40 killed, 30 wounded in Afghanistan blast: Oficial

Asianbarta : A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, with many of the victims students. Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 40 people had been killed and 30 wounded in the blast, the latest in ... Read More »

New York Port Authority attack: Akayed Ullah ‘inspired by IS’

Asianbarta : The suspect being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City’s main bus terminal has said it was in retaliation for US attacks on so-called Islamic State, US media say. Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant, was injured when a “low-tech explosive device” went off at the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan. Police say Mr Ullah ... Read More »

Bangladesh draws global attention to Rohingya issue

Asianbarta : Bangladesh has reiterated its support to the Rome Statute as it urges the world to bring an end to the culture of impunity and to work towards full implementation of the Statute. Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal made this statement at the 16th Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in New ... Read More »

Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Asianbarta : alestinians: US abdicating role as Mideast peace broker – EU, UN voice alarm, fear threat to any new peacemaking – Israel hails Trump move as ‘important step towards peace’ – Palestinians plan general strike, protests on Thursday – Upset Palestinians switch off Bethlehem Christmas lights – Saudi Arabia call for US to reverse decision Arabs and Muslims across ... Read More »

Pope says defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

Asianbarta : Pope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Bangladesh, the pontiff also indicated that he had been firm with Myanmar’s military leaders in ... Read More »

Sophia coming to visit Dhaka

Asianbarta : Sophia, a lifelike robot, which has generated quite a buzz among the youth and the artificial intelligence industry around the world, is coming to Bangladesh to make an appearance at the Digital World Exposition on December 6. The humanoid robot was created using state of the art innovations in artificial intelligence.It will attend two sessions of the biggest ... Read More »

Zimbabwe: What’s happening?

Asianbarat : Zimbabweans are waking on Thursday up to uncertainty after hearing that the country was likely to have a transitional government in the wake of a military takeover. South African state media reported that “it has reliably learnt that Zimbabwe is likely to have a transitional government”. This came after soldiers on Wednesday took control of the headquarters of the ... Read More »

Rohingya women gang-raped by Myanmar army

Asianbarta : United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten yesterday said they consistently heard about sexual violence from Rohingya survivors, including gang rape of women by multiple soldiers. “One survivor described being held in captivity by the Myanmar Armed Forces for 45 days when she was raped repeatedly,” Patten told a press ... Read More »

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing 211

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region around the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 145 people state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble. At least 141 people were killed in Iran, Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, said on the state television. More ... Read More »

Rohingya rafts keep coming

Asianbarta : Over 1,500 Rohingya floated into Bangladesh in a single day yesterday as the persecuted minorities continue to flee violence in Myanmar. Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, chairman of Palongkhali Union Parishad, said many of them arrived in Cox’s Bazar on rafts made with jerrycans. Md Atiqur Rahman, an official of Border Guard Bangladesh, said such rafts were being seen in ... Read More »