Dhaka: 2:25 PM, Sat, 21 Jan, 2017

Italy school bus crash and fire leaves 16 dead

Risingbd Desk: A bus carrying schoolchildren has crashed and caught fire in northern Italy, killing at least 16 people, emergency officials say.

UN official criticizes Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown

International Desk: A United Nations human rights investigator on Friday criticized Myanmar's crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority and urged the military to respect the law and human rights.

Trump begins overhaul as first executive orders signed

Risingbd Desk: Donald Trump has taken his first steps as president, signing an executive order which targets the signature health care reforms of his predecessor.

US air strike kills 100 al Qaeda members

Risingbd Desk:  A U.S. air strike on Thursday targeting an al Qaeda training camp in Syria's Idlib province killed more than 100 militants, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.

Yahya Jammeh agrees to step down

Risingbd Desk: The Gambia's long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections.

Trump ready to take oath, tight security in Washington

International Desk: Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.

Scotland will vote for independence in two years

International Desk: Scotland will vote to become independent within two years due to the hardline position being taken by British Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit, former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said on Friday.

Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in

Risingbd Desk: West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh a final opportunity to relinquish power after Senegalese troops entered The Gambia.

Trump pledges unity at concert prior to inauguration

Risingbd Desk: Donald Trump has pledged to unify America as he addressed cheering supporters at a concert on the eve of his presidential inauguration.

US strikes in Libya kill more than 80 IS fighters

Risingbd Desk: More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.

New moth species named after Donald Trump

Risingbd Desk: A miniscule moth with a wingspan of just 0.4 inches is the first species to be named for the soon-to-be president of the United States, Donald Trump.

Malaysian PM tells Myanmar to 'stop the killing' of Rohingya

Risingbd Desk: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Myanmar on Thursday to stop all discrimination and attacks on Rohingya Muslims, and urged the world's Islamic countries to act to end an unfolding "humanitarian tragedy".

Pakistan refuses to free doctor who helped find Osama

International Desk: Pakistan’s Minister for Law and Justice, Zahid Hamid, said his country will not release the Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hunt down Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden; nor will they extradite him to the United States.

Chinese aircraft carrier can sail into Indian Ocean any time

Risingbd Desk: Warning India against increasing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean region, a top American military commander on Wednesday stressed on the need to sign two key agreements between India and the US for joint tracking.

Chinese aircraft carrier can sail into Indian Ocean

International Desk: In a direct assessment of the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in waters off the coast of India, Admiral Harry Harris Jr., the Commander of the United States Pacific Command has said, "I believe India should be concerned about the increased Chinese influence. If you believe there is only a finite amount of influence in the region, then whatever influence that China has is influence that India doesn't have.''

Abbas warns of counter action

Senior Correspondent: Demanding a neutral Election Commission (EC) for the next general election, BNP leader Mirza Abbas has warned of a counter action if the government fails to meet the demand.

AR Rahman to go on a day-long fast

Entertainment Desk: Oscar winning music director AR Rahman has announced that he will observe a day-long fast on Friday, along with members of the Nadigar Sangam -- the South Indian Artistes Association -- to express solidarity with people protesting against the ban on Jallikattu.