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Big-spending Bashundhara Kings reached the semi-finals of the Independence Cup when they beat Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society 3-2 on penalties in the quarter-final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Friday.

Shares in Johnson & Johnson plunged more than 10% on Friday, after Reuters reported that the US pharmaceutical giant had known about asbestos tainting its talcum powder for decades.

British prime minister Theresa May’s attempt to win assurances from the European Union on her Brexit deal was cast by opponents on Friday as a humiliating failure that did nothing to ease the parliamentary deadlock over Britain’s departure from the bloc.With British politics in crisis, the ultimate outcome of Brexit remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly Brexit with no deal to another referendum on EU membership.

Kosovo's parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army, a move that has angered Serbia which says it would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.

Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday.

Palestinian security forces scuffled with Hamas supporters as they broke up a protest Friday in the West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and police said.The protest in the southern West Bank city was planned in support of the Islamist group on the anniversary of its founding.

Sri Lanka's strongman leader Mahinda Rajapaksa will step down from his disputed position of the prime minister on Saturday, his son said.Rajapaksa's legislator son, Namal Rajapaksa, tweeted on Friday that his father will quit "to ensure stability of the nation"."Former president ... Rajapaksa has decided to resign from the Premiership on Saturday after an address to the nation," Namal said.

Two people were arrested in Chattogram on Friday for posting defamatory remarks on Facebook about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

A general dairy (GD) was lodged with Islamic University Police Station in Kushtia on Friday against Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain for ‘threatening’ journalists.Acting Editor of Bangla daily Bangladesh Shomoy Mostafizur Rahman, and also a professor of Folklore Studies Department of Islamic University, filed the complaint, said Raton Sheikh, officer-in-charge of the police station.

Fighting has resumed on the fringes of Yemen's port city of Hudaydah, according to residents, raising fears for a newly agreed truce.The ceasefire for the port was only agreed between the government and rebels at talks in Sweden on Thursday.It is hoped Hudaydah, occupied by Houthi rebels, can be used to bring in supplies for starving millions.

Main opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade was attacked reportedly by ruling Awami League activists in Dhaka on Friday as opposition’s electioneering continued to be marred by violence and arrests about two weeks before the December 30 general election.

Alleging that the BNP has nominated war criminals, their relatives and corrupt elements in different constituencies, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the people not to vote for them in the coming election.

Opposition Jatiya Oikya Front on Friday alleged that the ruling Awami League activists attacked the motorcade of its leaders including Dr Kamal Hossain and ASM Rob when they went to Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur to pay tribute.The attack injured about a hundred activists of the front, including Rob, left eight cars damaged, it alleged.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Friday said anti-liberation forces killed the intellectuals on December 14, 1971 to make the emerging Bangladesh intellectually cripple.She paid tributes to the martyred intellectuals at Shaheed Minar premises in her constituency, Pirganj.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today came down heavily on BNP and its election partners for giving nominations to the persons convicted for corruption, militancy and war crimes saying it seemed that they would like to take the country’s politics to the ‘crime world’.“It’s a misfortune for the people of Bangladesh as a political party picked up the persons for coming election who mostly were engaged in criminal activities,” she said.She went on saying that “Some of those are collaborators of Pakistani army or their family members, some of them are perpetrators

Bangladesh won by 8 wickets 69 balls left.Career-best bowling figures from Mehidy Hasan restricted West Indies to only 198 for 9 in the deciding third ODI against Bangladesh. His 4 for 29 engineered a mid-innings batting collapse from which the visitors never recovered.

According to the DMP guideline, people are asked to use Dhaka Airport-Abdullahpur Crossing-Ashulia route instead of Gabtoli- Amin Bazar bridge- Nabinagar to travel to Savar from 3:30am to 9:30am on December 16.Drivers of bus, truck, and lorry are advised to use the same route to travel to Savar, the release read.

A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with law enforcers in Teknaf Upazila of Cox’s Bazar early today.Deceased Jalal Yusuf Bahadur, 32, was son of Khalil Ahmed of Chhoto Habir Para of Teknaf upazila.

Bangladesh's tourism sector has grown with the pace of the country's economic growth in the past decade, as more and more people are having sizeable disposable income.In the past decade, the economy grew at an average of 6.5 percent; and in the last three years it clocked in more than 7 percent growth.

Noted film director Amjad Hossain passed away around 3:00 pm on Friday at a hospital in Bangkok of Thailand.

At least 13 miners were feared dead after being trapped by flooding in an illegal ‘rat hole’ coal mine site in remote northeastern India, police said Friday.Dozens of emergency workers were pumping water out of a large trench that was flooded early Thursday near a river in mineral-rich Meghalaya state.

Miley Cyrus may have just confirmed her role on Emmy-winning series Black Mirror.Cyrus, while promoting her new music on SNL, stopped by The Howard Stern Show and sort of confirmed her involvement in the series.

Asian markets enjoyed more gains yesterday as investors are cheered by the more conciliatory noises from China and the US on trade, while uncertainty over Brexit continued to weigh on the pound.While the tariffs row between Beijing and Washington is far from being resolved, there is a lot more optimism on trading floors this week that the world's top two economies can make headway in talks over the next three months.

If Kosovo is still committed to a Euro-Atlantic path, it has wandered dramatically off-piste in recent weeks.First it raised a 100% tariff on imports from neighbouring Serbia. Now its MPs are set to vote on raising an army.Both these measures run counter to warnings, threats and pleas from both the European Union and Nato.Friday's army vote would turn a lightly-armed 4,000-strong emergency response force into Kosovo's own professional military.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said the people of the country will reject BNP and vote for boat as the boat is a symbol of the liberation war.

A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala who illegally crossed the US-Mexico border with her father died hours after being taken into custody, US media say.The girl, who arrived in the US last week as part of a group of migrants, died of dehydration and shock, the Washington Post reported.The AP news agency quotes border officials as saying she had not had food or water for several days.

Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin Friday, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria.The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Nearly 74,000 women, a fifth of the global cases, die every year in India from cervical cancer, a largely preventable malady. With intensified screening, developed countries have considerably reduced the deaths from cervical cancer; a leading expert has offered India help to benefit from the global experience in terms of prioritizing screening and prevention.

Papaya is an all-year-round fruit that is used in a wide range of dishes and drinks around the world. This is one fruit that you come to love only when you have developed a taste for it. You will not find many people confessing their love for this fruit, but the ones who love papaya cannot leave their house in the morning without eating a bowlful of it. It has a sweet taste and happens to be a treasure trove of nutrients like antioxidants, minerals and multi-vitamins

The United Nations secretary-general called on countries to make compromises in tackling global warming, amid concern that the U.N. conference on the issue could end without a substantial agreement.In his second dramatic appeal at the talks in Poland in the space of 10 days, Antonio Guterres told ministers and senior diplomats from almost 200 countries they should consider the fate of future generations."This is the time for political compromises to be reached," he said. "This means sacrifices, but it will benefit us all collectively."

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