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2 more arson victims die

2 more arson victims die

Two victims of petrol bomb attacks died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday, raising the death toll in the violence that began since January 6 to 80. On the 54th day of the nationwide blockade, several vehicles were set ablaze, bombs went off and there were arrests of Jamaat and Shibir activists and recovery...

Violence architects must face trial

An EU delegation in a statement yesterday said victims of violence in Bangladesh deserved proper justice and the perpetrators, whoever they were, must be identified, brought to justice, and should receive "a fair trial". "There was a fruitful discussion on the importance of upholding the rule of law and respecting human rights as fundamental instruments for de-escalating political tensions," read the statement issued by the delegation at the end of its sub-groups meetings with the government. Three sub-groups meetings were held...

Latif Siddique suffers heart attack

Sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique yesterday suffered a cardiac arrest at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, where he has been undergoing treatment since December 6. Latif was moved to the coronary care unit around 9:00am after the cardiac arrest at the Cabin Block of the hospital, Senior Jail Superintendent Farman Ali of Dhaka Central Jail told The Daily Star. Latif, former telecommunications minister, is now being treated by Dr Sajal Banarjee, said his family. The former Awami League leader was transferred to...

Top Putin critic shot dead

Top Putin critic shot dead

President Vladimir Putin yesterday vowed to bring the "vile" killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov to justice as Western leaders and Russia's opposition roundly condemned the drive-by shooting near the Kremlin walls. Putin, who earlier blamed the assassination on foes trying to discredit the Kremlin, said in a message to Nemtsov's mother: "Everything will...

Sorry, folks, gig's up – it's a blue and black dress

Sorry, folks, gig's up – it's a blue and black dress

It is the question that has divided the internet: is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? The two-toned frock has sparked a fierce online debate, with users taking to social media to argue over what colours they see. The picture of the dress was first posted on Tumblr by Caitlin McNeill, a...

Kiwis edge out Aussies, India toy with UAE

Kiwis edge out Aussies, India toy with UAE

New Zealand reached the World Cup quarterfinals with a nail-biting one-wicket win over Australia in Auckland on Saturday while 5,500 kilometres away in Perth, India destroyed the amateurs of the UAE by nine wickets. New Zealand carved out a fourth win in four games in Pool A but, in pursuit of just 152 and...

Into a nightmare marriage

She dreamt of starting a new life when her family married her off. But for the 20-year-old girl, the marriage soon turned into a nightmare. Only around four months into the marriage, Ishat Jahan Popy is left maimed allegedly by her husband and in-laws. She lost her eyesight and the ability to speak as her husband Shahidul Islam, a seasonal construction worker, and in-laws tortured her for dowry, alleged her father Waliullah, a labour supervisor at Mominpur village in Patuakhali. Shahidul, son...

Training of Syrian rebels in Turkey in 4-6 weeks: US

The US military said Friday the training of moderate Syrian rebels will likely begin within four to six weeks in Turkey after the two NATO allies clinched an agreement last week. Potential recruits still needed to be vetted for the training sessions, which will take place in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Turkey, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference. About 1,500 Syrian rebels had been identified to take part and of those 100 had been...

US 'unwavering' in protecting gay rights: Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday the United States was "unwavering" in its commitment to protecting homosexuals worldwide, as he introduced Washington's first envoy for gay rights. Randy Berry, who was named Monday, is tasked with helping countries coordinate US strategy on rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as to highlight such issues around the world. "The United States of America remains unwavering in our commitment to advance the human rights of all human beings, and...

UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

A UN envoy arrived in the Syrian capital yesterday for talks with the regime to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo. Staffan de Mistura visited Damascus as the army and pro-regime fighters regained territory in southern Syria from forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. De Mistura "hopes to set in motion as soon as possible his project" to halt fighting in Aleppo for six weeks, said a member of his delegation who...

Greek PM vows no retreat in 'battle' with creditors

Greece's prime minister yesterday vowed not to back down in his "battle" with the country's creditors, in line with his election promise to abandon austerity and avoid a third bailout. "The battle will continue," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the central committee of his hard-left Syriza party. "Anybody thinking that we are going to go away will be disappointed." Tsipras said that in the talks that landed Greece a four-month extension to its 240-billion-euro ($270-billion) bailout Tuesday, the pressure from other...

Mexico's 'I'm tired now' attorney general steps down

Mexico's much-maligned attorney general, who has faced public anger over the investigation into the presumed slaughter of 43 students, will step down Friday to take up another cabinet post. Jesus Murillo Karam will be sworn in as the new minister of rural, territorial and urban development at a ceremony presided by President Enrique Pena Nieto, the government said. Murillo Karam's exit was widely expected under a reform that will turn the federal prosecutor's office into an autonomous department. But he was also...