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Makati court convicts ex-RCBC manager Maia Deguito of money laundering

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) Former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito is sentenced to 4 to 7 years in prison for each of the 8 counts of money laundering in connection with the 2016 Bangladesh Bank heist

CONVICTED. Former RCBC branch manager Maia Deguito is interviewed by media after a Makati court convicted her of money laundering in connection with the Bangladesh bank heist on January 10, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bangladesh arrests journalist over election reporting

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:45 PM

If convicted, Mollah could face up to 14 years in jail under a draconian anti-press law that was toughed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last year

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh election chief rejects call for new vote

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Bangladesh Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda rejects the opposition's demand for an election rerun for lack of 'scope'

NO RERUNS. Bangladesh' election chief K.M. Nurul Huda says the polls ran successfully. File Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh PM wins election landslide as opponents demand new vote

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Deadly violence that blighted the election campaign spills over into voting day, even as authorities imposed tight security with 600,000 troops, police and other security forces deployed across the country

RESULTS. Bangladeshi people read a newspaper carrying headlines of the general election results in Dhaka on December 31, 2018. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh TV station shut, 7 journalists assaulted on election day

Dec 30, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Cable operators took Jamuna TV off air without giving us any explanation,' says Fahim Ahmed, the station's chief news editor

OFF AIR. Jamuna TV is unable to broadcast to the public on election day in Bangladesh. Photo of Bangladeshi pedestrians by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Deaths, vote-rigging claims hit Bangladesh election day

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(4th UPDATE) The election-day deaths brought to 18 the official police toll for election violence since the ballot was announced on November 8

VOTE. Bangladesh headed to the polls on December 30 following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

600,000 deployed for Bangladesh vote marred by violence

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Authorities deploy about 600,000 police, army and other security forces ahead of Sunday's vote, following a deadly campaign of clashes and the arrests of opposition activists

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh election campaign ends with new death, arrests

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Weeks of street protests and violent clashes during the campaign season leaves at least 10 people dead, and thousands of election party workers and supporters arrested

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Bangladesh election campaign ends in anger

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

At least 6 people from both opposing parties have been killed since the start of election campaign in November due to heated rallies among their respective supporters

HEATED. Bangladeshi pedestrians walk under posters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League election candidates hanging over a street during the general election campaign in Dhaka on December 21, 2018. File Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh journalists attacked ahead of poll

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:37 PM

Authorities reject allegations that police did not respond to the attack in time

Silent opposition counts on viral votes in Bangladesh election

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party says many of its candidates have been too scared to campaign in public and fear violent intimidation

BANGLADESH ELECTIONS. Bangladeshi pedestrians walk under posters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League election candidates hanging over a street during the general election campaign in Dhaka on December 21, 2018. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh to seal off Rohingya camps during election

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The Election Commission ordered authorities to prevent refugees being exploited during election campaigning

Facebook shuts down government-linked fake news sites in Bangladesh

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Facebook says it suspended 9 pages and 6 accounts it had linked to 'individuals associated with the Bangladesh government' and which posted anti-opposition content while masquerading as independent news sources

Campaigning underway in Bangladesh polls amid opposition arrests

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:29 PM

More than 100 million people are registered to vote on December 30 for either Hasina's Awami League and its allies, or a beleaguered opposition that says it is being hobbled by police

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (2ndR) sits in a dialogue with opposition party in Dhaka on November 1, 2018. - File photo by AFP)

Protest in Myanmar's Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The demonstration comes 10 days after Bangladesh and Myanmar were supposed to officially start repatriating members of the Rohingya minority who had fled violent military operations in August 2017

[OPINION] In seeking solutions to Rohingya crisis, ASEAN must learn from the past

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The displacement of Rohingya is a regional crisis that needs regional solutions. The largest refugee camp in the world sits at the doorstep of ASEAN.

Rohingya photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Rohingya say prayers of thanks after repatriation halted

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 PM

None of the 720,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar after a military crackdown in August last year volunteer to return

Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Bangladesh court grants bail to award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam after spending more than 100 days behind bars

BAIL GRANTED. File photo of renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam.  AFP Photo

Myanmar gov't says Bangladesh to blame if Rohingya returns delayed

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The neighboring countries declare that the first of more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims would be repatriated on November 15 amid warnings from humanitarian groups that conditions are not yet in place for a safe return

Bangladesh opposition to challenge Hasina in election

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The opposition says thousands of its activists have been detained in recent months, depriving it of a grassroots presence necessary to fight any polls

Remains of Catholic priest brought to Bangladesh

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Father Marino Rigon remained in Bangladesh for 6 decades where he is recognized for treating wounded freedom fighters during the 1971 independence war

Bangladesh editors protest 'anti-press' digital law

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Newspaper editors in Bangladesh demand amendments to the newly enacted digital law which they say 'opposes independent journalism and free press'

Members of the Newspaper Editors' Council of Bangladesh form a human chain in front of National Press Club demanding an amendment to the newly enacted digital law on October 15, 2018. - Bangladeshi newspaper editors on October 15 staged a protest demanding sweeping amendments to a newly enacted digital law that journalists and rights groups say will curb freedom of expression. (Photo by Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP)

Young Azkals team wants to prove worth in Bangladesh

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Philippine Azkals aim for a good result in preparation for the upcoming Suzuki Cup and Asian Cup

MOTIVATED. The new members of the Philippine Azkals want to prove themselves in the international front. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation.

US charges regime-linked North Korean in WannaCry, Sony hacks

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

The suspect, Park Jin Hyok, was part of a unit known as the 'Lazarus Group' that masterminded the notorious hacks, the FBI says

PARK JIN HYOK. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison announces charges against North Korean national Park Jin Hyok in a range of cyberattacks on September 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP


ICC can rule on Rohingya deportations from Myanmar

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The International Criminal Court's 'pre-trial chamber...decided by majority the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh'

ROHINGYA. This photograph taken on September 12, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees arriving by boat at Shah Parir Dwip on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Photo by Adib Chowdhury/AFP

Myanmar rejects UN probe findings of Rohingya 'genocide'

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Myanmar is under immense pressure over last year's military crackdown that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh

A Rohingya Muslim refugee holds her baby at the registration center after she crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh on October 2, 2017.  Myanmar has proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, the Bangladeshi foreign minister said after talks Monday with a senior Myanmar representative. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Rohingya protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Rohingya exodus continues today, as refugees continue to trickle over the border throughout this year

PROTEST. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the first 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, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Rohingya mark Eid, one year after Myanmar crisis began

Aug 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Prayers are offered in makeshift mosques across southern Bangladesh to celebrate the Islamic festival of sacrifice as cows are slaughtered in muddy fields across the sprawling camps

PRAYERS. Rohingya refugees offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 22, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

U.S. sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya abuses

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:42 PM

Four Myanmar military and border guard commanders are accused by the US of leading violent campaigns against the Muslim Rohingya

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations said September 5, as fears grow of a humanitarian crisis in the overstretched camps. The UN said 123,600 had crossed the border in the past 11 days from Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state. / AFP PHOTO / K M Asad

Catalogue of abuse: seeking justice for the Rohingya

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Different teams of investigators in the world's biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh are quietly documenting what the Myanmar Muslim minority suffered in 2017

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Myanmar asks Bangladesh to stop aid to stranded Rohingya

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:41 PM

About 6,000 Rohingya are stuck in a narrow 'no mans land' and relies only on international aid sent by Bangladesh

Bangladesh court orders hospital for arrested photographer

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Shahidul Alam is arrested at his Dhaka residence by plainclothes policemen on Sunday, August 5, after going live with Al Jazeera speaking about the recent student protests rocking the country

SHAHIDUL ALAM. Activists and photographer Shahidul Alam arrives surrounded by policemen for an appearance in a court, in Dhaka on August 6, 2018. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh police arrest photographer for 'provocative comments'

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Plainclothes officers detain prize-winning photographer Shahidul Alam after his interview with Al Jazeera

Founder of Drik Photo Agency of Bangladesh Shahidul Alam speaks during the inaguration of Photo Imaging Asia 2006, in New Delhi, 07 December 2006. PhotoImaging Asia 2006 is the biggest photography and imaging exhibition in South Asia and will be on till 10 December at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi's exhibition hall. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

115 students injured in clashes as Bangladesh teen protests turn violent

Aug 04, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) The protests have been ongoing for a week, as students vow they 'won't leave the roads until demands are met'

Bangladeshi students march on a street during a student protest in Dhaka on August 2, 2018, following the deaths of two college students in a road accident on July 30. Bangladesh shut down high schools across the country on August 2 as tens of thousands of students protested for a fifth straight day after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. / AFP PHOTO / Munir UZ ZAMAN

Nationwide student protests enter 5th day in Bangladesh

Aug 02, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The demonstrators, mostly students in their mid-teens, chant 'We want justice' as they defy pouring rain to march in Dhaka for another day, bringing traffic to a standstill

PROTESTS. Bangladeshi students block a road during a student protest in Dhaka on August 2, 2018, following the deaths of two college students in a road accident on July 30. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

4 million in Indian state risk losing citizenship

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A new draft register of citizens includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh's war of independence into the state, and their descendants

INDIA CITIZENSHIP PROTEST. Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India, in Guwahati on May 7, 2018. File photo by Biju Boro/AFP

Bangladeshi editor attacked outside courtroom

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Mahmudur Rahman, who was the editor of an opposition-aligned newspaper, is allegedly attacked by a pro-government organization

Pro-opposition Bangladeshi newspaper editor Mahmudur Rahman appears in court following his arrest in Dhaka on April 11, 2013. Bangladesh police arrested the editor of an influential pro-opposition newspaper on Thursday after he was accused of sedition and inciting religious tension in the Muslim-majority nation. AFP PHOTO/ STR / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The camp's mosques are full on Saturday morning as refugees pray for safety from flash floods and sudden landslides. Later, hundreds of refugees stage an hour-long protest.

PRAYERS. Rohingya Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at a camp mosque in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on June 16, 2018. Photo by AFP

UN signs Myanmar access deal amid Rohingya repatriation fears

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:53 AM

United Nations agencies will initially carry out assessments in Rakhine state, which has been largely closed to outsiders since the Rohingya crisis began

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

More than 100 dead as Bangladesh drug war escalates

May 29, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Using Philippine-style crackdown against illegal drugs, the country's National Human Rights Commission says it is concerned by the rise in extrajudicial killings

FAMILIAR TABLEAU. This photo taken on May 18, 2018 shows the dead bodies of Bangladeshi alleged drug dealers after a gun battle with law enforcement in Chittagong. Photo by AFP

One family, 4 countries – the dispossession of the Rohingya

May 25, 2018 - 7:35 PM

A story of a Rohingya family torn apart by brutality and with nowhere to go

ONE FAMILY. In this photograph taken on April 7, 2018, Rohingya Muslim refugees (from left) Robi Alam, 16; Mohammad Hashim, 17; Mohammad Jaber, 18; and Abul Faiz, 12, pose for a photograph at their house in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar orders Rohingya to leave tense border zone

May 20, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The messages, broadcast in Burmese and Rohingya, warned the refugees to 'leave the area under Myanmar's jurisdiction or face prosecution'

Rohingya will be safe in areas 'designated' for them – Myanmar army chief

May 05, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Army chief Min Aung Hlaing also cast doubt on the allegations raised by refugees in Bangladesh, many of whom shared stories of extrajudicial killings, arson and rape

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as UN visits

May 01, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence – reports verified by conflict monitors – but Min Aung Hlaing says his forces have 'no such history of sexual abuse'

ON ROHINGYA. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Security Council envoys hear of rapes, murders from Rohingya refugees

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) Some of the Muslim refugees broke down in tears as they told the UN delegates harrowing stories of murder and rape in Myanmar

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Myanmar minister makes landmark visit to Rohingya camp

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This is the first time a Myanmar cabinet member visits the fetid and overcrowded camps since a military crackdown that began last Augustsome 700,000 of the Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh

HISTORIC VISIT. Myanmar Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye (center) talks to Rohingya refugees during his visit to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on April 11, 2018. A Myanmar minister on April 11 toured one of the Bangladesh camps struggling to provide for some one million Rohingya Muslims, the first such visit since a Myanmar army crackdown sparked a massive refugee crisis. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

At least 100 injured in major student protests in Bangladesh

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The clashes, which began Sunday night and went into the early hours of Monday, turn Dhaka University into a battleground

Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:55 PM

The Rohingya refugees are vulnerable to deadly landslides and floods, particularly in the Cox's Bazar region

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

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Mar 22, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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