• 30 killed in B'desh boat capsize
    Dhaka, June 29 (IANS): At least 30 people were killed on Monday when a boat capsized in Bangladesh's Buriganga river after it collided with another vessel, according to authorities.   Bodies of 19 males, eight females and three children were recovered so far, Shahadat Hossain, a duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence, confirmed to The Daily Star news.   The boat, Morning Bird, which was coming to Dhaka from Munshiganj, capsized in the river after it wa
  • Assange's father calls extradition process 'disgrace'
    Sydney, June 29 (IANS): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's father, John Shipton, is fighting tirelessly for the release and return of his son, who is facing an extradition trial in London for publishing classified information, a process he described as abuse.   "We maintain that the extradition request is a fraud in the English court... It's a fraud in the English legal system, it's a case of abuse of process, it is a disgrace," Shipton, who travelled f
  • UK PM promises $1.23bn for school building projects
    London, June 29 (IANS): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised funding worth 1 billion pounds ($1.23 billion) for 50 major school building projects in England, it was reported on Monday.   The 50 school building projects, which will be identified later in the year, will start from September 2021, in a 10-year programme which Johnson will launch on Monday, reports the BBC.   There will be an extra 560 million pounds for upgrades and repairs to schools for the
  • Global coronavirus deaths top half a million
    SYDNEY/BEIJING, June 29 (Reuters): The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.   The respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus has been particularly dangerous for the elderly, although other adults and children are also among the 501,000 fatalities and 1
  • 1st COVID-19 patient from Beijing market cluster discharged
    Beijing, June 29 (IANS): The first COVID-19 patient from Beijing cluster infections linked to the wholesale market outbreak was discharged from hospital on Monday after recovering, according to authorities.   On June 3, the patient aged 56, stopped for about 20 minutes at the beef and mutton trading centre of the Xinfadi market in south Beijing's Fengtai district, reports Xinhua news agency.   He went to a hospital on June 12 after experiencing symptoms of fev
  • Gunmen attack Pakistani stock exchange, six killed: police
    KARACHI, Pakistan, June 29 (Reuters) - Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani Stock Exchange building in the city of Karachi on Monday but security forces soon killed them all, police said.   Two other people were also killed, the military said.   The gunmen attacked the building, which is in a high security zone that also houses the head offices of many private banks, with grenades and guns, Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon told Reuters.   “Fou
  • Global COVID-19 cases top 10.1mn: Johns Hopkins University
    Washington, June 29 (IANS) The overall number of global coronavirus cases has increased to over 10.1 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 500,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.   As of Monday morning, the total number of cases increased to 10,115,912, while the fatalities stood at to 501,233, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.   The US accounted for the world's highes
  • Trump retweets, then deletes, video of supporter shouting 'white power'
    WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a video showing one of his supporters in Florida shouting "white power" at protesters of his administration, drawing rebukes from allies and adversaries as protests continue in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.   The video on Twitter, which was later deleted from the president's feed, showed Trump protesters and supporters in Florida shouting profanities at each other. After a pr
  • Beijing ramps up testing capacity, reaching a third of city's population so far
    SHANGHAI, June 28 (Reuters): Beijing has ramped up coronavirus testing efforts and has tested about a third of the Chinese capital's population so far, a city official said on Sunday, as authorities seek to control an outbreak stemming from a wholesale market in mid-June.   As of Sunday noon, Beijing had collected 8.29 million patient samples for testing and completed 7.69 million tests, Zhang Qiang, an official from Beijing's municipal committee, told a press c
  • Indonesian president threatens to reshuffle cabinet over COVID-19 response
    JAKARTA, June 28 (Reuters): Indonesian President Joko Widodo has told his cabinet he is ready to reshuffle ministers or even disband government agencies that he feels have not done enough to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to his office.   Widodo made the remarks in a cabinet meeting on June 18, the video of which was released by his office on Sunday.   "I see that many of us are working as though things are normal. That's what's irrita
  • Trump denies being told about Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan
    WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters): President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was never briefed about Russian efforts to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, blasting a New York Times report that he had been told about the rewards but had not acted to respond to Moscow.   The White House on Saturday also denied that Trump was briefed on U.S. intelligence regarding the affair but it did not address the merits of the intelligence. The Dir
  • Wearing face masks, French voters return to delayed municipal elections
    PARIS, June 28 (Reuters): Voters in France donned face masks to cast their ballots on Sunday in a delayed second round of country-wide municipal elections, a mid-term test for President Emmanuel Macron and his ruling party which could fail to win a single big city.   A year ago Macron had hoped the local elections would help anchor his young centrist party in towns and cities across France, including Paris, ahead of an anticipated 2022 re-election bid. But more recently
  • Thousands in western Myanmar flee as army plans operations, monitors say
    Reuters Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned “clearance operations” against insurgents, a lawmaker and a humanitarian group said.   But a government spokesman said late on Saturday an evacuation order issued by border-affairs officials had been revoked. Border affairs acknowledged issuing the order through the local administrator but said
  • China lawmakers review draft of Hong Kong national security bill - Xinhua
    SHANGHAI, June 28 (Reuters): China's lawmakers have reviewed a draft of the national security bill for Hong Kong during a meeting held by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), state media Xinhua reported on Sunday.   In the meeting, Shen Chunyao, director of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC's standing committee, presented a report on the bill, Xinhua said.   The NPC's Standing Committee usually meets ever
  • U.S. sanctions, coronavirus make for Iran's toughest year - Rouhani
    DUBAI, June28 (Reuters): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his country is experiencing its toughest year because of U.S. sanctions coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic.   The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated economic problems that worsened after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 from Iran's nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions. On Monday, Iran's rial currency fell to its lowest ever level against the U.S. dollar.
  • WH denies Trump briefed on alleged Russian-Taliban bounty intel
    Washington, June 28 (IANS): The White House has deniedthat President Donald Trump was briefed on intelligence that Russians offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition troops.   "The CIA Director, National Security Advisor, and the Chief of Staff can all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on Saturda
  • Won't return to austerity of 10 years ago: UK PM
    London, June 28 (IANS): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged that his government will "not go back to the austerity of 10 years ago", a media report said on Sunday.   In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Johnson set out his plans for a post-lockdown economic recovery, reports the BBC.   They will include the new Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce, led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, which according to Johnson, will look at speeding up the building o
  • Mexico launches raids after assassination attempt of police chief
    Mexico City, June 28 (IANS): Mexican authorities have carried out a series of raids while investigating the attempted assassination of the capital city's police chief, according to local media.   Twenty-eight people attacked Omar Garcia Harfuch's armoured vehicle at dawn on Friday on Paseo de la Reforma, a boulevard that leads to the Mexico City's exclusive Lomas de Chapultepec neighbourhood, home to various embassies and mansions, the BBC reported.  
  • Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million
    North America, Latin America and Europe each account for around 25% of cases, while Asia and the Middle East have around 11% and 9% respectively, according to a Reuters tally   BEIJING, June 28 (Reuters): Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.   The figure is roughly double the nu
  • Global COVID-19 cases near 10mn: Johns Hopkins University
    Washington, June 28 (IANS) The overall number of global COVID-19 cases was nearing 10 million, while the deaths have surged to over 498,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.   As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,950,945, while the fatalities increased to 498,135, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.   With 2,507,930 cases and 125,511 deaths, the US continues with the