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Bangladesh sentences 7 militants to death in cafe attack

Nov. 27, 2019 2:48 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced seven members of a banned militant group to death Wednesday for their involvement in an attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed more than 20 people, mostly foreigners. Judge Mojibur Rahman found the men from the Jumatul...

At least 7 die, 25 hurt in Bangladesh gas pipeline explosion

Nov. 17, 2019 1:08 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least seven people were killed and another 25 injured after a gas pipeline exploded in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, police said. The explosion at Patharghata area in Chittagong district collapsed portions of a boundary wall of a nearby building, local police chief Mohammed...

Trains collide in Bangladesh, killing at least 16

Nov. 12, 2019 4:53 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and injuring scores, officials said. Local police chief Shayamal Kanti Das said the collision took place when the Udayan Express and Turna Nishita trains approached each other on the same track from...

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation's vast coastal region. Packing winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph), Cyclone...

Used to impunity, Bangladesh elite face corruption crackdown

Nov. 5, 2019 9:04 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — As gamblers called out bets around craps and roulette tables at a sports club in Bangladesh's capital, dozens of black-clad security forces burst inside. Gamblers were ordered to the floor as police and members of Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion, which normally handles major...

Bangladesh grants bail to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus

Nov. 3, 2019 4:59 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh's capital granted bail Sunday to micro-credit pioneer and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus over the firing of three employees by Grameen Communications, where he is chairman. Acting Chairman of the 3rd Labor Court in Dhaka, Zakia Parveen, granted the bail when...

Gas cylinder blast kills 5 children in Bangladesh

Oct. 30, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least five children died and 17 others were injured Wednesday after a gas cylinder used to inflate balloons exploded outside a school in Bangladesh's capital, police said. Local police chief Abul Kalam Azad said the explosion took place when a vendor was selling balloons to...

Bangladesh police say violence over Facebook post kills 4

Oct. 20, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least four people were killed and dozens injured Sunday after security officials in southern Bangladesh opened fire to disperse hundreds of Muslims during a protest over an alleged social media post undermining Islam's Prophet Muhammad, police said. The violence took place in...

Bangladesh indicts 8 for 2015 killing of publisher

Oct. 13, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday indicted eight suspected Islamist militants tied to a banned group over the 2015 killing of a man who published books on secularism and atheism. Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal Judge Majibur Rahman read out the charges to six of the...

Killing of student critic sparks protests in Bangladesh

Oct. 9, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh were investigating the killing of a student at a university dormitory allegedly by student activists loyal to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after he criticized a water-sharing deal with India. Last weekend's killing has sparked protests at the Bangladesh...