Suspected Bangladesh plane hijacker shot dead
Bangladesh commandos stormed a passenger jet in the country's southeast Sunday and shot dead an armed man who allegedly tried to hijack the Dubai-bound flight, an army official said. The suspect, described by officials as a Bangladeshi man in his mid 20s, was shot as special forces rushed the Boeing 737-800 plane after it landed…
Hasina to be sworn in as Bangladesh PM after 'tainted' polls
Sheikh Hasina will be sworn in as Bangladeshi prime minister for a record fourth term Monday after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and claims of widespread rigging.
UN calls for restraint in Bangladesh
The United Nations called for restraint in Bangladesh on Monday following elections that turned violent and said complaints about the outcome should be addressed through legal means. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling party and its allies won a landslide victory in the vote on Sunday but the main opposition, which won only six seats…
Bangladesh party says hundreds of supporters held before polls
Bangladesh's opposition party Sunday said nearly 2,000 of its supporters have been arrested on trumped-up charges in a crackdown aimed at derailing its campaign just weeks from a general election. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which is seeking to unseat Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on December 30, said at least 1,972 party officials and grassroots campaigners…
Bangladesh opposition says will contest election
Bangladesh's main opposition party said Sunday it would not boycott next month's general election and would challenge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the polls, despite its leader being in jail. "We have announced that we will participate in the election," Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told AFP. The BNP boycotted the…
Pro-opposition former editor assaulted in Bangladesh
A prominent former editor and critic of Bangladesh's government was assaulted on Sunday by ruling party student activists after a court hearing, police and witnesses said. The cadres of the Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League, attacked Mahmudur Rahman, 66, with bricks and bamboo sticks, his colleague Mohammad Abdullah said. The…
Bangladesh PM seeks help for Rohingya crisis as exodus tops 400,000
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN General Assembly on Saturday to plead for global help coping with the Rohingya crisis, as the numbers seeking refuge in her country following a crackdown in Myanmar topped 400,000.
Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill Prime Minister
A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death Sunday over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies.