Bangladesh

Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh (AP) — The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter’s citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime. Shamima Begum fled east London with … Continue reading Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh police identify suspect in failed plane hijacking

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 may not have been armed, officials said Monday, in a reversal of previous allegations that he was carrying a pistol. “There was no signal that he … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh police identify suspect in failed plane hijacking

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing Sunday in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane, officials said. The suspect, a Bangladeshi, asked to speak to the country’s prime minister before dying from injuries in an exchange of gunfire with military commandos, … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police investigating negligence in deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh police said Friday that they were seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with a fire in the oldest part of the capital and could charge them with negligence over the blaze that killed at least 67 people. The case involves between 10 and 12 people wanted on suspicion … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police investigating negligence in deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police seeking those responsible for deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A senior police official said Friday that authorities were seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with a fire in the oldest part of Bangladesh’s capital that killed at least 67 people. “We are investigating to find those responsible. We have not mentioned any names in the case. Upon investigation … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Police seeking those responsible for deadly Bangladesh fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire guts ancient part of Bangladesh’s capital, killing 81

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old district in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 81 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic firefighting efforts. About 50 people were injured, with some … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire guts ancient part of Bangladesh’s capital, killing 81

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire guts ancient part of Bangladesh’s capital, killing 70

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old district in Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 81 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic firefighting efforts. About 50 people were injured, some critically … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire guts ancient part of Bangladesh’s capital, killing 70

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire in old part of Bangladesh’s capital kills at least 70

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital and killed at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka was mostly under control after more than nine hours of frantic efforts by firefighters. Some of the about 50 people injured … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Fire in old part of Bangladesh’s capital kills at least 70

DHAKA, Bangladesh | The Latest: Fire in Bangladesh’s capital kills at least 69

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on a fire in Bangladesh’s capital (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Officials say the fire that burned through buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital has killed at least 69 people. The fire in Dhaka was mostly under control early Thursday after more than nine hours of frantic … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | The Latest: Fire in Bangladesh’s capital kills at least 69

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Hasina’s dominating win feared as enabling authoritarianism

DHAKA, Bangladesh—Jan 02, 2019—While Sheikh Hasina is set to begin her third consecutive term as Bangladesh’s prime minister following a landslide election victory, critics say having such an overwhelming majority in Parliament could create space for her to become even more authoritarian. The Hasina-led coalition won 288 seats in the 300-seat Parliament in Sunday’s election, … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Hasina’s dominating win feared as enabling authoritarianism

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Election official says Bangladesh’s ruling alliance won vote

DHAKA, Bangladesh — An election official says Bangladesh’s ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won Sunday’s election with 288 seats giving it enough to form the government. Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed finished delivering the results of the voting early Monday. Ahmed said the ruling Awami League-led alliance won 288 seats … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Election official says Bangladesh’s ruling alliance won vote

DHAKA, Bangladesh  | The Latest: Withdrawals, violence mar Bangladesh vote

DHAKA, Bangladesh  — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Bangladesh (all times local): 2:12 a.m. A general election marred by violence in Bangladesh is drawing criticism of a vote seen as a referendum on what the opposition calls Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina‘s increasingly authoritarian tendencies. Opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain is calling Sunday’s vote “farcical,” … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh  | The Latest: Withdrawals, violence mar Bangladesh vote

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain calls election “farcical,” says any outcome will be rejected.

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain calls election “farcical,” says any outcome will be rejected. . By Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh votes as iron-lady PM seeks 3rd straight term

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Voting began Sunday in Bangladesh’s contentious parliamentary elections, seen as a referendum on what critics call Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina‘s increasingly authoritarian rule. Hasina’s main rival is former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, deemed ineligible by a court from running for office because she is … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh votes as iron-lady PM seeks 3rd straight term

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh opposition demands chief election official quit

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Officials and news reports say Bangladesh’s main opposition alliance has demanded the resignation of the chief election commissioner, accusing him of bias, ahead of Sunday’s national elections while violence worsens across the country. Opposition spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Tuesday night that they demanded the resignation of K.M.Nurul Huda as they … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh opposition demands chief election official quit

United States | Upcoming Election in Bangladesh

United States – The United States is disappointed by the Government of Bangladesh’s inability to grant credentials and issue visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission to the majority of international election monitors from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), which the United States funded through the National Democratic … Continue reading United States | Upcoming Election in Bangladesh

SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

SINGAPORE— Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have pushed back yet again an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. In convening talks among the leaders of countries participating in the plan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a final agreement on the deal, which … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

SINGAPORE | Pence says Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya ‘without excuse’

SINGAPORE — Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rebuffed criticism over her government‘s treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Suu Kyi on Wednesday that the violence, which led more than 700,000 of the country’s Rohingya minority to flee for Bangladesh since August 2017, was “without excuse.” Pence also … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Pence says Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya ‘without excuse’

SINGAPORE | UN refugee agency warns against returning Rohingya refugees

SINGAPORE— The United Nations refugee agency on Monday cautioned against returning ethnic Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar from Bangladesh at this time, urging that officials be allowed to assess whether it is safe for them to return. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees issued the warning after the Myanmar government said Sunday that this week it … Continue reading SINGAPORE | UN refugee agency warns against returning Rohingya refugees

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Van carrying migrants crashes; boy killed, 27 others injured

THESSALONIKI, Greece— Greek police say that a 4-year-old Iraqi boy has been killed and 27 others injured when a van carrying migrants struck a truck while fleeing police in northern Greece. Police said Saturday that the two traffickers, including the 24-year-old Iraqi driver, were among the injured. The van, with Bulgarian license plates, failed to … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Van carrying migrants crashes; boy killed, 27 others injured

GENEVA | UN expert warns of ‘rushed plans’ to repatriate Rohingya

GENEVA — An independent U.N. human rights expert is urging a halt to “rushed plans” to repatriate some Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. Special rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said a lack of guarantees the refugees wouldn’t face new persecution if they returned home was concerning. Lee cited “credible information” that some refugees in Cox’s Bazar, … Continue reading GENEVA | UN expert warns of ‘rushed plans’ to repatriate Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh sentences 19 to death for political rally attack

DHAKA, Bangladesh— A Bangladeshi tribunal has sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others to life in prison for a deadly attack at a political rally of then-opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The tribunal in Dhaka delivered a verdict Wednesday on nearly 50 cases stemming from the grenade attack 14 years ago … Continue reading DHAKA, Bangladesh | Bangladesh sentences 19 to death for political rally attack

United States | Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Report 2018

United States – Today the U.S. Department of State submitted the second annual report to Congress as required by the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 (the END Wildlife Trafficking Act). Wildlife trafficking is a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human … Continue reading United States | Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Report 2018

United States | U.S. Department of State and espnW Join Forces for the Seventh Annual Global Sports Mentoring Program

United States – From September 24 to October 31, international sports leaders and American mentors in the sports sector across the country will take part in the annual U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP). In its seventh year, this professional development exchange supports the State Department’s ongoing efforts to empower … Continue reading United States | U.S. Department of State and espnW Join Forces for the Seventh Annual Global Sports Mentoring Program

Intl court opens preliminary probe into Rohingya expulsions

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor announced Tuesday that she is launching a preliminary investigation into deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Fatou Bensouda said in a written statement and video message that she has begun a probe formally known as a preliminary examination to … Continue reading Intl court opens preliminary probe into Rohingya expulsions