car bomb outside the... Full story

Two dead in shooting at US medical centre

A gunman killed one person and critically injured two others before taking his own life Tuesday at a medical centre in Nevada, the police and witnesses said. The incident occurred on the third floor of a building connected to the... Full story

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