Russian loan won’t keep Lukashenko afloat for long

Lukashenko, whose security forces have arrested thousands of opposition supporters demanding his resignation, secured the financial lifeline from Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Black Sea ...

Russia's president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting in Sochi, Russia on 14 September 2020

Interview: Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque

‘An abnormal political situation prevails in the country’

Educationist, thinker and professor, Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, in an interview with Prothom Alo, talks about the system of government, politics, society, education and the future of Bangladesh.

Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque

Safe road directives only in papers

Almost two years have passed since prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued directives seeking long distance transport to have at least two drivers each and for restrooms to be built along highways, but ...

A microbus falls into a ditch killing eight people in Fulpur, Mymensingh.

Hong Kong's Apple Daily vows to fight on after owner arrested

Readers had queued from the early hours of Tuesday to get copies of the newspaper, a day after police raided its offices and took Lai into detention, the highest-profile arrest under the national law

Media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, founder of Apple Daily, is seen as he was released on bail, after he was arrested by the national security unit in Hong Kong, China on 12 August 2020

Fakhrul asks BNP men not to get upset, work for change

Urging his party colleagues not to get frustrated, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said the party leaders and activists must mobilise people to bring about a change and ...

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam

Student arrests in Hong Kong deepen 'white terror' fears

Hong Kong has fallen into an era of "white terror", democracy campaigners said Thursday after four students -- one aged just 16 -- were arrested for social media posts deemed to be a threat to ...

Anti-government demonstrators sit as they were detained by riot police during a lunch time protest as a second reading of a controversial national anthem law takes place in Hong Kong, China on 27 May 2020

In echo of Mao era, China's schools in book-cleansing drive

As schools reopened in China after the COVID-19 outbreak, they have thrown themselves into a nationwide exercise to remove books deemed politically incorrect, deepening Chinese president Xi Jinping's ...

A man poses for pictures at a booth of China's President Xi Jinping books displayed at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China on 7 November 2018

Protesters topple Washington DC statue of Confederate general

Several monuments depicting Confederate figures have been toppled by demonstrators, who have been protesting systemic racism, police brutality and injustice

Protesters attempt to topple a statue of Albert Pike during an event to mark Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in Texas, two years after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves elsewhere in the United States, amid nationwide protests against racial inequality, in Washington, DC, US, on 19 June 2020

New York governor defends Columbus statues

With protesters attacking statues of Columbus in recent days during anti-racist demonstrations, Cuomo was asked by a reporter whether it was time for monuments in the state celebrating the Italian ...

New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport's new Terminal B, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, US, on 10 June 2020

French police protest against chokehold ban

The protests followed a meeting between police unions and interior minister Christophe Castaner meant to try and allay the simmering police anger

Police officers attend a demonstration against French interior minister Christophe Castaner's reforms, including ditching a controversial chokehold method of arrest, following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, near Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, on 12 June 2020
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