No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's refugee commissioner said Thursday that no Rohingya Muslims turned up to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation as they wanted their...
Rohingya still fear safety in Myanmar, repatriation unlikely
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The repatriation of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims appeared unlikely to proceed as planned Thursday after those who were eligible told the U.N. refugee agency and the...
Bangladesh ex-dictator H.M. Ershad dies at 89
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's former military dictator H.M. Ershad, who had seized power in a 1982 coup, has died. He was 89.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh has sentenced nine opposition activists to death and 25 others to life in prison for an attack on a train carrying political leader Sheikh Hasina 24...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced 132.6 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in aid to Bangladesh on Wednesday that will go toward economic development, a high-speed railway and other projects.
Bangladeshi FIFA council member jailed
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate on Saturday sent FIFA council member Mahfuza Akhter Kiron to jail after rejecting her bail application in a defamation case filed over...
Bangladesh surveillance video shows devastating fire impact
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The explosion was fast and furious.
On a busy street in Chawkbazar in the oldest part of Bangladesh's capital, restaurant cooks stood outside preparing roti bread on...
Deadly Bangladesh fire shows lapses in development
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire in Bangladesh that killed at least 67 people in the oldest part of the capital shows the lapses in public safety that still plague the South Asian country despite...
Bangladesh PM Hasina seeks people’s support at victory rally
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who won a third straight term with an overwhelming majority in last month's election, sought the people's support at a victory rally Saturday amid international calls for an investigation into alleged irregularities during the polls.
The opposition is demanding a new election, saying the Dec. 30 polls were rigged, an allegation the Election Commission and Hasina have rejected.
Global support lets Bangladesh PM withstand election worries
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand calls to investigate allegations of widespread serious irregularities in Sunday's election that was dominated by her coalition.
Hasina’s dominating win feared as enabling authoritarianism
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — While Sheikh Hasina is set to begin her third consecutive term as Bangladesh's prime minister following a landslide election victory, critics say having such an overwhelming majority in Parliament could create space for her to become even more authoritarian.
Bangladesh prime minister denies accusations of rigged vote
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The day after winning a record fourth term in power, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina trumpeted her accomplishments and dismissed opposition claims that the vote was rigged.
Hasina's ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the general election, according to official results released Monday, giving her a third consecutive term despite opposition allegations of intimidation. Hasina earlier served a single term.
The Latest: Withdrawals, violence mar Bangladesh vote
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Bangladesh (all times local):
A general election marred by violence in Bangladesh is drawing criticism of a vote seen as a referendum on what the opposition calls Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's increasingly authoritarian tendencies.
Opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain is calling Sunday's vote "farcical," and vows rejection of results.
16 dead in Bangladeshi vote opposition calls “farcical’
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — More than a dozen people were killed in election-related violence in Bangladesh on Sunday, as voters went to the polls to decide whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term amid opposition claims that her leadership has become increasingly authoritarian.
AP PHOTOS: Election Day in 600-year-old Bangladesh city
PANAM NAGAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Voters in Bangladesh went to the polls Sunday in the densely populated South Asian nation's 11th general election to determine whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party a third consecutive term or hand the reins to a loose coalition of opposition parties in the hopes of change.
Bangladesh opposition leader expects victory if vote is fair
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — When the founding leader of Bangladesh, father of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was assassinated in 1975 after helping achieve independence from Pakistan, then-Foreign Minister Kamal Hossain abandoned a state visit in Europe to rush to her side.
Now Hossain, 82, is helming a popular opposition against Hasina that aims to prevent his former Awami League party from maintaining its hold on Bangladesh in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
Fears of intimidation, violence as Bangladesh set to vote
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — As Bangladeshis get set to vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls, including two opposition candidates who said police had barricaded them inside their homes.
Under the decade-long leadership of Sheikh Hasina, whose ruling party hopes to retain power in the elections, Bangladesh's economy has grown by more than 6 percent annually, lifting millions out of extreme poverty.
Promising growth, Bangladesh’s iron lady seeks re-election
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — 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 expense of its already fragile democracy.
Bangladesh opposition leader’s motorcade allegedly attacked
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — 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 the violence that frequently accompanies polling in the South Asian nation.
Bangladesh frees photographer facing charges of propaganda
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — An acclaimed photographer has been released from a jail in Bangladesh more than three months after he was arrested on charges of spreading false information about a street protest and propaganda against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go.
United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the government of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who hopes to retain power in elections next month, for upholding a commitment not to force the repatriation.
Bangladesh delays national elections by a week to Dec. 30
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh agreed Monday to delay national elections by a week because of opposition demands for more time to prepare.
Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said officials decided to shift the date to Dec. 30 in response to the proposals by the opposition parties. The new deadline for filing nominations is Nov. 28.
Bangladesh to hold elections Dec. 23 despite Zia’s arrest
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — 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.
Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said in a televised address that all arrangements have been made to ensure the election will be peaceful. Candidates must file their applications on Nov. 19.
Bangladesh newspaper editors protest digital security law
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Editors of major daily newspapers in Bangladesh's capital formed a human chain on Monday to protest a new digital security law they say will stifle freedom of speech and media freedom.
Members of the Editors' Council formed the chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka and demanded amendments to the recently enacted Digital Security Act, saying many provisions could be used against journalists.
Bangladeshi newspaper editors protest digital security law
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An influential body of newspaper editors in Bangladesh on Saturday criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom.
Members of the Editors' Council told a news conference in the nation's capital, Dhaka, that they were not pleased that the bill was made a law despite their objections.
Bangladesh sentences 19 to death in political rally attack
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi court sentenced 19 people to death and the son of the opposition leader to life imprisonment on Wednesday over a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally held by current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The grenade attack killed two dozen people and wounded about 300 others. Hasina narrowly escaped, having been whisked away by party members to a waiting car from a dais in front of the headquarters of her Awami League party near where several grenades exploded.
Bangladesh’s ex-PM transferred from prison to hospital
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A medical board formed by Bangladesh's government is evaluating the health of opposition leader Khaleda Zia in the hospital where she was admitted this weekend following complaints that her condition was deteriorating rapidly in a prison in the nation's capital, a doctor said Monday.
Bangladesh bill critics worry will stifle speech becomes law
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has signed a bill into law that has been criticized as stifling freedom of speech.
Press secretary Joynal Abedin says Hamid signed the Digital Security Act on Monday.
The Latest: Myanmar defends itself against UN report
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local):
Myanmar is defending itself against a United Nations report released in August which accused the Southeast Asian country of committing genocide against the Rohingya.
In a speech at the U.N. General Assembly Friday, Kyaw Tint Swe, the country's union minister for the state counsellor, said the report was "based on narratives and not hard evidence."
Bangladesh point finger at Myanmar for Rohingya ‘genocide’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Bangladeshi President Sheikh Hasina on Thursday accused Myanmar of failing to honor a verbal commitment to take back Rohingya Muslims who have fled a crackdown she described as tantamount to genocide.
Hasina's remarks at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations came as the U.N. Human Rights Council agreed to set up a team to collect evidence of alleged crimes that one day could be used to prosecute suspected perpetrators.
Doctors return Bangladesh photographer to police custody
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — 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.
The High Court on Tuesday ordered authorities to take Shahidul Alam to a state-run hospital for a checkup after the allegations that he was beaten in custody.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A global human rights group on Tuesday accused Bangladesh's government of using abusive measures in handling student-led protests calling for safer roads.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that ruling party men armed with sticks and machetes have swooped in on the protesters and journalists since the students took to the streets on July 29 after two students were killed in a road accident in the nation's capital, Dhaka.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — 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 week of protests.
Student protests surge in Bangladesh capital
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of angry young people took to the streets of Bangladesh's capital again Sunday to demand safer streets, facing police firing tear gas and pro-government activists who attacked them with clubs.
Protests have flared repeatedly in Dhaka since two students were killed last week by speeding buses.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Security officials in Bangladesh said they raided an area in the capital on Saturday and detained at least 100 suspects as part of a nationwide anti-drug crackdown, amid accusations that extrajudicial killings have taken place during the drive.
KOLKATA, India (AP) — Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday called for international pressure on Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have sought shelter in her country to escape military-led violence.
Hasina said Bangladesh gave shelter to the fleeing Rohingya on humanitarian grounds despite not being rich, but they should return to Myanmar.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh is mourning those who died in the crash of a plane from Dkaha as it was landing in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered national flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings at home and at embassies across the world, while special prayers are planned for Friday at all mosques across the country during weekly prayers.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court on Monday granted bail for four months to opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption conviction and is awaiting an appeal.
Despite the decision, it was not immediately clear if or when Zia would be freed from jail.
Mahbubey Alam, the country's attorney general, said after Monday's ruling that a move against the bail order would be made in the High Court on Tuesday.
Vatican thanks Bangladesh for welcoming Myanmar’s Rohingya
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis and his deputies thanked Bangladesh for welcoming Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar and expressed hope for a "just and lasting solution to their ordeal" during a meeting with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Hasina met with Francis in the Apostolic Palace on Monday and then with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The Latest: Bangladesh ex-PM sentenced to 5 years in jail
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of Bangladeshi former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia (all times local):
A Bangladesh court has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to five years in prison on corruption charges.
The conviction means that Zia, the longtime rival to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be barred from running in the next national elections scheduled for December.
Swiss president says Rohingya return must be voluntary
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Swiss President Alain Berset said Monday the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar must be voluntary.
Berset, who is on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, said after meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the situation of Rohingya in Bangladesh refugee camps is of great concern to his country.
Indonesian president in Bangladesh to discuss Rohingya
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is in Bangladesh on a visit to sprawling refugee camps for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar.
Jokowi is expected to fly Sunday to Cox's Bazar, the main town where the camps are located. On Saturday, he met Bangladesh's President M. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
3 suspected militants killed in Bangladesh; 2 forces hurt
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Three suspected Islamist militants were killed inside a building after security forces cordoned it off and opened fire Friday in Bangladesh's capital, officials said.
The bodies and explosives were found inside the building near the office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Benazir Ahmed, head of the Rapid Action Battalion. The operation was carried out in Dhaka's Tejgaon area following information that some of the suspects were staying in a rented apartment.
Bangladesh court upholds death sentence for 139 for mutiny
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's High Court has upheld a verdict by a trial court sentencing 139 border guards to death for their actions in a 2009 mutiny in which 74 people, including 57 military commanders, were killed.
India says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — India's foreign minister told Bangladesh's government that Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims to resolve one of Asia's largest refugee crises in decades, the government said.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj conveyed her message Sunday during a meeting with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who ordered border guards and her administration to allow the Rohingya to cross the border and shelter in makeshift camps in the coastal district of Cox's Bazar.
Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Saturday that her government would continue to support nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighboring Myanmar to escape violence.
Hasina said the government was pursuing a plan to build temporary shelters for the Rohingya on an island with the help of international aid agencies whom she praised for their support.
The Latest: Bangladesh PM accuses Myanmar of laying mines
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the U.N. General Assembly meeting (all times local):
Bangladesh's prime minister is accusing Myanmar of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims and laying land mines to prevent those who fled to Bangladesh from returning.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanded that the Rohingya be able to return to Myanmar "in safety, security and dignity."
Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi authorities are taking steps to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees living in crowded border camps after fleeing violence in Myanmar, whose military chief maintains that the chaos was the work of extremists seeking a stronghold in the country.