Latest Bangladesh News

25 years later, Bangladesh closer to peace in border region

Dec. 02, 2022 06:21 AM EST

RANGAMATI, Bangladesh (AP) — A quarter century ago, Modhumala Chakma says it was impossible to leave her house in the evening and walk around the nearby hills because they were controlled by a tribal insurgent group seeking autonomy in southeastern Bangladesh. “It was a difficult...

Messi fans from Asia cheer on Argentina at World Cup

Dec. 01, 2022 13:20 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — On their way to Argentina's decisive game against Poland, Mohit Daga and Aayush Verma approached the stadium carrying a massive painting of their heroes Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona with the World Cup trophy. Daga had spent 17 days painting it. It weighed 5...

World Cup fans ready to celebrate despite stadium beer ban

Nov. 18, 2022 13:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Flag-draped fans poured into Qatar on Friday ahead of the Middle East's first World Cup as organizers banned the sale of beer at stadiums — a last-minute decision that stunned FIFA sponsor Budweiser but was largely welcomed by the country's conservative Muslims and shrugged...

Second boat of over 100 Rohingya lands on Indonesian beach

Nov. 16, 2022 01:04 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Over 100 Rohingya Muslims traveling in a wooden boat have landed on an Indonesian beach, the second group in as many days to arrive in the island nation's northernmost province of Aceh. The group of 61 men, 36 women and 22 children that landed Wednesday...

110 Rohingya flee Myanmar, land by boat in Indonesia

Nov. 15, 2022 03:07 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — More than 100 Rohingya Muslims traveling in a boat for more than a month were found along the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday, the latest group of refugees believed to be making hazardous sea voyages from Myanmar. Local fishermen saw...

Maldives fire in building housing foreign workers kills 10

Nov. 10, 2022 04:58 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A fire early Thursday in a building housing foreign workers in the Maldives capital killed 10 people and injured another critically, police said. Maldives police spokesman Yoonus Sobah said the fire broke out in the building after midnight. He said the...

IMF, Bangladesh reach preliminary deal for $4.5B in loans

Nov. 09, 2022 07:00 AM EST

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — The International Monetary Fund reached a preliminary agreement on Wednesday with Bangladesh to provide $4.5 billion to help the country weather disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine and manage risks from climate change. The agreement is subject to...

Bangladesh balances energy needs with climate, conservation

Nov. 09, 2022 04:55 AM EST

RAMPAL, Bangladesh (AP) — Fish, rice, mangrove trees and the lush delta wetlands where the massive Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers drain into the Bay of Bengal. It’s not luxury. But for the farmers and fishermen who live by the world’s largest mangrove forest, it’s...

UN envoy: Myanmar crisis deepens, taking 'catastrophic toll'

Oct. 26, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Tuesday that the political, human rights and humanitarian crisis in the military-ruled Southeast Asian nation is deepening and taking “a catastrophic toll on the people.” Noeleen Heyzer told the U.N. General...

At least 24 dead in Bangladesh from tropical storm

Oct. 25, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A tropical storm that lashed Bangladesh left at least 24 people dead and about 8 million without power across the delta nation, officials and news reports said Tuesday. The government said about 10,000 homes were damaged and more than 6,000 hectares (15,000...