Bangladeshi leader visits Japan to talk economy, partnership

Asia & Pacific 05/28/19, 23:28

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is wooing Japan for aid, trade and investment in a visit that highlights cordial relations with the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Hasina, who is beginning a third consecutive five-year term, arrived late Tuesday and is set to meet Abe and hold a joint news ...

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 ...

Global support lets Bangladesh PM withstand election worries

Asia & Pacific 01/04/19, 01:07

Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh's Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand the reverberating calls to investigate serious allegations of widespread irregularities in Sunday's election that was dominated by her coalition.Hasina is all set to form the government for a third consecutive time, and on Thursday the country's ...

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 ...

Election official says Bangladesh’s ruling alliance won vote

Asia & Pacific 12/30/18, 20:57

An election official says Bangladesh's ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won Sunday's election with 288 seats giving it enough to form the government.Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed finished delivering the results of the voting early Monday.Ahmed said the ruling Awami League-led alliance won 288 seats ...

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

Asia & Pacific 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

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

Asia & Pacific 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 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 ...

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 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 ...

Bangladesh point finger at Myanmar for Rohingya ‘genocide’

U.S. 09/27/18, 21:13

Bangladeshi President Sheikh Hasina on Thursday accused Myanmar of failing to honor a verbal commitment to take back Rohingya Muslims who have fled a crackdown she described as tantamount to genocide.Hasina's remarks at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations came as the U.N. Human Rights Council ...

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