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340 Myanmar troops flee into Bangladesh during fighting with armed ethnic group

Feb. 08, 2024 10:08 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — About 340 members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police and soldiers have fled into Bangladesh during fighting with an ethnic minority army, Bangladesh's foreign minister said Thursday. Hasan Mahmud said 340 security personnel had entered Bangladesh by Wednesday. He...

For the first time, Myanmar forces flee into Bangladesh during fighting with an ethnic armed group

Feb. 05, 2024 13:57 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — More than 100 members of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police have fled their posts and taken shelter in Bangladesh to escape fighting between Myanmar security forces and an ethnic minority army, an official with Bangladesh's border agency said Monday. It is the...

Out of options, Rohingya are fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat despite soaring death toll

Feb. 01, 2024 23:15 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Across a treacherous stretch of water, the Rohingya came by the thousands, then died by the hundreds. And though they know the dangers of fleeing by boat, many among this persecuted people say they will not stop — because the world has left them with no other choice. ...

Bangladesh appeals court grants bail to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus in labor case

Jan. 28, 2024 05:41 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An appeals court in Bangladesh on Sunday granted bail to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, who had been sentenced earlier to six months in prison for violating the country’s labor laws. The court also agreed to hear an appeal against his sentencing. Yunus...

Air pollution and politics pose cross-border challenges in South Asia

Jan. 20, 2024 22:22 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The air smells burnt in Lahore, a city in Pakistan’s east that used to be famous for its gardens but has become infamous for its terrible air quality. Toxic smog has sickened tens of thousands of people in recent months. Flights have been canceled....

Arakan Army resistance force says it has taken control of a strategic township in western Myanmar

Jan. 15, 2024 10:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A powerful ethnic armed group fighting Myanmar’s military that is based in the country’s western state of Rakhine has seized a township bordering India and Bangladesh, the group declared Monday, confirming accounts by local residents and media. Paletwa is the...

The US and UK say Bangladesh's elections extending Hasina's rule were not credible

Jan. 08, 2024 21:44 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The United States and the United Kingdom said the elections that extended Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s rule were not credible, free and fair. Both countries, which have trade and development ties with Bangladesh, also condemned political...

Bangladesh's democracy is strained as Hasina wins a 4th term in a boycotted, low turnout vote

Jan. 08, 2024 19:35 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has swept to power for a fourth consecutive term in Bangladesh, following an election on Sunday that was boycotted by opposition parties and marked by violent protests and international scrutiny. Her Awami League party won 222...

Hasina wins Bangladesh vote, but low turnout and opposition boycott raise doubts over its legitimacy

Jan. 07, 2024 23:20 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won an overwhelming majority in Bangladesh's parliamentary election after a campaign fraught with violence and a boycott from the main opposition party, giving her and her Awami League a fourth consecutive term. While the...

A fire in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh guts more than 1,000 shelters

Jan. 07, 2024 05:32 AM EST

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire raced through a crammed camp of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh's southern coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, gutting more than 1,000 shelters and leaving thousands homeless, a fire official and the United Nations said Sunday. The fire broke...