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Bangladesh crab farmers feel pinch as coronavirus halts exports

Feb 16, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The Bangladesh crab industry faces its worst crisis as almost all of its crabs are flown to China, but exports have been halted

In this photographs taken on February 10, 2020 shows workers removing crabs from a pond at a crab farm in Khulna. - Thousands of tons of Bangladesh crabs earmarked for Chinese dining tables are being left to rot because the coronavirus has halted exports. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

Bangladesh aircrew refuse to work on Wuhan evacuation flight

Feb 09, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The refusal of airline crews to work forces the government to scrap the evacuation plan

RED CROSS. Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Bangladesh allows education for Rohingya refugee children

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Local media report that a pilot program involving more than 10,000 students will be launched soon, with UNICEF and Dhaka jointly designing the curriculum

EDUCATION. Rohingya children jump over on sewage concrete sections at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh court orders government to ban single-use plastics

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries

SINGLE-USE. A laborer arranges plastic bags used to carry industrial chemicals to dry next to the Buriganga river in Dhaka on November 21, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh shuts mobile network along India border

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission orders the mobile shutdown late on December 30 along a one-kilometer band along the Indian frontier, the watchdog's spokesman Sohel Rana says

BORDER. The Bangladesh-India border in February 2019. Image from Shutterstock.

No skimpy bikinis: Bangladesh holds first bodybuilding contest for women

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:28 PM

The women bodybuilders keep their brawn under wraps to prevent controversy in the Muslim-majority nation

Bangladesh halts breast milk scheme after Islamist backlash

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Religious leaders say that the plan to feed up to 500 orphans and infants of working mothers could lead to breaches of Sharia law

NEWBORN. This photograph taken on July 23, 2019, shows a mother helping to weigh her newborn baby who is suffering various physical problems including severe respiratory disease at a field hospital in a Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhia in southern Bangladesh. The country has one of the world's highest rates of child malnutrition and stunted growth. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh plastics factory blaze kills 13

Dec 12, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Police say some 150 people were working in the tin-shed ground floor factory when a fire broke out with a loud bang in one of the rooms

Bangladesh court sentences Islamist extremists to death for 2016 cafe attack

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Judge Mojibur Rahman says the extremists wanted to 'draw the attention of Islamic State' group

SENTENCED TO DEATH. Police escort detainees (C) accused of allegedly plotting the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack, carried out by Islamist militants, to a courtroom for their trial in Dhaka on November 27, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Cyclone death toll rises to 24 in Bangladesh, India

Nov 11, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Cyclone Bulbul, packing winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour when it hit late Saturday, killes 12 people in Bangladesh – 11 from falling trees – and 12 in India's West Bengal and Odisha states

CYCLONE BULBUL. A woman walks through a water logged house after cyclone Bulbul hit the area in Koyra, some 100 km from Khulna on November 10, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

14 dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Nov 10, 2019 - 3:26 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Some 2.1 million people across Bangladesh are relocated to cyclone shelters. In India, nearly 120,000 evacuees start to return home as the cyclone weakened.

STRONG WIND. A man cleans his shop after Cyclone Bulbul hit the area in Bakkhali on November 10, 2019. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Bangladesh Rohingya island relocation 'uncertain' after U.N. doubts

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Aid agencies says the island was 'isolated' and 'flood-prone'

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

PH has most number of unsolved journalist killings – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The 2019 Global Impunity Index lists 41 unsolved media killings in the Philippines over the last 10 years

9 YEARS. Candles lit in the shape of number 9 in commemoration of the 9 years since Maguindanao Massacre. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

16 sentenced to death after Bangladesh teen burnt alive

Oct 24, 2019 - 2:59 PM

'The verdict proves that nobody will get away with murder in Bangladesh. We have the rule of law,' prosecutor Hafez Ahmed tells reporters after the verdict

FINDING JUSTICE. In this photo taken on April 12, 2019 Bangladeshi women hold placards and photographs of schoolgirl Nusrat Jahan Rafi at a protest in Dhaka, following her murder by being set on fire after she had reported a sexual assault. Photo by Sazzad Hossain/AFP

Bangladesh MP 'hired look-alikes' for university exams

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Tamanna Nusrat, from the ruling Awami League party, is accused of paying as many as 8 look-alikes to pretend to be her in at least 13 tests

LOOKALIKES. This photo shows Bangladesh Open University (BOU). File photo from BOU's website

Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Rights groups warn the island, which emerged from the sea only about 2 decades ago, might not be able to withstand violent storms during the annual monsoon season

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh issues arrest warrant for Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:48 PM

A judge at a court in Dhaka issues the order as sacked workers from Grameen Communications lodge a complaint saying they were fired because they set up a trade union

MUHAMMAD YUNUS. Muhammad Yunus speaks onstage during the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative "Place for Peace" at Gotham Hall on September 27, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative/AFP

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The inquiry comes as around a million Rohingya in vast camps in Bangladesh face increasing hostility two years after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya refugee girl walks back to her home after collecting water from a tube well at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf district on April 6, 2018. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide' – U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,' UN investigators say in their final report on Myanmar

'RISK OF GENOCIDE.' In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018, shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a 'no man's land' border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We've seen Myanmar could not win Rohingya's trust in creating a conducive situation (in Rakhine) for their dignified return,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

4th Rohingya refugee shot dead over Bangladesh murder

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Rohingya leader Mohammad Noor says there is now 'tense' atmosphere in the camps and refugees are 'living in panic'

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The rally marks two years since the Rohingya fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces

RALLY. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:59 PM

This latest repatriation attempt follows a visit last month to the camps by high-ranking officials from Myanmar led by Permanent Foreign Secretary Myint Thu

ROHINGYA. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Welcome wears thin for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Resentment, anger, and fear creep in as Rohingya refugee numbers swell in Bangladesh

REFUGEES. In this photo taken on July 22, 2019, Bangladesh police stand as they patrol inside Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam says he is 'optimistic' about a new repatriation process scheduled to start on Thursday, August 22

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

10,000 left homeless after fire razes Bangladesh slum

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The fire breaks out in Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood late on Friday, razing around 2,000 mostly tin shacks, fire services official Ershad Hossain says

FIRE. A Bangladeshi man tries to extinguish a fire as it blazes through a slum in Dhaka on August 16, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

'We are scared': Deadly dengue outbreak overwhelms Bangladesh

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Almost 30,000 people are hospitalized with the disease in Bangladesh since January. In the past week some 2,000 patients a day have been admitted to hospitals.

DENGUE FEVER. In this file photo taken on August 4, 2019 shows Bangladeshi children suffering from dengue fever and their relatives as they receive treatment in beds on the floor of a ward at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Some 740,000 Rohingya who fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state still fear for their safety if they return to Myanmar

Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018. - Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said on November 12. Authorities plan to begin returning Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has called ethnic cleansing, to the Buddhist majority country from November 15. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The International Organization for Migration says heavy rains triggered mudslides in the refugee camps, destroying some 4,889 tarpaulin and bamboo shacks

Former Bangladesh military dictator Ershad dies at 89

Jul 14, 2019 - 1:36 PM

The former military dictator died due to complications from old age

FORMER DICTATOR. Jatiya Party chief, Hussain Muhammad Ershad speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on December 3, 2013. Photo by AFP

Bangladesh charges former chief justice with graft

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) files a lawsuit against Sinha and 10 others including a former bank chief executive on charges of graft, money laundering, and abuse of power

1 killed, thousands displaced in Rohingya camp landslides

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:14 PM

At least 26 landslides are reported in makeshift camps built on hills near the border with Myanmar

Myanmar army rejects ICC bid for full Rohingya probe

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:38 PM

'The military and government have not neglected the issue and have been trying to take action against those who committed abuses,' says Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Htun

ROHINGYA. In this photo taken on August 13, 2018, Rohingya workers transport sacks of ginger from a boat, which arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine state, to waiting trucks at Teknaf port near Cox's Bazar. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Treating patients in world's largest refugee settlement

Jun 20, 2019 - 1:42 PM

How do you address the needs of 900,000 Rohingya refugees, who are vulnerable to serious health risks like infections, outbreaks, and psychiatric conditions?

DAILY WORK. Healthcare workers from Médecins Sans Frontières walk along a bamboo bridge to start their work of providing medical care to refugees. All photos courtesy of Médecins Sans Frontières

ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:37 PM

ASEAN leaders meeting in Bangkok this weekend must 'drastically rethink' their response to the crisis, according to Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch

Rare wolf killed in Bangladesh after first appearance in decades

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Authorities say locals captured and killed the wolf after it attacked their livestock

RECUPERATING. After being gunned down by unidentified men, Italian priest Piero Parolari was flown to a military hospital in Dhaka.

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'The problem lies with Myanmar as they don't want to take back the Rohingyas by any means,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

ROHINGYA. Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018.  File photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Bangladesh highway blocked as fishermen protest catch ban

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Protesting fishermen say the 65-day blockade, intended to replenish fish stocks, is driving them out of business

Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Amnesty International says it is 'astonishing' the report failed to mention the military atrocities that drove the Rohingya out, the continued segregation of those who remained, or ongoing armed conflict in Rakhine

ROHINGYA RETURN? A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Bangladesh charges extremists over gay activist murders

May 12, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Authorities say the 8 suspects are members of Ansar al Islam, a group also blamed for a series of murders since 2013

Bangladeshi journalists and onlookers gather in front of an apartment in Dhaka on April 25, 2016. where here a leading gay rights activist was allegedly hacked to death.  Two people including a leading gay rights activist were hacked to death at an apartment in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Bangladesh rescues 23 Rohingya girls from traffickers

May 12, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Police says human traffickers promise jobs in Malaysia for the 23 teenage Rohingya girls

SAFETY. Rohingya refugees walk back to their tent during dusk at the Kutupalong refugee camp. File photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Cyclone Fani death toll rises to 42 in India, Bangladesh

May 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Many of the fatalities are from eastern India's Odisha state

Local residents work to clear away debris next to broken palm trees in Puri on May 5, 2019, after Cyclone Fani swept through the area. - Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest to hit India in years, tore into Odisha on May 3, leaving a trail of devastation across the coastal state of 46 million people before swinging towards Bangladesh. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Major disaster averted as weakened Fani hits Bangladesh

May 04, 2019 - 8:08 PM

But the storm was still packing a punch, with winds of up to 70 km/hr and heavy rain battering the Indian state of West Bengal, its capital Kolkata, and the Sundarbans mangrove forest area overnight and on Saturday morning

CYCLONE FANI. People fix their damaged homes amid high waters in Khulna on May 4, 2019, as Cyclone Fani reached Bangladesh. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

At least 9 dead as monster cyclone enters Bangladesh

May 03, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) The monster weather system makes landfall at the holy city of Puri, with winds gusting at up to 200 kilometers per hour

CYCLONE FANI. Indian commuters navigate down a nearly deserted road in Puri in the eastern Indian state of Odisha early on May 3, 2019, as Cyclone Fani approaches the Indian coastline. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:27 AM

UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi says that UN experts are only able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled after the Myanmar military launched a deadly crackdown in 2017

ROHINGYA. In this photo taken on August 13, 2018, Rohingya workers transport sacks of ginger from a boat, which arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine state, to waiting trucks at Teknaf port near Cox's Bazar. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP