Dhaka: 5:17 PM, Sun, 25 Feb, 2018

UNSC approves 30-day ceasefire in Syria

International Desk: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

Malaysian PM sparks uproar after speaking over rice

International Desk: The Prime Minister of Malaysia has sparked national uproar after revealing he prefers quinoa to rice.

9 killed as SUV rams into Bihar school

International Desk: At least nine schoolchildren of a government middle school in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district were crushed to death by a speeding SUV on Saturday when they were about to cross National Highway 77 after school.

Rakhine’s capital rocked by three bombs

International Desk: Three bombs rocked the capital of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State, Sittwe, early on Saturday, police said, adding that a policeman was slightly injured and the authorities were still working to determine who was behind the bombings.

Nearly two dozen Afghan soldiers killed in multiple attacks

International Desk: Nearly two dozen Afghan soldiers and three others have been killed in multiple attacks across the country.

Twin car bombings kill nearly 27 in Somalia

International Desk: Twin car bombings and subsequent gunfire has left at least 27 people dead and 20 others wounded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, medical workers said.

Rohingya villages destroyed 'to erase evidence'

International Desk: Satellite images of Myanmar suggest entire Rohingya villages have been destroyed, campaign group Human Rights Watch says,

EU to impose sanctions on Myanmar generals

International Desk: The European Union will start preparing sanctions against Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya Muslims by formally calling on the bloc's foreign policy chief next week to draw up a list of possible names, two diplomats said.

US hits N. Korea with large package of new sanctions

International Desk: North Korea has been struck by Donald Trump’s “large package” of new sanctions that could cripple the regime of despot leader Kim Jong-un as the US seeks to diffuse world tensions, it has emerged.

Australian deputy prime minister resigns from Cabinet

International Desk: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.

Syria war: Russia says no agreement on ceasefire resolution

International Desk: Russia has said there is no agreement on a UN Security Council resolution to bring in a 30-day truce in Syria.

UNICEF deputy resigns after damaging allegations

International Desk: The deputy director of the United Nations children's agency has resigned saying he doesn't want allegations of sexual misconduct made against him to "damage" the agency's work.

More than 400 killed in Eastern Ghouta

International Desk: More than 400 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta, a monitoring group said, on the fifth day of the continuing onslaught of aerial bombardment by Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes.

Saudi Arabia to invest $64bn in entertainment

International Desk: Saudi Arabia says it will invest $64bn in developing its entertainment industry over the next decade.

US radio presenter gives birth on air

International Desk: A US morning radio show presenter has given birth on air during her show.