• No permission for Hefajat’s Shapla Chattar rally: Quamrul
  • Chargesheet filed against 13 in Tazreen fire case
  • Plenty of time for participatory polls: BNP
  • Khaleda’s only goal is to grab power: Muhith
  • Khaleda's press conference Tuesday
  • Minister asks BRTC to run buses on long-routes from today
  • Shahbagh protesters submit memos to home, foreign ministries
  • Case filed on Gopibagh murders, DB to investigate
  • Blockade underway amid sporadic violence
  • Army gets new SP guns, missiles
  • JCD calls hartal in Chittagong Monday
  • Rangpur-Dhaka rail communications resume
  • Three Bangladeshis held in Mexico
  • Suicide attack near Libya's Benghazi kills seven
  • Cuba to enact new foreign investment law
  • Thai opposition protesters gear up for fresh mass rally
  • A group supporting domestic workers’ rights demonstrate across the street from the Indian Consulate General on Friday in New York. — AFP photo

  • UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon speaks with members of the media after inspecting a devastated area of Fatima village at Tacloban city, central Philippines on Saturday. — Reuters photo


Fighting escalates in South Sudan

Fighting escalated on Saturday in South Sudan, with a top commander in the country̢۪s key oil-producing region defecting to the rebels and foreign governments scrambling to evacuate their nationals. Full story

Madagascar rivals both claim poll win, allege fraud

Madagascar̢۪s presidential candidates both claimed victory on Saturday in run-off polls, each accusing the other of rigging the run-off as results started to trickle in. Former health minister Robinson Jean Louis, candidate of ousted... Full story

China slams Japan defence spending plan

China has denounced Japan’s plans to boost military purchases, accusing it of playing up regional tensions as an ‘excuse’ to ramp up defence spending. The cabinet of the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, agreed on Tuesday to spend 24.7 trillion... Full story

NASA astronauts begin urgent spacewalking repairs

Astronauts ventured out Saturday on the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks to revive a crippled cooling line at the International Space Station. The two Americans on the crew, Rick Mastracchio and Michael Hopkins, will need to... Full story

Protests continue as India says US ties ‘very strong’

A group supporting domestic workers’ rights demonstrate across the street from the Indian Consulate General on Friday in New York. — AFP photo
India sought to tamp down Saturday a furore over the arrest and strip-search of one of its diplomats in New York, insisting the episode should not be allowed to derail ‘strong’ ties with the United States. The foreign minister, Salman Khurshid, said... Full story

Gunmen kill vaccinator in NW Pakistan: officials

Two gunmen shot dead a health worker administering polio drops and other vaccines to children in a restive Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said. The murder took place at a government-run dispensary... Full story

Taiwan court suspends trial of ailing ex-president

A Taiwanese court has suspended the trial of former president Chen Shui-bian on the ground that he is suffering from depression, dementia and other health problems, officials said on Saturday. Full story

British PM pays tribute to Lockerbie dead, 25 years on

The prime minister, David Cameron, on Saturday expressed Britain’s ‘unconditional admiration’ for the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing on the attack’s 25th anniversary. Full story

Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican

Pope Francis has warned Vatican administrators that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is a professional vocation of service to the church. Full story

Egypt̢۪s Morsi faces trial for prison break, murder

Egypt̢۪s deposed president Mohamed Morsi and 132 others, including members of Hamas, will stand trial for a prison break and the murder of officers during the 2011 uprising, prosecution sources said. Full story

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UN chief visits storm ravaged Philippine

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon speaks with members of the media after inspecting a devastated area of Fatima village at Tacloban city, central Philippines on Saturday. — Reuters photo
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, was welcomed on Saturday with Christmas songs sung by children who lost their homes as he toured a central Philippine city devastated by a super typhoon that killed more than 6,100 people last month. Full story

Nineteen students sick in China from poisoned yoghurt

Nineteen primary school children in China have been hospitalised after drinking yoghurt said to be laced with rat poison and herbicide, the Xinhua state news said. A 34-year-old woman from Loudi city in the central province of... Full story

Indian environment minister resigns in shake-up

India̢۪s environment minister resigned in a government shake-up on Saturday, as the governing Congress party prepares for next year̢۪s national elections. The country̢۪s oil and gas minister, M Veerappa Moily, will take over the environment... Full story

Spate of attacks across Iraq leave 15 people dead

A string of attacks across Iraq killed 15 people on Saturday, including a senior military commander, a colonel and five soldiers who all died during a raid on an al-Qaeda hideout, officials said. Full story

Syria regime raining death on Aleppo: HRW

Syrian regime forces are raining death on Aleppo, killing hundreds of people in air strikes that were either ‘criminally’ indiscriminate or ‘deliberately’ aimed at civilians, a rights group said Saturday. Full story

2014 ‘can be breakthrough year for America': Obama

The president, Barack Obama, shrugged off his deep dip in polling among the American people, telling a year-end news conference, ‘We screwed it up’ in launching his health care overhaul but saying the country is poised in... Full story

S Yemen paralysed in protest over tribal chief death

Several cities in south Yemen were virtually paralysed on Saturday as an armed clash between southern militants and security forces wounded six people, witnesses and police said. Full story

Obama girls get dating advice from their watchful dad

The president, Barack Obama, says he’s not worried about his daughters starting to date. After all, he’s got some help keeping an eye on them. Malia, age 15, and Sasha, age 12, are ‘very sensible,’ Obama told comedian and talk... Full story

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