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Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks

Qatar, Saudi rulers meet for Gaza cease-fire talks

For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip. A senior Saudi official told...

Lift Gaza 'siege' as part of ceasefire: Palestinian PM

Lift Gaza 'siege' as part of ceasefire: Palestinian PM

The lifting of the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip must form part of any ceasefire deal, the Palestinian prime minister has said. Speaking during a visit by the UN secretary-general, Rami Hamdallah said it was time for the "siege to stop". More than 630 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed in the past...

Major challenges for next World Cup hosts

Major challenges for next World Cup hosts

After what was largely considered to be a successful World Cup in Brazil, international attention now turns to the next hosts, Russia. Whether current political tensions between Russia and the West will have any bearing on the staging of the tournament remains to be seen. What does seem assured is that the 2018 World Cup...

3 bodies found on Habiganj rail tracks

3 bodies found on Habiganj rail tracks

Police recovered the bodies of three people from the railway tracks in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj this morning. A team of Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered the bodies lying on the railway tracks in a pool of blood near Noapara Railway Station at about 9:00am, said Noapara Stationmaster Moeenul Haque. Osman Goni, a sub-inspector of...

3 kids suffer blast injuries in capital

3 kids suffer blast injuries in capital

Three children sustained injuries as a crude bomb exploded at Lalbagh in Old Dhaka this morning. The injured -- Rifat, 4, Saida, 8, and Sultana, 10, -- were whisked off to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). The three kids notice a paper bag at Namapara area around 8:30am. As they tried to open the bag,...

MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands

MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands

The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane which crashed in Ukraine last week are to be flown to the Netherlands for identification. A day of mourning is being held to mark the occasion, more than five days after the aircraft was downed in a rebel-held area in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile US intelligence officials...

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq

A suicide bomb has killed at least 21 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police and medical officials have said. At least 13 civilians were killed in the attack, which took place at a police checkpoint at the entrance to the Kadhimiya district. Many of those killed were reportedly on their way to a Shia...

Bats might not be as blind as previously thought

Bats might not be as blind as previously thought

Scientists have discovered that bats use polarization of the setting sun to orient their internal magnetic compasses before setting out to hunt in the dark. According to the new study, published in the journal Nature Communications, birds are known to use the pattern of polarized light in the sky to help them calibrate their...

Biman staff lay siege to head office for 3hrs

Biman staff lay siege to head office for 3hrs

A section of staffs of Biman Bangladesh Airlines today laid siege their head office Balaka Bhaban in the capital for three hours to realise their 14-point demand including regularisation of their jobs who have been working for five years. More than 100 staffs of Biman led by Moshiqur Rahman, president of its collective bargaining...

R&H engineer to explain dilapidated highway condition

R&H engineer to explain dilapidated highway condition

The communications minister today ordered that an engineer of the Roads and Highways Department, who was responsible for repair works of Jessore-Khulna highway before the Eid-ul-Fitr, explain his failure in doing so. Obaidul Quader issued the order to serve show cause notice upon Mohammad Ali, additional chief engineer of Khulna region when he found...