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Bangladesh virus shutdown triggers exodus from capital

Dhaka - Tens of thousands of people scrambled to get the last trains, buses and ferries out of Dhaka on Tuesday before a nationwide transport shutdown to halt the spread of coronavirus took hold.

One killed after Bangladesh police fire on Covid-19 protesters

Dhaka - One protester was killed and at least three others are in critical condition after police in Bangladesh opened fire on a violent protest against coronavirus restrictions, officials said.

Search for survivors called off as Bangladesh ferry toll rises to 28

Narayanganj - The search for survivors from a ferry disaster in Bangladesh was called off on Monday, officials said, with the death toll rising to 28 when rescuers pulled the vessel from the water and found bodies inside.

At least five dead as Bangladesh ferry sinks after collision

Dhaka - Five people died and rescue workers searched for survivors after a small ferry packed with up to 50 passengers sank having collided with another boat in Bangladesh on Sunday, officials said.

Two die in fresh Bangladesh protest violence

Narayanganj - Two people died in fresh clashes between protesters and Bangladesh police on Sunday, raising the death toll from Islamist protests against the visit of India's Hindu-nationalist leader to 13, officials said.

Five shot dead in new deadly clashes in Bangladesh

Dhaka - At least five people were shot dead as police clashed with Islamist demonstrators in Bangladesh on Saturday, a day after clashes between police and hardline Islamist protesters against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left another five de...

Five shot dead in violent Bangladesh demos against Modi visit

Chittagong - Five supporters of a hardline Islamist group were shot dead in Bangladesh on Friday during violent demonstrations across the country against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said.

Bangladesh turns 50 as rights groups cry foul

Dhaka - Bangladesh marked 50 years of independence from Pakistan on Friday as rights groups issued a joint plea for the country's economic success to be matched by an end to growing political repression.

Rohingya rebuild shelters after deadly Bangladesh camp fire

Cox's Bazar - About 30,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a deadly blaze at camps in Bangladesh returned to their scorched shanties Thursday, seeking to rebuild their makeshift homes as others searched for missing relatives, officials and aid groups said.

Bangladesh at 50: Booming economy, shrinking rights

Chhota Angutia - Bangladesh turns 50 this week as an economic success story but also an increasingly repressive de facto one-party state where a cartoon or Facebook post can land you in jail, or worse.A.B.M. Shamsuddin has been a major beneficiary of the boom.

Bangladesh defends use of fences after Rohingya camp blaze

Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh on Wednesday defended the use of barbed-wire fences around vast camps holding almost a million Rohingya refugees, after a major fire left at least 15 people dead and nearly 50,000 homeless.

14 jihadists sentenced to death over plot to kill Bangladesh PM

Dhaka - Fourteen jihadists were sentenced to death in Bangladesh on Tuesday for attempting to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina more than two decades ago, a prosecutor said.

Huge blaze at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh kills 15, leaves 400 missing

Cox's Bazar - Fifteen people have died and 400 are missing after a huge fire destroyed the shanty homes of tens of thousands of Rohingya in the world's biggest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, the UN said Tuesday.

Five feared dead, thousands flee 'massive fire' at Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - Five people are feared dead and at least 20,000 Rohingya have fled a huge blaze engulfing shanty homes at refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said Monday, in the third fire to hit the settlements in four days.

Bangladesh's first transgender news presenter makes word-perfect debut

Dhaka - To cheers from colleagues, Bangladesh's first transgender news presenter broke down in tears on Monday, but only after her word-perfect debut was beamed to the nation and the cameras were off.Bangladesh is home to an estimated 1.

Bangladesh cartoonist granted bail after protests

Dhaka - A prominent Bangladeshi cartoonist was granted bail on Wednesday as several hundred people staged more protests over the death of a fellow government critic also arrested under the country's harsh internet laws.

New Bangladesh protests as UN calls for overhaul of security law

Dhaka - Hundreds of Bangladeshi activists staged a fourth day of protests Monday over the death of a writer in detention as the UN rights chief called for a review of a digital security law used against opposition figures.

Bangladesh police fire rubber bullets, tear gas at opposition protesters

Dhaka - Dozens were injured Sunday as Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in a third day of protests sparked by the death of a prominent writer and government critic in jail.

New protests over writer's death in Bangladesh jail

Dhaka - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday shrugged off criticism of her government's rights record as hundreds marched in a second day of protests over the death of a prominent writer in prison.

Bangladesh vaccinates sex workers at largest brothel

Dhaka - Bangladesh has begun administering coronavirus vaccines to sex workers from the country's largest brothel, a vast warren of shacks home to around 1,900 prostitutes.
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