23 dead, 500 000 flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh

2016-05-21 20:48

Cyclone Roanu battered the coast of southern Bangladesh, forcing half a million people to flee their homes and leaving 23 people dead in floods and rain-triggered landslides.

Turkey's Erdogan blasts Europe's silence on Bangladesh leader's execution

2016-05-15 22:15

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at Europe's silence over the execution of a veteran Islamist leader in Bangladesh, accusing the West of "double standards".

Elderly Buddhist monk hacked to death in Bangladesh

2016-05-14 16:30

A 75-year-old Buddhist monk has been hacked to death inside a temple in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh executes Islamist leader for war crimes: minister

2016-05-10 23:30

Bangladesh has executed the leader of the country's largest Islamist party for war crimes, officials said, a move set to exacerbate tensions in the volatile Muslim-majority nation.

Gang rape, murder of Indonesian girl sparks call for reform

2016-05-03 17:16

The rape and murder of a teenage girl by 14 men has reignited calls in Indonesia for a sexual violence law that is languishing in Parliament to be enacted.

Al-Qaeda claims Bangladesh murders

2016-04-26 17:04

The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the killings of a gay rights activist and his friend.

Bangladesh vows justice in killing of two men, including gay activist

2016-04-26 11:13

The government in Bangladesh has vowed to hunt down and prosecute those who fatally stabbed two men, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the US Agency for International Development.

Bangladesh professor hacked to death in suspected Islamist attack

2016-04-23 14:25

Unidentified attackers have hacked to death a university professor in Bangladesh, police say, adding that the assault bore the hallmarks of previous killings by Islamist militants of secular and atheist activists.

Bangladesh court rejects removing Islam as state religion

2016-03-28 17:46

Bangladesh's top court has rejected a 28-year-old petition to remove Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.

Bangladesh central bank governor quits over $81m heist

2016-03-15 14:00

Bangladesh's central bank chief has resigned, after hackers stole $81m from the nation's foreign reserves in one of the biggest bank heists in history, the finance minister says.


Bangladesh teachers protest penance for 'Islam insult'

2016-05-19 17:00

Thousand of teachers have taken to the streets across Bangladesh to protest against a lawmaker's punishment of a headmaster falsely accused of insulting Islam, after the incident went viral on social media.

Suspected Islamist held for Bangladeshi gay activists’ murders

2016-05-15 09:29

Bangladesh police have arrested a suspected Islamic militant over the hacking to death of two gay rights activists, one of a spate of murders of intellectuals, writers and religious minorities.

Storms kill at least 33 in Bangladesh

2016-05-12 23:13

Fierce tropical storms have wreaked havoc across Bangladesh killing more than 30 people, with police attributing many of the deaths to lightning strikes.

Bangladesh war crimes court sentences 4 to death

2016-05-03 17:16

A special war crimes court in Bangladesh has sentenced four men to death for killing, torture, arson and looting during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Two gay rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh

2016-04-29 13:41

Two people, including the editor of a magazine for the transgender community, have been hacked to death in the capital of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh jails Hindu teachers for 'abusing Islam'

2016-04-26 13:03

A court in southern Bangladesh sentenced two Hindu schoolteachers to six months in jail for making 'abusive' remarks about Islam that led a mob to attack their school, a magistrate says.

Gay rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh

2016-04-25 21:53

Two leading gay rights activists have been hacked to death at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police say, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.

Millions drinking arsenic-laced water in Bangladesh

2016-04-06 14:00

Some 20 million poor Bangladeshis are still drinking water contaminated with arsenic, two decades after the potentially deadly toxin was discovered in the supply, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Bangladesh bans ships in dolphin sanctuaries

2016-03-21 16:07

Bangladesh has banned boats from sailing through a key southwestern river after a ship loaded with coal capsized, threatening the sanctuaries of rare dolphins.

Surgery for Bangladesh's 'Tree Man'

2016-01-31 15:46

A Bangladeshi father dubbed "Tree Man" for massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will finally have surgery to remove the growths that first began appearing 10 years ago, a hospital says.

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