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UN says Bangladesh must take in Rohingya Muslims

The United Nations has called on the government of Bangladesh not to close the border to Rohingya Muslims fleeing war in Myanmar, after Dhaka declared that it would no longer take in Myanmar’s Rohingya. Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told the Security Council on Thursday that the refugee crisis had gone from “bad to worse” Bedeplored the fact that none…

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Devastating fire in Bangladeshi capital kills scores of people

At least 69 people have died in a huge fire that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an old part of the Bangladeshi capital, a fire official said Thursday. Dozens of people were trapped in the buildings, unable to escape onto narrow streets clogged with traffic, as the highly-combustible stores of chemicals, body sprays and plastic…

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12 Killed in Bangladesh Election Day Violence

At least 12 people were killed in election-day clashes in Bangladesh Sunday, after a bloody campaign overshadowed by a crackdown on the opposition by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is expected to win a historic but controversial fourth term. Three men were shot by police while eight others died in clashes between activists from the ruling Awami League Party and…

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Polls open in Bangladesh, fresh clashes kill five

Clashes between the supporters of Bangladesh’s ruling party and opposition have left five people dead and nearly a dozen others wounded as the South Asian country votes in general elections already plagued by deadly violence. Reports by the Bangladeshi media said the clashes broke out in the southeast of the country on Sunday between the campaign workers of the Awami…

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Bangladesh faces violence as election campaign ends

Sylhet police chief Shah Harunur Rashid told AFP that two BNP supporters had been arrested for the latest killing. The BNP said the man died in a conflict among Awami League supporters. Nineteen BNP activists were arrested when police and paramilitary guards raided the election camp of a BNP candidate and several villages in southern Bangladesh, police and BNP officials…

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A generation of Rohingya may be lost: Group

  A group advocating the cause of the persecuted Rohingya Muslims says a generation of the Muslims may be lost due to a lack of education for children and the youth at camps for the displaced in Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) said in a report on Wednesday that in Bangladesh, authorities had prevented Rohingya youths…

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2 killed in clashes between opposite camps in Bangladesh

Two people have been killed and dozens of others injured in clashes between the campaign workers of the two main political parties in Bangladesh. Campaign workers from the ruling Awami League Party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and those from opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) clashed in two districts outside the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday, leaving two Awami League supporters…

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Bangladesh detains 10 Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia

Bangladeshi police have arrested 10 Rohingya refugees before boarding a boat bound for Malaysia, an official says. Over 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh last year after Myanmar’s armed forces, backed by Buddhist extremist mobs, intensified a crackdown that had already been underway against the Muslim community in Rakhine. Since then, they have been living in poor conditions in camps in…

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Bangladesh detains 10 Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia

  Bangladeshi police have arrested 10 Rohingya refugees before boarding a boat bound for Malaysia, an official says. Over 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh last year after Myanmar’s armed forces, backed by Buddhist extremist mobs, intensified a crackdown that had already been underway against the Muslim community in Rakhine. Since then, they have been living in poor conditions in camps…

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Inhuman Bangladesh regime deploys armed forces to force out Rohingya

Bangladesh is reportedly using heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to force Rohingya Muslim refugees — who have taken shelter in the country after fleeing state violence in neighboring Myanmar — back across the border. The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Bangladeshi paramilitary troops, police, and army have been deployed in southeast Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where the Rohingya are cramped…

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