Dhaka: 4:40 AM, Sun, 23 Jul, 2017

Egypt court sentences 28 to death for killing prosecutor

International Desk: A Cairo criminal court has sentenced 28 people to death penalty over killing of Egypt's top prosecutor in 2015.

US airstrike accidentally kills 16 Afghan policemen

International Desk: An errant US airstrike has killed 16 Afghan National Police officers who were fighting the Taliban and wounded two others.

Iran launches line for mass-production of missile

International Desk: Iran has inaugurated the mass production line of the domestically-developed Sayyad (Hunter) 3 missile.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

International Desk: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at an organisational shake-up.

Israel bans Muslims aged under 50 in Jerusalem

International Desk: Israeli police have banned Muslim men under the age of 50 from a contested shrine in Jerusalem.

2 protesters killed as Venezuela holds nationwide strike

International Desk: A nationwide strike brought parts of Venezuela to a halt Thursday as the opposition ramped up its challenge to President Nicolas Maduro that has already seen four months of deadly street protests and threats of US economic sanctions.

Two killed as strong earthquake hits Greece and Turkey

International Desk: At least two people were killed on the Greek island of Kos on Friday when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the popular summer resort holiday destinations of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey.

Kuwait closes Iran cultural mission

International Desk: Kuwait has reportedly closed the Iranian cultural mission and related offices in the Gulf Arab state and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country, according to the official news agency, KUNA.

India's new president Ram Nath Kovind

International Desk: NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been elected India's 14th president, having obtained 65.65 percent of electoral college votes.

'Bill Clinton offered $5bn to not conduct nuclear test'

International Desk: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that had he not cared for Pakistan, he would have accepted former US president Bill Clinton's offer of $5 billion for not carrying out nuclear tests in 1998.

30 feared dead as bus plunges into 300 metre gorge in India

International Desk: As many as 30 persons were killed and several others injured when a private bus proceeding towards Solan from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district skidded off the road and rolled down into a 300 metre gorge at Khaneri near Rampur in Shimla district on Thursday morning.

32 million Americans will lose health coverage

International Desk: Thirty-two million Americans would lose health coverage under a Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has forecast.

Bengaluru man plays guitar as doctors operate on his brain

International Desk: A 32-year-old techie-turned-musician strummed the guitar on the operation table while surgeons "burned" his brain to correct a neurological disorder.

Pakistan Army kills 5 Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire

International Desk: Pakistan Army on Wednesday killed five Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire after three people, including a Pakistani serviceman, were martyred in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Indian troops along the Line of Control.

Man who ‘saved’ Gandhi in 1944 dies at 98

International Desk: Veteran freedom fighter Bhiku Daji Bhilare, popularly referred to as Bhilare Guruji, who is credited in certain accounts with having saved Mahatma Gandhi from an attempt on his life by Nathuram Godse in Panchgani in 1944, passed away in Bhilar near the hill station on Wednesday. He was 98.