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Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed

Lionel Messi is to part ways with Barcelona with PSG the frontrunners to sign the Argentine megastar. While both player and club had agreed to a five-year contract extension, La Liga’s salary cap rules mean that despite the parties agreement, the new contract cannot be signed under league rules. Messi’s old contract expired earlier this […]

The first 12 weeks of the pandemic

the other morning, my kindergartner woke me up by clambering onto the bed and stage-whispering hotly in my ear, “The mama is lost!” What? “The mama, she’s lost!” Long pause, as I squinted open my eyes and my brain started to crank awake. “From my dollhouse.” Oh. And from your house, too, kiddo, I thought, […]

The sixth member of England’s World Cup

Roger Hunt, the revered former Liverpool striker and member of England’s World Cup winning team, has died aged 83. Hunt died at home on Monday after a long illness, prompting a host of tributes to a player who was instrumental in Liverpool’s rise from the Second Division under Bill Shankly and appeared in all six […]

The magnitude of the suffering in Haiti

We thought the days when our country treated asylum-seekers with cruelty and disdain might be ending. This month we learned we were wrong. Most of us were shaken and horrified, and the country rightfully embarrassed, by images of US border patrol agents on horseback attacking asylum seekers, including at least one child, in Texas. Thankfully, […]

Its closest comparison is another South Korean drama

What if winning playground games could make you rich? That’s the basis of Squid Game – the South Korean show currently at number one on Netflix around the world – where debt-ridden players sign up to compete in six games for a cash prize of 45.6 billion won (around £28m). The small print: if you […]

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken

Some years ago, in Afghanistan, the anthropologist Scott Atran asked a Taliban fighter what it would take to stop the fighting, because families on both sides were crying. The fighter replied: “Leave our country and the crying will stop.” The crying may not have stopped, but the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan without an […]

The council was also due to be attended by defence

A Franco-British defence ministers’ summit due to take place this week has been cancelled as Paris steps up its protests over the loss of a £48bn submarine contract with Australia and its secret replacement with nuclear technology from the UK and US. Ben Wallace, the UK defence secretary, and his opposite number, Florence Parly, had […]

The government is pressing ahead with its plans to hold

Mostly homebound for one and a half years, the students spent days gearing up for the restart, readying books, uniforms, and stationary. A student of Class Five at Monipur High School and College in Dhaka, Tayeba Jahan has outgrown her uniform and shoes. “I’ve prepared new dress and bought new shoes and bag for school. […]

It is very pertinent to mention that Bangladesh has made a tremendous effort

Bangladesh has ensured its remarkable achievements by expanding its textile and garment industry. Its apparel sector is booming day by day. The country’s main export is garments. So it is easy to say that Bangladesh needs cotton. But the production of cotton is low in Bangladesh. To fulfill the demand, Bangladesh imports cotton. On the […]

The Directorate General of Health Services pointed

The July death toll is 29.87 percent of the total fatalities while the new infections are 26.91 percent of the caseload. Until Saturday, Jul 31, Bangladesh officially recorded a total of 1,249,484 cases with 20,685 deaths. The Directorate General of Health Services pointed out in a health bulletin on Sunday that Bangladesh saw nearly a […]