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  • KSA keen to invest in Bangladesh

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has said his country is keen to be Bangladesh's development partner by investing in different sectors.

  • UN's Syria envoy to step down

    The United Nations envoy for Syria on Wednesday announced he will step down at the end of November after more than four years in the key post as UN efforts to end the seven-year war show no sign of a breakthrough.

  • Israel pounds Gaza after rocket fire

    Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip yesterday after the first rocket fire from the Palestinian territory in weeks hit an Israeli city, in a blow to efforts to avert a new war.

  • KSA deports another 80 Bangladeshis

    The Saudi authorities yesterday deported 80 more Bangladeshi migrants, bringing the total number of deportees close to 600 this month.

  • Palestinians to lead key UN bloc

    The Palestinians won backing Tuesday to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant the observer-state temporary rights to act as chair of the Group of 77 plus China, a bloc that has grown to 134 countries at the United Nations.

  • PM calls on Saudi King

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has an audience with Saudi King and Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Royal Palace in Arga of Riyadh.

  • Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

    Police found evidence of Khashoggi slaying: Turkish official

    Police searching the Saudi Consulate finds evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there, a high-level Turkish official says, and authorities appear ready to also search the nearby residence of the consul general after the diplomat left the country.

  • Australia may move embassy to Jerusalem

    Australia is considering moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced. Morrison called a press conference to say he was "open-minded" to proposals to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

  • Iran troops abducted on Pakistan border

    Fourteen Iranian security personnel, including Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers, were abducted on the volatile southeastern border with Pakistan yesterday. Sistan-Baluchistan province has long been a flashpoint, with Baluchi separatists and jihadists based in Pakistan regularly attacking Iranian security posts.

  • Palestinian shot dead trying to stab Israeli

    A Palestinian was shot dead yesterday after trying to stab an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the army said. An Israeli military statement

  • Forces ready to fight for Idlib if rebels reject deal: Syrian FM

    Syria's foreign minister said yesterday that Syrian forces stand ready to fight jihadists around the northwestern region of Idlib if a Russian-Turkish deal is not implemented there the same day, in keeping with a critical deadline.

  • Migrant truck crash kills 22 in Turkey

    Twenty-two people, including children, died yesterday when a vehicle carrying migrants reportedly heading for Greece plunged off the

  • US wants Iran regime change

    The United States is seeking "regime change" in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday, adding that the current US administration is the most hostile that the Islamic Republic has faced in its four decades.

  • Israel okays 31 settler homes

    Israel's government yesterday approved the construction of 31 settler homes in Hebron, the first such green light for the flashpoint West Bank city since 2002, a cabinet minister said.

  • Rebels fire shells from Syria’s Idlib buffer zone

    Opposition fighters have fired mortar shells from a planned buffer zone in northwest Syria, in a deadly attack that threatens a deal to protect the last major rebel bastion from a regime offensive.

  • Saudi warns against sanctions

    Saudi Arabia rejected threats to punish it over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, saying the kingdom would retaliate against any sanctions with tougher measures, the official state news agency said yesterday.

  • IS takes hundreds from Syria camp

    Hundreds of people were taken by Islamic State group fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counterattack

  • Israel halts Gaza fuel deliveries

    Israel suspended fuel deliveries to Gaza on Friday in response to border violence which the Hamas-run health ministry said left seven Palestinians dead in the coastal enclave.

  • Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,

    Saudi rejects 'baseless' murder claims over missing journalist

    Saudi Arabia dismisses accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as "lies and baseless allegations", as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist's fate.

  • US pastor freed in Turkey after 'secret deal'

    A Turkish court yesterday ordered the release of an American pastor held for the last two years in Turkey, in a case that sparked a crisis in ties with the United States.

  • Israel destroys Hamas tunnel from Gaza

    Israel yesterday destroyed a cross-border tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, which it said was dug by the Palestinian Hamas group with the aim of carrying out attacks. There was no immediate comment from Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel in the past decade and is the dominant Palestinian armed force in Gaza.

  • No aid if Iran stays

    The United States said Wednesday it will refuse any post-war reconstruction assistance to Syria if Iran is present, expanding the rationale for US involvement in the conflict.

  • Saudi crown prince ordered op

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Saudi Arabia to release footage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and President Donald Trump demanded answers over his fate, as the kingdom faced growing pressure yesterday to provide a convincing explanation for his disappearance.

  • Bangladeshi worker

    Building Collapse: 4 Bangladeshis killed in Bahrain

    Four Bangladeshi migrants were killed and 30 others injured in a building collapse after a gas cylinder exploded in Bahrain on Tuesday night.

  • Saudi govt planned Khashoggi hit: NYT

    Top Saudi leaders deployed a 15-man hit squad to lay in wait for dissident writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, The New York Times said in an explosive story.

  • Syria grants amnesty to army deserters

    The Syrian government has announced an amnesty for men who deserted the army or have avoided military service, giving them several months to report for duty without facing punishment, it said yesterday.

  • US, UN voice alarm

    The United Nations human rights office and the US have called on Turkey and Saudi Arabia to properly investigate the fate of prominent Saudi journalist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

  • Exit visa reform to be enforced by end of Oct

    Qatar's decision to abolish its controversial exit visa system will come into force by the end of October, a leading global trade union official said yesterday.

  • Iran passes counter-terror finance bill

    Iran's parliament yesterday approved a bill to counter terrorist financing that was strongly opposed by conservatives but seen as vital to

  • Israel PM's wife goes on trial

    The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu, went on trial yesterday for allegedly using state funds to