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Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature, poses at his home in Canterbury, Britain, Oct 7, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Why are Gurnah's books so hard to find?

After winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, he instantly gained a wider international audience, something publishers are now scrambling to accommodate

corona analytics english

Bangladesh
  • Infection: 1,568,857
  • Recovery: 779----
  • Death: 27,847

Source: IEDCR

World
  • Infection: 244,975,420
  • Recovery: 3,405,---
  • Death: 4,971,447

Source: Johns Hopkins University

America’s crumbling global position

The alternative to a failed Biden presidency isn’t a change in administration. It’s a transformation of the global order that leaves America poorer, more vulnerable

Facebook and other internet powers could help us understand the world by showing us a little more of the messy reality of running virtual hangouts for billions of humans. (Jinhwa Oh/The New York Times)

Facebook, show us the mess

Candid looks at the inner workings of influential tech companies shouldn’t be so rare

Student activist and representative of No Youth No Japan, Momoko Nojo speaks during an interview in Tokyo, Japan in this still image obtained from a video February 18, 2021. REUTERS TV via REUTERS

In Japan, efforts afoot to win votes, of the young

The disconnect means that in elections over the past decade only a third of young voters turned out

There are a number of different ways to quantify belief among Americans in so-called paranormal phenomena. One way is to ask a selection of people representative of the population if they believe in ghosts. The New York Times

Many Americans say they believe in ghosts. Do you?

One way to quantify belief among Americans in so-called paranormal phenomena is to ask if they believe in ghosts

From left, the members of ABBA: Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad working in a studio. One of the biggest pop groups in the world secretly reunited to make a new album and created a high-tech stage show featuring digital avatars of themselves — from 1979. (Ludvig Andersson via The New York Times)

ABBA takes a chance with its legacy after 40 Years

How one of the biggest pop groups in the world secretly reunited to make a new album and a high-tech stage show featuring digital avatars of themselves — from 1979

People trying to cross a barricade set up during a strike in Cabaret, Haiti on Oct 23, 2021. The New York Times.

Gangs rule much of Haiti

Haiti, a country in crisis is facing a severe fuel shortage that is pushing it to the brink of collapse

American biologist EO Wilson poses for a portrait in Lexington, Massachusetts, US, October 21, 2021. REUTERS

Modern-day Darwin warns against humanity's downward slope

The Harvard University scientist who has called for setting aside half the planet as a nature preserve says the slope of human history will always be downward unless there is global cooperation to save existing species.

Girls attend lessons at their orphanage in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 10, 2021. Orphanages like this play an outsize role in Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in wars that have ravaged the country for more than 40 years. The lack of funding, which has hit charities, non-governmental organisations and ordinary Afghans since the hardline Islamist Taliban movement took back control of the country, is forcing orphanage director Ahmad Khalil Mayan (not pictured) into tough choices.

Afghan girls learn 'underground' to bypass Taliban curbs

Hundreds of Afghan girls and women are continuing to learn - some online and others in hidden makeshift classrooms - despite closure of their schools

Tens of millions of J&J COVID
shots sit at Baltimore factory

The FDA in April halted operations at Emergent's production facility after J&J's vaccine was found to be contaminated

  • A man takes the second dose of coronavirus vaccine at Mugda City Health Centre in Dhaka on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 after receiving the first dose in a mass inoculation drive a month ago on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.

    A man takes the second dose of coronavirus vaccine at Mugda City Health Centre in Dhaka on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 after receiving the first dose in a mass inoculation drive a month ago on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.

  • People line up at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 to take the second dose of coronavirus vaccine after receiving the first dose in a mass inoculation drive a month ago on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.

    People line up at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 to take the second dose of coronavirus vaccine after receiving the first dose in a mass inoculation drive a month ago on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.

  • People line up at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 to take the second dose of coronavirus vaccine after receiving the first dose in a mass inoculation drive a month ago on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.

    People line up at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 to take the second dose of coronavirus vaccine after receiving the first dose in a mass inoculation drive a month ago on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday.

  • Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen delivers the concluding speech at the disaster management exercise jointly organised by the Bangladesh Armed Forces and the United States Army at the Army Golf Club in Dhaka on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021.

    Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen delivers the concluding speech at the disaster management exercise jointly organised by the Bangladesh Armed Forces and the United States Army at the Army Golf Club in Dhaka on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021.

  • Several organisations of Hindus march in procession to join a rally organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON, against communal violence in the DC Hill area of Chattogram on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021. Photo: Suman Babu

    Several organisations of Hindus march in procession to join a rally organised by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON, against communal violence in the DC Hill area of Chattogram on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021. Photo: Suman Babu

  • Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON, symbolically highlight the coexistence of people of all religions at a rally against communal violence in the DC Hill area of Chattogram on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021. Photo: Suman Babu

    Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON, symbolically highlight the coexistence of people of all religions at a rally against communal violence in the DC Hill area of Chattogram on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021. Photo: Suman Babu

  • Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON, demonstrate in Chattogram’s DC Hill area on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021, calling for prevention of communal violence and extremism, and ensure religious harmony. Photo: Suman Babu

    Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON, demonstrate in Chattogram’s DC Hill area on Thursday, Oct 28, 2021, calling for prevention of communal violence and extremism, and ensure religious harmony. Photo: Suman Babu

  • A worker of Dhaka North City Corporation sprays mosquito repellents using a fogger in the capital’s Mohakhali on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A worker of Dhaka North City Corporation sprays mosquito repellents using a fogger in the capital’s Mohakhali on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A worker of Dhaka North City Corporation sprays mosquito repellents using a fogger in the capital’s Mohakhali on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A worker of Dhaka North City Corporation sprays mosquito repellents using a fogger in the capital’s Mohakhali on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Workers carry tea at a plantation in Panchagarh on a foggy morning with winter about to set in. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Workers carry tea at a plantation in Panchagarh on a foggy morning with winter about to set in. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Fog covers a tea plantation in Panchagarh, heralding the advent of winter. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Fog covers a tea plantation in Panchagarh, heralding the advent of winter. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Driver Monsur ties an empty container as a marker with a covered van sinking after a ferry capsized in the Padma River at Paturia pier in Manikganj on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

    Driver Monsur ties an empty container as a marker with a covered van sinking after a ferry capsized in the Padma River at Paturia pier in Manikganj on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

  • A coast guard diver takes part in a rescue operation after a ferry capsized in the Padma River Paturia pier in Manikganj on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

    A coast guard diver takes part in a rescue operation after a ferry capsized in the Padma River Paturia pier in Manikganj on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

  • Students take Chattogram University’s admission tests on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

    Students take Chattogram University’s admission tests on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

  • Students return to the port city by shuttle train after Chattogram University’s admission tests on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

    Students return to the port city by shuttle train after Chattogram University’s admission tests on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

  • Students leave after Chattogram University’s admission tests on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

    Students leave after Chattogram University’s admission tests on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

  • Students take Chattogram University’s admission tests following health safety rules amid the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

    Students take Chattogram University’s admission tests following health safety rules amid the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021.

  • The ferry named Shah Amanat, which capsized near the Paturia jetty in Manikganj on Wednesday morning, was is tied up to a rescue ship, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Golam Mortuza Antu

    The ferry named Shah Amanat, which capsized near the Paturia jetty in Manikganj on Wednesday morning, was is tied up to a rescue ship, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Golam Mortuza Antu

  • Fire Service divers are conducting a rescue operation after a ferry capsized in the Padma River along with several vehicles near Paturia's terminal No. 5 in Manikganj, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Golam Mortuza Antu

    Fire Service divers are conducting a rescue operation after a ferry capsized in the Padma River along with several vehicles near Paturia's terminal No. 5 in Manikganj, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Golam Mortuza Antu

  • A covered van that was on board the Shah Amanat ferry is seen floating in the Padma River after the vessel capsized near the jetty in Manikganj's Paturia, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Golam Mortuza Antu

    A covered van that was on board the Shah Amanat ferry is seen floating in the Padma River after the vessel capsized near the jetty in Manikganj's Paturia, Oct 27, 2021. Photo: Golam Mortuza Antu

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Baskets ready for sale and export are seen at the Sammy Ethiopia hand made garments, hand-woven textiles and basketry factory shop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian textile industry at risk

Although Ethiopia is not a large global supplier, suspension of its US trade status would be yet another problem on the list for global fashion brands

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during the virtual ASEAN Plus Three Summit, hosted by ASEAN Summit Brunei, in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei October 27, 2021. ASEAN SUMMIT 2021 HOST PHOTO via REUTERS

Biden vows to stand with Asia on freedom

US concerned by China's 'coercive' actions, says Biden, while the China's premier stresses peace in South China Sea in interest of all

Cast member Amanda Seyfried poses on the red carpet of the movie premiere of 'Ted 2' in New York June 24, 2015. Reuters

Amanda Seyfried tackles
depression in new film

Based on a book by Amy Koppelman, the film came to fruition after the author heard a woman talking on the radio about having postpartum depression