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Woman's brutal killing in Bangladesh triggers protests

Apr. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the...

UN: Climate disasters imperil Bangladesh kids' lives, future

Apr. 4, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The lives and futures of more than 19 million Bangladeshi children are at risk from the colossal impact of devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change, according to a report by the United Nations children's agency released Friday. The...

Bangladesh police arrest building owners over fatal blaze

Mar. 31, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital have arrested two of the owners of a commercial complex that caught fire this past week, killing 26 people and injuring about 70, an official said Sunday. F.R. Tower's owners Tasvir-ul-Islam and S.M.H.I. Faruque were arrested in Dhaka and charged with...

Bangladesh building fire exposes safety vulnerabilities

Mar. 29, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh imposed tougher safety rules after more than 1,100 people died when a garment factory complex collapsed near Dhaka in 2013. But continuing corruption and lax enforcement have resulted in many more deaths from safety lapses since the Rana Plaza disaster,...

Criminal case to be filed in Bangladesh fire that killed 25

Mar. 29, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi housing official said Friday criminal charges would be filed against the owner of a building where a fire killed 25 people and which had four upper floors constructed illegally. Minister for Housing and Public Work S.M. Rezaul Karim also pledged to take action against...

At least 19 killed by Bangladesh high-rise building blaze

Mar. 28, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire swept through a high-rise office building in Bangladesh's capital on Thursday, killing at least 19 people and injuring about 70 others, officials said. The blaze trapped many people inside the building, with some shouting for help from windows on the building's upper floors...

Criminal case filed over Bangladesh hijacking attempt

Feb. 26, 2019 2:57 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — More details about the attempted weekend hijacking of plane headed from Bangladesh's capital to Dubai emerged Tuesday after civil aviation authorities filed a criminal case over the attack. Utpal Barua, head of the Patenga police station in Chittagong, said the case was filed late...

Bangladesh police identify suspect in failed plane hijacking

Feb. 25, 2019 7:14 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A man who was killed while trying to hijack a commercial flight in Bangladesh was a 24-year-old passenger from a village near the capital who had been previously arrested in a kidnapping case, officials said Monday. Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of the law and media wing of...

Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed

Feb. 24, 2019 9:25 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A passenger flight made an emergency landing Sunday in Bangladesh after an armed man attempted to hijack the plane, and he was later killed in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, officials said. The suspect asked to speak to the prime minister before dying from his...