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Donald Trump hopes to visit BD

  Live Desk: US President Donald Trump has expressed his hope to visit Bangladesh as he exchanged greetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the Arab Islamic-American (AIA) Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday. ‘Yes, I would come (to Bangladesh),’ Foreign Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque quoted the US President as saying while briefing reporters after the summit. Prime... details

Trump to urge Muslim leaders to fight extremism in major speech

Riyadh Live:  US President Donald Trump is to urge the Islamic world to confront extremism in a highly anticipated speech Sunday to dozens of Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia. Aides have said the speech, given in the cradle of Islam, will be "uplifting" but also "blunt" in its call for leaders of Muslim countries to take a stand against violent fundamentalism. It comes on the second... details

Venezuela Supreme Court judges hit with U.S. sanctions

  Live Desk: The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the chief judge and seven other members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Thursday as punishment for annulling the opposition-led Congress earlier this year, U.S. officials said. The new sanctions package was aimed at stepping up pressure on the leftist government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his... details

Bomb kills 25 as it hits convoy of Pakistan Senate deputy

    Live Desk: A bomb exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate on Friday in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan, killing at least 25 people, officials said. At least 35 people were wounded in the blast near the town of Mastung, 50 km (30 miles) from the provincial capital of Quetta. Television footage showed a vehicle mangled by the... details

Car carrying Corbyn runs over BBC cameraman’s foot

    Live Desk: A car carrying opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn ran over the foot of a BBC cameraman on Thursday while approaching a party policy meeting ahead of Britain’s June 8 national election, according to a photographer and cameraman at the scene. The injured cameraman, Giles Wooltorton, was treated on the street and later taken away by ambulance, according... details

Breastfeeding Aussie senator in political first

Live Desk:  A Greens senator has made Australian political history by becoming the first person to breastfeed a baby in the nation's parliament. Larissa Waters returned to the upper house Senate for the first time Tuesday since giving birth to her second child, and brought her in for a feed during a vote. "So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the... details

‘Moon wins South Korea election by landslide’

  Live Desk, Seoul: Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won South Korea's presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when polls closed on Tuesday. Moon, of the Democratic Party, had 41.4 per cent support, according to the joint survey by three television stations. Conservative Hong Joon-Pyo was far behind on 23.3 per cent, with... details

‘Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn’

    Desk Live, Washington: Barack Obama warned his soon to be successor Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, a former administration official told AFP on Monday. As President Trump sought to blame the Obama administration for missing Flynn’s links with Russian contacts, the former administration revealed that Obama warned Trump... details

50000 evacuate German city over unexploded WWII bombs

    Live Desk: More than 50,000 people were evacuated from Germany`s northern city of Hanover on Sunday in one of the country`s largest post-war operations to defuse unexploded World War II-era bombs. Residents in a densely populated part of the city were ordered to leave their homes for the operation, planned since mid-April, to remove several recently... details

Macron, Le Pen face off as France elects president

  Live Desk, Paris, France: French voters went to the polls on Sunday to pick a new president, choosing between young centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a watershed election for the country and Europe. Polling day follows an unprecedented campaign marked by scandal, repeated surprises and a last-minute hacking attack on Macron, a 39-year-old who has... details

Flames, fatality at Venezuela demo over leader’s crisis maneuver

Live Desk: An 18-year-old man died Wednesday in violent protests against embattled President Nicolas Maduro, prosecutors said. The young man's death raised to 32 the number of people killed in a month of demonstrations against the socialist leader's government and his plan to rewrite the constitution. Government forces used tear gas against demonstrators in las Mercedes, on Caracas' east... details

EU’s Brexit negotiator to unveil plan for Britain talks

Live Desk:  The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will on Wednesday unveil recommendations for forthcoming talks with Britain, despite increasing rancour over how the split will ultimately unfold. Barnier's comments come four days after leaders of 27 EU nations met -- without British Prime Minister Theresa May -- and unanimously agreed on a tough overall... details

12 dead in tunnel blast in southwest China

Live Desk: Twelve workers died following an explosion in a high-speed rail tunnel in southwestern China, state media said Wednesday, after rescuers spent over 14 hours searching the rubble for survivors. The blast occurred after gas filled the tunnel, which was being bored in the province of Guizhou, leaving 12 injured and 12 trapped, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Over... details