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Diplomats push for Gaza ceasefire

Diplomats push for Gaza ceasefire

Diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in Gaza have intensified, with US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Cairo. Kerry said the US was concerned about Palestinian casualties, but lent his support to Israel's "appropriate and legitimate" military operation. "The hospital is coming down over our heads" - Gaza hospitals...

Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes

Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and signs that evidence at the crash site was mishandled, anger in Western capitals...

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the hostilities in Gaza, reports Washington-based news organisation POLITICO. The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic front-runner delivered those comments during a question-and-answer session at...

SKorea ferry boss death confirmed

SKorea ferry boss death confirmed

Police in South Korea have said that a body they found in June is that of the fugitive boss of the operator of a ferry that sank in April, killing more than 300 people. The billionaire businessman Yoo Byung-eun went missing shortly after the disaster, sparking a massive manhunt. DNA samples from the body matched...

Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

Israeli mood turns dark with mounting casualties

For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground and from the sea, and the conflict with Hamas was causing almost no casualties in Israel. That has...

Derailment halts Sylhet-Dhaka-Ctg train service

Derailment halts Sylhet-Dhaka-Ctg train service

An oil-laden train derailed in Dakshin Surma upazila of Sylhet, snapping its rail communication with Dhaka and Chittagong since this morning. Muhibur Rahman, stationmaster of Sylhet Railway Station, said a wagon of a Sylhet-bound train from Chittagong veered off the tracks near Moglabazar Rail Station around 9:30am. Train service of Sylhet with Dhaka and Chittagong...

Death of 76 Kids from Adulterated Drugs

3 Adflame officials jailed for 10yrsBreaking

3 Adflame officials jailed for 10yrs

Three officials of Adflame Pharmaceuticals have been awarded 10-year rigorous imprisonment for manufacturing adulterated drug that killed 76 children in the 1990s. Judge Abdur Rashid of Dhaka Drug Court also fined them Tk 2 lakhs. The convicts are Adflame director Helena Pasha, manager Mizanur Rahman and production officer Nigendra Nath Bala.   The court, however, acquitted...

Published Date: July 21, 2014
Families killed in Israeli air strikes

Families killed in Israeli air strikes

More than 30 members of two Palestinian families have been killed by Israeli strikes, health officials in Gaza say. The overnight strikes in southern Gaza came as the Palestinian death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500. Meanwhile, Hamas launched fresh rocket attacks and used tunnels out of Gaza to infiltrate Israel near the town...

Published Date: July 21, 2014
PM off to London to attend Girl Summit

PM off to London to attend Girl Summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for London this morning on a three-day official tour to attend the first-ever Girl Summit to be held on July 22 and hold talks with her British counterpart David William Donald Cameroon. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 9:45am. Cabinet members and civil and military high officials saw her off at the airport. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is leading a 57-member Bangladesh delegation to the summit being hosted jointly by British government and Unicef. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki are, among others,...

Published Date: July 21, 2014
HRW again urges disbanding Rab

HRW again urges disbanding Rab

Human Rights Watch in an open letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated its demand to disband Rapid Action Battalion (Rab). Until it is disbanded, Rab should be made into an entirely civilian force by withdrawing all military officers and soldiers from its membership, the New York-based rights organisation said. “The Bangladeshi government has...