Woman’s brutal killing in Bangladesh triggers protests

Asia & Pacific 04/19/19, 19:36

Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural ...

UN: Climate disasters imperil Bangladesh kids’ lives, future

Asia & Pacific 04/04/19, 20:32

The lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk from the colossal impact of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change, according to a report by the United Nations children's agency released Friday.The UNICEF report said the estimate includes hundreds of ...

Bangladesh building fire exposes safety vulnerabilities

Asia & Pacific 03/29/19, 08:36

Authorities in Bangladesh imposed tougher safety rules after more than 1,100 people died when a garment factory complex collapsed near Dhaka in 2013. But continuing corruption and lax enforcement have resulted in many more deaths from safety lapses since the Rana Plaza disaster, including a fire Thursday at an illegally ...

Fire in Bangladesh high-rise fully controlled after 19 died

Asia & Pacific 03/28/19, 21:48

Bangladesh fire officials say a fire in a high-rise office building in the capital has been brought under full control with the death toll remaining at 19.The fire burned for several hours Thursday and injured about 70 people, many of them now being treated in hospital burn units.Fire service duty ...

At least 19 killed by Bangladesh high-rise building blaze

World 03/28/19, 15:05

A fire swept through a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday, killing at least 19 people and injuring about 70 others, officials said. The blaze trapped many people inside the building, with some shouting for help from windows on the building's upper floors and from the roof. At least ...

Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed

Asia & Pacific 02/24/19, 10:54

A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing Sunday in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane, officials said. The suspect, a Bangladeshi, asked to speak to the country’s prime minister before dying from injuries in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, ...

Investigators inspect scene of deadly Bangladesh fire

Asia & Pacific 02/21/19, 23:51

An investigative team has visited the scene of a devastating fire in the oldest part of Bangladesh's capital that killed at least 67 people.The team of civil engineering experts, members of Dhaka's fire department and government agency staffers inspected burned buildings Friday to determine what caused Wednesday's late-night blaze. The ...

Fire guts oldest part of Bangladeshi capital, killing dozens

World 02/21/19, 11:26

In the day since a devastating fire erupted in the oldest part of Bangladesh's capital, Awal Hossain has been searching for his younger brother.Hossain stood outside the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday evening along with others holding pictures of family members missing after the blaze. Others brought relatives out ...

Deadly fire strikes oldest part of Bangladesh capital

Asia & Pacific 02/21/19, 07:04

A fire in Bangladesh killed at least 81 people and gutted a section of Chawkbazar, a section of Dhaka that dates to the Mughal era 400 years ago, in a stark reminder of the lapses in public safety that continue in the South Asian country despite its rapid economic development.The ...

Update: Fire in Bangladesh’s capital kills at least 69

Asia & Pacific 02/20/19, 22:03

The Latest on a fire in Bangladesh's capital (all times local):8:45 a.m.Officials say the fire that burned through buildings in an old part of Bangladesh's capital has killed at least 69 people.The fire in Dhaka was mostly under control early Thursday after more than nine hours of frantic efforts by ...

Thousands sacked over garment industry protest in Bangladesh

Business 01/31/19, 06:10

An activist says more than 5,000 garment workers demanding wage hikes have been laid off while hundreds of them are facing police charges in the world's second-largest garment export industry.Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity said Thursday the firings came after thousands of workers took to the ...

Bangladesh PM Hasina seeks people’s support at victory rally

Asia & Pacific 01/19/19, 07:38

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who won a third straight term with an overwhelming majority in last month's election, sought the people's support at a victory rally Saturday amid international calls for an investigation into alleged irregularities during the polls.The opposition is demanding a new election, saying the Dec. 30 ...

Bangladesh police, garment workers clash in protests

Business 01/09/19, 04:06

Bangladesh police fired tear gas and swung batons as thousands of garment workers demonstrated for better wages for a fourth day Wednesday, shutting down factories on the outskirts of the capital.The Daily Star newspaper said one protester was fatally shot and three dozen others were injured in clashes with police.Police ...

Critics: Bangladesh vote opens door for an aggressive Hasina

Asia & Pacific 01/02/19, 01:39

While Sheikh Hasina is set to begin her third consecutive term as Bangladesh's prime minister following a landslide election victory, critics say having such an overwhelming majority in parliament could create space for her to become even more authoritarian.The Hasina-led coalition won 288 seats in the 300-seat parliament in Sunday's ...

Security tight in Dhaka as Bangladesh prepares to vote

Asia & Pacific 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 opposition leader’s motorcade allegedly attacked

Asia & Pacific 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 ...

Bangladesh sentences 19 to death in political rally attack

World 10/09/18, 23:21

A Bangladeshi court sentenced 19 people to death and the son of the opposition leader to life imprisonment on Wednesday over a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally held by current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.The grenade attack killed two dozen people and wounded about 300 others. Hasina narrowly escaped, ...

Journalists slam pending Bangladesh digital security law

World 09/28/18, 01:56

Journalists and human rights groups are demanding major amendments to a bill recently passed in Bangladesh's Parliament, saying it will further choke constitutionally protected freedom of speech.A powerful body of editors of leading newspapers and TV stations has officially protested the bill, called the Digital Security Act, and plans to ...

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