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Six dead as bridge collapses under Rohingya aid truck

Six people died and six others were injured after a bridge collapsed under a Red Crescent truck carrying aid for Rohingya refugees.

Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbours, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City.

Hurricane Maria clobbers Puerto Rico, plunges island into darkness

Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, carved a path of destruction through the US territory on Wednesday, causing severe flooding and plunging the island into darkness as the storm's death toll in the Caribbean rose to at least 10.

N Korea's foreign minister calls Trump's UN address 'sound of dog barking'

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called US President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations "the sound of a dog barking", brushing aside Trump's remarks that the United States may be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea.

Once ‘kittens’ in cyber spy world, Iran gains prowess - security experts

Hackers probably linked to Iran's government have hit Saudi and Western aerospace and petrochemical firms, marking a rise in Iranian cyber-spying prowess, security firm FireEye said on Wednesday, an assessment shared by other US experts.

Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for $1.1 billion

Alphabet Inc’s Google will acquire part of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC’s smartphone operations for $1.1 billion, the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Real Madrid stunned by last-gasp Sanabria header for Betis

Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday as an inspired performance from their former goalkeeper Antonio Adan and a stoppage-time winner from Antonio Sanabria stunned the Liga champions.

Apple concedes its new watch has connectivity glitch

Apple Inc’s on Wednesday conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability to make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby.

Sri Lanka grab automatic 2019 World Cup berth at Windies' expense

Sri Lanka have secured an automatic berth at the 2019 Cricket World Cup at the expense of West Indies after the two-times champions lost to England in the opener of their one-day series on Tuesday.

Pakistan board hands batsman Latif five-year fixing ban

Batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban for his role in a spot-fixing scandal during this year's Pakistan Super League , the country's cricket board said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh to buy 50,000 tonnes rice from Thailand at Tk 1.81 billion

The government has cleared a proposal to buy 50,000 tonnes rice from a Thai company through international tender.

BNP’s Gayeshwar warns of dangers over permanently sheltering Rohingyas

The BNP’s policymaking panel member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy has warned that the Rohingyas will pose danger for Bangladesh if the refugee crisis is not resolved now.

Send united message against Myanmar: UK minister on Rohingya crisis

British state minister for foreign affairs Mark Field has called on the international community to forge a united message to keep up pressure on Burma to stop the violence in Rakhine.

Bangladesh clears new antiterrorism police unit

The home ministry has approved a new police unit to tackle terrorism across Bangladesh.

Be prepared to face long-time Rohingya crisis: UN to Bangladesh

The UN resident coordinator in Dhaka has asked Bangladesh to be prepared “psychologically” that it will have to deal with the Rohingya issue for a long time.

Bangladesh creating policy vision, facilitating private sector investment in SDGs: Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has put forward Bangladesh's vision and progress on SDGs and 'digital Bangladesh' at two high-level side events at the UNHQ in New York where she is attending the general assembly meeting.

Russia's air force killed 850 militants in Syria in last 24 hours: Interfax 

Russia’s air force has killed about 850 militants in Syria’s zone of de-escalation in Idlib in the last 24 hours, Interfax news agency quoted Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

Suu Kyi’s speech disappoints UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech on the Rohingya crisis has “disappointed” the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh minister wants UN in tripartite arrangement to send Rohingyas back to Myanmar

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has proposed that a tripartite arrangement between Bangladesh, UN, and Myanmar be agreed for smooth repatriation of the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

Trump urges 'strong and swift' UN action to end Rohingya crisis: Pence

US President Donald Trump is urging the UN Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to bring Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to an end, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, calling the violence there a threat to the region and beyond.

UN set to revise Bangladesh funding appeal over Rohingya refugee crisis

The United Nations Office in Dhaka is preparing to make a “massive” funding request to manage the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.

Yoko Ono won't let it be, forces 'John Lemon' drink to re-brand

It wasn’t exactly instant karma when Beatle John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, heard about a Polish beverage company’s new drink called “John Lemon”.

Rescuers in harrowing school search as Mexico quake toll hits 225

Rescue workers scrabbled through piles of rubble on Wednesday in a harrowing search for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country’s most lethal earthquake in a generation.

Trump urges 'strong and swift' UN action to end Rohingya crisis: Pence

US President Donald Trump is urging the United Nations Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to bring Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to an end, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday.

Record number of states punishing human-rights activists, UN says

A record 29 states, including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, have retaliated against citizens who cooperate with the United Nations, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday in its eighth annual report on reprisals.

Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar violence at mercy of traffickers, warns UN

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar are "at the mercy" of human traffickers, the United Nations migration agency warned on Wednesday, saying well-managed refugee camps were needed to reduce the risk.

PM Hasina expresses condolence over earthquake deaths in Mexico

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed the “deepest condolences” at the loss of lives and devastation caused by the massive earthquake in the Mexico City and its surroundings.

Benzema's new Real deal has one billion euro buyout clause: Reports

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema has signed a new contract at the club, which includes a one billion euro buyout clause, according to local media reports.

Internet firms say removing extremist content within hours is huge challenge

Removing extremist content from the internet within a few hours of it appearing poses “an enormous technological and scientific challenge”, Google’s general counsel will say later on Wednesday to European leaders who want it taken down quicker.

4G internet will roll out in Bangladesh by December: Tarana

The government targets to launch 4G internet services through telecom operators by December, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has said.

Real Madrid dominate FIFPro award nominations

Real Madrid is the best represented club with a record 13 names on the international players' association FIFPro's shortlist of 55 contenders for its World XI Player Awards.

Rohingya refugees take little heart from speech by Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered little hope of them ever going home.

British trade union Unison suspends award to Suu Kyi as Rohingya crisis deepens

Britain’s second largest trade union Unison has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on her.

US pledges $32 million for Rohingya refugees

The United States will provide nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims displaced by sectarian violence in Myanmar.

US pledges $32 million for Rohingya refugees

The United States will provide nearly $32 million for humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims displaced by sectarian violence in Myanmar. 

Dhallywood actor Dipjol to take treatment in Singapore

Actor Monwar Hossain Dipjol, known for his role as an antagonist in Dhallywood films, has flown to Singapore for better medical treatment as suggested by physicians at Dhaka’s Labaid Hospital.

Midwives come to aid of pregnant Rohingya women in Bangladesh camps

Dozens of midwives have been deployed to camps in Bangladesh to deliver babies and help young mothers among the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border from Myanmar and are now living in squalid settlements.

Saudi King Salman orders $15m to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: Report 

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has ordered a $15 million fund for Muslim Rohingyas who are currently in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi denies going 'soft' on military

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.

Hindus fleeing Myanmar violence hope for shelter in Modi's India

Caught in the crossfire between Myanmar's military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring India.

From Russia with fuel- North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that US officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

Bangladesh will deploy army to rehabilitate Rohingyas, says Minister Obaidul Quader

The government has decided to engage army personnel in rehabilitating Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said.

South Korea pledges $1.5 million in aid for Rohingya refugees

South Korea has pledged $1.5 million humanitarian aid for emergency relief operation for the newly arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

Myanmar must take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh, Hasina says in New York

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will give shelter to Rohingyas, who have fled violence, but it has been made clear that refugees need to return to their homeland.

Facebook removing evidence of Rohingya ethnic cleansing: Activists

Rohingya activists in Myanmar and abroad say social media site Facebook is removing posts documenting the ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas, The Daily Beast reports.

At least six dead after fire at Munshiganj textile factory

Six workers, including a woman has died after a fire erupted at a textile factory in Munshiganj.

Local BNP leader hacked to death in Pabna

A BNP ward president in Pabna has been hacked to death.

Asian Development Bank deeply concerned by Rohingya crisis

The Asian Development Bank, or ADB, has expressed deep concern about the unfolding violence, internal displacement and suffering in Rakhine state and the exodus of refugees to Bangladesh.

Mexico earthquake caught on video

Videos on social media shows panic as a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico.

British police arrest third man in London bomb attack investigation

British police arrested three men in south Wales over last week's bombing of a busy commuter train in west London, meaning five people are now being questioned by detectives over the attack which injured 30 people.