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Bangladesh police raid opposition leader's office

Dhaka - Bangladesh police swooped on the offices of the country's main opposition leader hunting "anti-state documents" on Saturday, sparking angry protests by hundreds of party supporters.

Islamic romance novels set hearts aflutter in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society.

Bangladesh hangs three Islamist extremists for UK envoy attack

Keranipara - Bangladesh hanged three Islamist extremists including the leader of a banned militant outfit on Wednesday, after they were sentenced to death over a 2004 grenade attack on the British ambassador.

'Scared' father of Bangladesh 'tree girl' ends treatment

Dhaka - A young Bangladeshi girl diagnosed with a rare condition known as "tree man syndrome" has left hospital, her father told AFP Monday, saying he feared she would never be cured.

Blasts kill three as Bangladesh commandos storm extremist hideout

Dhaka - At least three people were killed and 30 wounded Saturday in two explosions in Bangladesh's northeastern city of Sylhet where army commandos stormed an Islamist extremist hideout, police and hospital staff said.

IS claims Bangladesh bombing, police kill militant

Dacca - The Islamic State Group claimed responsibility Saturday for a suicide bomb attack on a Bangladesh security forces camp, while police in Dhaka shot dead a suspected militant in a separate incident.

Thousands of Rohingya refugees return to Myanmar over island plan

Dhaka - Thousands of Rohingya who took refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar have returned home because of a Bangladeshi plan to house them on an uninhabited flood-prone island, community leaders said Wednesday.

Bangladesh arrests cafe attackers' 'spiritual leader'

Dhaka - Bangladesh police said Friday they had arrested the "spiritual leader" of a banned Islamist outfit alleged to have carried out a series of deadly attacks in the country.

Bangladesh child marriage law sparks criticism

Dhaka - A controversial child marriage law in Bangladesh which allows children as young as 14 to be married off by their parents was criticised by rights groups Tuesday.

Hundreds of Rohingya 'return home' from Bangladesh

Dhaka - Hundreds of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar have returned home, community leaders said Sunday, adding that most had gone back temporarily to fetch relatives.

Malaysian aid ship for Rohingya arrives in Bangladesh

Chittagong - A Malaysian ship carrying aid for thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a bloody army crackdown in Myanmar docked in Bangladesh's Chittagong port Tuesday days after it met nationalist protesters in Yangon.

Bangladesh pushes on with Rohingya island plan

Dhaka - Bangladesh authorities are to push ahead with a controversial plan to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who arrived from Myanmar to a remote island, according to a government website.

Bangladesh plants million trees to cut lightning toll

Dhaka - Bangladesh has begun planting one million palm trees nationwide to help prevent hundreds of people being killed by lightning strikes every year, a top official said Tuesday.

26 to hang for Bangladesh abductions and murders

Dhaka - A Bangladesh court Monday sentenced 26 people to death after hearing how a politician from the ruling Awami League hired members of the country's elite security unit to assassinate political rivals.

'Mastermind' of Bangladesh cafe siege killed: police

Dhaka - An Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year's deadly siege at a Bangladeshi cafe was shot dead during a pre-dawn raid Friday in Dhaka, police said.

50,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar: government

Dhaka - Some 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said Thursday, seeking shelter from a bloody crackdown by the army.

Bangladesh police arrest TV reporter over labour unrest

Dhaka - A local television journalist in Bangladesh has been arrested for inciting unrest in one of the country's biggest garment manufacturing zones, police said Saturday.

Bangladesh child labourers toil 64 hours a week: survey

Dhaka - Bangladeshi child labourers who live in slums work for an average of 64 hours a week, many of them in textile factories making clothes for top world brands, a major study said Wednesday.

21,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar: IOM

Dhaka - Around 21,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks to escape violence in neighbouring Myanmar, an official of the International Organisation for Migration said on Tuesday.

Dozens of Rohingya missing as boat sinks near Bangladesh

Dhaka - Dozens are missing and feared drowned after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar and trying to reach Bangladesh sank in a border river Monday, reports and a Bangladeshi fisherman said.
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