• New cabinet set to take oath Sunday
  • Gazette naming Raushan oppn leader published
  • Chinese envoy meets Khaleda
  • No blockade on Monday, Tuesday
  • US Senate body urges Hasina, Khaleda to begin talks
  • Moscow to cooperate with new government, regrets BNP's polls boycott
  • Suranjit differs with consensus govt
  • Ershad takes oath
  • Two suspects arrested on rape charges in Jessore
  • 40-km tailback at Bangabandhu Bridge
  • Gazipur dyeing factory catches fire
  • Dhaka-Ctg rail link restored
  • 60 people routed illegally for Malaysia rescued, 4 brokers held
  • US envoy headed home after India 'revenge' expulsion
  • Ex-Israel PM Sharon dies
  • Gunmen fire on Thai anti-government protest
  • US seeks closure in spat with India
  • President's resignation brings rare hope to C. Africa
  • Anti Seleka demonstrators holding a placard reading ‘Djotodia Resign’ and a Central African flag march to Mpoko airport in Bangui on Friday. — AFP photo


C African Republic president, PM resign

Anti Seleka demonstrators holding a placard reading ‘Djotodia Resign’ and a Central African flag march to Mpoko airport in Bangui on Friday. — AFP photo
Central African Republic’s interim president Michel Djotodia and his prime minister have resigned, according to a statement issued after a two-day summit in neighbouring Chad. Regional leaders had put pressure on Djotodia to... Full story

S Sudan army moves on rebel cities

South Sudan’s government said Friday it was mobilising thousands of additional troops as it battled to recapture two rebel-held cities, although regional mediators insisted they were still hopeful for a ceasefire. Full story

Anti-corruption hotline overwhelmed by calls in India

An anti-corruption hotline launched by the Indian capital’s new graft-busting government was overwhelmed by thousands of calls on its first day, with the city’s top politician saying the response exceeded ‘all expectations.’ Full story

Hollande having affair with actress: magazine

French magazine Closer said Friday the president, Francois Hollande, was having an affair with actress Julie Gayet, backing its claim with photographs after months of swirling rumours. Closer’s Friday edition carried a... Full story

US reports spike in suicides among youngest vets

There has been a sharp increase in the suicide rate among the youngest US male veterans, and a smaller but still significant jump among women who served in the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs said on Thursday. Full story

Nearly 500 dead in Syria rebel clashes

Fighting between an al-Qaeda-linked group and a loose alliance of more moderate and ultraconservative rebel brigades has killed nearly 500 people over the past week in northern Syria, an activist group said Friday. Full story

Iraqi troops, militants clash in west

An official says fierce clashes have erupted between Iraqi special forces and al-Qaeda-linked militants in a village in western Anbar province. Provincial spokesman Dhari al-Rishawi says... Full story

Pak bomb hero teenager recommended for top award

A Pakistani schoolboy who died stopping a suicide bomber from attacking his school has been recommended for the country’s highest civilian award, a provincial police chief said on Friday. Aitezaz... Full story

Vaccinators refuse to join polio campaign in Pakistan

Health workers in part of a troubled Pakistani tribal region Friday refused to participate in a polio vaccination campaign because of security threats, officials said. The three-day campaign... Full story

Thailand plays down coup talk ahead of city ‘shutdown’

Thailand on Friday played down talk of a military coup ahead of a planned ‘shutdown’ of the capital next week by protesters trying to overthrow the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, and said life would go on much as normal. Full story


182,000 officials punished in China graft crackdown China’s ruling Communist Party punished more than 182,000 officials last year in its high-profile anti-corruption campaign, authorities said Friday. Full story

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