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Bangladesh: Jamaat leader Kamaruzzaman’s appeal rejected

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has rejected a final appeal against a death sentence given to a Mohammad Kamaruzzaman senior Islamist leader. Mohammad Kamaruzzaman of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was found guilty of genocide by a domestic war crimes tribunal in May 2013. A review petition was dismissed on Monday. The attorney general said there was now no reason why he could not ... Read More »

36 dead, dozens hurt as storms lash Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Separate tropical storms that have swept through parts of Bangladesh have left at least 36 people dead and scores injured. Media reports Monday said that the casualties have been recorded since Saturday and that most deaths took place in the northern district of Bogra. The Bengali-language Prothom Alo newspaper reported that at least 20 people died in Bogra ... Read More »

Ex-PM Zia avoids arrest as court grants bail in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia avoided arrest on corruption charges Sunday after a court granted her bail. Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadder approved Zia’s request for bail when she surrendered to court in the capital, Dhaka. Zia left her office for the first since Jan. 5, when authorities had initially barred her from leaving to attend an anti-government rally ... Read More »

Bangladesh opposition leader Zia granted bail in graft cases

DHAKA — Bangladesh's former premier and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail in two graft cases on Sunday after she appeared before a special court, a potential sign of easing tension in the politically unstable South Asian country. Zia appeared amid tight security before a special anti-graft court in the capital, Dhaka, to request bail more than a month after ... Read More »

Angry Kamal resigned as ICC president

DHAKA — Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Wednesday, saying he had been prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy after claiming one of the matches was fixed. Kamal, a Bangladeshi national, told reporters he had been ordered to apologize for the incendiary claim that his country’s World Cup quarterfinal defeat to India was “pre-arranged.” A.H.M.Mustafa ... Read More »

10 dead in Bangladesh stampede

DHAKA: At least 10 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a stampede outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday, police and witnesses said. The stampede occurred on the banks of the Brahmaputra river during an annual Hindu festival. Police inspector Nasir Ahmed said seven women and three men had been TRAGEDY: A man and a women react ... Read More »

Bangladesh observers fear latest violence might escalate

DHAKA: Twelve-year-old Rakib Mia was on his way to scavenge for his family when a petrol bomb exploded on the floor of his bus in Bangladesh, turning him into a human fireball. “What did he do to anyone?,” said his mother Rashida Khatun after watching her son wheeled off for surgery at Dhaka’s main hospital, overflowing with victims of a ... Read More »

Bangladeshis rush to get Saudi work visas

Thousands of Bangladeshi citizens have gathered in front of the government employment office in their country after hearing about direct job opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to the Daily Bengali newspaper, the number of people who came to the recruitment office was estimated at 5,000 job seekers, all of whom arrived with their documents to register for ... Read More »

No end to Bangladesh crisis without polls: Khaleda

DHAKA —  Opposition leader Khaleda Zia insisted Wednesday that there could be no resolution of Bangladesh’s growing political crisis unless Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed to stand down and allow new elections. “Every conscious and conscientious person in Bangladesh knows that the only way to resolve the current political crisis is to hold an inclusive, competitive and meaningful election,” Zia told ... Read More »

Bangladesh bans night buses after deadly bomb attacks

DHAKA —  Bangladesh has ordered long-distance buses off the roads at night after two petrol bomb attacks killed 16 people in a worsening outbreak of political unrest in the country. The attacks were the deadliest to hit the country since the latest outbreak of violence began in early January, and have shocked the country. Junior Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said transport ... Read More »

Bangladesh military denies planning takeover to end crisis

DHAKA —  Bangladesh’s powerful military has denied plotting to overthrow the government to end spiraling political unrest, warning the media against speculating on any army role in the crisis. The military said it respected the constitution and laws of Bangladesh which has witnessed at least 19 military-backed coups and been ruled by two military dictators since independence in 1971. Supporters of ... Read More »

Bangladesh business community protests $10-billion losses

DHAKA —  Thousands of business leaders protested in the Bangladesh capital on Sunday against a month-long campaign of anti-government violence that they say has cost the economy nearly $10 billion. Garment factory owners and other business leaders joined hands and waved national flags in Dhaka and other major cities, calling for an end to the opposition-led strikes and nationwide transport blockade. ... Read More »

Nine more killed in Bangladesh violence

DHAKA: New firebomb attacks killed another nine people in Bangladesh, police said Saturday, amid growing international calls for an end to the spiralling political violence. At least three people burned to death when suspected anti-government protesters petrol-bombed a truck in the southern town of Gournadi on Saturday morning, local police chief Sazzad Hossain told AFP.   A relative of Moudud, ... Read More »

Dhaka to supply 2m workers

Bangladesh is ready to send 2 million trained workers, including 500,000 maids, to help the Kingdom meet its labor requirements, a diplomat from that country said on Wednesday. This includes engineers, nurses, maids and drivers, said Consul General Shahidul Karim in comments published on Wednesday.  Karim said his country has set up 64 centers to train workers. “We have Bangladeshi ... Read More »

Seven burnt to death after bus firebombed in Bangladesh

DHAKA — Anti-government protesters firebombed a bus full of sleeping passengers in eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing seven in spiraling political unrest aimed at toppling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Several passengers were also critically injured in the attack in Chuddogram town blamed on activists from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by two-time former premier Khaleda Zia. A Bangladeshi ... Read More »

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