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Zia sued for claiming her husband was first Bangladesh president


DHAKA: A libel suit was Monday filed against Bangladesh's former premier and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia on charges of "distorting the history" by claiming that her late husband Ziaur Rahman was the nation's first president.

Putin promised no new military moves in Ukraine: UN chief Ban


UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Saturday said Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured him that he has “no intention” of sending troops into southern and eastern Ukraine, even as the UN chief reiterated his strong call for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Ban warned that given the heightened tensions, “even small sparks can ignite larger flames of unintended consequences”.

Venezuelan court declines to free Opposition leader


CARACAS: The Caracas Court of Appeals rejected the defence attorney’s plea for the release of Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, locked up in a military prison since February last year, Venezuela’s Supreme Court said Friday.

The appellate panel “declared groundless the appeal” filed by attorneys on behalf of Lopez, accused of instigating arson and other acts of violence.

Plane search shifted over 1,000 km after ‘most credible lead’

PERTH: The search for the crashed Malaysian jet on Friday dramatically shifted to a new area 1,100 km further northeast in the Indian Ocean after authorities received "the most credible lead" of radar data suggesting the plane flew faster and ran out of fuel more quickly than estimated.

‘Unbelievable’ US pressure led to UN resolution: Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Friday blamed “unbelievable” US pressure on member states that led to the UN adopting a resolution censuring Colombo on its human rights record after a vote at the UNHRC session.

Elated by India’s abstention at UN vote, Lanka frees fishermen

COLOMBO: An elated President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday ordered the release of all 98 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody for alleged poaching, a day after India abstained from voting on a US-backed UN resolution censuring Colombo on its human rights record.

Saudi King decrees half brother Muqrin to be future monarch

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed his half-brother and country's former intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz as the deputy crown prince, paving the way for him to become a future monarch.

Chief judge in Musharraf case says not quitting trial

Islamabad: The chief judge in Pervez Musharraf's treason trial today dramatically stormed out of the courtroom after repeatedly being accused of bias against the former Pakistani military dictator but later clarified that he was not recusing himself from the high-profile case.

New debris sightings; storms ground missing plane’s air search

Bangkok/Perth: A Thai satellite has detected 300 floating objects in southern Indian Ocean that could possibly be the debris of the missing Malaysian plane, even as bad weather today grounded multination air search for the aircraft's wreckage.

Egypt’s Sisi resigns to run for president

Cairo: Nine months after toppling Egypt's first democratically-elected president, powerful army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has quit the military to contest a presidential election he is expected to win easily.