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Amid vote-rigging claims by Opposition, Bangladesh EC rules out re-election

Dhaka, Dec 31: With the opposition Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) crying foul over rigging, fraud and government intimidation in recently-held parliamentary elections, the Bangladesh Election Commission on Monday rejected their claims, ruling out any chance of re-election.

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda was quoted by The...

CCTV footage shows 3 men transporting Jamal Khashoggi's body parts

Ankara, Dec 31: A Turkish television station has broadcast CCTV footage showing men carrying cases and bags which it says contained slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body parts.

The images shown on C television late Sunday feature three men carrying five suitcases and two large black bags...

Sheikh Hasina registers landslide win in Bangladesh polls, opposition cries foul

Dhaka, Dec 31: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cruised to victory for a third consecutive term in Bangladesh's general election on Sunday, following a tense vote that saw at least 17 people killed in poll-related violence and demands of a fresh election by the opposition, according to media reports.

According...

Voting For Bangladesh Elections Ends, 12 Killed In Violence

Dhaka, Dec 30: At least 12 people were killed in election-day clashes in Bangladesh Sunday, after a bloody campaign overshadowed by a crackdown on the opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is expected to win a historic but controversial fourth term.

Three men were shot by police while...

In Trump era UN debates relevance of multilateralism

United Nations, Dec 30: In the Trump era of surging unilateralism and nationalism, world leaders at the United Nations this year expressed their support to multilateralism arguing that global institutions and platforms like the UN are more than relevant in the 21st century.

"Multilateralism is under fire precisely when...

Bangladesh Votes Today, Sheikh Hasina Seeks Fourth Term as Prime Minister

Dhaka, Dec 30: Bangladesh headed to the polls Sunday following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists.

Voting began at 8.00 am (0200 GMT) amid tight security in a vote that is expected to deliver a historic...

Leaked video shows Musharraf seeking covert U.S. support to regain power

Washington, Dec 29: In an embarrassment to Pervez Musharraf, the former Pakistani dictator, in a leaked video, was purportedly seen seeking covert US support to regain power and telling American lawmakers that he was “ashamed” of the ISI being negligent about the al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts....

Russia, Iran, Turkey to discuss Syrian conflict

Moscow, Dec 28: Moscow will early next year host the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the country.

“It’s our turn to host the summit... around the first...

Indian-origin police officer ‘working overtime on Christmas’ shot dead in California

New York, Dec 27: A 33-year-old Indian-origin police officer in the US state of California has been killed after being shot by an “armed” unidentified gunman while he was conducting a traffic stop.

Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department was shot and killed during a traffic stop...

Donald Trump Declares End to US "Policeman" Role on Surprise Iraq Visit

Al-Asad Air Base/Iraq, Dec 27: President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq -- his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected -- to defend withdrawal from Syria and to declare an end to America's role as the global "policeman."

Trump landed at 7:16...