PHOTOS: Election Day in 600-year-old Bangladesh city

World 12/30/18, 10:07

Voters in Bangladesh went to the polls Sunday in the densely populated South Asian nation's 11th general election to determine whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party a third consecutive term or hand the reins to a loose coalition of opposition parties in the hopes of change.An ...

Update: Bangladesh opposition calls election ‘farcical’

World 12/30/18, 09:47

The Latest on parliamentary elections in Bangladesh (all times local):8:45 p.m.Bangladesh opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain has called the country's general election "farcical," and says any outcome will be rejected.Voters went to the polls Sunday to decide whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term, in an ...

Polls open in Bangladesh’s parliamentary elections

World 12/29/18, 21:20

Voting has started in Bangladesh's contentious parliamentary elections.The polls Sunday in the South Asian nation are seen as a referendum on what critics call 71-year-old Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's increasingly authoritarian tendencies.Hasina's main rival is former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who's in prison for corruption.In Zia's absence, the opposition is ...

Security tight in Dhaka as Bangladesh prepares to vote

World 12/29/18, 07:23

As Bangladeshis get set for Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls, including two opposition candidates who said police had barricaded them inside their homes.Under the decade-long leadership of Sheikh Hasina, whose ruling party hopes to retain power in Sunday's ...

Bangladesh’s growth-minded iron lady vies for re-election

World 12/28/18, 02:24

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win a record fourth term in Sunday's elections, promising development as critics question whether economic success under her regime has come at the expense of the South Asian nation's fragile democracy.Sunday's polls are the 11th since Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan in ...

Bangladesh deploys soldiers ahead of next Sunday’s elections

World 12/24/18, 05:49

Thousands of army soldiers are being deployed across Bangladesh to provide security and help conduct national elections next Sunday.The deployment began early Monday and the soldiers will be on duty until Jan. 2, the military's public relations office said.The soldiers are setting up camps in 389 areas and navy personnel ...

Facebook shuts down fake Bangladesh news sites ahead of vote

World 12/20/18, 07:31

Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, an official from the social media platform said ThursdayThe sites — nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition ...

Best Photos: Editors’ picks for 2018 from Asia

World 12/18/18, 22:57

The historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the riveting drama that unfolded in a cave in northern Thailand and a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia were just some of the memorable stories from Asia in 2018. Associated Press photographers across the region captured ...

Bangladesh opposition leader’s motorcade allegedly attacked

World 12/14/18, 05:49

Supporters of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina allegedly attacked an opposition leader's motorcade on Friday as it returned from a function in the nation's capital ahead of Dec. 30 elections, the latest show of the violence that frequently accompanies polling in the South Asian ...

Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh postpone return

World 11/16/18, 08:31

Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go.United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the government of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who hopes to ...

Bangladesh says Rohingya who volunteer will go to Myanmar

World 11/15/18, 00:36

Bangladesh authorities say repatriation of some Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar will begin Thursday as scheduled if people are willing to go despite calls from United Nations officials and human rights groups for the refugees' safety to be verified first.Refugee commissioner Abul Kalam said at a news conference that officials will ...

Bangladesh ready to return Rohingya, who say they’ll refuse

World 11/14/18, 19:44

Bangladesh authorities said they are ready to begin repatriating some of the more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled from army-led violence in Myanmar since last year. But refugees scheduled to leave said they would refuse to go because of fears for their safety.Some said their families have fled ...

Red Cross says conditions not right for Rohingyas to return

U.S. 11/14/18, 18:16

The International Committee of the Red Cross says conditions are not right for Rohingya Muslim refugees to return safely to Myanmar from Bangladesh, where over 700,000 have sought refuge since August 2017 following a military crackdown.Robert Mardini is the organization's U.N. observer. He told reporters Wednesday that the conflict between ...

Pence says Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya ‘without excuse’

World 11/14/18, 02:29

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rebuffed criticism over her government's treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meets Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, not seen, in Singapore, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Pence is Singapore to attend the 33rd ASEAN summit. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, Pool)U.S. ...

UN rights chief urges halt to Rohingya repatriation plan

World 11/13/18, 09:58

The U.N. human rights chief says Bangladesh's government should halt plans to repatriate more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, saying such a move would endanger their lives.Michelle Bachelet's comments are among the strongest yet from a top U.N. official about the planned repatriation this week of some Rohingya to ...

Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business

World 11/12/18, 21:05

Abul Kalam sits cross-legged on the floor of his tiny mud hut and whispers prayers into a small plastic bottle filled with water, creating what he says is a potion that will cure stomach cramps."I got these powers in my dreams," he says. "People come to me because I heal ...

UN refugee agency warns against returning Rohingya refugees

World 11/12/18, 07:19

The United Nations refugee agency on Monday cautioned against returning ethnic Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar from Bangladesh at this time, urging that officials be allowed to assess whether it is safe for them to return.The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees issued the warning after the Myanmar government said Sunday that ...

UN investigator: Genocide still taking place in Myanmar

World 10/24/18, 23:54

Genocide is still taking place against Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, U.N. investigators said Wednesday.Marzuki Darusman, chair of the U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said thousands of Rohingya are still fleeing to Bangladesh, and ...

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