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Hidden chemical 'bomb' found in devastation of Dhaka fire

Dhaka - Mass funerals were held Friday for victims of a devastating fire in Dhaka -- fuelled by illegally stored chemicals -- that killed nearly 70 people, as investigators revealed that an even bigger disaster was narrowly avoided.

Dhaka fire kills 70 as explosions rain fire on the streets

Dhaka - Fire and explosions that ripped through apartment buildings packed with illegal chemical stores killed at least 70 people in the Bangladeshi capital which was left stunned by its latest disaster.

Fire kills 69 in Bangladesh capital: official

Dhaka - At least 69 people have died in a huge blaze that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, fire officials said Thursday.

Nine countries at UN seek to override China to raise Myanmar

New York - The United States, France, Britain and six other countries on the UN Security Council have called for a meeting on Myanmar that is expected to face opposition from China, diplomats said Wednesday.

Bangladesh shuts 20,000 websites in anti-porn 'war'

Dhaka - Bangladesh authorities have blocked almost 20,000 websites as part of an anti-pornography "war", a minister said Tuesday.

Six charged over 2015 murder of Bangladesh blogger

Dhaka - Six people have been charged with the gruesome murder four years ago of a controversial atheist blogger, Bangladesh police said Monday.

After criticizing vote, US charts careful course on Bangladesh

Washington - Bangladesh faced widespread international criticism over the conduct of recent elections, but the United States looks set for business as usual as it sees strong common interests with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Jolie demands Myanmar 'commitment' to end anti-Rohingya violence

Cox's Bazar - Angelina Jolie said Tuesday that Myanmar must "show genuine commitment" to end violence that has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Pilot's 'emotional breakdown' blamed for deadly Nepal plane crash

Kathmandu - An "emotional breakdown" by the pilot caused a deadly plane crash in Nepal last March, a government investigation concluded, in the worst aviation accident in the Himalayan nation for decades.

UN expert urges caution on Bangladesh's Rohingya island 'relocation' plan

Dhaka - Bangladesh must not "rush to relocate refugees" from the Rohingya Muslim minority, a top UN rights official said Friday, amid plans to move the community to an island vulnerable to extreme monsoon weather.

Myanmar delays UN refugee chief's visit

New York - Myanmar has postponed a planned visit by the UN refugee chief to Rakhine state following renewed fighting between security forces and insurgents, a spokesman said Monday.

Manila ex-banker gets jail, $109 mn fine over Bangladesh cyberheist

Manila - A Philippine ex-banker was handed a lengthy jail term and $109 million fine Thursday in the first conviction over one of the biggest ever cyberheists which saw $81 million stolen from Bangladesh's central bank.

One dead, 50 injured in Bangladesh garment workers strike

Dhaka - Bangladeshi police Wednesday used water cannon to disperse 10,000 striking garment workers who were blocking a major highway in a fourth day of industrial action, an official said.

Dozens of Rohingya flee India for Bangladesh: officials

Dhaka - Dozens of Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border into Bangladesh from India in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as New Delhi faces censure for deporting the persecuted minority to Myanmar.

Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh PM after 'tainted' polls

Dhaka - Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Bangladesh's prime minister for a record fourth term Monday after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and claims of widespread rigging.

Opposition boycotts swearing-in of new Bangladesh MPs

Dhaka - Opposition MPs on Thursday boycotted the swearing-in of the new Bangladesh parliament after a controversial election that was dogged by allegations of intimidation and fraud.

Bangladesh arrests journalist over election reporting

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi journalist was arrested and another was on the run Wednesday for publishing "false information" about voting irregularities in an election won by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, police said.

US expresses 'concern' with Bangladesh's lopsided vote

Washington - The United States on Tuesday expressed concern about "credible reports of harassment, intimidation and violence" in the weeks before Sunday's parliamentary election in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh poll landslide raises democracy fears: analysts

Dhaka - A crushing victory for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an election overshadowed by allegations it was fixed raises fears about the future of democracy in Bangladesh, analysts say.

Deaths, vote-rigging claims hit Bangladesh election day

Dhaka - Rival party supporters fought battles that left at least 14 dead Sunday as Bangladesh held a parliamentary election expected to give the country's longest-serving leader, Sheikh Hasina, a new term despite opposition claims of rigged voting.

Sheikh Hasina: Bangladesh's democracy icon-turned-iron lady

Dhaka - To her supporters, Sheikh Hasina is Bangladesh's "mother of humanity" for giving Rohingya refugees shelter, but to her detractors she's a creeping autocrat who has jailed opponents and muzzled dissent.

600,000 deployed for Bangladesh vote marred by violence

Dhaka - Bangladesh tightened security Saturday for an election expected to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina win a record fourth term but dominated by opposition claims that they have been shackled by a government clampdown.

Bangladesh deploys 600,000 security forces ahead of vote

Dhaka - Bangladesh stepped up security Saturday in a bid to contain violence during a general election expected to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina win a record fourth term.

Bangladesh election campaign ends with new death, arrests

Dhaka - Bangladesh's general election campaign ended Friday with more deadly violence and arrests of opposition activists which have raised international concern as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeks a record fourth term.

Bangladesh election campaign ends in anger

Dhaka - Bangladesh's deadly election campaign entered a final full day Thursday with followers of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina parading in the streets while her opponents insisted the vote would not be free and fair.

10,500 arrests ahead of Bangladesh poll: opposition

Dhaka - Bangladesh police have arrested more than 10,500 opposition activists in a crackdown ahead of elections this week, opposition parties said Tuesday.

Bangladesh opposition website shut down ahead of polls: party

Dhaka - Bangladesh's main opposition website has been shut down, the party said Saturday, amid accusation the government is muzzling dissent ahead of next week's general election.

Bangladesh arrests extremists over plot to kill filmmaker

Dhaka - Two alleged Islamist extremists accused of plotting to kill a prominent Bangladesh actor and filmmaker have been arrested, police said Tuesday.

Nearly 100 injured in Bangladesh poll campaign violence

Dhaka - Bangladesh's election campaign turned violent Tuesday with scores injured at political rallies across the country, as police fired pellet guns into crowds and stick-wielding mobs attacked rival candidates.

Bangladesh party says hundreds of supporters held before polls

Dhaka - Bangladesh's opposition party Sunday said nearly 2,000 of its supporters have been arrested on trumped-up charges in a crackdown aimed at derailing its campaign just weeks from a general election.
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The aftermath of a garment factory fire in Bangladesh.
The aftermath of a garment factory fire in Bangladesh.
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A woman belonging to Manipuri community is seen working with improvised machine  known as Charka. Th...
A woman belonging to Manipuri community is seen working with improvised machine, known as Charka. This device is an integral part of hand loom. Threads are being collected using charka and put into hand loom to weave cloths with exotic ethnic and traditional design. The photo was clicked in a village near Agartala, Tripura. Important to note that Tripura, a tiny North Eastern State of India and surrounded from three sides by Bangladesh, is a heaven for unique ethnic cultures of 19 ancient tribes
Where s the humanity in Dhaka  Bangladesh. Does it exist here ? Never.
Where's the humanity in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Does it exist here ? Never.
Taslima Akhter
Rescuers recover dead bodies through the night at the site where a ferry capsized and sank during ba...
Rescuers recover dead bodies through the night at the site where a ferry capsized and sank during bad weather on the Meghna river, in the Munshiganj district, some 50 km south of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, on May 16, 2014
Munir Uz Zaman, AFP
A Bangladeshi police official walks around the Tazreen factory  after the November 2012 fire.
A Bangladeshi police official walks around the Tazreen factory, after the November 2012 fire.
Salon
A fire fighter extinguishes fire at a Bangladesh textile factory.
A fire fighter extinguishes fire at a Bangladesh textile factory.
Abir Abdullah
NOTHING NEW: Workers protesting against a fire in a factory that killed over 70 people. Photo taken ...
NOTHING NEW: Workers protesting against a fire in a factory that killed over 70 people. Photo taken 2005.
Derek Blackadder
Child marriage in Bangladesh is wiping out a whole generation of young women.
Child marriage in Bangladesh is wiping out a whole generation of young women.
Human Rights Watch
Bangladeshi relatives mourn the victims of a ferry that sank in the river Meghna in Munshiganj distr...
Bangladeshi relatives mourn the victims of a ferry that sank in the river Meghna in Munshiganj district, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Dhaka, on May 16, 2014
Munir Uz Zaman, AFP
An aerial view of the Adelaide  Australia  city center is seen  looking southeast.
An aerial view of the Adelaide, Australia, city center is seen, looking southeast.
Photograph by Doug Barber/Wikimedia Commons
Heavy downpours break the heat in Bangladesh  but also bring deadly thunderstorms.
Heavy downpours break the heat in Bangladesh, but also bring deadly thunderstorms.
Abir Abdullah/EPA
A group of hijras in a protest in Pakistan
A group of hijras in a protest in Pakistan
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City Apps can be customized for several types of uses  including classrooms  water filtration system...
City Apps can be customized for several types of uses, including classrooms, water filtration systems, medical clinics, or homes.
Waterstudio
Moheshkhali Buddhist Monastery. Cox s Bazar  Bangladesh prior to Muslim attacks. It is not clear as ...
Moheshkhali Buddhist Monastery. Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh prior to Muslim attacks. It is not clear as of posting if this structure is one of the temples destroyed by "offended" Muslims.
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Garment workers take to the streets in Bangladesh.
Garment workers take to the streets in Bangladesh.
dblackadder
Thousands of marchers rallied in Bangladesh  with many of the world s animals a feature attraction b...
Thousands of marchers rallied in Bangladesh, with many of the world's animals a feature attraction bringing attention to the plight of many species.
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Rajiv Ashrafi
Mangroves
Mangrove swamp, partly underwater image showing the root system. Presumably in Bangladesh.
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A 3-day long media workshop  organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu  Nepal fr...
A 3-day long media workshop, organized by global environment forum Third Pole in Kathmandu, Nepal from 13-16 October brought together, for the first time, journalists from China, India and Bangladesh to deliberate upon the effects of climate change in Brahmaputra/Yurlung Zangbo river basin
The garment industry in Bangladesh is women-driven. Most can t even manage the calorie intake requir...
The garment industry in Bangladesh is women-driven. Most can't even manage the calorie intake required to work in such factories with the pittance they are given as wages.
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