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Bangladesh officer held for failing to probe teenager's harassment claims

Dhaka - A senior Bangladesh police officer has been arrested for failing to properly investigate allegations made by a teenage girl, who was later burned to death, that she had been sexually harassed by a teacher, officials said.

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Dhaka - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has slammed Myanmar for delays in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in the neighbouring country.

Bangladesh madrasas told to appoint women mentors after murder

Dhaka - Bangladesh has ordered state-funded Islamic seminaries to appoint female mentors to prevent violence against women and children, an official said Thursday, after at least 16 people were charged with the horrific murder of a teenage student.

Desperate Rohingya caught on cross-border narcotics runs: police

Dhaka - Growing numbers of outcast Rohingya refugees are risking their lives by crossing the closed Myanmar-Bangladesh border with narcotics pills packed into their stomachs, police said Tuesday.

Protests as Bangladesh slaps two-month ban on shallow-water fishing

Dhaka - Bangladesh has banned fishing in the Bay of Bengal for the next two months in an effort to replenish stocks, a minister said Tuesday, triggering protests by hundreds of fishermen.

Bangladesh government blocks news website in fresh blow to media

Dhaka - Bangladesh authorities have blocked access to a popular news portal in what critics on Tuesday condemned as the latest blow to freedom of expression in the South Asian nation.Poriborton.

Bangladesh arrests suspected IS militant back from Syria

Dhaka - Bangladesh's counter-terrorism police have arrested a suspected Islamic State member who returned to the country after fighting for the militant group in Syria, police said Wednesday.

Sex, casinos and tiger parts: Myanmar's vice-riddled China frontier

Mongla - Bentleys and BMW convertibles roll up to the "Venetian Casino" in Mongla on the Myanmar-China border, a melting pot of sex, drugs and gambling on a frontier that has also become a "supermarket" for illegally traded wildlife.

Six years after Bangladesh factory disaster, rights groups issue 'grim' warning

Dhaka - Six years after one of the world's most devastating factory disasters led to international safety monitoring in Bangladesh, campaigners are warning of "grim consequences" if such oversight is abandoned.

Bangladeshis protest after sexually assaulted girl burned to death

Dhaka - Demonstrations were held across the Bangladesh capital Saturday for the tenth consecutive day after a teenager who accused a head teacher of sexually harassing her was burned to death.

Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order: police

Dhaka - A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday.

Hundreds of Bangladeshi "extremists" to surrender: police

Dhaka - Hundreds of Bangladeshi left-wing "extremists" will lay down their arms Tuesday in what police say is the largest surrender of its kind in decades in the South Asian nation.

First Rohingya woman shot dead in Bangladesh drugs clampdown

Dhaka - Bangladesh security forces have shot dead a Rohingya woman in a border town known as a gateway for smuggling meth pills from neighbouring Myanmar, officials said Sunday.

Bangladesh arrests owners of blaze-hit Dhaka tower

Dhaka - Police in Bangladesh said Sunday they had arrested the owners of an office tower in Dhaka that caught fire earlier this week, killing 26 people and renewing the country's debate over lax safety standards.

Bangladesh tower inferno death toll rises to 25

Dhaka - The death toll from a terrifying blaze that ripped through a Bangladesh tower rose on Friday to 25, as authorities vowed tough action to improve lax safety standards.

Bangladesh firefighters comb blaze-hit skyscraper

Dhaka - Firefighters were combing through the charred shell of a Bangladesh skyscraper Friday where at least 19 people died in a high-rise blaze, with many having jumped to their deaths.

Workers jump to their deaths as Dhaka office block fire kills 19

Dhaka - Desperate workers leaped to their deaths as a huge fire tore through a Dhaka office block Thursday, killing at least 19 people and trapping others in the latest major inferno to hit the Bangladesh capital.

Bangladesh to move Rohingya to island next month: minister

Dhaka - Bangladesh said Wednesday it would start relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from overcrowded camps to a remote island vulnerable to extreme weather, despite the plan attracting considerable controversy.

Individuals responsible for Rohingya atrocities will face justice: ICC

Dhaka - The people responsible for the atrocities that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee from Myanmar's Rakhine state will be held to account, an International Criminal Court official said on Monday.

Father of IS teen says Britain must take her back

Dhaka - The father of London teenager Shamima Begum, who married an Islamic State group militant in Syria, insisted in an interview with AFP on Monday that Britain must take her back before deciding any punishment.
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