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First garment factories declared safe in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Two garment factories in Bangladesh on Thursday became the first to be declared safe under a scheme set up to prevent a repeat of one of the world's worst industrial disasters.

Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya to island

Dhaka - Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human-trafficking crisis.

U.S. urges Myanmar to make Rohingya citizens to end boat crisis

Cox's Bazar - A senior U.S. diplomat on Friday urged Myanmar to extend "citizenship" to the oppressed Rohingya minority to address an ongoing migrant crisis that has hit Southeast Asia, leaving thousands stranded at sea.

Rohingya pay off traffickers to save stranded migrants

Cox's Bazar - As Mahmoud Yasien kneeled before the people smugglers and begged for his pregnant wife's life, the Rohingya migrant's dreams of a better life evaporated, his ship stranded hundreds of miles from its destination in Malaysia.

Barred from Gulf, Bangladeshis risk lives to head south

Cox's Bazar - Denied their traditional route out of poverty in the Gulf and often urged on by relatives, growing numbers of young Bangladeshis are joining the waves of Rohingya trying to reach Southeast Asia on horror boat journeys.

Malaysia orders boatpeople search as Myanmar hosts envoy talks

Cox's Bazar - Malaysia ordered search and rescue missions Thursday for thousands of boatpeople stranded at sea, as Myanmar hosted talks with US and Southeast Asian envoys on the migrant exodus from its shores.

Op-Ed: Did Sweden deny Ananta Bijoy Das's fundamental human rights?

Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered last week for his work as a secular activist and blogger. Sadly, his death may have been prevented if Sweden had granted him a visa to speak on human rights at a conference.

Bangladesh police urge ban on Islamist group after killings

Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Tuesday they have asked the government to ban an Islamist militant group they suspect of involvement in the murders of atheist bloggers.

Italy: Illegal immigrant jumps into river, saves drowning woman

Rome - An illegal immigrant in Italy jumped into the Tiber river and successfully saved a drowning woman. The immigrant has been rewarded with a one-year permit to live in Rome.

Bangladesh detains ship with 116 Malaysia-bound migrants

Dhaka - Bangladesh discovered 116 nationals, some sick from a lack of food, adrift in a fishing trawler in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday after being abandoned by smugglers en route to Malaysia, officials said.

Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Dhaka - A masked gang wielding machetes hacked a secular blogger to death Tuesday in northeastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack by suspected Islamists since February.

Bangladeshi employee has miscarriage in factory toilet: police

Dhaka - An employee at one of Bangladesh's largest footwear factories suffered a miscarriage in a workplace toilet after she was allegedly refused medical leave, police said Sunday.

Thailand promises reform after mass graves found

At least 50 Thai police officers have been punished due to suspected participation in human trafficking. The move comes after some 32 bodies were found at an alleged trafficking camp near the Malaysian border.

'Missing' victims add to Bangladesh factory collapse agony

Dhaka - Holding a photograph of her son in one hand and a bone in another, Mehera stands silently surrounded by rubble at the site which once housed Bangladesh's ill-fated Rana Plaza factory complex.

Bangladesh tightens security after hanging of Islamist

Dhaka - Bangladesh tightened security nationwide Sunday after a senior Islamist was hanged for war crimes during the 1971 independence conflict, a move that triggered anger among his opposition supporters but celebrations elsewhere.

Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader for 1971 war massacre

Dhaka - Bangladesh authorities hanged a top Islamist leader for overseeing a massacre during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan, with hundreds of people in the capital Dhaka celebrating the death of a "war butcher".

Bangladesh to hang top Islamist for 1971 massacre

Dhaka - Bangladesh is set to hang a top Islamist leader Saturday for overseeing a massacre during the nation's 1971 independence war, officials said, after he refused to seek clemency from the president.

Bangladesh Islamist loses final appeal against hanging

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi Islamist leader on Monday lost his final appeal against a death sentence for overseeing a massacre during the 1971 independence war, a move which clears the last legal hurdle to his execution.

Bangladesh opposition leader leaves office as tension eases

Dhaka - Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia left her office Sunday for the first time in three months in a sign of easing tensions after deadly protests had plunged the country into a political crisis.

Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Another blogger was hacked to death in Bangladesh's capital on Monday, with police arresting two suspects after the latest attack targeting independent writers.
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