Pak suicide blast kills 45

A suicide bomber killed at least 45 people Sunday at the main Pakistan-India border crossing, the blast tearing through crowds of spectators leaving after the colorful daily ceremony to close the frontier.

DEATH for Jamaat's 'moneyman'

Mir Quasem taunts tribunal as it hands him maximum punishment on 2 war crimes charges.

SC upholds Kamaruzzaman’s death

The Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty to war criminal Muhammad Kamaruzzaman for one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge.

Islamic State: Militants kill 50 from Iraqi Anbar tribe

A local official told the Associated Press news agency that the Sunni Muslim tribesmen and women were killed on Friday in the village of Ras al-Maa, north of the provincial capital Ramadi.Faleh al-Issawi said many members of the tribe had to flee their homes near the town of Hit last month when it was captured by IS.The Al Bu Nimr tribe had joined the Shia-dominated government's campaign against IS.

Russia-Ukraine gas deal to keep Europe warm

The two countries signed a deal late Thursday worth about $4.6 billion that will see Russia deliver gas to Ukraine from now until the end of March 2015.The temporary deal is critical for European businesses and households since Europe relies on Russia for more than 30% of its gas, and half of that is pumped through Ukraine.In the past, when Ukraine and Russia had a gas dispute and Russia cut back on supplies, parts of Europe suffered shortages as Ukrainians siphoned off European-bound gas for their own uses.

Khaleda terms Hasina ‘neo-Hitler’

The BNP chairperson said if her party and alliance came to power the recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower in the middle-East would be reopened.She said that the Awami League would not be able to do it as it had no good relation with Muslim world.Khaleda criticised the government’s claim of success in electricity saying there was no electricity in the country on Saturday.During about one-hour speech, Khaleda accused the government of making the judiciary partisan and urged the judges not to give judgements looking at face and party.

Jamaat’s hartal resumes today

Jamaat sources said they were waiting for the verdict in Mir Quasem Ali’s case which is scheduled for today to enforce yet another spell of hartal.‘We will announce a fresh 24-hour hartal if Mir Quasem is awarded maximum punishment,’ an executive council member of Jamaat said.Meanwhile, over a hundred of activists of Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir were detained across the country ahead of the hartal on Saturday.Jamaat-Shibir men staged demonstrations and clashed with the police in Dhaka city and elsewhere on the day

Blackout all over as grid fails

The whole country on Saturday morning went into a rare power blackout which continued for hours together as the national grid collapsed after the 400kv power transmission line between India and Bangladesh tripped, officials said.The blackouts began at 11:27am and power could not be restored in most of the urban and rural areas until late into the night.