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Front Pagearrow Kibria, 4 AL men killed in grenade attacks
Former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four other Awami League (AL) activists were killed in a grenade attack on an AL rally at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj yesterday evening.
 arrow power cut before attacks
Witnesses to yesterday's grenade attacks on SAMS Kibria said the killers had switched off power at the rally venue before carrying out the carnage in the twilight.
 arrow Wail breaks the news
A shrill wail broke the silence near the Birdem operating theatre (OT), heavy with only the sound of breathing, as the hospital secretary general announced Kibria's death.
 arrow Tearful Hasina blames ruling coalition
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina burst into tears on hearing the news of her long-trusted comrade SAMS Kibria's death last night.
 arrow A grisly reminder of unsolved killings
It has the chilling similarity to the August 21 grenade attacks on Sheikh Hasina. The venue is a public rally, the speakers and participants all Awami League workers.
 arrow Kibria's life sketch
SAMS Kibria was born on May 1, 1931. He obtained BA Honours in economics from Dhaka University in 1952 and completed MA in the subsequent year.
 arrow Moratorium on Jatra to make security foolproof
In the wake of the recent spate of bomb blasts in Jatra shows, the government yesterday imposed a one-week moratorium on staging the folk theatre from February 1 to ensure a foolproof security for the
 arrow Govt slated for sitting on farm subsidy
A parliamentary body yesterday blasted the government's 'dilly-dallying' policy on farm subsidy and warned that a food crisis could hit the country if the ongoing boro cultivation is hampered due to high
 arrow Probe body blames Niko negligence
A government-formed committee to probe the Tengratila gas field blowout blames faulty and negligent operation of Canadian company Niko Resources for the disaster.
 arrow ADB okays $180m for post-floods recovery
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday approved $180 million to help restore critical social and economic activities in Bangladesh disrupted by the devastating floods of June last year.
 arrow RMG exporters hope to get duty-free access to US market
Apparel exporters are expecting a big boost in their venture as a bill proposing duty-free access to the US market on all products from 14 least developed countries (LDCs) including Bangladesh was raised
 arrow Call money rate, dollar remain high
The call money market and the US dollar sales continued to be red hot yesterday despite the central bank pumping Tk 350 crore into the banking sector and two nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) releasing
 arrow Service rule yet to see light after 2 years of decision
A service rule to recruit visually impaired people in first class government jobs is yet to be formulated, although the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) instructed the ministries concerned to take necessary
 arrow Meghna devouring Bhola
In the absence of a permanent embankment, the Meghna river has devoured 162 square kilometres of the country's largest island Bhola rendering at least 2 lakh people homeless in the last three decades.
 arrow 8 cops escape bomb attack in Meherpur
Eight on duty policemen of Bamandi camp in Gangni upazila in Meherpur narrowly escaped a bomb attack on Wednesday.
 arrow PM accuses opposition of attempts to mar peace
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged people to beware of various attempts by an opposition party to mar the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the country following the anticrime drive by her government.
 arrow Rab, police seize M16, guns in Ctg
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and district police in a joint raid in Fatikchhari upazila yesterday seized an M16 rifle and some other firearms and ammunition from the possession of two Islami Chhatra Shibir
 arrow Insurgents mount attacks ahead of Iraqi polls
At least 21 people, including two US soldiers, were killed in Iraq yesterday as insurgents intensified attacks on Iraqi and US targets, and election workers backed by troops started distributing ballot
 arrow Top criminal killed in 'crossfire'
A top criminal was killed in 'crossfire' between his accomplices and police in Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenidah early yesterday, raising the death toll to 19 in such shootouts in the district since November
 arrow EC high-ups to move to court to realise arrears
The election commissioners are preparing to start a fresh legal battle with the government to realise their arrears and ensure that they get pension after retiring from the Election Commission's (EC)service.
 arrow Hasina accuses govt of attacking party workers
Leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the government of committing atrocities against grassroots level leaders of her party and said Awami League (AL) leaders and workers at many places
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 arrow Criminals damage Hindu temple
An alleged criminal and his accomplices damaged a Hindu temple and three idols in Lalbagh in the town Tuesday night.
 arrow 2 drug peddlers arrested with 600gm heroin
Officials of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) yesterday arrested two drug peddlers and seized 600 grams heroin worth Tk 60 lakh in Arambagh in the capital.
 arrow Villagers catch python in Ctg
Local people caught a python that came out of its den creating panic at Battali in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong on Wednesday and later handed it over to the Chittagong Zoo.
 arrow 'Dr Death' probably killed 250 patients
Britain's "Dr Death," a family physician who systematically murdered his patients, probably killed 250 people, an inquiry announced yesterday after ruling the number of his victims was greater than originally
 arrow Tarique visits Bangabandhu's grave
Senior Joint Secretary General of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Tarique Rahman visited the grave of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara yesterday evening and offered fateha.
 arrow 2 injured in bomb blast in Gazipur
Two young men were injured in an explosion when they were allegedly making bombs in a house at Uttar Mainshail village yesterday.
 arrow 10yr old girl raped
A 10-year-old girl was violated by a youth of the neighbourhood at Keraniganj on Wednesday.
 arrow US embassy refutes foreign ministry views
The US embassy yesterday refuted a foreign ministry official's comment that US embassy officials had reported that Bangla Bhai has no organised existence in Rajshahi.
 arrow Govt looking for local aides to reporter
The government is looking for local sources, who assisted the New York Times journalist Eliza Griswold for her report titled 'The Next Islamist Revolution?' published in the NYT magazine Sunday.
 arrow Tiger kills fisherman
A fisherman was killed by a tiger in the Sundarbans yesterday.
The victim was identified as Wazed Sheikh, 35, of village Dhumghat in Shyamnagar upazila. Other fishermen later recovered his body.

Businessarrow BGMEA, BAB to pursue central bank to reduce bank service cost
In a bid to cut banking services cost, Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) and BGMEA have decided to form a subcommittee comprising representatives of private, foreign and nationalised banks and exporters
 arrow Dhaka-Laksam straight line planned to bail BR out of loss
Bangladesh Railway (BR) is contemplating to introduce a new straight line between Dhaka and Laksam, which is expected to reduce distance between Dhaka and Chittagong by 80 kilometres.
 arrow Textile boom helps domestic investment grow 22pc in '04
Domestic investment increased by 22 percent in 2004, thanks to a record investment in the country's textile sector.
 arrow WTC in Ctg may hit snag as CCCI moves to cancel tender
The construction of World Trade Centre (WTC) in Chittagong may be delayed once again as the new chief of WTC's financier Chittagong chamber yesterday hinted at cancelling the tender of the 20-storiedbuilding.
 arrow India defers BHEL, Maruti equity sales
The Indian Cabinet yesterday deferred a politically sensitive decision on selling equity in two profit-making public sector undertakings -- Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Maruti Udyog Ltd.
 arrow China, India to share Asian refining growth in 2005
Asia will add more than 700,000 barrels per day (bpd) of primary refining capacity this year, allowing China to just keep pace with demand growth while India boosts exports, a Reuters survey showed.
 arrow WB mulls charging non-borrowers for advice
The World Bank may soon need to charge advisory fees to countries seeking its advice as growing numbers of middle-income developing countries no longer require loan programmes, the departing head of the
 arrow Sri Lanka heads for record trade deficit
Sri Lanka's trade deficit hit a record 1.95 billion dollars in the first 11 months of last year due to higher expenditure on oil imports, figures released Thursday by the Central Bank showed.
 arrow Thailand unveils tourism revival plan after tsunami
Thailand on Thursday announced plans to lure tourists back to the tsunami-ravaged Andaman coast as a minister revealed that arrivals through Bangkok have fallen nine percent since the December 26 tragedy.
 arrow US oil imports hit record high in 2004
The US appetite for foreign petroleum hit an all-time high last year, rising four percent to top 10 million barrels a day for the first time, the American Petroleum Institute reported Wednesday.
 arrow US seeks to clear way for China clothing curbs
The US Justice Department will appeal a federal court ruling that has blocked the Bush administration from considering textile industry requests for emergency restrictions on clothing imports from China,
 arrow EU chief rejects US model to revive flagging economy
The head of the European Union's executive arm denied Wednesday he is proposing an American free-market model to revive Europe's flagging economy, saying Europe does not need McJobs.
 arrow China open to talk currency at G7 meet
China will call for forex market stability at the upcoming G7 finance ministers meeting but reiterate that it will not succumb to outside pressures to lossen the yuan's peg to the dollar, senior financial
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rafique blows hot and cold
Mohammad Rafique barely escaped disciplinary action ten months after he was forced to fly back home from Harare following a heated exchange with his captain Habibul Bashar.
 arrow Football: Pro league from 2006
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will launch a professional football league early next year as part of Vision Bangladesh, the development plan for football in the country.
 arrow Football: Munna stays semi-conscious
Lying motionless in a bed at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Bangladesh Medical College and Hospital (BMCH), former Bangladesh international defender Monem Munna, who once roamed the football pitch
 arrow Tennis: Serena wins classic contest to meet Lindsay in final
Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport set up an Australian Open showdown here Thursday after fighting back from the brink of defeat in two epic semi-final duels.
 arrow Cricket: Crucial Pak-WI tie today
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Thursday that his team would need a dramatic reversal of form if they were to give Australia a decent challenge in the triangular VB Series competition.
 arrow Cricket: Enamul fined, reprimand for Taylor
Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor and Bangladesh spinner Enamul Haque have been reprimanded after clashing during Wednesday's third one-day international in Chitta-gong.
 arrow Tennis: Safin stops Federer run
Marat Safin gave himself the perfect birthday present by scoring a stunning upset over world number one Roger Federer to reach the Austra-lian Open final here Thurs-day.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd tsunami cricket match postponed
The second cricket Tsunami appeal match has been postponed until April due to concerns about player workloads, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced in a statement here Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l chess meet from today
Holder Mehdi Hasan Parag will face tough competition from three-time winner Minhajuddin Ahmed Sagar, ex-champion Mohammed Ali and sub-junior champion Shamima Akhter Liza in defence of his title when the
 arrow Tennis: Experience undid her
Maria Sharapova said Serena Williams' experience of saving lost causes had been the difference after she saw victory snatched from her grasp in the Australian Open semi-finals Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe calms Ashes fever
England batsman Graham Thorpe has urged supporters not to go overboard about the team's chances in the Ashes series after their win in South Africa.
 arrow Tennis: Red-hot Roddick v weary Hewitt
Andy Roddick has freshness on his side as he attempts to redress a big-match imbalance against Lleyton Hewitt in Friday's semifinal showdown between the world number two and three at the Australian Open.
 arrow Cricket: Mahendra takes over after 4 months
Ranbir Singh Mahendra finally took over as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday, four months after he won a contentious election to the country's richest sports body.
 arrow Cricket: Maynard backs 17-man squad
England assistant coach Matthew Maynard on Wednesday defended the large number of players in the squad for the seven one-day internationals against South Africa.
 arrow Football: United get the Blues
Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard was forced to relive the worst moment of his career as Chelsea booked a League Cup final date with Liverpool with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
 arrow No Real interest?
Real Madrid have denied reports they have approached Inter Milan striker Adriano with a view to signing the Brazilian international.
 arrow Football: Charges filed against Hoyzer
The German Football Association (DFB) said on Wednesday it had filed charges with Berlin public prosecutors relating to the case of Robert Hoyzer, the referee at the centre of Germany's match-fixing probe.
 arrow Football: Happy Birthday Jose!
Chelsea gave manager Jose Mourinho a perfect birthday present on Wednesday with their 2-1 victory over Manchester United that sealed their Portuguese manager a place in his first major English soccershowpiece.
 arrow Football: FA's shame
English football chiefs have been forced to apologise for failing to include any black players in an official DVD of England's greatest post-war internationals.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo's plea to militants
Brazilian football star Ronaldo has recorded a message seeking the release of a fellow countryman -- Joao Jose Vasconcelos -- who was kidnapped by an armed Islamist group in Iraq last week, the hostage's
 arrow Football: Ambrosini gives advantage
Massimo Ambrosini scored twice as AC Milan edged Udinese 3-2 in a thrilling Italian Cup quarter-final, first leg at the San Siro.
 arrow Football: Parreira takes extra strikers
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira added FC Porto's Luis Fabiano and Real Betis' Ricardo Oliveira to his squad that will face Hong Kong in a friendly match on Feb. 9.
Metropolitanarrow NTL gets 2 more licences to launch fixed phones
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday handed over two more licenses to National Telecom Limited (NTL) to launch fixed phones in the country's north-east and north-west zones
 arrow 371 officials get upper grade
The government has given upper grade to 371 officials of deputy secretary and equivalent level in the civil administration, according to an official notification yesterday.
 arrow Protest in front of Nagar Bhaban Feb 2
Rickshaw and Van Sramik Oikya Parishad will stage a sit-in in front of the Nagar Bhaban on February 2 to protest the ban on plying rickshaws at different roads in the capital.
 arrow DU reopens
Dhaka University (DU) reopened yesterday after a one-week Eid-ul-Azha vacation.
In most of the departments, classes were not held as the attendance of teachers and students was very thin.

 arrow Clarification
The Concord Entertainment Company Limited yesterday referred to a news item published in The Daily Star on January 20 under the headline 'Protect Foy's Lake from pollution,' to clarify that it has developed
Culturearrow Films were clearly in her destiny
One would think that Champa was destined to become an actress. Her two elder sisters Suchanda and Babita had already become popular film heroines and the younger one was expected to follow suit.
 arrow Our Talents
Bangladesh's rich cultural heritage has been built up by many notable talents. Some of them have passed away, while some are still contributing to their chosen fields.
 arrow Benson & Hedges hits the road with musical show
The country's established musicians such as Aiyub Bachchu, upcoming talents like Kaniz Subarna, alternative band Black, remix whiz Habib and previous Star Search winners are going to hit the roads ofthe
 arrow Douglas to film new Romancing sequel with Ash
Oscar-winner Michael Douglas has signed up Indian film producers to shoot a sequel to the films that helped make him a big-screen star two decades ago.
 arrow Chhayanaut Bhaban wins Rajuk approval
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkho (Rajuk) has recently approved the revised design of the proposed Chhayanaut Bhaban.
Generalarrow Shift Sayedabad intake unit from Sarulia to Meghna for safe water
A technical committee comprising local and foreign environment experts suggested the government to shift Sayedabad Water Intake unit from Sarulia to Meghna river to ensure safe and ammonia-free waterfor
 arrow 3 sentenced to death
Three people were sentenced to death yesterday for killing veterinarian Anil Sarker in Brahmanbaria in 2003.
 arrow CNG emits cancerous particles?
Emissions of ultra-fine particles from Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles are more likely to cause lung cancer than particles emitted by diesel fuel, officials of the Society for Urban Environmental
 arrow Bangladesh economy gaining strength
Eminent economist and the Managing Director of Grameen Bank Prof Mohammad Yunus yesterday said the economy of Bangladesh was gaining strength but he underscored the need for increased efficiency atpolitical
 arrow 2 bodies recovered in city
Two bodies were recovered from Maghbazar and Gabtali areas in the city yesterday.
 arrow Be alert against plot to destroy democracy
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman has urged the grassroots level leaders of the party to be vigilant against any conspiracy against multiparty democracy.
 arrow Arrest of Bangla Bhai demanded
Six opposition-backed student organisations, including Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday demanding immediate arrest of infamous militant
 arrow Youth stabbed to death in N'ganj
A youth with criminal records was stabbed to death allegedly by his gang members at Fatulla on Wednesday night.
 arrow 6 species of animal become extinct a year
Six species of animal are becoming extinct on an average annually in the world, including Bangladesh.
 arrow 100 house owners demand arrest of land grabber
About 100 house owners in the old part of the Dhaka yesterday demanded arrest of and punishment to a land grabber who allegedly prepared forged documents in a bid to grab their paternal property.
 arrow Governing board of NGO Foundation formed
The finance ministry has formed a nine-member governing board of the Bangladesh NGO Foundation through a gazette notification on January 25.
 arrow Duta threatens agitation
Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) yesterday threatened to go for tougher agitation if the policeman who assaulted a DU teacher is not fired within 48 hours.
 arrow One killed in bus accident in Ctg
One was killed and five others were injured in a bus accident at Boalkhali in Chittagong district yesterday.
The victim, believed to be the helper of the bus, died on the spot.

 arrow Hearing on charge-framing January 31
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed January 31 for hearing on charge-framing against former Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Seilm and 31 others, accused in the Mizanur Rahman murder case.
 arrow Int'l Bangla Literature Festival begins Jan 29
The International Bangla Literature Festival-2005 will be held in Kolkata on January 29-31.
Five writers of national and international fame will represent Bangladesh at the festival.

 arrow Seminar on language learning held
A seminar on "Understanding Poetry and Language Learning" was held on Eastern University campus on Mirpur Road in the city on January 17, says a press release.
 arrow 1,755 more held
Police arrested 1,755 people, including 13 listed criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Capturing 'Bangla Bhai'
The 'Bangla Bhai' spectre has arisen again.
 arrow Editorial: Pilgrims' plight
Every year before the Hajj season the Ministry of Religious Affairs tells us of the many good things that it would incorporate to make the life of our Hajjis in Saudi Arabia more comfortable than theprevious
 arrow President Bush's new doctrine of 'Freedom and Liberty'!
Under the tightest security seen at a US Presidential inauguration for his second term, George W.
 arrow Long walk to freedom
If you were walking out of prison after serving a lengthy term, you would more than likely experience the curious, eerie feeling of stepping into a different time zone, as if you had an internal clock
 arrow 'India and Bangladesh have much to share and give each other'
On the occasion of the 56th Republic Day of India, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all our friends and well-wishers in Bangladesh and to all members of the Indian community living in Bangladesh.
Letters to Editorarrow Re: The Next Islamist Revolution?
I read with interest Eliza Griswold's disturbing yet detailed report published in the New York Times Magazine of January 23rd, 2005, about Bangladesh essentially turning into a breeding ground of religious
 arrow Too Sharp, too furious!
It was a very dark and cold night at Jahangirnagar University dormitory. As dark and cold as death. The window was broken and the chilling winter wind was as sharp as a blade.
 arrow Teaching grammar
I thank Bijoy Mohan Gosswami, Instructor, Comilla P.T.I. Comilla for his comments in the Letters to the Editor on 26/01/2005.
 arrow Collateral disappointment!
A few days back me and a few of my friends went to see the movie 'Collateral' at the Star Cineplex in Bashundhara shopping mall. But all our excitement was dampened as soon as the movie started.
 arrow Saleem Samad granted political asylum in Canada
The Bangladeshi journalist with an international reputation, Saleem Samad has been granted asylum in Canada.
 arrow Godhra "Killing" revealed!
And finally the truth has seen the daylight. The incident that killed 59 Hindu pilgrims in a train in Godhra was result of an accident.
 arrow Child admission
Admitting a child in a reputed school is like a bad headache for many parents in Dhaka. Children are deployed like troops, fighting for seats in Grade 1.
 arrow Missed call is not an option
I can't totally agree with Cantara Wali Ruhi, who in her letter gave her personal view on mobile culture and recent missed call syndrome. Though I do agree with her on some point.
 arrow The saga of the SUVS
Rafiqul Hasan's incisive report (DS: Jan 17) is an eye-opener that shames us.
 arrow ACC
Thanks to all the three honourable members of the ACC for their opposing the suggestion to hire experts from the ADB and consultants from outside.
 arrow Dear readers
We have a new e-mail address for the Letters to the Editor page. Please send your letters to letters@thedailystar.
Environmentarrow 'Integrate climate change in the development process'
Among few others, Dr A Atiq Rahman, Director, Bangladesh Centre of Advanced Studies (BCAS) has pushed the less developed countries (LDC) as an issue in the scientific agenda and the discussion on climate
Urbanarrow Earthquake risk in Bangladesh: Facing the reality
Adeveloper in Dhaka may claim that his building can withstand a Magnitude 8 (Richter scale) earthquake.
 arrow Trembling in apprehension
Over the past few years with several low-key tremors leaving largely their flirtatious impact in different parts of the country, people have become increasingly troubled by fears of an impending disaster,
 arrow Earthquake
Earthquake: shaking of the Earth's crust, a violent shaking of the Earth's crust that may cause destruction to buildings and installations and results from the sudden release of tectonic stress alonga
Worldarrow South Asia: Pak PM plans talks with India on gas pipeline
Pakistan and India will discuss a regional gas pipeline from Iran during a South Asian summit in Dhaka early next month, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: 5 Nepali troops killed in landmine blast
At least five soldiers, including an army major, and a taxi driver were killed in a landmine blast in Parbat, 255 kilometres (141 miles) west of here Wednesday, security sources said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Sino-Indian trust vital for regional growth
New Delhi yesterday said trust between India and China was one of the most crucial elements that made the region and Asia a vibrant and energetic fulcrum for economic growth.
 arrow South Asia: Gujarat failing to help women victims of riots: Amnesty
The government in India's Gujarat state has failed to help hundreds of women raped, tortured or murdered get justice almost three years after communal riots in 2002, Amnesty International said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Indonesia, Lanka urged to seize tsunami chance for peace
Indonesia and Sri Lanka should seize the opportunity provided by the Asian tsunamis to end their long-running civil conflicts, Malaysian Prime Minister and head of the Non-Aligned Movement, Abdullah Ahmad
 arrow South Asia: Lanka rules out direct tsunami aid to Tigers
Sri Lanka Wednesday ruled out Tamil Tiger rebels receiving direct foreign aid to be distributed among tsunami survivors and said all external help must go through Colombo.
 arrow South Asia: Pak army to establish garrison in Sui
Pakistan's army formally annou-nced Wednesday the launch of a controversial project to build a garrison in the troubled gas-rich town of Sui in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.
 arrow South Asia: 'Miracle' baby meets family after stampede
Police launched an inquiry yesterday into a western Indian temple stampede that killed at least 257 Hindu pilgrims as a man was tearfully reunited with his infant grandson found among the dead.
 arrow South Asia: Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan
A Taliban commander was killed and his deputy was captured when rebels attacked an Afghan police convoy and killed a policeman in the southeastern province of Helmand, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: UN asks Maoists, Nepal to sign rights accord
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Wednesday that if Maoists and the government don't sign an accord respecting human rights their sincerity on the issue would be questioned.
 arrow 'Kid power' seeks to free kidnapped student
Thousands of Indian children boycotted school, staged fasts and prayed yesterday, hoping "kid power" would win the safe release of an abducted boy in Bihar state where kidnapping is a major industry.
 arrow Don of Pak underworld Shoaib Khan dies in jail
The alleged kingpin of Pakistan's criminal underworld, Shoaib Khan, died in custody yesterday three weeks after his arrest, jail officials said.
 arrow Trains collide in US: 11 die
At least 11 people were killed and nearly 200 injured on Wednesday when two Los Angeles commuter trains collided after one struck an automobile left on the tracks in what authorities called an aborted
 arrow Parts of Muslim world in 'deep crisis'
Many parts of the Islamic world are in "deep crisis" with Muslims suffering more from militancy and terrorism than others, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.
 arrow Sharon 'pleased' with Palestinian moves
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon expressed satisfaction in a newspaper interview yesterday with measures taken by new Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to reduce violence.
 arrow Iraqis deeply divided over election
As a metropolis, Baghdad is divided over Sunday's watershed general election, as Shia Iraqis express their determination to vote while Sunni neighbors turn away in disenchantment and fear.