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11 July 2017 13:22

  UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has expressed concerns about the poor living conditions of Rohingya Muslim refugees, who have fled a “very dire state” in their homeland Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. “The conditions are very minimal, very basic. I would say that this is quite worrying especially for those that have been here for a long time, and...

14 June 2017 16:00

At least 147 people have been killed in Bangladesh and neighboring regions of northeast India after heavy rains triggered a series of landslides and flooded swaths of land over the past two days, officials say. The densely-populated Bangladesh is battered by storms, floods, and landslides every rainy season. The latest casualties come weeks after Cyclone Mora killed at least seven people...

13 June 2017 16:24

  Heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 46 people in southeast Bangladesh, most of them buried under landslides, authorities said Tuesday. Police warned that the death toll would likely rise as emergency workers reached remote parts of the affected area, where telephone and transport links had been cut. “The recovery work is still going on. The death toll could rise as many...

30 May 2017 14:46

  Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh Tuesday packing winds of up to 117 kilometers per hour (73mph) after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from low-lying coastal villages. The severe cyclonic storm made landfall on the coast between Cox’s Bazar and the main port city of Chittagong at 6:00 a.m. (0000 GMT), the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in a special weather bulletin. Bangladesh...

13 May 2017 12:44

  At least three civilians have been killed in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after their car came under attack with a sticky bomb, the Interior Ministry says. Deputy Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish identified the victims of the Saturday attack as a small child along with two female government employees from the water supply department, adding that the driver of the vehicles was...

26 March 2017 11:33

Deadly bomb blasts hit Bangladesh At least six people, including two police officials, were killed and scores wounded in two bomb blasts in Bangladesh on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos, police said. The explosions in the northeastern district of Sylhet came a day after a bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the country’s main...

19 March 2017 17:53

Bangladesh's highest court has dismissed an appeal seeking the scrapping of a death sentence for the former head of a group and two of his associates for a grenade attack on the UK’s former envoy to the country. The Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a 2008 order to execute Mufti Abdul Hannan, the head of the Harkat-ul Jihad group and two...

14 March 2017 20:51

  Unknown assailants have hacked to death a Sufi Muslim spiritual leader and his adopted daughter in northern Bangladesh, police say. Local police chief Hamidul Alam said on Thursday that the assailants shot and killed Farhad Hossain Chowdhury and his daughter, Rupali Begum, in Dinajpur district. The bodies were recovered late Monday from a shrine Chowdhury ran in the region. Police are investigating the...

1 February 2017 14:05

  Authorities in Bangladesh have controversially decided to encamp tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar at a remote offshore location. A committee comprising state officials in the coastal districts of Bangladesh has been set up to direct authorities to help identify undocumented Myanmarese refugees and relocate them to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal, media reported on...

24 November 2016 14:52

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Bangladeshi government to accept and protect the Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing persecution in neighboring Myanmar. The New York-based rights group made the plea on Wednesday after Bangladesh threatened to send the Rohingya refugees who have arrived in its territory back to Myanmar, where the Myanmarese government and extremist Buddhists have been harassing them. A...

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