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US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

Published Date: August 21, 2014
US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

A US secret military mission had "recently" tried but failed "to free a number of American hostages held in Syria", the Pentagon has revealed. It did not say whether the US troops had also tried to rescue US journalist James Foley, a video of whose beheading by Islamic State appeared on Tuesday. However, senior US...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Thailand coup general named PM

Thailand coup general named PM

Thailand's junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation. Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures. The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
10 hurt in JU BCL infighting

10 hurt in JU BCL infighting

At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of Awami League, over establishing supremacy at Jahangirnagar University early today. The clash took place when a group of BCL of Maulana Bhashani Hall unit led by its general secretary Aninda stormed into the rooms...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
India court stays sisters' execution

India court stays sisters' execution

A court in India has put on hold the execution of two sisters convicted of murdering children they kidnapped and forced to beg and steal, a lawyer said. Renuka Shinde, 45, and her step-sister Seema Gavit, 39, were convicted of carrying out the crimes in the state of Maharashtra between 1994 and 1996. They kidnapped...

ACCIDENT IN MALAYSIA

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Bodies of 3 Bangladeshis reach home

Bodies of 3 Bangladeshis reach home

The bodies of three Bangladeshi workers, who were killed in a construction site accident in Malaysia on Monday night, reached home today. A flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying the bodies landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around 6:30am, said Mohsin Chowdhury, director of Wage Earner's Welfare Board of the expatriates' welfare...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Fresh areas at 40 Lalmonirhat villages inundated

Fresh areas at 40 Lalmonirhat villages inundated

  The flood situation in Lalmonirhat worsened further today as fresh areas at 40 villages in five upazilas went under water, leaving 4,000 people marooned. The Teesta water is flowing above 30 centimetres (cm) of its danger level, sources at Water Development Board (WDB), Dalia point told The Daily Star this morning. The water level of...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
3 top 'Gaza commanders' killed in Israeli air strike

3 top 'Gaza commanders' killed in Israeli air strike

An Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas military commanders in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the Islamist militant group said. Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum and said they were killed in a bombing of a house in the southern town...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Music director Emon arrested

Music director Emon arrested

Police arrested music director Shawkot Ali Emon from his Eskaton Garden house in the wee hours today following a case filed by his ex-wife under the Information Technology Act. Emon’s ex-wife lodged a case with Ramna Police Station on August 18, Mushiur Rahman, officer in-charge of the police station, told the Daily Star today. A...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
BRTC bus catches fire, none hurt

BRTC bus catches fire, none hurt

An articulated bus of state-run Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) caught fire when its engine exploded on the Airport Road near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka today. No injury has been reported till filing this report at 1:15pm, according to police. The Uttara-bound bus from Gulistan caught fire at about 11:55am, Shah Alam, officer...

Published Date: August 21, 2014
Eviction begins to free Kushtia Kuthibari

Eviction begins to free Kushtia Kuthibari

The authorities today demolished at least 18 shops and a plant nursery which were built illegally at poet Rabindranath Tagore’s historic Kuthibari in Kushtia this morning. The drive led by Manjurur Rahman, joint secretary of ministry of cultural affairs, began around 10:00am to knock down the illegal structures inside 3 acres of land of...