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Dead dolphin triggers fear after Bangladesh oil spill

2014-12-14 15:55

A dead dolphin has been found in Bangladesh's protected Sundarbans delta following an oil spill which has spread over several hundred square kilometres, heightening fears for the area's rare wildlife.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill

2014-12-12 17:35

Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons have worked to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins.

Bangladesh recovers from 24-hour blackout

2014-11-02 12:11

Lights have come back on in most of Bangladesh after a near 24-hour blackout that brought much of the country to a standstill.

Cops fire teargas at demonstrators in Bangladesh

2014-10-30 12:21

Police have fired bullets and teargas to disperse demonstrators in Bangladesh’s northern Bogra district, during a nationwide strike in protest at a death sentence handed down to an Islamist leader.

Safety hazards rife at Bangladesh factories

2014-10-14 09:16

Inspectors hired by a group of Western clothing brands have found safety problems at all the Bangladesh factories they visited, identifying over 80 000 issues.

Steroid-fattened cows spark health fears in Bangladesh

2014-09-30 13:01

Bangladesh has sent medical teams to check millions of cows set for slaughter due to fears they have been dumped with banned steroids for fattening ahead of the Eid holiday.

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016

2014-09-16 19:29

Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

Bangladesh headmistress suspended after brutal caning

2014-08-21 16:14

Bangladesh authorities have suspended the head teacher of a girls' primary school after she caned a group of pupils so brutally that 15 of them needed hospital treatment, officials say.

Bangladesh calls off search in deadly boat sinking

2014-08-11 13:38

Bangladeshi rescuers called off their search for a heavily overloaded river boat that sank a week ago drowning scores of passengers.

Bangladesh garment workers clash with police

2014-08-05 18:14

Bangladeshi garment workers staging a hunger strike for nine days to press for back-pay and a holiday bonus have clashed with police in Dhaka, police and witnesses say .

Bangladesh rescuers struggle to find sunken ferry

2014-08-05 10:33

Rescuers are struggling to locate a sunken ferry that was overloaded and carrying hundreds of passengers when it capsized in a river in central Bangladesh.

Bangladesh ferry capsizes with 200 passengers aboard

2014-08-04 09:32

A ferry with about 200 passengers aboard has capsized in the river Padma, near Munshiganj district, about 30km southwest of Dhaka, the chief of the district administration told Reuters.

Bangladesh Islamist leader faces death penalty

2014-06-24 11:16

Bangladesh's war crimes court is set to deliver a verdict against the leader of the largest Islamist party, who could face the death penalty for his alleged crimes during the 1971 independence struggle.

8 Bangladesh Islamists to hang for new year bombing

2014-06-23 12:12

A Bangladeshi court sentenced eight Islamists to death for a 2001 bomb attack that killed 10 people and wounded scores more during the country's main celebrations for the Bengali new year.

Bangladesh unveils green tax

2014-06-05 18:59

Bangladesh has imposed a radical new "green tax" to force polluting factories to pay extra levies as it looks to clean up the country's increasingly dirty rivers and air.

Bangladesh ready to work with new India PM Modi

2014-05-28 09:56

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says she is ready to work with her new Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, despite his hardline image.

Bangladesh ferry death toll rises to 22

2014-05-16 07:02

Divers have recovered 10 more bodies from a sunken ferry in Bangladesh, bringing the death toll to 22, with scores more feared to have perished, police and officials say.

Bangladesh ferry capsizes with 200 passengers on board

2014-05-15 14:27

A Bangladeshi ferry with around 200 passengers on board has capsized in a river near the capital Dhaka, with police reporting that at least six bodies has been recovered.

Protests a year after Bangladesh disaster

2014-04-24 18:06

Thousands of Bangladeshis have held emotional and violent protests on the one-year anniversary of the world's worst garment factory disaster.

Bangladesh court orders opposition chief's trial go ahead

2014-04-23 13:44

A Bangladesh court has ruled that opposition leader Khaleda Zia should stand trial for embezzlement in a case that could see her jailed for life.

Bangladesh factory victims get compensation

2014-03-28 14:42

Survivors and families of victims of Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster that killed more than 1 100 people last year have started receiving compensation, a senior union official says.

Bangladesh factory victims want aid

2014-03-24 17:10

Bangladesh is collecting details of the deadly factory collapse victims for possible compensation amid protests.

Owners surrender in Bangladesh factory fire

2014-02-09 21:06

The owners of a garment factory in Bangladesh have surrendered to authorities to face homicide charges for a 2012 fire at the plant that killed 112 workers.

Bangladesh sentences top Islamist to death

2014-01-30 12:35

A Bangladesh court has sentenced 14 people to death, including the leader of the country's largest Islamist party, over a massive arms smuggling racket ten years ago.

Violence, boycott mar Bangladesh election

2014-01-05 09:06

At least six people have been killed and polling stations have been firebombed as Bangladesh goes ahead with a walkover election boycotted by the opposition.

 

India on alert after Sundarbans oil spill

2014-12-13 16:18

Indian authorities are on alert after a Bangladeshi tanker sank and dumped thousands of litres of oil into rivers of the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens dolphins

2014-12-11 16:11

An oil spill from a crashed tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warn, branding the leak an ecological 'catastrophe'.

Bangladesh in the dark

2014-11-01 18:16

A massive nationwide power blackout has hit Bangladesh after a transmission line failed, leaving the densely-populated country without electricity.

Bangladesh take lead against Zim

2014-10-26 13:46

Zimbabwe paceman Tinashe Panyangara has taken five wickets to limit Bangladesh to a 14-run first innings lead in the first Test.

Briton held over 'ISIS jihad recruitment'

2014-09-29 17:45

Bangladesh police say they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as the Islamic State organisation.

Bangladesh floods leave 1 000s homeless

2014-08-26 16:07

Heavy flooding across Bangladesh has forced thousands of people from their homes and caused severe damage to crops, with officials warning the situation could worsen.

20 000 rally in Bangladesh against media crackdown

2014-08-19 21:17

At least 20 000 opposition supporters rallied in Bangladesh to demand the abolition of a new government policy that critics say would muzzle independent TV and radio stations.

Bangladesh police end garment strike

2014-08-07 12:56

Bangladesh police have used water cannons and teargas to disperse hundreds of garment workers staging a hunger-strike.

125 presumed dead in Bangladesh ferry sinking

2014-08-05 15:55

Families of scores of people presumed dead after their ferry capsized in Bangladesh have accused authorities of launching a feeble rescue effort.

Dhaka's residents fight over vanishing green spaces

2014-08-04 15:17

When a private sports club in an upmarket Dhaka neighbourhood 'grabbed' a children's park for development this year, it sparked a wave of enraged protests rarely seen in impoverished Bangladesh.

Tensions in Bangladesh garment industry

2014-06-27 09:33

It took Western safety inspectors only about an hour to tour a factory the size of three football fields before ordering a partial shutdown.

Tensions in Bangladesh garment industry

2014-06-24 10:42

It took Western safety inspectors only about an hour to tour a factory the size of three football fields before ordering a partial shutdown.

Bangladesh sailors finally home after kidnapping

2014-06-12 14:41

Seven Bangladeshi sailors, held hostage by Somali pirates for almost four years have finally returned home, saying it was 'unbelievable' to be alive and describing their ordeal as 'like hell'.

Chinese firm wins Bangladesh contract

2014-06-04 19:45

Bangladesh has awarded a Chinese company a contract to construct a river bridge connecting impoverished southern areas of the country with the capital.

Illegal trade spikes in rare South Asian turtle

2014-05-23 13:55

A South Asian turtle famed for its polka dot skin is under growing threat of extinction as demand for it as an exotic pet booms, a wildlife monitoring group warned Friday.

Bangladesh ferry sinking - hundreds missing

2014-05-15 16:52

A heavily-laden ferry has capsized and sank in central Bangladesh after being caught in a storm, leaving at least nine people dead.

Bangladesh ferry sinks, 6 dead

2014-05-03 17:56

Six people have died and at least 19 others are missing after a ferry capsized when it was caught in a storm in the south of Bangladesh, a government official says.

Bangladesh 'miracle' survivor marries, builds new life

2014-04-24 11:44

The "miracle" seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the factory collapsed, one year on, has married and found a new job.

Owner of Bangladesh factory faces murder charges

2014-04-15 12:29

The owner of a nine-storey building that collapsed and killed 1 135 Bangladeshi garment workers in April last year is to face murder charges, police say.

Bangladesh bans largest Islamic party

2014-03-25 11:19

Bangladesh war crimes investigators have moved to outlaw the country’s largest Islamic party, accusing it of genocide and other atrocities during the 1971 bloody struggle for independence.

Bangladesh's tanneries: 'Death comes slowly'

2014-03-04 14:12

Western retailers have been forced into action after a garment factory complex collapsed killing 1 135 people in Bangladesh, but the call to action has been slow or non-existent.

Factory owners face the law

2014-02-09 14:40

Two owners of a Bangladesh garment factory where 112 workers died in a fire two years ago have surrendered and are seeking bail after being charged with homicide.

Bangladesh's ruling party leads after violent vote

2014-01-06 08:18

Preliminary results show Bangladesh's ruling Awami League party is in the lead in a national election marred by violence and boycotted by the opposition amid concerns that the process is flawed.

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