Dhaka: 9:07 PM, Wed, 18 Oct, 2017

Powerful explosion outside Sweden police station

International Desk: Swedish authorities say a powerful explosion outside a police station in southern Sweden has caused significant damage to the building.

George Saunders wins Man Booker Prize

International Desk: The American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

Trump's latest travel ban blocked by federal judge

International Desk: US President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose travel restrictions on citizens from eight countries entering the US has suffered a court defeat.

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of promoting ‘regime change’

International Desk: Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of trying to engineer "regime change" during its four-month blockade of its Gulf neighbour.

7 policemen killed in Pakistan bomb blast

International Desk: A bomb targeted a police truck in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday killing at least seven policemen and injuring 22 others, police said.

China to take 70pc stake in strategic port in Myanmar

International Desk: China has agreed take a 70 per cent stake in a strategically important sea port in Myanmar, at the lower end of a proposed range amid local concerns about Beijing’s growing economic clout in the country, a senior government official said.

China's Communist Party congress begins

International Desk: China's biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security.

Myanmar committed crimes against humanity: Amnesty

International Desk: Amnesty International says it has strong evidence that the Myanmar army committed crimes against humanity in northern Rakhine state.

Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa

International Desk: U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle.

Taliban attacks kill at least 71 in Afghanistan

International Desk: Taliban militants struck government targets in many provinces of Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 71 people, including a senior police commander, and wounding scores of others.

UN calls for global conference to stand by Rohingya

International Conference: Senior United Nations officials are urging the international community to come together in support of a 23 October pledging conference to “send a strong message to Rohingya refugees and their generous hosts in Bangladesh that the world is there for them in their greatest time of need.”

Nuclear war may break out any moment: North Korea

International Desk: North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula "has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment."

N. Korea EMP attack could kill up to 90% of Americans

International Desk: At a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on October 12th, experts warned that the greatest existential threat to the country may come from the detonation of a nuclear EMP bomb. It could kill as many as 90 percent of all Americans within a year.

Three-day ultimatum issued to withdraw Catalonia independence bid

International Desk: A judge on the Spanish National High Court ruled Monday that two leading figures in Catalonia's independence movement be sent to pretrial detention without bail on charges of sedition and agitating for the region's secession.

IS Southeast Asia chief killed in Philippines

International Desk: The Philippine military killed the leaders of Islamic State-linked militants in a predawn raid to liberate parts of Marawi City on the southern island of Mindanao, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday.

EC starts dialogue with AL

Staff Correspondent: As part of the ongoing dialogues, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda is holding a meeting with a delegation of Awami League (AL) over holding the next general election in a credible manner.

Mila files case against her husband's family

Staff Correspondent: Popular pop singer Tasbiha Binte Shahid Mila, commonly known as Mila Islam, has filed a defamation case against her husband Parvez Sanjari's family.