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UN: Climate change threatens 19 million Bangladesh children

A new report by the United Nations children’s agency says the lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk from the colossal impacts of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change. Continue reading

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Fire in Bangladesh high-rise fully controlled after 19 died

A fire in a high-rise office building in Bangladesh’s capital has been brought under full control with the death toll remaining at 19, fire officials said Friday. Continue reading

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Bangladesh’s growth-minded iron lady vies for re-election

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win a record fourth term in Sunday’s elections, drumming up support by promising a development bonanza as her critics question if the South Asian nation’s tremendous economic success has come at the … Continue reading

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Bangladesh opposition demands chief election official quit

Bangladesh’s main opposition alliance on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the chief election commissioner, accusing him of bias, ahead of Sunday’s elections while violence worsens, officials and news reports said. Continue reading

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Bangladesh deploys soldiers ahead of next Sunday’s elections

Thousands of army soldiers are being deployed across Bangladesh to provide security and help conduct national elections next Sunday. Continue reading

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Bangladesh opposition leader’s motorcade allegedly attacked

Supporters of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina allegedly attacked an opposition leader’s motorcade on Friday as it returned from a function in the nation’s capital ahead of Dec. 30 elections, the latest show of… Continue reading

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Bangladesh gov’t: Opposition leader Zia can’t contest polls

Bangladesh’s government has announced that opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is ineligible to contest Dec. 30 national elections because she has been sentenced to prison in two corruption cases. Continue reading

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Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh postpone return

Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday a day after government officials postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go. Continue reading

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Bangladesh plans to move forward with Rohingya repatriation

Bangladesh authorities said the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who fled army-led violence in Myanmar will begin as scheduled Thursday if people are willing to go, despite calls from United Nations officials and human rights groups to hold off. Continue reading

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Bangladesh official: Rohingya repatriation ready to begin

Bangladesh authorities said they are ready to begin repatriating some of the more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled from army-led violence in Myanmar since last year, but refugees scheduled to leave said they would refuse to go because of fea… Continue reading

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Bangladesh delays national elections by a week to Dec. 30

Authorities in Bangladesh agreed Monday to delay national elections by a week because of opposition demands for more time to prepare. Continue reading

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Bangladesh to hold elections Dec. 23 despite Zia’s arrest

Bangladesh’s Election Commission announced Thursday that the next national election will be held Dec. 23, despite the imprisonment of the leader of the main opposition party and the banning of its chief partner. Continue reading

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Bangladesh court jails ex-PM Zia for 7 years for graft

A judge sentenced Bangladesh’s former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to seven years in jail Monday after finding her guilty of misusing her power to collect money for a charity fund named after her late husband. Continue reading

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New opposition alliance emerges in Bangladesh ahead of polls

A small party led by a prominent Bangladeshi lawyer on Saturday forged a new alliance with the country’s main opposition party that could be seen as a boost against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government ahead of national elections due in December. Continue reading

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A year after flight to safety, Rohingya demand justice

Thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees on Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the attacks that sent them fleeing to safety in Bangladesh, praying they can return to their homes in Myanmar and demanding justice for their dead relatives and neighb… Continue reading

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Rohingya refugees celebrate holiday amid memories of home

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in sprawling camps in Bangladesh were celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Wednesday, praying for better lives and wondering if they’ll ever again celebrate at their homes in Myanmar. Continue reading

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Doctors return Bangladesh photographer to police custody

A well-known photographer and activist in Bangladesh who accused police of torturing him after his arrest last weekend returned to police custody on Wednesday following a medical examination that declared him physically fine. Continue reading

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Global rights group slams Bangladesh government for attacks

A global human rights group on Tuesday accused Bangladesh’s government of using abusive measures in handling student-led protests calling for safer roads. Continue reading

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Violence continues in Bangladesh capital as students protest

Police in Bangladesh’s capital fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse hundreds of demonstrating students, while a prominent human rights group demanded the release of an activist arrested for criticizing the government during more than a … Continue reading

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Police, protesters clash in Bangladesh capital; many injured

Police in Bangladesh’s capital fired tear gas and used batons on Saturday to disperse hundreds of protesting students angry over the traffic deaths of two fellow students, leaving many people injured. Continue reading

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