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UK hostage's wife in appeal to IS

UK hostage's wife in appeal to IS

The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) has pleaded with the militants to "see it in their hearts" to release him. Alan Henning, from Eccles in Salford, was seized while on an aid mission to Syria last December. In a statement released via the Foreign Office, his wife...

Ukraine truce 'in name only': Nato

Ukraine truce 'in name only': Nato

Nato's most senior military commander has said the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists currently exists 'in name only'. Gen Philip Breedlove said the numbers of artillery rounds fired recently was comparable to periods before the truce came into effect two weeks ago. He added, however, that he was "hopeful" about a new agreement signed...

Derailment halts Ctg-Sylhet train service for 5hrs

Derailment halts Ctg-Sylhet train service for 5hrs

Railway communication between Sylhet and Chittagong was halted for about five hours after a train derailed in Akhaura of Brahmanbaria early today. The power carriage of Chittagong-bound inter-city Udayan Express veered off the tracks in Azampur outer signal near Akhura Railway Junction around 4:30am, said Abdul Motaleb, superintendent of the junction. After the derailment, the...

Relaxed hartal in Dhaka

Relaxed hartal in Dhaka

Despite a 24-hour countrywide hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami across the country, Dhaka city dwellers came out in streets and performed their daily jobs as usual today. No unexpected incident was reported from any part of Dhaka or somewhere else till filing this report around 11:00am.  On Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami called 48-hour hartals for Thursday and Sunday...

DU hall provost freed after 3hrs

DU hall provost freed after 3hrs

Students of Shahidullah Hall of Dhaka University confined the hall provost for about three and a half hours last night to press home their demand of enhancing security and library facilities in the dormitory.  DU acting proctor Amzad Ali rescued the provost, Prof Azizur Rahman, from the latter’s office in the hall around 1:00am...

White House evacuated as ‘security breached’

White House evacuated as ‘security breached’

The White House has been evacuated after an intruder managed to jump the fence and enter building before he was apprehended by security last night. The security breach occurred just minutes after President Barack Obama left with his daughters around 7:00pm. After scaling the fence on the north side of the White House the intruder,...

‘Addict’ kills 3 of his family in Sunamganj

‘Addict’ kills 3 of his family in Sunamganj

An alleged drug addict stabbed his father, wife and two-year-old daughter to death in Dakhkhin Sunamganj upazila of Sunamganj last night. Police arrested the killer, Alfu Mia, 45, hailed from Brahmangaon village in the upazila, reports our Sunamganj correspondent. The deceased were identified as Alfu’s father Alauddin, 70, wife Beauty Begum, 32, and daughter Amina...

4 die as van ploughs thru' shop in Tangail

4 die as van ploughs thru' shop in Tangail

Four people were killed and at least four others injured as a pickup van drove into a grocery shop after a collision with a covered van in Mirzapur upazila of Tangail early today. The incident took place on the Dhaka-Tangail highway near Jamurki point around 6:00am, our Tangail correspondent reports quoting police. Eight people were...

Ebola outbreak: How Liberia lost its handshake

Ebola outbreak: How Liberia lost its handshake

Families and communities have been devastated by the deaths caused by West Africa's Ebola outbreak. But the disease also has consequences for the region's way of life, and in particular their traditional greetings. One of the things the people of West Africa are very good at is greeting each other. In most of the...

1 held with 7kg gold at Ctg airport

1 held with 7kg gold at Ctg airport

Customs officials detained one person along with 58 gold bars, weighing around seven kilogrammes and worth over Tk 2 crore, from Chittagong’s Shah Amanat International Airport today. The gold was found after searching Md Abdullah Al Amin, 30, a local of Chittagong, on grounds of suspicion, said Tapan Chakrabarty, assistant commissioner of airport customs. He...

Hindu idols desecrated in Sherpur

Hindu idols desecrated in Sherpur

Unknown assailants attacked a Puja Mandap and desecrated idols of Hindu goddesses in Jhenaigati upazila of Sherpur early today. The incident took place at the Protapnagar Puja Mandap weeks ahead of the Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of Hindus, reports our Mymensingh correspondent. “The makers, who were working on the idols for Durga Puja,...

Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack

The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday. Gyanendra Shah was brought to the hospital Saturday night, and was recovering in the intensive care unit and was out of danger, said Dr. Bharat Rawat at the Norvic Hospital in Katmandu. Hundreds of his supporters crowded the hospital Sunday. Security was tightened around the hospital in center of Katmandu. Gyanedra was the last king to rule Nepal before the Constitution Assembly...

Afghan presidential contenders sign election deal

Afghan presidential contenders sign election deal

A deal to form a government of national unity in Afghanistan has been signed at a ceremony in Kabul. The signing - broadcast live on national TV - comes after months of wrangling following presidential elections in April and June. Under the deal, Ashraf Ghani becomes president while runner-up Abdullah Abdullah nominates a CEO with...

Fire at Bashundhara paper mill, 6 hurt

Fire at Bashundhara paper mill, 6 hurt

At least six workers were injured in a fire that raged through a factory of Bashundhara Paper Mill in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj this morning. Five units of the Fire Service and Civil Defence brought the fire under control after over an hour of frantic efforts. The fire broke out in the warehouse of the...

Rab HQ didn't issue Nazrul arrest order: DG

Rab HQ didn't issue Nazrul arrest order: DG

The Rapid Action Battalion headquarters today denied issuing any order for the arrest of Nazrul Islam, the Narayanganj city corporation councilor who was kidnapped and killed along with six others in April. Rab Director General Mokhlesur Rahman today made the claim at a press briefing at the elite force's headquarters in Dhaka, reports Bangla...

Pay RMG workers by Oct 2: Govt

Pay RMG workers by Oct 2: Govt

The government today ordered all garment factory owners to pay the festival bonus and wages of their workers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. The festival bonus for Eid and Puja will have to be paid by September 28, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, the state minister for labour and employment, said after a meeting of the Crisis Management...

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds. The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates to Syrians escaping the...

If banned, Jamaat to go underground: Muhith

If banned, Jamaat to go underground: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith today said if Jamaat-e-Islami is banned through enacting a law, the fundamentalist party would go underground. “They (Jamaat) are expert in killing,” Muhith told reporters after a meeting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) managing board team at his secretariat office in Dhaka. On the Jamaat enforced ongoing hartal to protest...

Gloomy day blues

Gloomy day blues

A lazy day today? Are things moving too dull for you despite the fact that it is just the start of a new week? On one hand, today is a hartal, and on the other, the weather outside in gloomy. It drizzled last night. The murky weather and patches of grey clouds that...

2 Sonali staffs embezzle Tk 1.32cr

2 Sonali staffs embezzle Tk 1.32cr

The Anti-Corruption Commission today approved the charge-sheet in a case filed for misappropriating over Tk 1.32 crore in depositors' money from Sonali Bank by its two employees along with eight others. Suspended manager Akkas Ali and ex-senior officer Fazlul Haque of the bank’s Savar branch in a nexus with the eight others made the...

BGB deployed in Dhaka on 20-party hartal eve

BGB deployed in Dhaka on 20-party hartal eve

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have been deployed in the capital city of Dhaka to avert any untoward incidents ahead of tomorrow’s hartal called by BNP-led 20-party alliance. The paramilitary forces were deployed at 7:00pm, a BGB official told The Daily Star. The BGB members would be on guard at different key points in the...

Motorcyclist killed in Dhaka road crash

Motorcyclist killed in Dhaka road crash

A man was killed when a bus hit his motorbike at Shyamoli in the capital city of Dhaka this afternoon. Police said the accident took place around 4:45pm at Shyamoli intersection. Yunus, 38, died on the spot, Abdul Momen, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station, told The Daily Star. The body was later sent to...

Yemen PM 'quits' amid rebel clashes

Yemen PM 'quits' amid rebel clashes

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa has resigned amid escalating clashes in the capital between Shia Houthi rebels and pro-government forces, reports say. The rebels also claim to have taken over government headquarters, key ministries and state broadcasters. Scores have died and hundreds have fled their homes in the latest crisis. The clashes, pitting the rebels against...

Al-Qaeda will fail to recruit India's Muslims: Modi

Al-Qaeda will fail to recruit India's Muslims: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaeda will fail if it seeks to spread its terror network into his country because Muslims there "will die for India." al-Qaeda announced plans this month to launch a new branch in the Indian subcontinent, in a video message featuring al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Al-Zawahiri said that his...

Global protests over climate change

Global protests over climate change

Protests in many countries to demand urgent action on climate change have kicked off, with over 2,000 marches taking place around the world. The People's Climate March has been organised to call for action to curb carbon emissions ahead of the UN climate summit in New York next week. Tens of thousands of people took...

PM flies to NY to attend UNGA

PM flies to NY to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for the United States tonight to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly with a 185-member delegation, the biggest entourage in the history of Bangladesh. She is scheduled to address the UN session on September 27. The premier will highlight international peace and security, democracy and good governance, empowerment...