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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

Bangladesh puts anti-sexual harassment units in schools after girl's murder

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Activists say the murder has exposed a 'culture of impunity' surrounding sex crimes against women and children

Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order – police

Apr 19, 2019 - 2:32 PM

The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparks protests across the South Asian nation, with the prime minister promising to prosecute all those involved

REMEMBERING NUSRAT JAHAN RAFI. 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

Rohingya arrive in Malaysia, more believed at sea

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:17 PM

(UPDATED) About 200 more are thought to be trapped at sea in Thai waters

ROHINGYA ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. File photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

Bangladesh arrests owners of blaze-hit Dhaka tower

Mar 31, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Authorities have ordered an investigation into safety measures at the FR Tower

TOWER FIRE. Wreckage of the burnt building is seen in Dhaka on March 29, 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh high-rise inferno death toll rises to 25

Mar 29, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Following the fire, authorities have ordered a probe into claims that the building lacked fire equipment, its fire exits were inadequate and it had been illegally extended

AFTERMATH. A Bangladeshi forensic expert looks on as he works at the scene of the burnt building in Dhaka on March 29, 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Workers jump to their deaths as Dhaka office block fire kills 19

Mar 28, 2019 - 5:49 PM

(4th UPDATE) Officials say at least 6 people died after jumping from the 22-floor building

DHAKA BLAZE. Bangladeshi firefighters try to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on March 28, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh mother has twins one month after first birth

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby boy in February through normal delivery, but doctors missed the presence of a second uterus

Bangladesh court suspends case against outspoken photographer

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The award-winning photographer, Shahidul Alam, is facing charges of making 'false' and 'provocative' statements in a televised interview, offenses carrying a maximum 14 years in jail

DETAINED. A file photo of acclaimed Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam lifted from the Facebook account Free Shahidul.

RCBC files defamation charges vs Bangladesh Bank

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:00 PM

After Bangladesh Bank filed a case against RCBC in February, the Yuchengco-led bank fights back with a defamation lawsuit

The logo of the RCBC bank is seen at the RCBC building in Manila's financial district on March 11, 2016. - A Philippine bank said it is investigating an 81 million USD deposit after Bangladesh accused Chinese hackers of stealing from a US account and illegally moving the funds online to the Philippines and Sri Lanka. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The International Criminal Court in a statement says the probe is part of the prosecutor office's 'ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar'

ICC PROBE. A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh crackdown after deadly Dhaka inferno

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Task forces raid Old Dhaka buildings and cut off utilities to at least 50 buildings in the past 3 days after chemical warehouses were found in their basement and under floors

Flames and smoke rise from building after a fire broke out in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on February 21, 2019. - At least 69 people have died in a huge blaze that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, fire officials said on February 21. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Bangladesh returns 'lost' Myanmar soldier

Mar 03, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The solider was detained by Bangladeshi security forces on January 24, 2019 after he crossed the border and was found in a jungle

Bangladesh tells U.N. it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:40 AM

'Here, I regret to inform the council that Bangladesh would no longer be in a position to accommodate more people from Myanmar,' says Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque

A Bangladeshi man helps Rohingya Muslim refugees to disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on September 30, 2017. More than 2,000 Rohingya have massed along Myanmar's coast this week after trekking from inland villages in Rakhine state to join the refugee exodus to Bangladesh, state media reported September 30. They follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing".  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Would-be Bangladesh hijacker had fake gun – official

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Authorities at Chittagong airport say the hijacker was 'psychologically imbalanced'

HIJACK. Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard near a Dubai-bound Bangladesh Biman plane on the tarmac of the Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong on February 24, 2019, following an emergency landing after a man apparently attempted to hijack the aircraft. Bangladesh commandos stormed a passenger jet in the country's southeast on February 24 and shot dead an armed man who allegedly tried to hijack the Dubai-bound flight, an army official said. The suspect, described by officials as a Bangladeshi man in his mid 20s, was shot as special forces rushed the Boeing 737-800 plane after it landed safely in Chittagong. The 134 passengers and 14 crew aboard the Bangladesh Biman flight BG147 were all rescued unharmed, officials said. STR/AFP

Legal situation facing ISIS teen stripped of UK citizenship

Feb 23, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Shamima Begum is of Bangladeshi descent and a British citizen by birth

Inferno kills at least 70 in Dhaka apartment blocks

Feb 21, 2019 - 3:05 PM

It started in one building where chemicals for deodorants and other household uses were illegally stored and spread at lightning speed to 4 nearby buildings, the fire service says

DHAKA FIRE. Flames and smoke rise from building after a fire broke out in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on February 21, 2019. Photo by AFP

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh makes record drugs seizure amid crackdown

Feb 10, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The country has struggled to control a surge in yaba imports crossing the border from Myanmar, where the pills are manufactured by the millions

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summons Myanmar's ambassador late Tuesday, February 5, to protest over the arrivals from Rakhine

PLAY. A young Rohingya refugee plays at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.S. Federal Reserve assists Bangladesh over cyberheist case vs RCBC

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'This agreement demonstrates that the New York Fed and Bangladesh Bank are aligned in the pursuit of recovering the funds and directing litigation against those who were complicit in or benefitted from the fraud,' says the US Federal Reserve Bank and Bangladesh's central bank

CENTRAL BANK. A cornerstone in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building is seen on July 29, 2011 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Bangladesh sues RCBC over $81-M cyberheist

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:22 PM

RCBC dismisses the suit as a 'political stunt'

Ex-RCBC manager Maia Deguito asks Makati court to reverse conviction

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Maia Deguito, who was found guilty of money laundering, says the prosecution failed to present proof that she had full and prior knowledge of the illegal source of funds

APPEAL. Maia Deguito, former manager of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation branch in Manila's financial district, gestures as she answers a question during a senate hearing in Manila on April 5, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

U.N. expert visits Bangladesh Rohingya 'relocation' island

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Bangladesh is spending $280 million transforming Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only emerged from the sea two decades ago, into a camp for some of the refugees

ROHINGYA. United Nations Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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