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58 killed, 515 injured in Las Vegas Music Concert shooting

Las Vegas, Oct 2 (AP/UNB) — A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. ... Read More »

Tillerson says US has direct channels to talk to N Korea

Beijing, Oct 01 (AP/UNB) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United States is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North’s nuclear and missile programs and the countries’ leaders spar through bellicose name-calling. Read More »

Myanmar: Global appeal for UN action – HRW

Stop Crimes Against Humanity The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council should take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population, Human Rights Watch and 87 other nongovernmental organizations said today. Read More »

UN to launch inter-agency appeal to fund Rohingyas

Fate of other 68 Rohingyas on boat remains unknown, says IOM Dhaka, Sept 29 – The UN will launch an updated inter-agency appeal in the coming week as lack of funding to address the needs of Rohingyas in Bangladesh remains one of the biggest challenges, said the UN Migration Agency on Friday. Read More »

‘Mona Lisa nude sketch’ found in France

A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says. The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. Read More »

Bali volcano exodus nears 100000 amid tremors

Bali, Sep 28 (AP/UNB) — The exodus from a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is nearing 100,000 people, a disaster official said Wednesday, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain are recorded daily. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 96,000 people have now fled the area around Mount Agung in the northeast of the ... Read More »

Pakistani cricket star Khan criticizes US’s Afghan policy

Islamabad,(AP/UNB) – Cricket legend and potential Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Monday criticized the United States’ new strategy for Afghanistan and said a continued military campaign will not solve the 16-year-old conflict in the neighboring nation. Khan, who is considered a likely contender for premier after next year’s parliamentary elections, also rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s allegation that Pakistan ... Read More »

Milan fashion meets global crises with lightness

Milan, Sep 22 (AP/UNB) — The Milan fashion world is responding to global crises with transparency and lightness. Designers are choosing diaphanous textiles to create airy looks, often layering sheer trench coats and anoraks over form-fitting knit dresses or jumpsuits for contrast. It’s about comfort, being nimble and joyous in times of uncertainty. Read More »

Land for refugees not yet habitable – report

470,000 in need of shelters; 13,418 take part in biometric registration AKM Moinuddin, UNB Staff Writer Dhaka, Sept 25 – The land that has been allocated for the new site for providing shelter to Rohingyas is ‘not suitable’ for habitation yet, says a new report on Sunday. Read More »

Mexicans dig in rubble for survivors: Toll 248

Mexico City, Sep 20 (AP/UNB) — Rescuers and volunteers frantically dug through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings long into the night, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities climbed to 248 early Wednesday. Read More »

‘We are a world in pieces’ – UN chief

By António Guterres We are a world in pieces. We need to be a world at peace. And I strongly believe that, together, we can build peace. We can restore trust and create a better world for all. I will focus today on seven threats and tests that stand in our way. For each, the dangers are all too clear. ... Read More »

Europe leaders view Irma-devastated Carribbean islands

Philipsburg, Sep 13 (AP/UNB) — France’s president and the Dutch king visited Caribbean territories Tuesday that were hammered by Hurricane Irma, bringing in much-needed food, water and medical supplies amid accusations that European governments were unprepared, slow to react and sometimes even racist in their responses to the devastation. Read More »