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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 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

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 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.

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)

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

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

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

Myanmar events 'bear hallmarks of genocide': UN rapporteur

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:09 AM

'I am becoming more convinced that crimes committed... bear the hallmarks of genocide, and call in the strongest terms for accountability,' says the report to the UN Human Rights Council

MYANMAR SITUATION. United Nations (UN) 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. AFP

Possible 'elements of genocide' in Myanmar: UN rights chief

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemns 'widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal' attacks against the Rohingya

DEHUMANIZED. Rohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Pope lands in Bangladesh after contentious Myanmar visit

Nov 30, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Pope Francis is spending 3 days in mainly-Muslim Bangladesh, which is also grappling with a rise in Islamist extremism that has seen Catholics attacked for their faith

PAPAL VISIT. Pope Francis arrives at the airport in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on November 30, 2017. Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar on November 30 for the second stage of a visit that has been overshadowed by the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Bangladesh marks first anniversary of deadly cafe siege

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Bangladesh is gradually overcoming the threat posed by Islamic extremism says the country s cultural affairs minister

REMEMBRANCE. A relative of a victim lay flowers to pay tribute to the victims of the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe deadly siege to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack carried out by Islamist militants, in Dhaka on July 1, 2017. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

3 killed during raid on Bangladesh militant den

Apr 01, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The incident is the latest battle against militants which have involved hostage taking deadly explosions and gunfights at multiple hideouts in several locations in northeastern areas of the country

Bangladeshi forces kill militant carrying explosives

Mar 18, 2017 - 6:24 PM

As he was carrying explosives we primarily suspect him of being a militant Mufti Mahmud Khan spokesman for the Rapid Action Batallion tells Agence France Presse

'Mastermind' of Bangladesh cafe siege killed – police

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

UPDATED Police say the bodies of Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspected extremist were found after officers raided a property in Dhaka s Rayer Bazar neighborhood

4 MONTHS AFTER. Bangladeshi police stand guard in front of the entrance to the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka on November 15, 2016. Police have handed the Holey Artisan Bakery back to its owners after completing a 4-month investigation into the siege by extremists linked to the Islamic State group. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

2 militants linked to cafe siege killed in Dhaka raid

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:09 PM

They are members of a faction of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh blamed for a wave of attacks including the July 1 massacre at a Dhaka restaurant says a police spokesman

Indonesia kecam serangan teror di Bangladesh

Jul 02, 2016 - 8:13 PM

Media yang berafiliasi dengan ISIS mengklaim 20 warga asing yang berada di dalam restoran tewas terbunuh

PENYANDERAAN. Kelompok pria bersenjata yang merupakan pendukung ISIS menyerbu masuk ke sebuah restoran elit di ibukota Dhaka dan menyandera puluhan warga asing pada Jumat malam, 1 Juli. Foto oleh EPA

Bangladesh commandos end hostage siege, kill six gunmen

Jul 02, 2016 - 3:33 PM

As the Islamic State ISIS group claims responsibility for the attack at the start of the Eid holiday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says she was determined to eradicate militancy in the mainly Muslim nation

HOSTAGE. Bangladeshi security forces stand guard as they seal off the streets close to a Spanish resturant, following a hostage taking, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late 01 July 2016. Photo by EPA

Bangladesh PM 'determined to root out terrorism'

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:27 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appears on television condemning the extremely heinous act

HOSTAGE SIEGE. An injured police officer is escorted by a colleague after suffering wounds from a crude bomb blasted by suspected criminals at a Spanish resturant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late 01 July 2016. Two police officials have been killed during the encounter while some gunmen reportedly took several people hostage, including some foreigners, inside a Spanish resturant. Photo by EPA

Bangladesh hostage siege: What we know so far

Jul 02, 2016 - 2:14 PM

UPDATED The siege ends with six gunmen killed and one arrested

13 hostages rescued after Bangladesh siege – commander

Jul 02, 2016 - 8:15 AM

4th UPDATE Three of them are foreigners Ten locals says Tuhin Mohammad Masud a commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion which stormed the cafe

HOSTAGE-TAKING. Bangladeshi security forces stand guard as they seal off the streets close to a Spanish resturant, following a hostage taking, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, late July 1, 2016. Photo by EPA

23 dead, 500,000 flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh

May 21, 2016 - 2:51 PM

3rd UPDATE The Chittagong district bears the brunt of the devastation

epa05321411 People gather near the debris of the damaged shops following the cyclone Roanu at the Pattenga Sea- Beach in Chittagong, Bangladesh, 21 May 2016. At least 20 people are reported killed and more than100 injured in Chittagong, Bhola, Cox?s Bazar, Noakhali and Patuakhali districts during the cyclone. EPA/STR

Suspected militant arrested over Bangladesh gay activist murders

May 15, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Police says the suspect behind the death of two gay activists was a member of a local Islamist militant outfit blamed for a string of similar gruesome murders of secular and atheist bloggers

4 revellers held after Bangladesh bans 'rainbow rally'

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Officers hold 4 young men who joined revellers at the main new year parade at Dhaka University seeking to hold a rally in support of gay rights which had been denied permission

BENGALI NEW YEAR. Bangladeshis attend a colorful procession to welcome the Bengali New Year - 1423 - at Shahbagh in Dhaka, Bangladsesh, April 14, 2016. Photo by Abir Abdullah/EPA

Bangladesh vows to capture atheist activist's killers

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:46 PM

It is the latest in a series of murders of secular bloggers and campaigners in Bangladesh and spearks international outrage as well as demands for the government to protect freedom of speech in the Muslim majority country

FOR NAZIMUDDIN SAMAD. Students of the Jagannath University (JnU) gather around a burning pile of bicycle tires as they protest against the murder of fellow student and online activist, 25-year-old law student Nazimuddin Samad, in the old part of Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 7, 2016. Photo by Monirul Alam/EPA

Italian priest wounded in latest attack on foreigner in Bangladesh

Nov 18, 2015 - 10:12 PM

Unidentified gunmen on a motorbike gun down Italian priest Piero Parolari who is currently being treated at a military hospital in Dhaka

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

Conjoined twins die in Bangladesh

Nov 16, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The head of the intensive care unit says they died late on Sunday after apparently suffering from heart failure

CONJOINED TWINS. A Bangladeshi baby girl born with two heads receives medical care at a hospital in Brahmanbaria, some 120 kilometers east of capital Dhaka on November 12, 2015. Photo by AFP.

Bangladesh arrests militant chief over blogger murders – police

Sep 10, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Two others members of the ABT were also arrested Thursday in the capital Dhaka

Bangladesh PM slams migrants, calls for trafficking crackdown

May 24, 2015 - 8:14 PM

Along with brokers of trafficking punishment will have to be given to those who are moving out of the country illegally says Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Bangladeshi employee has miscarriage in factory toilet – police

May 10, 2015 - 10:53 PM

Local media says the worker sought leave from one of the factory supervisors after she fell ill but she was allegedly refused and asked to concentrate on her work

Bangladeshis pay tribute to US blogger killed in machete attack

Mar 01, 2015 - 10:45 PM

More than 1 000 mourners gathered to pay respects and lay wreaths on murdered atheist blogger Avijit Roy

TRIBUTE. Bangladeshi mourners pay their last respects to US blogger of Bangladeshi origin and founder of the Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog site Avijit Roy in Dhaka on March 1, 2015. Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP

Alert in Bangladesh over deadly formalin-laced fruits

Jun 09, 2014 - 8:38 PM

Authorities plead with residents not to get involved with buying selling or consuming formalin contaminated fruits

FORMALIN-LACED FRUITS. Authorities pleaded with residents 'not to get involved with buying, selling or consuming formalin contaminated fruits.' File photo by Mufty Munir/EPA

Pollution-ridden Bangladesh unveils green tax in budget

Jun 06, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Bangladesh finance minister A M A Muhith says industrial effluent and waste from urban sewage is severely contaminating our rivers and taking heavy toll on the aquatic environment and its surroundings

POLLUTION. A Bangladeshi laundryman washes clothes in the polluted water of the Buriganga river at Hazaribagh in Dhaka. Widespread dumping of industrial, medical and human waste has resulted in the Buriganga River becoming severely polluted. Photo from Abir Abdullah/ EPA

6 dead, at least 19 missing as Bangladesh ferry sinks

May 03, 2014 - 10:08 PM

The ferry MV Shatil sank in the middle of a river near Kalagasia some 200 kilometers south of the capital Dhaka

Singapore, Dhaka are best and worst Asian cities

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:16 AM

The rest of the top 5 cities are in Japan

BEST CITY. Singapore was ranked the best city in Asia for expatriates according to an international ranking by Mercer

Vilma Santos wins best actress award in Bangladesh

Jan 20, 2014 - 12:27 PM

Vilma Santos portrays a struggling bit player in Jeffrey Jeturian s Ekstra

EKSTRA. The Star for All Seasons is awarded for her role as a bit player. Screen grab from YouTube (TaraLETSdotcom)

Clashes erupt in Bangladesh as opposition march gets underway

Dec 29, 2013 - 5:18 PM

Clashes between police and demonstrators erupt as a march is underway to thwart next month s general election

Bangladesh Islamist to be hanged after midnight: official

Dec 10, 2013 - 10:33 PM

A Bangladeshi Islamist leader convicted of mass murder and rape during the country s 1971 independence war against Pakistan will be hanged just after midnight Tuesday December 10

152 Bangladeshi soldiers sentenced to death over mutiny

Nov 05, 2013 - 10:35 PM

Several of those convicted screamed at the judge in anger: I don t need a life term Hang me hang me

VERDICT. Policemen patrol as Bangladeshi people accused in the 2009 Peelkhana murder case look through the window of a bus. Photo by EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Bangladesh army to end search for disaster bodies

May 13, 2013 - 7:53 PM

Bangladesh s army announced that it was wrapping up its search for bodies following last month s collapse of a garment factory complex saying that it now believed a total of 1 127 people were killed

RUBBLE. In this photograph taken on April 25, 2013 Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers are pictured at the scene after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. The death toll from the collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh rose to 1,125 on May 12, 2013 after 15 more bodies were found in the rubble overnight, 19 days after the disaster struck. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN/FILES

8 dead in Bangladesh garment factory fire - police

May 09, 2013 - 11:08 AM

At least 7 people were killed after a fire swept a garment making factory in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday police said

Bangladesh death toll passes 500

May 03, 2013 - 5:08 PM

UPDATED The use of cranes and bulldozers to cut through the mountain of concrete and mangled steel had speeded up the recovery of bodies from the lower floors

Bangladeshi rescuers work as Bangladeshi Army personnel begin the second phase of the rescue operation using heavy equipment after an 8-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Transgender romance movie a hit in Bangladesh

Jul 10, 2012 - 3:02 PM

The film depicts the tragic fate of a transgender who falls in love with a Hindu boy

HIJRAS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO. A still from 'Common Gender.' Screen grab from YouTube