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IS claims deadly attack on Shiite mosque in Bangladesh

Dhaka - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Friday for a deadly attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, as fears grow of a rise in sectarian violence in the mainly Muslim country.

Bangladesh hangs opposition leaders for war crimes

Dhaka - Bangladesh Sunday hanged two top opposition leaders for war crimes during the independence conflict with Pakistan and strengthened security nationwide over fears the executions could spark fresh unrest.

Bangladesh to hang opposition leaders in hours

Dhaka - Two top Bangladeshi opposition leaders will be hanged later Saturday night for their roles in the 1971 independence war after the country's president rejected their last-ditch clemency pleas to avoid execution.

Bangladesh court upholds opposition leaders' death sentences

Dhaka - Bangladesh's highest court Wednesday upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders convicted for atrocities during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, sparking fears of violence by their supporters.

Italian priest wounded in Bangladesh shooting

Dhaka - Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded an Italian priest in northern Bangladesh on Wednesday, just weeks after two foreigners were killed in similar attacks blamed on hardline Islamists, police said.

Conjoined twins die in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Conjoined twin girls have died in Bangladesh less than a week after they were born, the hospital treating them said Monday.

Six sentenced to death for brutal Bangladesh child murders

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court Sunday handed four men the death sentence over the brutal killing of a 13-year-old boy that provoked national outrage after video footage of the attack went viral, a lawyer said.

Bangladesh publishers burn books to protest latest killing

Dhaka - Angry publishers burnt books and closed their businesses in Bangladesh Monday, in the third day of protests over the latest gruesome attacks on secular writers and publishers by suspected hardline Islamists.

Bangladesh teachers, students rally against latest killing

Dhaka - Protesters rallied in Bangladesh Sunday against the latest gruesome attacks on secular writers and publishers, accusing the government of failing to halt rising deadly violence blamed on hardline Islamists.

Secular publisher murdered, 3 badly wounded in new Bangladesh attacks

Dhaka - The publisher of an atheist writer killed earlier this year by suspected Islamists was hacked to death in Bangladesh Saturday, hours after two secular bloggers and another publisher were also attacked.

Four held in Bangladesh over Italian aid worker murder

Dhaka - Bangladesh made its first arrests over an Italian aid worker's murder as authorities insisted Monday the killing was a plot by government opponents to trigger anarchy and not the work of the Islamic State group.

Bangladesh police arrest opposition activists after shrine bombing

Dhaka - Bangladesh police arrested a string of opposition officials on Sunday, a day after the bombing of the country's main Shiite shrine killed one person and left nearly 80 wounded.

One killed, 80 wounded in attack on Bangladesh Shiite shrine

Dhaka - At least one person was killed and nearly 80 wounded Saturday in a bomb attack on the main Shiite shrine in the Bangladeshi capital as thousands gathered for the annual Ashura procession, police said.

Bangladeshi farmer named national rat-killing champion

Dhaka - Bangladesh has crowned a new national champion rat killer after his team eradicated more than 160,000 rodents in the past 12 months, officials said Thursday.

Bangladesh police step up hunt for fugitive cricketer

Dhaka - Bangladesh police stepped up their hunt Monday for national cricketer Shahadat Hossain who went into hiding over claims he and his wife beat their 11-year-old maid, an officer said.

Thailand bombing suspect travelled to Bangladesh: Police

Dhaka - A key suspect wanted over the bombing of a Bangkok shrine that left 20 people dead flew to Dhaka a day before the blast before travelling on to China, Bangladesh police said Thursday.

Bangladesh arrests militant chief over blogger murders: police

Dhaka - Bangladesh's elite security force Thursday arrested the head of a banned hardline Islamist group over the murder of two atheist bloggers that sparked an international outcry, a spokesman said.

Conservative Bangladesh launches first lesbian comic strip

Dhaka - Bangladesh's first comic strip featuring a young lesbian discovering her sexuality has been launched in the capital to raise awareness of the plight of gays in the conservative Muslim-majority nation.

Fears stalk Bangladesh bloggers after killing spree

Dhaka - Nervous, pale and sleep deprived, Bangladesh blogger Shammi Haque describes living in constant fear after four of her colleagues were hacked to death this year by suspected Islamists.

Families seek justice on 'lawless' Bangladesh-India border

Chhota Angutia - As thousands of Bangladeshis and Indians celebrated the end of one of the world's most intractable border disputes, Fatema Khatun was quietly hopeful of finally seeing justice.
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