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Virus panic grips Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - The sewage-soaked alleys and cramped canvas and bamboo shacks that house one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are a horrifying scene for experts watching the coronavirus pandemic creep closer.

Massive Bangladesh coronavirus prayer gathering sparks outcry

Dhaka - A massive coronavirus prayer session with tens of thousands of devotees sparked an outcry in Bangladesh Wednesday as the South Asian nation reported its first death from the global pandemic.

Seven Rohingya shot dead near Bangladesh refugee camp

Cox's Bazar - Bangladeshi elite police on Monday shot dead seven suspected Rohingya gangsters involved in drug and people smuggling, a spokesman for the force said.

The brothels of Daulatdia: Sex workers to get 'honourable' funeral

Dhaka - Often treated as less than human in life, there has been little dignity in death for the sex workers of one of the world's biggest brothels: their bodies frequently tossed into unmarked graves or dumped in the river.Until now.

At least 15 refugees drown after boat sinks off Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - At least 15 people drowned and dozens are unaccounted for after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank off southern Bangladesh early Tuesday, officials said.

Bangladesh aircrew refuse to work on Wuhan evacuation flight

Dhaka - Aircrew from Bangladesh's national carrier Biman have refused to work on a flight aimed at repatriating citizens from virus-hit Chinese cities, forcing the government to scrap the evacuation plan.

Bangladesh factories ordered shut to save key river

Dhaka - Bangladesh's high court has ordered the shutdown of 231 factories that have contributed to Dhaka's main river becoming one of the world's most polluted, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Viral video reunites Bangladeshi with family after 48 years

Dhaka - An ailing Bangladeshi who went missing almost half a century ago has been reunited with his family after a video appeal on Facebook seeking help for his treatment went viral.

Bangladesh sentences 10 Islamists to death for 2001 bombing

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi court sentenced 10 Islamic militants to death Monday for the bombing at communist party rally two decades ago that killed five people.

European garment brands to end Bangladesh factory inspections

Dhaka - A monitoring group set up by top European clothing brands to check worker safety standards in Bangladesh said Wednesday it will wrap up in May, more than six years after the collapse of a garment factory prompted the intervention by retailers.

Bangladesh orders arrest of 'fugitive' ex-chief justice

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court ordered the arrest Sunday of former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others on charges alleging they embezzled nearly half a million dollars, a prosecutor said.

Bangladesh closes breast milk bank after Islamist protests

Dhaka - A Bangladesh hospital has suspended plans to give donated breast milk to babies after a backlash by Muslim clerics who said the scheme violated Islamic law.

Thousands mourn Bangladeshi charity pioneer

Dhaka - Thousands gathered in Bangladesh on Sunday for the funeral of Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of one of the world's largest NGOs and credited with lifting nearly 150 million people out of poverty.

BRAC founder Fazle Hasan Abed dies aged 83

Dhaka - Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), one of the world's largest NGOs, has died in Dhaka aged 83, the charity said.

Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Dhaka - Excavators flanked by Bangladesh riot police are at work demolishing illegal soot-belching brick kilns around the smog-choked capital Dhaka, forcing migrant labourers out of work and back to their villages.

Islamist extremists sentenced to death for Bangladesh cafe attack

Dhaka - Seven Islamist extremists were sentenced to death in Bangladesh on Wednesday over a savage attack at a Dhaka cafe in 2016 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners.

Bangladesh court sentences Islamist extremists to death for 2016 cafe attack

Dhaka - Seven Islamist extremists have been sentenced to death by a Bangladesh court over a savage 2016 attack that killed 22 people including 18 foreigners at a Dhaka cafe popular with Westerners.

16 dead as trains collide in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Two packed trains rammed into each other in Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and injuring nearly 60 others, police said.

Cyclone death toll rises to 24 in Bangladesh, India

Khulna - The death toll from a cyclone that barrelled into the coasts of Bangladesh and India has risen to 24, authorities said Monday, as the two nations assess the scale of devastation wreaked by the powerful storm.

20 dead as Cyclone Bulbul smashes into India, Bangladesh coasts

Khulna - Twenty people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday.
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