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IMF chief ‘horrified’ by Khashoggi case

International Live: IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday she was “horrified” by reports about the fate of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi but still plans to attend an economic meeting in Riyadh this month. As questions swirl over the fate of Khashoggi — a Saudi critic who has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2 some big business... details

China, Russia push to ease N. Korea sanctions as Seoul

International Live: China and Russia have backed easing sanctions on Pyongyang “at an appropriate time”, as South Korea’s foreign minister said Seoul was mulling lifting its own measures, threatening cracks in global restrictions on the nuclear-armed North. Pyongyang is sanctioned under multiple UN Security Council resolutions over its weapons programmes and has repeatedly called for... details

Republika Srpska president says he will not allow Bosnia and Herzegovina

International Live: President of Republika Srpska (part of Bosnia and Herzegovina) Milorad Dodik has said he will not allow the country to join NATO. “We will not allow to join NATO because Republika Srpska supports maintaining neutrality,” Dodik told the Izvestiya daily in an interview published on Tuesday. The president said he will never vote in favor of such initiative. “This... details

Kavanaugh sworn in at US Supreme Court

Live Correspondent: Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency. Kavanaugh was sworn in shortly after the Senate voted 50-48 in his favor a move that cemented the high court’s shift to the... details

Several killed in attack on military parade in Iran

International Live: Several people were killed after unknown gunmen opened fire during a military parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday, state television reported. “Shooting began by several gunmen from behind the stand during the parade. There are several killed and injured,” a correspondent told state television. Source: Reuters   Dhaka, 21... details

‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch rail collision kills 4 children

International Live: Four children from a Dutch daycare center died on Thursday when a train smashed into their electric cart at a crossing in an accident described as the “worst nightmare of any parent”. A fifth child and the woman driving the vehicle were critically injured in the accident in Oss, a town near the German border around 110 kilometres (65 miles) southeast of the capital... details

China’s Xi to send top official to N. Korea

International Live: Chinese President Xi Jinping will send a close ally to North Korea’s 70th anniversary celebrations, it was announced Tuesday, following speculation he would use the occasion to make his first official trip to Pyongyang. Li Zhanshu, a member of the Communist Party’s seven-member politburo standing committee or ruling council and the head of the legislature,... details

60pc of Americans disapprove of Trump job performance: poll

International Live: Sixty percent of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance and nearly half support impeachment, according to an opinion poll published on Friday. Thirty-six percent of Americans approve of Trump’s White House performance, the Washington Post-ABC News poll found. In the last Post-ABC survey, in April, Trump received an approval... details

PM for expanding cooperation in BIMSTEC

International Live: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today laid importance on expanding cooperation in BIMSTEC forum through the creation of free trade area, investment and energy collaboration, enhancing people-to-people contact and funding mechanism. “Global scenario has been changing very fast resulting in new dynamics in every sphere. We have to match the new dynamics and the... details

‘Hate in the streets’ has no place in Germany: Merkel

International Live: Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday condemned violent far-right protests that degenerated into attacks against foreign-looking people, saying “hate in the streets” has no place in Germany. After the fatal stabbing of a German man, 35, allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi, thousands of protesters marched in the eastern city of Chemnitz for two straight days,... details

“BIMSTEC must boost its security”

International Live: Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali has called on BIMSTEC nations to enhance their security cooperation to “Defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”. He was speaking at a panel discussion today with heads of mission from BIMSTEC member states in India ahead of the fourth BIMSTEC summit scheduled to be held in Kathmandu on... details

UN chief proposes options to protect Palestinians

Live Correspondent: UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres on Friday presented four options aimed at boosting the protection of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories, from sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a military or police force under UN mandate. The proposals were contained in a report requested by the General Assembly in response to a... details

Former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan dies

  International Live: Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died at the age of 80 on Saturday after a short illness, his foundation announced. “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away... details