Dhaka: 11:34 AM, Mon, 17 Jun, 2019

Hong Kong protest 'largest in decades'

International Desk: Nearly two million people have taken part in a mass protest in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, organisers say.

Argentina, Uruguay suffer massive power blackout

International Desk: A massive power grid failure has left all of Argentina and parts of Uruguay without electricity. Authorities are attempting to quickly restore power in both countries, with the outage affecting around 50 million people.

Trade war between US and India

International Desk: India has imposed higher levies on a range of US products after Washington ended key trade privileges for New Delhi. The US accuses India of being a "high-tariff country" that limits access to its gigantic market.

Saudi prince blames Iran for tanker attacks

International Desk: Blaming Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince called on the international community to take a “decisive stand” but said in an interview published on Sunday that the kingdom does not want a war in the region.

Magnitude 7 earthquake hits islands off New Zealand

International Desk: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake in the Kermadec Islands sparked tsunami fears in New Zealand’s North Island on Sunday morning.

Saudi Arabia blames Iran for tanker attacks

International Desk: Saudi Arabia has blamed its rival Iran for the recent attacks on oil tankers along a key shipping route in the Gulf.

Kuwait City makes claim of 63 degrees Celsius

International Desk: On June 8, according to reports, Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait, recorded the highest day temperature in the world at 63°C under sunlight (and 52.2°C in the shadows). On June 13, this claim was reported by Gulf News, and in addition, it stated that Al Majmaah in Saudi Arabia recorded 55°C.

When presidents held umbrellas for Modi

International Desk: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been left humbled by presidents of two nations opting to personally hold an umbrella for him instead of security staff who usually are seen carrying them for world leaders, according to sources in the government.

'Iranians fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack'

International Desk: In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.

Trump dismisses Iran tanker attack denials

International Desk: US President Donald Trump has dismissed Iran's insistence it had no involvement with the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Houthis strike Saudi airport again

International Desk: Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked an airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, wounding 26 people in the latest escalation of a conflict that threatens to further strain relations between the United States and Iran.

Christchurch attack: Brenton pleads not guilty to all charges

International Desk: The main suspect in the Christchurch attacks in March, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Trump admin seeks $30m Bay of Bengal security funding

Sports Desk: With an eye on countering increasing Chinese influence in key South Asian countries, the Trump administration has sought USD 30 million for what it has described as "Bay of Bengal" security initiative to provide foreign military financing to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives.

Boko Haram attack: Death toll rises to 37 in Cameroon

International Desk: Local authorities arrested 15 Boko Haram terrorists as the death toll from a recent attack on Darak here rose to 37, including 21 soldiers and 16 civilians.

Online beggar' in UAE makes $50,000

International Desk: A woman in the UAE has been arrested here for conning people into giving her $50,000 (183,500 dirhams) by promoting herself as a victim of a failed marriage on social media platforms and asking for money to support her children.